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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  • Monday 6 November

  • Venue: School's Out New Plymouth, Central School, Pendarves St, New Plymouth. 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 06 Nov 2017
    Time: 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM Book Event
  • Tuesday 7 November

  • Venue: YMCA Whanganui, 125 Grey St, Whanganui. 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: Tue 07 Nov 2017
    Time: 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM Book Event
  • Wednesday 8 November

  • Venue: Elim Kids Club, 405 Victoria Street, Hastings. 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 08 Nov 2017
    Time: 10:00 AM - 01:30 PM Book Event
  • Thursday 9 November

  • Venue: Youthtown, 21 A C Baths Ave, Tauhara, Taupo. 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 09 Nov 2017
    Time: 10:00 AM - 01:30 PM Book Event
  • Thursday 16 November

  • Venue: Pukete Neighbourhood House, 41/73 Church Road, Te Rapa Sportsdrome, Pukete. 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: Thu 16 Nov 2017
    Time: 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM Book Event
  • Venue: Oranga Community Centre, 52 Waitangi Rd, Onehunga. This half-day course covers essential information to enable food handlers to prepare and serve food safely, including some discussion of current regulatory requirements. Cost: OSCN members: $90-00 per person. Non-members: $130-00 per person.
    Date: Thu 16 Nov 2017
    Time: 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM Book Event
  • Tuesday 21 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 21 Nov 2017
    Time: 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM Book Event
  • Thursday 23 November

  • Venue: Oranga Community Centre, 52 Waitangi Rd, Onehunga. This practical workshop aims to provide staff with a range of simple tools for dealing with challenging behaviours. Cost: OSCN members: $45-00 per person, Non-members: $65-00 per person
    Date: Thu 23 Nov 2017
    Time: 10:00 AM - 01:30 PM Book Event
  • Thursday 30 November

  • Venue: Oranga Community Centre, 52 Waitangi Rd, Onehunga. This workshop develops practical skills for managers and senior staff, around communication with parents or staff, where the topics are sensitive and/or difficult. Cost: OSCN members: $45-00 per person, Non-members: $65-00 per person
    Date: Thu 30 Nov 2017
    Time: 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM Book Event

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