The Grange PS OSHC & Vacation Care Holiday Program is a child-focused program, which aims to provide children with a safe, stimulating environment.
We treat all children and their families as equal and valued individuals. All children are provided with opportunities that challenge and encourage them to develop their potential within a caring and supportive environment.
Our before school and after school programs offer working parents a safe haven for their children outside regular school hours.
Your child’s safety is our priority, so we also require all of our educators to be certified in CPR, first aid and to undertake training in the child protection responsibilities. Every member of our team undergoes a thorough background check prior to employment.
Think. Reason. Question. Experiment.
These are just a few of the skills and qualities that children will develop at Grange PS OSHC.
Since our founding, we’ve focused on supporting children during all transitions throughout childhood.
All activities are designed to adequately nurture the emotional and intellectual growth of our children.
Through stimulating situations and hands-on learning opportunities, young children are free to develop into bright young minds.
From language and literacy development to social skills and creative expression, the children at Grange PS OSHC are constantly being exposed to new activities and environments in which to thrive.
We build on the strengths and interests of each child to help build a solid foundation where they can develop their futures.
Our aim is to provide a safe, warm and stimulating environment.
We recognise that each child is unique, and that they will grow and develop at their own pace, whilst being supported and influenced by all educators involved in their care.
We encourage children to develop a strong sense of self, to recognise their own self-worth and to create their own identity, which will support them on their learning journey now and into their later years.
Our goal is to function as an extended family, providing your child with the security, warmth, and love, which are basic to their development and growth.
Relevant Laws and other Provisions
The laws and other provisions affecting this policy include:
- Education and Care Services National Law Act 2010 and Regulations 2011
- National Quality Standards
- ‘My Time, Our Place’ Framework for School Age Care
At Grange PS OSHC, we recognise every child as an individual, each with their own skills and abilities. Our program encourages children to belong, gives them a strong sense of being and empowers them to become the best possible version of themselves. It is based on a knowledge of the developmental stages of School Age Children and the importance of learning through play. We believe that children are active learners from birth, and through rich engaging environments and meaningful interactions, we can build a foundation for successful lifelong learning.
Grange PS OSHC aims to provide high quality and recreational care for primary school aged children, in a friendly and comfortable environment that is physically safe, nurturing and emotionally secure. We believe that Out of School Hours Care is a valuable and integral part of Grange Primary School and the Local Community. We believe that it is a place where children learn, explore, socialise, develop and expand their interests through positive and active experiences while their parents work, study or have respite. In accordance with school and community needs, the services provided include Before School Care, After School Care, Vacation Care and Pupil Free Day Care.
Grange PS OSHC encourages a supportive confidence-building atmosphere that promotes physical, emotional, intellectual, creative and social growth. Educators encourage communication and social interactions by promoting group activities while recognising individual needs. We offer an environment with programs to support each child’s capabilities and interests and we encourage children to listen and respect the feelings of others.
We are inclusive, and we value and encourage social interactions between children of different genders, diverse family backgrounds, religions and special needs. Children have the right to have their individual and cultural identity recognised and respected. Grange PS OSHC values Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures as a core part of the nation’s history, present and future.
We believe that the intrinsic worth of all children and their families, their strengths and their right to equitable access and participation in the community is clearly visible in all aspects of Grange PS OSHC. We believe that all children have the right to be treated with dignity and respect.
We believe that each child has the right to be an active member of the community in which they live, to express their opinions and have their views considered in any decision that may affect them.
We value ongoing learning and reflective practice to inform and enrich the decisions made that continuously promote positive wellbeing, learning and developmental outcomes for children.
We provide qualified educators who show genuine love and concern for the children in their care and a service that is safe and well supervised. Our centre operates under strict workplace health and safety legislation and acknowledges and respects all individuals and their confidentiality.
We support the family unit by acknowledging the importance of the link between the family and the child care option that they choose. We encourage respectful, collaborative relationships between parents, children and educators. We aim to provide support to each child, to promote their health and wellbeing through a spirit of warmth and respect.
At Grange PS OSHC we aim to be affordable, accessible and address the needs of families in the local community. We encourage all parents to participate in the service and we respect families’ right to have a voice in decision making.
Grange PS OSHC has a number of goals on which our service is based. These goals are based on the outcomes for children as outlined in the My Time, Our Place Framework for School Age Care.
Our goals are to encourage children to:
Have a strong sense of identity – the service aims to teach children to demonstrate a capacity for self-regulation, negotiating and sharing behaviours by motivating andencouraging children to succeed when they are faced with challenges.
Be connected with and contribute to their world – the service demonstrates awareness of connections, similarities and differences between people and how to react in positive ways by encouraging children to listen to others and to respect diverse perspectives.
Have a strong sense of wellbeing – the service aims to teach children to show self regulation and manage their emotions in ways that reflect the feeling and needs of others by showing care, understanding and respect for all children.
Be confident and involved learners – the service aims to teach children to use reflective thinking to consider why things happen and what can be learnt from these experiences by encouraging children to communicate and make visible their ideas, theories, collaborate with children and model reasoning, predicting and reflecting processes and language.
Be effective communicators – the service aims to teach children to convey and construct messages with purpose and confidence, including conflict resolution and following directions by modelling language and encouraging children to express themselves through language in a range of contexts and for a range of purposes including leading and following directions.