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 13 November

  • Venue: Oranga Community Centre, 52 Waitangi Rd, Onehunga. This workshop will give you an overview of how to effectively respond to common behaviour problems that occur in OSCAR services. Cost: OSCN members: $45-00 per person, Non-members: $65-00 per person.
    Date: Tue 13 Nov 2018
    Time: 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM Book Event
  • Tuesday 20 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 20 Nov 2018
    Time: 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM Book Event
  • Monday 3 December

  • Venue: Pukete Neighbourhood House, Church St, Pukete, Hamilton. This workshop session is aimed at developing effective practices in group management. Experienced staff will benefit from hearing about different approaches to common situations and strategies to get staff on board with a consistent approach. Cost: OSCN members: $45-00 per person, Non-members: $65-00 per person.
    Date: Mon 03 Dec 2018
    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