Programs that genuinely enrich the lives of children and their families
The 'My Time, Our Place' framework for school age care in Australia guides programming. The Framework assists educators to provide children with opportunities to maximise their potential and develop the foundations for future success. Working with the themes of Being, Belonging, Becoming - each Primary OSHCare centre creates programs unique to the children and community in which they operate. Underpinned by ACECQAs National Quality Framework, our before and after school and vacation care programs are guided by a focus on the following core principles:
Secure, respectful and reciprocal relationships
Children must be safe and well supervised. Mutually supportive relationships between children; children and adults and amongst adults provide the foundations for effective care. Primary OSHcare educators are attuned to the children in their care and focused on creating positive and supporting environments that enhance self esteem, independence and leadership skills.
Based on effective communication between all Children, Families, Schools, Communities and educators, we ensure our partnerships
- value each other's knowledge
- value each other's contribution
- are based on trust
- enjoy free and respectful communication
- share insights and perspectives
- engage in shared decision making
High expectations and equity
Achieved through continuous development of professional knowledge and skills; working in partnership with children, families, communities, services and agencies. Our carers continually strive to find equitable and effective ways to ensure children have opportunities to experience a sense of worth and achieve outcomes.
Respect for diversity
Our educators work to understand the diverse backgrounds of the children in their care in order to nurture well being and development. Program decisions support their different capacities and abilities. Educators think critically about opportunities to explore similarities and difference.
Ongoing learning and reflective practice
Continuously developing professionalism along with a lively culture of inquiry results from an ongoing cycle of review. Issues are recognised and addressed, practices examined, outcomes reviewed and new ideas generated to ensure the highest program quality, environment design, equity and well being for all the children in our care.
Everyday our teams care for your children in practical and effective ways:
Health and well being
Safety is at the forefront of care. Routine inspections ensure equipment and play areas are well maintained. Individual requirements are understood, documented and communicated to the team. We work with relevant agencies to support the integration of children with additional needs. We provide high quality, nutritious menus for breakfast and afternoon tea and cater for culturally diverse requirements. Accidents and injuries are immediately managed and documented. All staff are trained in emergency response procedures. For more detail, ask your centre co-ordinator.
Trained and professional staff
Primary OSHCare staff are trained and encouraged to form professional relationships with both children and parents.
Our Co-ordinators are empowered to understand and respond to the unique needs of their centre's community. All staff are fully supported by the Regional Managers, systems, policies and procedures. Constant feedback from supervisors and community members; regular training and development opportunities underpin the professional approach adopted by our centre staff.
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Interesting and stimulating programs
Our staff closely observe and interact with children in order to fully understand individual needs and interests. Programs are created in the Centres and reflect these observations, ideas and suggestions.
Typical activities include
- Clubs and interest groups lead by children
- Quiet areas for reading
- Homework Club
- Outdoor games and sports
- Creative and imaginative play
- Art and craft
- Projects and construction
Professional sports and activity coaching are offered through partnership with the Active After Schools Communities Program (AASC)
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Primary OSHC Centres provide a link between home and school. Centres display relevant information and resources for parents including the weekly program and menu, policies and contact details.
We actively seek community involvement and feedback to ensure we are providing and receiving all relevant information. We employ continuous and regular surveys, feedback, review, and consultation with parents and school, community meetings and newsletters.
Internal Communication is also vital to maintain a high quality service. Regional Managers meet centre co-ordinators and each other weekly. Centre Co-ordinators meet twice per term to share ideas, receive training and report on the operations of the services.
Each Centre has the latest technology to facilitate easy fees, statements and payments. For more information on communication and fee procedures, speak to your centre co-ordinator
We all respond to our surroundings and the children in our care are given the chance to appreciate and enjoy the experiences and resources Primary OSHCare provides.
Our Centres are clean, tidy and attractive. The atmosphere is calm and pleasant, inviting and welcoming. We ensure equipment is well maintained, regularly replaced and well organised.
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Healthy cooking and eating:
Food is an important part of our daily routine. We encourage and provide interesting and nutritious food each session and children's participation in the preparation and presentation of meals. Good nutrition underpins our offerings, but fun also has a role to play. Every centre has a cooking club and vacation care often includes master chef style 'cook – offs' just for fun.
Providing the best support systems possible: We supplement our services with programs and resources including:
ISS (Inclusion Support Subsidy) for children with additional needs
As part of our philosophy of inclusive, stimulating and appropriate care, all Primary OSHCare centres offer Inclusion Support programs for eligible children. To discuss this service, speak to your centre coordinator or email head office directly
For easy account management, Primary OSHCare run Qikkids software. Qikkids is the first (DEEWR) certified fees management software for out of school hours providers. It complies with relevant legislative requirements under the New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999 (the Act) and makes CCB, deductions and general communications with the department very simple.