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.
On this page you will find information about the daily routine, Big Vac Out, Camp, Sleepover, Veggie patch and sustainability and SRC.
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.
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.
The veggie patch is run each season, with children helping to prep the garden for planting, watering and harvesting.
Each Christmas Holidays a group of up to 40 children in Years 4, 5, 6 and 7 have the opportunity to take part in a 3 day camp with OSHC. The location of the camp changes from year to year, some of the more recent camps include Woodhouse, Adelaide Shores Caravan Park and Narnu Farm.
Each camp offers unique experiences such as Challenge Hill, Surf Lifesaving and Horse Riding and many other activities including Greenhills, Bowling, Mini Golf, Night Walks and Team Building Games.
More information about camp is generally available in the Term 3 or 4 newsletter and in the Vacation Care Program. Please keep an eye out for this information if you are interested.
Our Sleepover alternates between a sleepover at OSHC with a bus trip to the Brewery Christmas lights and the Zoo Snooze at Adelaide Zoo. Sleepover is in the Christmas Vacation Care and is for children aged between 6-8. More information about sleepover is generally available in the Term 3 or 4 newsletter and in the Vacation Care Program. Please keep an eye out for this information if you are interested.
BIG VAC OUT
This event is hosted every 2 years at Settlers Farm in the first week of Christmas. It is a carnival-like event for services across South Australia to attend. The event has grown to a day that has over 1000 children entering the gates from over 25 OSHC Services across South Australia. Activities on the day include, The Wipeout, Fun factory, Pony rides, Animal nursery, Dunking machine, Chair-o-plane and facepainting just to name a few.