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.

  • Saturday 29 October

  • Venue: Life Kidz Lloyd Elsmore Park Sir Lloyd Drive, Highland Park, Auckland. Identify behaviour that indicates an escalation towards aggressive and violent behaviour and take appropriate measures to avoid, decelerate and/or de-escalate crisis situations. Cost: OSCN members: $70-00 per person
    Date: Sat 29 Oct 2022
    Time: 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
  • Tuesday 1 November

  • An OSCN on-line event. 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 $40-00 per person, ($100-00 per programme site); Non-members $60-00 per person.
    Date: Tue 01 Nov 2022
    Time: 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM Book Event
  • Tuesday 8 November

  • Venue: Bounce OSCAR, Showgrounds Events Park, 26 Victoria Street, Levin. This workshop, will provide staff with simple tools for dealing with challenging behaviours. Cost: OSCN members: $45-00 per person, Non-members: $65-00 per person
    Date: Tue 08 Nov 2022
    Time: 10:00 AM - 01:30 PM Book Event
  • Wednesday 9 November

  • Venue: Trentham School, 2 Moonshine Road, Trentham, Upper Hutt. This workshop, will provide staff with simple tools for dealing with challenging behaviours. Cost: OSCN members: $45-00 per person, Non-members: $65-00 per person
    Date: Wed 09 Nov 2022
    Time: 10:00 AM - 01:30 PM Book Event
  • Thursday 10 November

  • Venue: Chill Out Freyburg, Red Sox Manawatu Sports Club, 916 Tremaine Avenue, Roslyn, Palmerston North. This workshop, will provide staff with simple tools for dealing with challenging behaviours. Cost: OSCN members: $45-00 per person, Non-members: $65-00 per person
    Date: Thu 10 Nov 2022
    Time: 10:00 AM - 01:30 PM Book Event
  • Tuesday 15 November

  • FREE EVENT FOR OSCN MEMBERS. Our panel of OSCAR vets share thoughts on how to get the best from staff and stay relatively sane through the highs ands lows of being an OSCAR employer. PLEASE REGISTER SO WE HAVE YOUR EMAIL FOR THE MEETING LINK.
    Date: Tue 15 Nov 2022
    Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Book Event
  • Thursday 17 November

  • An OSCN on-line event. An overview of positive behaviour guidance and how to effectively respond to common behaviour problems that occur in OSCAR services. Cost: OSCN members $40-00 per person, ($100-00 per programme site); Non-members $60-00 per person.
    Date: Thu 17 Nov 2022
    Time: 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM Book Event
  • Thursday 24 November

  • Venue: Oranga Community Centre,52 Waitangi Rd, Onehunga, Auckland. 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: OSCN members: $45-00 per person, Non-members: $65-00 per person
    Date: Thu 24 Nov 2022
    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