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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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