One of the things we pride ourselves on at Settlers Farm OSHC is the fun-filled program that caters to the developmental needs of the children. Every day at OSHC there are different activities on offer for children to take part in that range from art and craft, to cooking, to sport, to just hanging out with their friends. At OSHC children are constantly learning and developing cognitively through the play-based approach and social experiences.
The planning of the OSHC program is based around the My Time, Our Place Framework that has been developed as a national play-based curriculum for all services across Australia. The curriculum is used in a range of child care settings, from long day care to OSHC to family day care.
Each session at OSHC has a basic routine in place that provides children with some stability and structure. This routine allows for some structured time with their peers such as group time (an opportunity for staff to discuss any important information with children as a group and address any issues or concerns from the children)and then lots of opportunity for free choice play, which allows children to make their own decisions and choices.
The Before School Routine is as follows:
6:30AM: Quiet activities in OSHC building
7:15AM: Educators open areas, children have free choice of play
7:15-8:00AM Breakfast is served
8:20AM: Children gather in lounge room for group time and roll call
8:30AM Children are dismissed from OSHC
The After School Routine is as follows:
3:05PM: Children get signed in and wash their hands. They are then provided with afternoon tea.
Children then choose where they wish to spend their free play time.
4:30PM: Fruit is served at OSHC.
4:45PM-5:30PM: Free play at OSHC or playground depending on the weather.
5:30PM-6PM: Quiet activity time at OSHC building.
Click the button below to access our menu and programmed activities for Term 3, week 4.
At OSHC we are strong believers in children having a voice so therefore we have a Student Representative Council. At the beginning of each year children are given the opportunity to nominate as a representative. Each child then gets to vote for a candidate and a council of approximately 8 children is elected. The SRC meet once a term for 30 minutes to discuss issues affecting their peers and come up with ways to solve any problems and suggestions for improvements. The SRC are also responsible for selecting charities to donate our fundraising money to, to be voted on by all the children, recipes and program ideas. SRC is a great way for children to develop leadership skills, build their self esteem and participate in decision making processes. It helps to make them feel like active citizens in their community.