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 20 June

  • Venue: PHAB, 8 Auburn St, Takapuna. 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 20 Jun 2019
    Time: 10:00 AM - 01:30 PM Book Event
  • Thursday 27 June

  • Venue: PHAB, 8 Auburn St, Takapuna. This workshop will give you some alternatives that are more likely to help children who are frequently disruptive to get back on track with their behaviour and better in tune with programme expectations. Cost: OSCN members: $45-00 per person, Non-members: $65-00 per person.
    Date: Thu 27 Jun 2019
    Time: 10:00 AM - 01:30 PM Book Event
  • Monday 29 July

  • Venue: TOA After-School & Holiday Programme 75 Pascoe Street, Tahunanui, Nelson. 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: Mon 29 Jul 2019
    Time: 10:00 AM - 01:30 PM Book Event
  • Tuesday 30 July

  • Venue: TOA After-School & Holiday Programme, 75 Pascoe Street, Tahunanui, Nelson. Our network meetings are a great way to kick off your year and to touch base with other OSCAR people. This is a free OSCN event kindly hosted by TOA After School & Holiday Programme - please RSVP so we can plan suitably.
    Date: Tue 30 Jul 2019
    Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Book Event
  • Thursday 1 August

  • Venue: The Smash Club, 170 Karori Rd, Karori, Wellington. 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: Thu 01 Aug 2019
    Time: 10:00 AM - 01:30 PM
  • Tuesday 20 August

  • Venue: Point Chevalier Community Centre, 18 Huia Rd, Point Chevalier, 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: Tue 20 Aug 2019
    Time: 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM Book Event
  • Tuesday 27 August

  • Venue: Point Chevalier Community Centre, 18 Huia Rd, Point Chevalier 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 27 Aug 2019
    Time: 10:00 AM - 01:30 PM Book Event
  • Tuesday 3 September

  • Venue: Point Chevalier Community Centre, 18 Huia Rd, Point Chevalier, Auckland. This workshop starts by looking at boundaries and then moves on to explore approaches to conflict that are constructive and empowering for all involved. Cost: OSCN members: $45-00 per person, Non-members: $65-00 per person.
    Date: Tue 03 Sep 2019
    Time: 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
  • Tuesday 10 September

  • Venue: Point Chevalier Community Centre, 18 Huia Rd, Point Chevalier, Auckland. This workshop aims to open up discussion within staff teams about appropriate professional practice when working with children, their parents/caregivers and other professionals, in an OSCAR setting. Cost: OSCN members: $45-00 per person, Non-members: $65-00 per person.
    Date: Tue 10 Sep 2019
    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