Before School Care
Norwood OSHC is open between 7:00am and 8:45am every morning of the school term. A parent or guardian must sign their child in upon arrival. The children are offered a range of choices for breakfast including fruit juice, cereals and milo. They have the opportunity to play sport, participate in art/craft, watch TV or play computer games. Many children find this a relaxed time for social interaction with their friends and classmates.
Children are signed out by a staff member from 8.30am onwards to go to their classrooms. Teachers are also on duty to supervise the children in the playground at this time. New enrolments and junior primary children are escorted by OSHC staff to their classrooms.
After School Care
Norwood OSHC opens After School Care at 3.00pm and closes at 6pm each school day. Arrangements are made for newly enrolled children or those with special needs to be collected by a staff member at opening time. Other children who are familiar with our Booking In procedure are signed in as they arrive after dismissal from their classrooms. Staff then ensure that all children booked for the afternoon session are accounted for.
After hand washing children are seated and served with a variety of nutritious snacks. Fresh fruit and vegetables are always included on our platters. Favourite snack items include cold rolls, salad pockets, nachos, tuna and lentil patties, and homemade gourmet pizzas.
Active After School Sports
This initiative is funded by the Australian Sports Commission to improve fitness and provide links to sporting organisations for our children. Norwood OSHC has been nominated as a ‘Super-Site’ in recognition of our contributions and involvement.
The program runs for 1 hour two afternoons a week for 7 weeks of every term. Two or more different activities are chosen every term from the children’s suggestions.
Activities have included: karate, squash, table tennis, yoga, football, korfball, multi-skills, cricket, hip-hop, water games and many more.
Children have the option and equipment and resources provided to engage in free play and optional activities including:
- Construction and Board Games
- Dress ups & Creative Play
- Nintendo & Computer Games
- Games with sports equipment
- Art and Craft
- Theme based Activities
- These group discussions with children are used as a basis for programming each term. Our children discuss issues concerning OSHC and themselves personally including behaviour, safety, bullying and hygiene.
- Discussions have generated community involvement such as visits from the Animal Welfare League , a Dental hygienist, the Red Cross and Adelaide Uni Bacteriologists
- Our ‘Garbage Busters’ group evolved from some children taking an active interest in environmental issues and resulted in our involvement in a pilot recycling program.
Our OSHC Representative Committee have taken on responsibilities involving input into programming, implementation of OSHC standards and induction of new parents and children.
Their contributions are recognised and rewarded by presentation of certificates, awards and an end of term party.