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 27 August

  • Venue: Youthtown Upper Hutt, Maidstone Intermediate, Redwood St, Elderslea, Upper Hutt. This session provides a supportive introduction to the topic. Practical exercises included to help staff become more aware and effective in safeguarding their children, their programme & themselves. Please be advised that this topic will be challenging for some of your staff as it does not shy away from presenting the reality of child abuse and mistreatment. Cost: OSCN members: $45-00 per person, Non-members: $65-00 per person.
    Date: Mon 27 Aug 2018
    Time: 10:00 AM - 01:30 PM Book Event
  • Tuesday 28 August

  • Venue: Youthtown Upper Hutt, Maidstone Intermediate, Redwood St, Elderslea, Upper Hutt 5018 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: Tue 28 Aug 2018
    Time: 10:00 AM - 01:30 PM Book Event
  • Wednesday 29 August

  • Venue: CLM Masterton, 359 Queen St, Masterton This practical workshop aims to give staff a range of simple tools for responding to challenging behaviours and takes a more in-depth look at what drives persistent misbehaviour. Cost: OSCN members: $45-00 per person, Non-members: $65-00 per person.
    Date: Wed 29 Aug 2018
    Time: 10:00 AM - 01:30 PM Book Event
  • Thursday 30 August

  • Venue: Elim Kids Club, 405 Victoria Street, Hastings This workshop will build staff confidence and skills for positive and professional interactions with children. Mainly aimed at newer staff, as well as a worthwhile refresher for those who are more experienced. Cost: OSCN members: $45-00 per person, Non-members: $65-00 per person.
    Date: Thu 30 Aug 2018
    Time: 10:00 AM - 01:30 PM Book Event
  • Monday 3 September

  • 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: Mon 03 Sep 2018
    Time: 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM Book Event
  • Tuesday 11 September

  • Venue: Oranga Community Centre, 52 Waitangi Rd, Onehunga. 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: Tue 11 Sep 2018
    Time: 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM Book Event
  • Wednesday 12 September

  • Venue: Pukete Neighbourhood House, Church St, Pukete, Hamilton This practical workshop aims to give staff a range of simple tools for responding to challenging behaviours and takes a more in-depth look at what drives persistent misbehaviour. Cost: OSCN members: $45-00 per person, Non-members: $65-00 per person.
    Date: Wed 12 Sep 2018
    Time: 10:00 AM - 01:30 PM Book Event
  • Tuesday 18 September

  • Venue: Oranga Community Centre, 52 Waitangi Rd, Onehunga 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: Tue 18 Sep 2018
    Time: 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM Book Event
  • Thursday 25 October

  • Venue: The Gate, 26 Wood St, Papakura Every staff member you employ needs to count - much more than just a number in the ratios. This workshop is aimed mainly at newer staff but will be a worthwhile refresher for experienced staff. Cost: OSCN members: $45-00 per person, Non-members: $65-00 per person.
    Date: Thu 25 Oct 2018
    Time: 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
  • Tuesday 30 October

  • Venue: Oranga Community Centre, 52 Waitangi Rd, Onehunga, Auckland. This session provides a supportive introduction to the topic. Practical exercises included to help staff become more aware and effective in safeguarding their children, their programme & themselves. Please be advised that this topic will be challenging for some of your staff as it does not shy away from presenting the reality of child abuse and mistreatment. Cost: OSCN members: $45-00 per person, Non-members: $65-00 per person.
    Date: Tue 30 Oct 2018
    Time: 10:00 AM - 01:30 PM Book Event
  • Thursday 1 November

  • Venue: The Gate, 26 Wood St, Papakura This workshop aims to build awareness and understanding of the professional obligations & sector standards for programme supervision. Cost: OSCN members: $45-00 per person, Non-members: $65-00 per person.
    Date: Thu 01 Nov 2018
    Time: 10:00 AM - 01:30 PM
  • Tuesday 6 November

  • Venue: Oranga Community Centre, 52 Waitangi Rd, Onehunga. 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: $45-00 per person, Non-members: $65-00 per person.
    Date: Tue 06 Nov 2018
    Time: 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM Book Event
  • Thursday 8 November

  • Venue: The Gate, 26 Wood St, Papakura 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 08 Nov 2018
    Time: 10:00 AM - 01:30 PM
  • 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

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