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 supporting 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 will 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.” 

READ MORE: What are the training requirements for OSCAR staff?

 

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: Auckland, Bay of Plenty, Waikato, Hawkes Bay, Palmerston North and Wellington. We may be able to hold courses in other regions, so please get in touch. 

We have also started on-line networking sessions which are proving to be a very valuable alternative for connecting people and sharing knowledge.

Future workshop dates are listed below, as details become available. 

There is a list of most of the courses we can offer here.

  • Monday 2 November

  • Venue: Pukete Neighbourhood House, 41/73 Church Road, Te Rapa Sportsdrome, Pukete, Hamilton. 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: Mon 02 Nov 2020
    Time: 10:00 AM - 01:30 PM Book Event
  • Wednesday 11 November

  • A forum for OSCN members. Holiday programming - daily awesomeness. Going the distance over the summer break. The January holidays is the Marathon of OSCAR but it doesn't have to be a tiring slog - it's all about pacing, getting the right summer vibe and building strong team connections across staff and children.
    Date: Wed 11 Nov 2020
    Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Book Event
  • Thursday 12 November

  • Venue: PHAB, 8 Auburn St, Takapuna. This course covers the common accidents in the playground plus it looks at common medical conditions and how best to deal with them. The course is very practical and hands-on. Cost: OSCN members: $45-00 per person, Non-members: $65-00 per person.
    Date: Thu 12 Nov 2020
    Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Book Event
  • Thursday 19 November

  • Venue: PHAB. 8 Auburn St, Takapuna. 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 19 Nov 2020
    Time: 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM Book Event
  • Thursday 26 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: Thu 26 Nov 2020
    Time: 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM Book Event
  • Wednesday 2 December

  • Venue: Blockhouse Bay Community Centre, 524 Blockhouse Bay Rd, Auckland. This course covers the common accidents in the playground plus it looks at common medical conditions and how best to deal with them. The course is very practical and hands-on. Cost: OSCN members: $45-00 per person, Non-members: $65-00 per person.
    Date: Wed 02 Dec 2020
    Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 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