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Element 6.1.3 Families are supported Current information is available to families about the service and relevant community services and resources to support parenting and family wellbeing What does Element 6.1.3 mean at your service? Is it the brochure rack in reception with pamphlets for nappy services, swimming classes, and the local medical centre? Is it […]

That special something...

That special something – a reflection

Darren Brisbane, program manager at Sherpa Kids St Pauls, returns to share a story that began as an article about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) in OSHC for Science Week this week, but it became something more – something quite special. This is a reflection on the way one staff member’s passions can change a […]

With a leap in his OSHC service's senior student numbers this year, Darren Brisbane's team had to get creative.

The importance of playing up

Darren Brisbane returns to Amplify with another practical, thoughtful post addressing a major pain-point in outside school hours care (OSHC): how do you keep senior students occupied? With a leap in his service’s senior student numbers this year, Darren’s team had to get creative. 2018 has been an interesting year for Sherpa Kids St Paul’s. […]

OSHC takes a stand against bullying

OSHC takes a stand against bullying #NDA2018

Not only have the OSHC educators prepared and delivered lessons to the children, but this video documents the learning experience and shows that even the simplest equipment can yield a great result that supports children’s participation and educators’ professional development. Watch the video and scroll down to read more.

Summer garden watering hacks: CELA Simple Guide

Looking for that great idea you saw about using plastic bottles as plant irrigators? Well, you can trawl a thousand Youtube videos, save a hundred Pinterest boards, hashtag your heart out on Instagram … OR you can trust a CELA Simple Guide to come to your rescue!   Click image below to download the PDF […]

Cooks River Action Research makes a first for OSHC educators

The Cooks River Action Research was a project which developed environmental and cultural awareness in school aged children in Council’s Out Of School Hours Care. Inner West Council Educare Training, Resource and Research Officer Sylvia Perdikaris, shares the story with Amplify readers. Inner West Council’s Children and Family Services has always been committed to the […]

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