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 21 May

  • Venue: YMCA Wanganui 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: Mon 21 May 2018
    Time: 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM Book Event
  • Tuesday 22 May

  • Venue: St Albans Church, 339 Albert St, Hokowhitu, Palmerston North 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: Tue 22 May 2018
    Time: 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM Book Event
  • Wednesday 23 May

  • Venue: School's Out New Plymouth, Central School, Pendarves St, New Plymouth. 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 23 May 2018
    Time: 09:30 AM - 01:00 PM Book Event
  • Thursday 31 May

  • Venue: PHAB, Takapuna, Auckland. This practical workshop will focus on skills for all your staff to enable clearer and more accurate incident reports that are fit for review purposes. Cost: OSCN members: $45-00 per person, Non-members: $65-00 per person.
    Date: Thu 31 May 2018
    Time: 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM Book Event
  • Thursday 7 June

  • Venue: PHAB - 8 Auburn St, Takapuna. All you need to know about building good parent relationships; from first contact to working through concerns and complaints. Cost: OSCN members: $45-00 per person, Non-members: $65-00 per person.
    Date: Thu 07 Jun 2018
    Time: 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM Book Event
  • Monday 11 June

  • Venue: Point Chevalier Community Centre, 18 Huia Rd, Point Chev. 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 11 Jun 2018
    Time: 10:00 AM - 01:30 PM Book Event
  • Wednesday 13 June

  • Venue: Papamoa Community Centre, 15 Gravatt Rd, Papamoa Beach, Papamoa. 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: Wed 13 Jun 2018
    Time: 10:00 AM - 01:30 PM Book Event
  • Thursday 14 June

  • Venue: Youthtown Taupo, 21 A C Baths Ave, Tauhara, Taupo. 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 14 Jun 2018
    Time: 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM Book Event
  • Monday 18 June

  • Venue: Point Chevalier Community Centre, 18 Huia Rd, Point Chev. 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: Mon 18 Jun 2018
    Time: 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM Book Event
  • Thursday 21 June

  • Venue: PHAB - 8 Auburn St, Takapuna. A follow up workshop from our Core Skills Child Protection course. Topics covered include: policy updates, making notifications, responding to neglect, more scenarios, reviewing your processes. Cost: OSCN members: $45-00 per person, Non-members: $65-00 per person.
    Date: Thu 21 Jun 2018
    Time: 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM Book Event
  • Monday 25 June

  • Venue: Point Chevalier Community Centre, 18 Huia Rd, Point Chev. 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: Mon 25 Jun 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