Welcome to EPOSHC!
We appreciate the opportunity to share in your child's journey at Everton Park State School OSHC. We look forward to having a long and rewarding relationship with you and your child as you both embark on this adventure.
Our service is an Approved Service under the Education and Care Services National Law and Regulations. Our Regulatory Authority is Early Childhood Education and Care. Our service is committed to providing quality play- based education and care for our children and families. We use the approved learning framework, My Time, Our Place (MTOP) as the basis for our program and practice.
Please feel free to request a copy of our Family Handbook that has been developed to support families to understand our service, the expectations and requirements for enrolment and participation. We trust all the information contained is helpful and informative. Should you have any questions or concerns, please always feel welcome to get in contact to discuss any matters further.
Children thrive in an environment where they are cared for, and their individuality is nurtured – this is our core belief. In providing quality care for the children and families, Everton Park Outside School Hours Care (EPOSHC) will ensure all of the children in our care experience a rich play-based educational program to support their development, wellbeing, and learning.
We recognise the value of play in promoting a child's sense of wellbeing, enhancing social skills, and supporting development. As professionals, we know the experiences children are engaged with at Everton Park SS provide an opportunity for life-long learning. Therefore, the implementation of the educational program is based on My Time, Our Place. We develop our program using ongoing critical reflection to ensure we uphold quality school age care practices. We believe children should be active agents in their time at OSHC. When supported by a safe and secure environment where the child's rights and ideas are valued, children are able to flourish into confident, caring, and effective learners.
Promoting and supporting children's learning and development is our passion. Our practices are built upon the relationship we establish with children and families. Security and trust are the foundations of a strong relationship. We develop these through consistency, inclusion, and transparency.
At all times, we uphold the rights of the child. We value the belonging and contribution they bring to our service and their community. We ensure our practices support their participation and involvement in their world.
The environment of our service is loving, safe and home-like. We seek to have a welcoming, warm, and inclusive presence for families when they enter our service. Inclusiveness is essential to our practices. We celebrate the diversity of our local community, inviting everyone to share aspects of their cultures and identities. Our program reflects this value through intentionality and collaboration with stakeholders. We offer experiences to children that invite a range of perspectives and diverse elements.
We value care and respect for the natural environment. The EPSS OSHC team promotes a shared responsibility to act sustainably and ethically. We role model good citizenship behaviours for our families.
The service recognises the unique contribution Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make to our Australian communities. We are committed to acknowledging and respecting the rich history of our First Nations people give to our country. We especially acknowledge our gratitude to the Turrbal people for the sharing of the land from which we care for children. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.
Everton Park SS 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 – we aim to teach children to demonstrate a capacity for self-regulation, negotiating and sharing behaviours by motivating and encouraging children to succeed when they are faced with challenges.
- Be connected with and contribute to their world - we demonstrate 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 - we aim 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 - we aim 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 - we aim 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.
These goals will be underpinned by the Get Happier Project and Kagan Cooperative learning structures that are used by the school.