Out of School Hours Care
The St Francis of Assisi OSHC program offers the children a variety of exciting recreational activities and learning experiences. The qualified and dedicated educators continuously strive to plan, create and implement a positive, inclusive, stimulating and caring environment for all children.
As an OSHC program, we are guided by the ‘Early Years Learning Framework: My Time, Our Place’. This framework underpins our practices and principles to ensure play-based learning outcomes for each child.
The program is highly shaped by the children’s voice, family input and intentional teaching. It is our goal to build children’s resilience, whilst fostering and supporting their mental health and wellbeing. Our Children’s Committee play a significant role in helping us plan learning experiences and fun activities.
Healthy eating is embedded and promoted throughout the program and the menu is regularly assessed by the Healthy Eating Advisory Board. Physical activity is integrated into daily routines and children are empowered to become responsible for creating and contributing to a sustainable future.
Homework Club is available on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, with the supervision and assistance of an Educator. In addition to regular program planning and to support the engagement of children with similar interests, Arts & Crafts and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Clubs are offered in Terms 2 and 3.
To broaden the children’s knowledge of their community and the world around them, the service hosts a range of interesting incursions for the children (some of which have included Emergency Service Officers, Wheelchair Sportspeople, African Drummers, Animals of OZ and First Aid Training for Children). The service is actively involved in community events and works alongside the Parish and St Vincent De Paul to create a positive impact on our society, eg. Creation and distribution of Rosary Beads to the sick and elderly, collection of foodstuffs and gifts for local families in need.
Our families are welcomed at special events including Mother’s Day and Father’s Day Dinners and our very exciting and fun Family Christmas Party.
At St Francis of Assisi OSHC, it is our commitment to provide a safe, secure, inclusive and nurturing environment where a curiosity and passion for learning is encouraged and fostered.
The environment and program is guided by the School Age Learning Framework, My Time Our Place, and is shaped by the children’s needs, interests and voice. Reflective planning provides the opportunity for engaging spontaneous and intentional play-based learning experiences.
We act as an extension of home and provide a place where children feel belonged and are encouraged to achieve their best socially and emotionally.
It is our moral and social obligation to the children and their families, to provide a core foundation that will support children to become valued members of the community.
Our team of educators are dedicated to maintaining a positive and united relationship with the children, their families, the school and the broader community.
Safe and Secure Environment
We are committed to providing a child safe environment where all children/young people feel safe, secure and supported.
The service has a genuine commitment to equality and equity and we maintain a culturally safe environment where diversity and cultural heritage is celebrated. It is our commitment that each child/young person succeeds regardless of diverse circumstances and abilities (including and not restricted to Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people, people with a disability and those from a Culturally and/or Linguistic Diverse Background).
A Positive Behaviour Matrix approach and intentional role-modelling supports behaviour management. Our goal for each child/young person is for them to work cooperatively with their peers and adults, become life-long learners and valued members of the community.
Educators recognise the importance of connecting with families, community members and other professionals to support the children/young person’s wellbeing, learning and development. Our program is highly shaped by the children/young person’s voice and family input. Reflective planning ensures each child/young person’s interests and strengths are scaffolded through intentional and spontaneous experiences.
Healthy Eating is embedded and promoted throughout the service. The menu is regularly assessed by the Healthy Eating Advisory Board and the educators are trained to plan and provide healthy menus in an OSHC setting.
Our educators are attuned to each child/young person’s thinking styles, emotions and behaviours. They are committed to building each child/young person’s resilience and supporting their mental health and wellbeing.
We actively empower children/young people to become advocates for sustainable practices who recognise that sustainability goes beyond Environmental Sustainability (caring for our natural world). They also support Social Sustainability (living peacefully and respectfully together) and Economic Sustainability (fair and equitable access to resources, conservation of resources and the reduction of consumption).
Valuing our Educators Ongoing Professionalism
Our team of educators are devoted to advancing their skills. Learning from each other, training sessions and networking continually expand professional development.
Commitment to Continuous Improvement and Positive Practice
We work collaboratively to ensure best practice and maintain a strong and united team environment. Ongoing critical reflection and evaluation fosters deep thinking to strengthen our professional practice and ensures continuous improvement.
Our OSHC program was assessed by the Department of Education and Training in October 2015 and in May 2020 and we can proudly say that we achieved ‘Exceeding’ in our overall rating in both assessments.
Child Safe Environment
St Francis of Assisi OSHC is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people. This will be the primary focus of our care and decision-making. St Francis of Assisi OSHC has zero tolerance for child abuse. OSHC is committed to providing a child safe environment where children are safe and feel safe and their voices are heard about decisions that affect their lives. Particular attention will be paid to the cultural safety of Aboriginal children and children from culturally and /or linguistically diverse backgrounds, as well as the safety of children with a disability.
Every person involved in St Francis of Assisi OSHC has a responsibility to understand the important and specific role they play individually and collectively to ensure that the wellbeing and safety of all children and young people is at the forefront of all they do and every decision they make.
National Quality Framework
The Outside School Hours Car is regulated by the National Quality Framework (Jan 1st, 2012) that includes:
- Education & Care Services National Regulations (December 2011)
- Education and Care Services National Law Act (No. 69, 2010)
- Early Years Learning Framework for School Aged Care in Australia (MYy Time, Our Place)
Policies & Procedures
In collaboration with educators and families, all policies are reviewed on a regular basis. Click on the following links to view a selection of these documents.
Childrens Health and Safety
Relationships with Children
Collaborative Partnerships with Families and Communities
These and many other policy and procedure documents can be accessed at the St Francis of Assisi OSHC Office.