About our workshops and professional development
Working in an after school care or school holiday programme can be both a challenging and very rewarding role. Our workshops aim to help staff approach their work skillfully and with a good grounding in what really matters when working with children in an OSCAR setting.
Our straight-forward guidelines and tips are drawn from our long experience in supporting OSCAR services. There are also frequent opportunities for discussion and questions, allowing participants to share their own insights and ideas.
Staff will leave a workshop feeling confident, inspired and more connected to the OSCAR sector and our profession. They also receive a certificate to recognise their professional development and will take away useful written material.
“Trying to condense all the ideas we received …could not do justice to our 3 hour workshop ...there were many heads nodding knowingly, mumblings of acknowledgement, stories shared. It was a very familiar pattern of how much we really needed this.”
READ MORE: What are the training requirements for OSCAR staff?
We schedule courses on a term by term basis and aim to release new dates near the end of each term. We regularly offer courses in the following regions, spread over the year: Auckland, Bay of Plenty, Waikato, Hawkes Bay, Palmerston North and Wellington. We may be able to hold courses in other regions, so please get in touch.
We have also started on-line networking sessions which are proving to be a very valuable alternative for connecting people and sharing knowledge.
Future workshop dates are listed below, as details become available.
Thursday 8 June
An OSCN on-line event. An introduction to the main characteristics of after school care: routines, activities, schedules. Cost: OSCN members $40-00 per person, ($100-00 per programme site); Non-members $60-00 per person.Date: Thu 08 Jun 2023
Time: 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM Book Event
Tuesday 13 June
Venue: Oranga Community Centre, 52C Waitangi Road, Oranga, Auckland. This course covers the common accidents in the playground plus it looks at typical medical conditions and how best to deal with them. The course is very practical and hands-on. Cost: OSCN members: $55-00 per person, Non-members: $75-00 per person.Date: Tue 13 Jun 2023
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM Book Event
Wednesday 2 August
Venue: Rarakau: Riccarton Centre, 199 Clarence Street, Riccarton, Christchurch. A hands-on workshop that lets you try some different, easy activities and learn more about what happens when kids are deciding to join in. Cost: OSCN members: $35-00 per person, Non-members: $55-00 per person.Date: Wed 02 Aug 2023
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Book Event
Thursday 31 August
Our super popular OSCAR Meet Up is back for 2023. A day of networking and workshops with like minded OSCAR professionals. Hosted by OSCN and Community Leisure Management (CLM). Otahuhu Pool & Leisure Centre, 30 Mason Ave, Otahuhu, Auckland. Workshop session choices will be sent separately.Date: Thu 31 Aug 2023
Time: 09:00 AM - 02:00 PM Book Event
Please register using this option if you would like to join us for the day and come to dinner in the evening. Our super popular OSCAR Meet Up is back for 2023. A day of networking and workshops with like minded OSCAR professionals. Hosted by OSCN and Community Leisure Management (CLM). Otahuhu Pool & Leisure Centre, 30 Mason Ave, Otahuhu, Auckland. Workshop session choices will be sent separately.Date: Thu 31 Aug 2023
Time: 09:00 AM - 09:00 PM Book Event