Oatley Public School OOSH is privileged that have its own space on the grounds at Oatley Public School. Our service has a small kitchen and two toilets in the space we use, as well as use of the basketball and soccer courts, the school hall when needed, and the school library for quiet activities or specific learning tasks if our program calls for it.
The Kindergarten Program for Oatley OOSHCare is intended to emulate what children and families would be used to in a Preschool program. The Kindergarten program has its own Kindergarten coordinator who is the point of contact for the families of Kindergarten students and teachers at the school. The program is designed to give children a safe space to grow into their school careers, to reinforce friendships, support literacy, and introduce children to the amazing experience that being an OOSH kid is.
This program operates in Terms 1 and 2, and begins to phase out in Term 3 depending on the needs of the children in the group. The focus of the program is getting to know them, and for them to get to know us and the space that we play in. Once we have established that, we start to explore their interests and learn about the world around us.
The Junior Program is for children from Year 1 to Year 4. Where the Kindergarten and Seniors programs are specialised programs designed to challenge children to grow, our Juniors program also aims to expose children to as many different experiences as possible over the space of the year.
We believe that we don't know what we don't know, so exposure to as many experiences as possible increases the range of experiences that children have been exposed to over time.
A typical Juniors program will include structured, mastery based programs such as a sport program, art program, cooking program, art program, and any number of ongoing workshops such as orienteering, martial arts, bird watching, or anything that strikes our fancy.
This program also provides an environment where children can take literacy, numeracy, and STEM learning and apply it in ways that supports and extends the learning they do at school.
It is a truly exciting program that provides a framework for children to grow into, until they reach a point where they drive their own programs.
Seniors, or Year 5 and 6 kids, quite often have been with our services for all of their school career. The Seniors Program recognises that these children and their families deserve something a bit better than the day to day that they've been used to.
The Seniors Program has a strong focus on teamwork and learning to work with people that you don't know. It challenges children to work together to solve problems. As the year progresses, the Seniors Program aims to engage with the community as often as possible - either by bringing the community to us, or going out into our community.
No two Seniors Programs are the same, but all of them are designed with consideration for what the high school experience is going to be like - do you know how to catch a bus? A train? Cook dinner? Make a phone call? How about financial literacy?
Seniors get out what they put in - so we always aim high, and reach for the stars.
Our services menu and physical activity planning is guided by the principles laid out in the NSW Government's Eat Smart, Play Smart manual.
The Eat Smart Play Smart Manual was developed with the support of:
Heart Foundation NSW Division
NSW Office of Preventive Health
Network of Community Activities
The manual supports OOSH services to:
Promote healthy eating
Program a range of energetic activities, and activities that support the physical development of children
Involve families and children in decision about food provided at the service
and to link our practices in relation to food and physical activity to the Learning Framework for School Age Care My Time, Our Place and demonstrate how we meet the National Quality Standards every day.
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