OOSH to the holiday rescue

The rise in dual-income families has typically left parents short on care options during the school holidays but St Nicholas OOSH has stepped in to fill the gap and the kids are loving it.

In the recent December/January school holidays, St Nicholas OOSH services around the Diocese offered programs with incursions and excursions that were both fun and educational.

St Nicholas OOSH, Taree, took students on a visit to Bago Maze, Stoney Aqua Park, and The Big Buzz Fun Park. They also ran a first aid course for children.

Due to the children’s interests, St Nicholas OOSH, Rutherford, spent one of its vacation days doing science experiments. The children created their own lava lamps using jars, oil, water, food colouring and Alka-Seltzer.

OOSH supervisor Traci Hogno ran the Rutherford program and said the science experiment day was her favourite. All the children of varied ages were engaged and learning a lot while still having fun. 

Other adventures during the holidays included cooking and cake decorating, laser tag, a visit to the cinema, ice-skating, and trips to Ninja Parc and Inflatable World.

Ms Hogno is looking forward to delivering the OOSH program for children in 2020. “It is such a great program, and the kids always have a lot of fun,” she said. “The program is guided by their interests, and it really benefits parents too, being able to leave their kids with someone they trust.”

OOSH provides a fun, safe, leisure based experience for children before and after school, and vacation care during holidays. St Nicholas OOSH currently operates in 14 locations with more opening this year. To find out more go to stnicholasoosh.org.au.

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Brooke Robinson

Brooke is Content Officer for the Communications Team in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle

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