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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  • Thursday 29 June

  • Venue: Point Chevalier Community Centre, 18 Huia Rd, Point Chev. 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 $65.00 per person for non-members.
    Date: Thu 29 Jun 2017
    Time: 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM Book Event
  • Tuesday 8 August

  • Venue: Maungaraki OSCAR, 157 Dowse Drive, Lower Hutt. Skills for communication with parents and staff. “I had no idea how it was going to go. I was worried I’d say the wrong thing.” This is a new topic we have developed with Pene, our Child Protection tutor, for managers and senior staff. Cost $45.00 per person OSCN members $65.00 per person for non-members.
    Date: Tue 08 Aug 2017
    Time: 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM Book Event
  • Wednesday 9 August

  • Venue: Maungaraki OSCAR, 135 Dowse Dr, Maungaraki, Lower Hutt 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: Wed 09 Aug 2017
    Time: 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM Book Event
  • Thursday 10 August

  • Venue: YMCA Whanganui, 125 Grey St, Whanganui. 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: Thu 10 Aug 2017
    Time: 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM Book Event
  • Thursday 17 August

  • Venue: Pukete Neighbourhood House, Ashurst Park, Church St, Pukete. 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 more than 3 people attending.) Non-members: $65-00 per person.
    Date: Thu 17 Aug 2017
    Time: 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM Book Event
  • Thursday 24 August

  • Venue: Pukete Neighbourhood House, 41/73 Church Road, Te Rapa Sportsdrome, Pukete. This session provides a supportive introduction to the topic. Practical exercises are included to help staff become more aware and effective in safeguarding their children, their programme & themselves. Cost: OSCN members: $45-00 per person ($40-00 per person if more than 3 people attending.) Non-members: $65-00 per pers
    Date: Thu 24 Aug 2017
    Time: 10:00 AM - 01:30 PM Book Event
  • Monday 28 August

  • Venue: Katikati Community Resource Centre, 45 Beach Rd, Katikati. 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 more than 3 people attending.) Non-members: $65-00 per person.
    Date: Mon 28 Aug 2017
    Time: 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM Book Event
  • Thursday 31 August

  • Venue: PHAB, 8 Auburn St, Takapuna, Auckland Skills for communication with parents and staff This is a new topic we have developed with Pene, our Child Protection tutor, for managers and senior staff. Cost: OSCN members: $45-00 per person, Non-members: $65-00 per person
    Date: Thu 31 Aug 2017
    Time: 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
  • Thursday 7 September

  • 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: Thu 07 Sep 2017
    Time: 10:00 AM - 01:30 PM
  • Thursday 14 September

  • Venue: PHAB, 8 Auburn St, Takapuna, Auckland A very informative workshop that offers understanding, support strategies and most importantly, 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 14 Sep 2017
    Time: 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
  • Thursday 21 September

  • Venue: PHAB, 8 Auburn St, Takapuna, 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 21 Sep 2017
    Time: 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM

In House Workshops

Choose a topic, time and location and we'll bring a workshop to you!

• Core Skills - Child Protection / Safe and Sound - our basic Core Skills courses can be compressed into 8 hours, ideally spread over 2 days.

• Tuning into Children - building confidence in activity leadership

• Working Positively with Children - understanding OSCAR supervision & interaction skills

• Who’s in Control? - working with children in groups

• Keeping Your Cool - effective discipline techniques

• "You’re In!" - games for participation and learning

• Here to Care - duty of care and the OSCAR Standards

• Safe and Sound - safety and behaviour guidance essentials

• Working with Older Children - a developmental approach

In-house workshops are only available to current OSCN members. 

Pricing: 2-hour packages start from $300-00 for up to 14 people. Additional fees apply for larger groups, longer sessions and for sessions outside of Auckland. We can customise a session 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.

Contact OSCN for more information