Xplor Education:
OSHC Week

Xplor Education presents our inaugural virtual conference for the Outside School Hours community commencing on 12 March 2024. Join us for tailored webinars and guest presentations to facilitate knowledge-sharing and networking among other OSHC/OOSH providers in the sector!

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Join us for one (or all) of our daily sessions covering various topics, including our roadmap, programming & planning, family engagement and many more! All sessions will be recorded, so be sure to check back here for a recording link if you miss it!

Guest Presenters

Dr Mia Christensen

Dr Mia Christensen

Education Manager Innovation and Partnerships—G8 Education

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Dr Mia Christensen is a registered teacher, early childhood researcher and professional facilitating and leading innovations and partnerships in the early childhood education and care sector. She has been a teacher for 30 years, working in early childhood, primary, secondary and tertiary contexts in remote, regional and urban settings in Queensland, the Northern Territory and Western Australia. She has worked as an academic at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) for the past fifteen years. Her teaching and research focus has been exploring early childhood education for sustainability, STEAM interdisciplinary capability build and accessing and elevating young children’s voices. Currently, she is the Education Innovation and Partnerships Manager at G8 Education, the second-largest provider of early childhood education and care services in Australia.

Rebecca Freier

Rebecca Freier

Practice Manager—G8 Education

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Mrs Rebecca Freier is a Queensland registered teacher and early childhood professional, supporting high quality outcomes for children, families, and practitioners in the early childhood education and care sector. She has been a teacher for the past 20 years, with experience in early childhood, primary and vocational education. For the past 3 years Rebecca has held a Practice Partner position at G8 Education, the second largest provider of early childhood and care services in Australia. In this role she plays a key role in guiding and mentoring early childhood teachers and educators to provide high quality pedagogy and practice to enable the learning, development, and wellbeing of children. Rebecca is also a mentor to early childhood teachers as they move to proficient teacher registration in Queensland, and is the G8 Education representative on the Kindy Uplift Consultative Committee.

Sarah Louise Gandolf

Sarah Louise Gandolfo

Founder—Learning to Lead in Early Childhood

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Sarah Louise is a career early childhood teacher, pedagogical leader and lifelong learner. She has dedicated her career to pursuing kindness in the workplace and developing leaders at all levels of organisations. Through her consultancy, Learning to Lead in Early Childhood, she thrives on the challenge of working with highly diverse groups of early childhood professionals across the sector spectrum. With formal qualifications in education, research and leadership, Sarah Louise is a committed advocate for children, social justice and the early years workforce.

Kylie Keane

Kylie Keane

Playworker Advocate and Consultant—Keen About

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Kylie is a playworker and consultant at Keen About. Kylie has a wealth of experience in OSHC and, for the last decade, has been an educational leader as part of a team that has twice achieved the Excellent rating. Kylie has travelled the UK extensively, immersing herself in all things play and playwork, and believes that playwork is absolutely the ultimate approach to working with children and young people.

Come and virtually meet our fantastic team, all of whom will happily answer your questions during these sessions.

12 – 15 March 2024 | Virtual Conference

OSHC WEEK KICK OFF

The inaugural Xplor Education OSHC Week virtual conference will kick off by welcoming attendees and outlining the agenda for the week, including presentations ranging from the “Image of the Child” to “Boosting your Leadership in OSHC” and “Play-based Learning”. Attendees will hear from our product team about the exciting updates they’re working on to our software to propel you to success throughout 2024.

Tuesday, 12 March
11:00 AM – 11:30 AM AEDT

IMAGE OF THE CHILD

Dr Mia Christensenand Rebecca Freier, will delve into the “Image of the Child” and “Child Agency” in the context of early childhood education and family communication and engagement. This thought-provoking session will navigate the various dimensions that contribute to shaping our perceptions of children’s capabilities, expectations on documenting children’s learning and the role families have in this space.

Tuesday, 12 March
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM AEDT

BOOKINGS & OCCUPANCY

This webinar will empower administrators, staff and directors with the knowledge to set up and maintain their service in Office to streamline booking processes and optimise occupancy management. We’ll also look at how families can maximise their ability to make and edit bookings in the Home app for BSC, ASC and Vacation Care.

Wednesday, 13 March
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM AEDT

PROGRAMMING & PLANNING

This session is designed to empower OSHC teams with Playground’s tools, features and ideas. They enable educators to create enriching and engaging pieces of documentation and come together to showcase the planning cycle in OSHC. We’ll also examine different templates and layouts, which will be available to your service post webinar.

Wednesday, 13 March
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM AEDT

VACATION CARE IN OFFICE

Prepare to revolutionise your Vacation Care programs with a webinar tailored for OSHC providers. Join us as we delve into the setup, features and strategies that will empower you and your families to streamline and enhance the planning and management of engaging Vacation Care experiences and quality childcare. Topics will range from managing master roll sessions to communicating and opening vacation care bookings to sharing vacation care programs and engaging with families.

Thursday, 14 March
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM AEDT

BOOST YOUR LEADERSHIP IN OSHC

Join Sarah Louise Gandolfo will explore five principles designed to elevate the leadership skills of current and emerging leaders in the OSHC sector, setting them up for success in 2024. These principles are Courage, Kindness, Communication, Learning and Connection. Drawing upon research, practical strategies and ideas from a range of contemporary leadership theories, this session will provide practical tools and actionable insights to enhance leadership capabilities and drive positive change.

Thursday, 14 March
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM AEDT

TO PLAY OR NOT TO PLAY?
It is no longer a question!

Play is a right of all children and young people. There has been a great deal of advocacy for the right to play in Australia and how adopting a playwork approach can support this. This advocacy has contributed to several recent changes in our Australian learning frameworks. Whilst a playwork approach may have been used across Australia for some time, it has only been in recent years that it has been evidenced and viewed as a “quality” approach. Throughout this session presented by Kylie Keane, we will explore how playwork, the playwork principles and My Time, Our Place V2.0 align and why play is so important to children!

Friday, 15 March
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM AEDT

Why attend?

You’re free to attend any or all of the dynamic keynote presentations from our resident and industry experts. You’ll have the opportunity to pose questions as we discuss real-world solutions shaping how OSHC centres operate today.

Who should attend?

OSHC Week is targeted and specially catered to anyone working as a coordinator, assistant coordinator or educator at an outside school hours care service. Each session has been curated to help you maximise operations at your service.

Don’t miss the first Xplor Education virtual conference for the OSHC sector!

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