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Have You Heard Of Conduct Disorder?

Have You Heard Of Conduct Disorder?

For the most part, I have found that working with children in an OSHC setting has been gratifying and rewarding, but sometimes it has been overwhelming, especially when I was new to the sector. Even seasoned OSHC educators can find it challenging to manage, support...
Why Reading the UNCRC Might Inspire You As An OSHC Educator

Why Reading the UNCRC Might Inspire You As An OSHC Educator

Just for fun, over the holidays, I read not one but two versions of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child – the simplified, Child-Friendly version (below) and the full version which I found on the Human Rights Commission website.  Of course, I had...
5 Lovely Valentine’s Day Craft Ideas for After School Care

5 Lovely Valentine’s Day Craft Ideas for After School Care

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, we’ve curated 5 really lovely craft ideas for Outside School Hours Coordinators to use this year.   Make a Heart Wreath All you need for this Valentine’s decoration is some coloured paper (doesn’t have to be limited to red or pink!...
What’s With Rough & Tumble Play?

What’s With Rough & Tumble Play?

Recently, I cleaned out a very messy cupboard which has piles of printed materials from my childcare studies.  Buried in one pile was my copy of “Educators My Time, Our Place”.  As is my way, I stopped the cleaning and began reading which was surprisingly enjoyable...
Can Small Hands Change The World?

Can Small Hands Change The World?

As climate change is still very much a hot topic in Australia, with no real solution in sight, I was wondering whether the OSHC community could make a positive contribution to this pressing issue. Collectively, scientists are telling us that if global warming is not...
Creating Proud and Confident Learners

Creating Proud and Confident Learners

Chapter 10 of My Time, Our Place (MyTop) is all about Cultural Competence.  If you haven’t read it lately, I encourage you to grab a copy and spend twenty or thirty minutes reading and reflecting on this chapter which is only three pages long. As OSHC educators, in...

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