A message from Lorrae Taylor, Program Coordinator for OSHClub.
My name is Lorrae Taylor and I am the Program Coordinator for OSHClub at St Joseph's. I have a wide range of experience working with children including dance teaching, children's parties and child care. I have my Bachelor in Psychology and Criminology and I am currently in my final year of my Master of Counselling. I am currently completing my placement counselling primary aged children at a local school. During my time at St Joseph's I have been awarded a Recognition Award by the CEO of Junior Adventures Group for my commitment to the school and the planning of the program at St Joseph's OSHClub.
All the staff working at OSHClub have a current police check, working with children check and appropriate education/childcare qualifications. All permanent staff also have first aid including CPR, Asthma and Anaphylaxis, child protection training and food safety training.
The number one focus at OSHClub at St Joseph's is the welfare and support of the children. By focusing on understanding each individual child and their needs and wants from the service, we can adapt and plan our program to ensure their safety, happiness and development is accounted for in each session. Our aim is always to see as many smiling faces coming and going from the OSHClub room.
We offer Before School Care (7am-8:50am), After School Care (3:30pm-6pm) and Vacation Care (7am-6pm).
We structure the program by selecting a new theme weekly (daily for Vacation Care) and plan all the activities around that theme. We hold a mini meeting with the children at the end of the week to ask for suggestions and this helps us decide on themes and activities in the future. As a team, we also complete observations daily on the children to see how they are developing, what we can do to extend their learning and plan future activities around this. We offer an indoor and outdoor activity per session, with many other activities on offer at all times, and ensure there is one physical activity and one quieter activity, such as a science experiment or craft. Some examples of activities we run at St Joseph's OSHClub are Arts/Crafts (painting, clay, recycled creations, glitter art, masks, puppets, mindfulness colouring etc) Science Experiments, Sport, Group Games (Silent Ball, Night of the Museum, Fruit Salad etc). Other quiet activities are always available to the children e.g. board games, play dough, loom bands, word searches, dot to dots, anture play area, dress ups, imaginative play and many books to read.
Vacation Care was established at St Joseph's this year and is run by myself and the Coordinator at St James OSHClub, Laura Palmer. We received the award for the best vacation care in the region, awarded to us by our Regional Manager during our first Vacation Care at St Joseph's. We received this award against many school services that have been running Vacation Care programs for long periods of time. Laura and I work together to select themes for each day. Some example of previous themes are Dragons and Dinosaurs, Mini Chef, AFL Day, Disney Day, Disco, Trivia Day, Dance and Music, African Safari and much more. We then run many activities during the day and make sure that we have multiple activities running at once, to ensure every child has an option they enjoy. We also run excursions and incursions during the holidays, some previous ones we have had are Inflatable World, Super Zu, Strike Bowling and Laser Tag, African Drumming, Wild Life Exhibit and Aboriginal Story Telling.
I encourage involvement of parents and am open to feedback from them, as this is how we learn and develop our program further. We have a journal on display with pictures and examples of our program from the past week, which the parents are welcome to leave feedback on. We also have feedback forms that can be filled out. I am also always happy to speak to anyone with feedback or questions.
We look forward to hopefully seeing you and your family at OSHClub soon!
Please click here for the OSHClub Parent Handbook Contact us:Program phone number:
0437 730 158Head Office number:
03 8564 9000Account Manager:
Belinda RamtolDirect Phone:
03 8564 9024Email: firstname.lastname@example.org