Outside School Hours & Vacation Care
“Children are not a distraction from more important work. They are the most important work” C.S. Lewis. At OSHC, the children are the reason we come to work every day. Although OSHC lives within the school grounds, it is in a world of its own. When the bell rings, the fun begins! We pride ourselves on making OSHC a relaxing place for the children to be, a second home. In the classroom they focus primarily on their academic pursuits but at OSHC they have a chance to play. They have opportunity to develop their gross and fine motor skills through climbing trees and creating with LEGO. They develop their social skills through the interactions with friends in their class, their grade and across the rest of the college. They develop their emotional skills in playing and negotiating with children younger and older than themselves, learning empathy, compromise, equity and fairness. They develop their cognitive skills in being challenged by the activities prepared by the Educators coming from our weekly program.
Our program is derived from the ideas and suggestions of the children.In the staff room, the teachers have a Benjamin Franklin quote on the walls - “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn”. Across the College, the children are involved in their learning and OSHC no different. From science experiments to cooking, creating to challenging, the children are in involved in their play and their play is learning.
“Children are great imitators so give them something great to imitate.” At OSHC, we keep this as our focus, in the knowledge that children observe and absorb all that we do. We pride ourselves on the relationships we have built with the children and families and enjoy working with them.
Vacation Care remains a highlight at Faith. We love putting together exciting programs for the children (and the staff!) to enjoy! We’ve had some great incursions – Crazy Candles, Rotation Creations, Ocean Life Education, Stufflers, Street Science, Holt Bolt and Red Scorpion Laser Skirmish (always a favourite!). We’ve also ventured off campus – Settlement Cove Lagoon, Event Cinemas with a sneaky Sizzler lunch, Bounce, Aussie World, King Tutt’s Putt Putt, Crank, Sky Zone and the Tree Top Challenge.
I count it a privilege to be a part of the team at OSHC and the College at large. I have worked in the OSHC sector for many years and I can honestly say that you have the most innovative OSHC I have come across. This is a direct result of the Educators you have caring for your children. Next time you’re in please thank them for the work that they do and congratulate them for the service they have created for your children. They most certainly deserve it.