Outside School Hours Care (OSHC) Educator / Assistant
Many schools across Australia offer Outside School Hours Care (OSHC) to support parents who need extra child supervision before and after school. This gives parents the opportunity to maintain their regular working hours while knowing their children are in safe and familiar care.
OSHC educators and assistants can operate before school, after school, on pupil free days and may also offer programs and supervision during school holidays.
The additional time spent interacting with fellow students in a less formal environment than school helps them build lasting friendships in a safe, comfortable, and familiar environment.
Activities, games, and experiences help children develop social skills, try new things, improve their problem solving skills, and interact with new people.
All children who are eligible to attend a school are eligible to apply to be enrolled in OSHC.
Working with Children with Special Needs
An interest in a career path as an Outside School Hours assistant or carer can be a pathway towards providing care and support to children with special needs or disabilities.
It can be a challenging job at times, but it is also so rewarding. You will never forget the experience of working with children with special needs, and knowing how you are making an impact on a child’s life is monumental. The skills they develop in your care are life-long; they will carry them well beyond their school years.
Seeing a child reach a personal goal or improve their skills is remarkable and both a career and emotional achievement. It also teaches you to be more patient, understanding, and empathetic.