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. 

There is a list of most of the courses we can offer here.

  • Tuesday 11 May

  • Venue: Rarakau: Riccarton Centre, 199 Clarence Street, Riccarton, Christchurch. This practical workshop aims to give staff a range of simple tools for responding to challenging behaviours and takes a more in-depth look at what drives persistent misbehaviour. Cost: OSCN members: $45-00 per person, Non-members: $65-00 per person.
    Date: Tue 11 May 2021
    Time: 10:00 AM - 01:30 PM Book Event
  • Monday 24 May

  • Venue: PHAB, 8 Auburn St, Takapuna, Auckland This workshop aims to provide staff with simple tools for dealing with challenging behaviours including disorders such as ADHD, FASD etc. Cost: OSCN members: $45-00 per person, Non-members: $65-00 per person
    Date: Mon 24 May 2021
    Time: 10:00 AM - 01:30 PM Book Event
  • Monday 31 May

  • Venue: PHAB, 8 Auburn St, Takapuna. This workshop session is aimed at helping staff to develop effective practices in group management. We use games, scenarios and interactive discussion to highlight the basics of keeping control, especially when things get busy. Cost: OSCN members: $45-00 per person, Non-members: $65-00 per person.
    Date: Mon 31 May 2021
    Time: 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM Book Event
  • Monday 14 June

  • Venue: PHAB, 8 Auburn St, Takapuna. This course covers the common accidents in the playground plus it looks at common medical conditions and how best to deal with them. The course is very practical and hands-on. Cost: OSCN members: $45-00 per person, Non-members: $65-00 per person.
    Date: Mon 14 Jun 2021
    Time: 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM Book Event
  • Monday 21 June

  • Venue: CLM Masterton - 359 Queen Street, Masterton. This workshop will give you an overview of how to effectively respond to common behaviour problems that occur in OSCAR services. Cost $45.00 per person for OSCN members. ($40-00 per person if 3 or more people attending.) $65.00 per person for non-members.
    Date: Mon 21 Jun 2021
    Time: 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM Book Event
  • Tuesday 22 June

  • Venue: The Smash Club - 170 Karori Road, Karori, Wellington. This workshop will give you an overview of how to effectively respond to common behaviour problems that occur in OSCAR services. Cost $45.00 per person for OSCN members. ($40-00 per person if 3 or more people attending.) $65.00 per person for non-members.
    Date: Tue 22 Jun 2021
    Time: 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM Book Event
  • Thursday 24 June

  • Venue: Chill Out Freyburg, Red Sox Manawatu Sports Club, 916 Tremaine Avenue, Roslyn, Palmerston North. This workshop aims to improve staff confidence in games facilitation & increase the sense of connection within staff teams. Cost: OSCN members: $45-00 per person. ($40-00 per person if 3 or more people attending.) Non-members: $65-00 per person.
    Date: Thu 24 Jun 2021
    Time: 10:00 AM - 01:00 AM Book Event

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