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.

  • Wednesday 11 August

  • FREE EVENT FOR OSCN MEMBERS. Everything you ever wanted to ask about higher risk situations, staffing ratios and safety procedures. Grab a cuppa and let's have a catch up!
    Date: Wed 11 Aug 2021
    Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Book Event
  • Tuesday 17 August

  • Venue: Elim Kids Club, 405 Victoria Street, Hastings. This workshop aims to build awareness and understanding of the professional obligations & sector standards for programme supervision. Cost: OSCN members: $45-00 per person, Non-members: $65-00 per person.
    Date: Tue 17 Aug 2021
    Time: 10:00 AM - 01:30 PM Book Event
  • Wednesday 18 August

  • Venue: The Centre – Patuki Manawa, 21 Main Road, Katikati . Our network meetings are a great way to touch base with other OSCAR people in your region. This is a free OSCN event - please RSVP so we can plan suitably.
    Date: Wed 18 Aug 2021
    Time: 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM Book Event
  • Thursday 19 August

  • Venue: Wesley Methodist Church, 100 13th Ave, Tauranga. A very informative workshop that offers 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: Thu 19 Aug 2021
    Time: 10:00 AM - 01:30 PM Book Event
  • Wednesday 25 August

  • FREE EVENT FOR OSCN MEMBERS. A chance to discuss situations where children have been excluded and policies concerning this. Grab a cuppa and let's have a catch up!
    Date: Wed 25 Aug 2021
    Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Book Event
  • Tuesday 31 August

  • PLEASE NOTE LATER START TIME Venue: YMCA Taranaki, 83 Liardet Street, New Plymouth. This workshop will give practical guidelines that your staff can use to build child participation and be more interactive and “child-centred”. Cost: OSCN members: $35-00 per person, Non-members: $55-00 per person.
    Date: Tue 31 Aug 2021
    Time: 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM Book Event
  • Wednesday 1 September

  • Venue: School's Out New Plymouth, Central School, Pendarves St, New Plymouth. 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: Wed 01 Sep 2021
    Time: 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM Book Event
  • Thursday 2 September

  • Venue: Pukete Neighbourhood House, 41/73 Church Road, Te Rapa Sportsdrome, Pukete, Hamilton. This workshop will give practical guidelines 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: Thu 02 Sep 2021
    Time: 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM Book Event
  • Thursday 9 September

  • Venue: Point Chevalier Community Centre, 18 Huia Rd, Point Chev. 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: Thu 09 Sep 2021
    Time: 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM Book Event
  • Thursday 16 September

  • Venue: Point Chevalier Community Centre, 18 Huia Rd, Point Chevalier, Auckland. Practical tips & strategies for managing children & young people with Autism Spectrum Disorder in mainstream after-school & holiday programmes. Lots of helpful insights from experts in the field. Cost: OSCN members: $45-00 per person, Non-members: $65-00 per person
    Date: Thu 16 Sep 2021
    Time: 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM Book Event
  • Thursday 23 September

  • Venue: Point Chevalier Community Centre, 18 Huia Rd, Point Chevalier, Auckland. 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: $55-00 per person, Non-members: $75-00 per person.
    Date: Thu 23 Sep 2021
    Time: 10:00 AM - 12:30 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