What a fantastic start to the year at OSHC. We have been able to offer an enjoyable, dynamic, and valuable play-based learning environment to all our new and existing students.
Attending OSHC for the first time can be a challenging and overwhelming experience for children, particularly if they are also settling into school for the first time. However, our OSHC service can provide new children and their families with reassurance, stability, new friendships, and strong relationships that can contribute positively to smooth transitions into both OSHC and school. Strong relationships create positive short- and long-term outcomes for children and support success in their new environments. To support new children and families beginning OSHC it is important to communicate and work with families and the school community.
This year so far, we have focused on our students having a ‘strong sense of identity’ (MYTOP L/O1) by facilitating activities such as our ‘About Me’ buntings, OSHC birthday Cactus wall, Lego masters, personal portfolios and our OSHC 2022 picture frames; all in which are displayed around the room for students to enjoy. Our educators work closely with the children each week to work on a structured program based on the children’s interests and needs.
Our program is based on having leisure and fun combined, where children can choose to be as active as they want to be in them after school. Play and leisure are vital ingredients for a healthy, happy childhood. Just having fun Our program can look hectic and busy however the children are totally engaged and are active learners. We encourage children to have a say in how their environment is set up. This year we have also introduced our new art and craft area ‘OSHC 2.0’; this space has allowed our students to focus on their creativity as well as providing a space for quiet activities and wellbeing. We look forward to continuing with our program in Term 2 and we wish all our OSHC families and students a safe and happy holiday break.