In the 2000s Out of School Care and Recreation (OSCAR) programmes offered before-school, after-school and school-holiday activities for children aged 5–13. The programmes were mainly run by community organisations and provided fun things for children to do while also helping parents who had work or other commitments outside school hours. Parents paid fees, but the government also subsidised these programmes. From 2006 parents could get a means-tested subsidy for their children to attend OSCAR after-school programmes (for up to 20 hours a week) and school-holiday programmes (up to 50 hours a week). These children are playing a modified version of hockey with a big soft ball and large bats at an OSCAR after-school programme in Wellington.
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