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 advising 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 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.” 

 



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: Whangarei, Auckland, Bay of Plenty, Waikato, Hawkes Bay, Taupo/Rotorua, Palmerston North, Taranaki, Wellington. 

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  • Tuesday 19 November

  • Venue: West Wave Aquatic and Recreation, 20 Alderman Drive, Henderson. Learn the basics of pool supervision, from an experienced water safety professional. This is not a formal lifeguarding qualification, but will cover essential elements of pool safety. Cost $45.00 per person for OSCN members $65.00 per person for non-members.
    Date: Tue 19 Nov 2019
    Time: 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM Book Event
  • Monday 25 November

  • Venue: Wesley Methodist Church, 100 13th Ave, Tauranga. A very informative workshop that offers understanding, support strategies and most importantly, a hopeful and positive look into the world of the child with ADHD. Cost: OSCN members: $45-00 per person, Non-members: $65-00 per person
    Date: Mon 25 Nov 2019
    Time: 10:00 AM - 01:30 PM Book Event
  • Wednesday 27 November

  • Venue: Dunkirk Road Activity Centre, 50 Dunkirk Rd, Panmure, Auckland. 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: $45-00 per person, Non-members: $65-00 per person.
    Date: Wed 27 Nov 2019
    Time: 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM Book Event
  • Monday 2 December

  • Venue: Pukete Neighbourhood House, Church St, Pukete, Hamilton. This workshop starts by looking at boundaries and then moves on to explore approaches to conflict that are constructive and empowering for all involved. Cost: OSCN members: $45-00 per person, Non-members: $65-00 per person.
    Date: Mon 02 Dec 2019
    Time: 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
  • Wednesday 26 August 2020

  • EARLY REGISTRATION OPENS DECEMBER 2019. Hosted by OSCN and Community Leisure Management (CLM). 30 Mason Ave, Otahuhu, Auckland. We're making plans for a day that brings together OSCN members for presentations and networking, with topics aimed at OSCAR managers, co-ordinators and senior supervisors. It may seem a long way off but we'd like you to save this date and take a few minutes now to give us some feedback on the event and the proposed topics.
    Date: Wed 26 Aug 2020
    Time: 09:00 AM - 03:00 AM

In House Workshops

Building OSCAR programme capability and a positive programme culture

We have seen very positive outcomes from bringing all your staff together for professional development that is focussed on your programme.  Sessions range from 2-5 hours.  Choose a topic, time and location and we'll bring a workshop to you.

We have a lot of topics that can be combined to meet your requirements; these are a few of our more popular options (click on these for more information):

- Safe and Sound  safety and behaviour guidance essentials

- Keeping Your Cool   effective discipline techniques & challenging behaviour

- Here to Care   effective supervision practices, duty of care, MSD Standards

- Tuning into Children   building confidence in activity leadership

- Working Together   professional boundaries in OSCAR


PRICING: a 2-hour package starts from $300-00 for up to 14 people. Handouts provided and we issue certificates to all participants. Additional fees apply for larger groups/ longer sessions and for travel to locations outside of Auckland. We can customise a workshop to fit with your time frame and the training needs of your team.

Workshops out of Auckland need a 2-3 month lead in time to co-ordinate travel. We regret that we can only make this offer to organisations based in the North Island.

In-house workshops are only available to current OSCN members.

Contact OSCN for more information