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 26 February

  • Venue: Oranga Community Centre, 52 Waitangi Rd, Onehunga. What makes a great holiday programme? This workshop is the perfect opportunity to get together and share ideas. If you are in the planning hot seat, this is the place to be! This is a free OSCN event - please RSVP so we can plan suitably.
    Date: Tue 26 Feb 2019
    Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Book Event
  • Monday 4 March

  • Venue: Smash Club 170 Karori Rd, Karori. This is a practical and informative 3-hour course that gives your staff an overview of typical safety and supervision duties. We make the topic accessible & interesting for everyone.Cost: OSCN members: $45-00 per person, Non-members: $65-00 per person.
    Date: Mon 04 Mar 2019
    Time: 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM Book Event
  • Tuesday 5 March

  • Venue: Bounce Out Of School Care - 26 Victoria St, Horowhenua, Levin. 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: Tue 05 Mar 2019
    Time: 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM Book Event
  • Wednesday 6 March

  • Venue: Smash Club, 170 Karori Rd, Karori. This workshop will present a range of approaches that your staff can use to build child participation and be more interactive and “child-centred”. Cost: OSCN members: $45-00 per person, Non-members: $65-00 per person.
    Date: Wed 06 Mar 2019
    Time: 10:00 AM - 01:30 PM Book Event
  • Thursday 7 March

  • Venue: Smash Club, 170 Karori Rd, Karori. Our network meetings are a great way to kick off your year and to touch base with other OSCAR people. This is a free OSCN event kindly hosted by The Smash Club - please RSVP so we can plan suitably.
    Date: Thu 07 Mar 2019
    Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Book Event
  • Tuesday 12 March

  • Venue: Oranga Community Centre, 52 Waitangi Rd, Onehunga. 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: Tue 12 Mar 2019
    Time: 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM Book Event
  • Thursday 14 March

  • Venue: PHAB, 8 Auburn St, Takapuna. Sharing menus and experiences regarding Food Act compliance. In response to on-going inquiries about compliance with the Food Act, this forum allows our members to come together to share information about menus and food handling procedures. This is a free OSCN event - please RSVP so we can plan suitably.
    Date: Thu 14 Mar 2019
    Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Book Event
  • Tuesday 19 March

  • Venue: Oranga Community Centre, 52 Waitangi Rd, Onehunga. Another practical session to sharpen your skills at helping kids into games with a focus on the need to just play. Cost: OSCN members: $45-00 per person, Non-members: $65-00 per person.
    Date: Tue 19 Mar 2019
    Time: 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM Book Event
  • Tuesday 26 March

  • Venue: Oranga Community Centre, 52 Waitangi Rd, Onehunga. This session will look at how programmes can adapt to the older age group. Cost: OSCN members: $45-00 per person, Non-members: $65-00 per person.
    Date: Tue 26 Mar 2019
    Time: 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM 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