Service Name: St Marys OSHC
Service Provider Number: SE: 40004492
Primary Contact at Service: Rebecca Scarr
Physical Service Information:
Address: 13 Gray Road, St Marys, Tasmania 7215
Phone: 03 6372 2187
Mobile: 0458 035 480
Approved Provider: Northern Children’s Network
Contact: Maggie Wilson
Phone: 03 6341 1555
Nominated Supervisor: Angela Kinnersly
Phone: 03 6341 1555
Educational Leader: Rebecca Scarr
Phone: 03 6372 2187
Monday – Friday
15.00 – 17.30
The St Mary’s OSHC service is located within the St Mary’s District School located on Gray Road St Mary’s
There is a large car par and wheel chair access into the service
Service will be closed public holidays
The service will cater for up to 24 children
St Marys Outside School Hours Care recognises the importance of a statement of beliefs as required by the National Quality Framework, My Time Our Place to guide and develop our practice. St Marys Outside School Hours Care educators and management have developed this philosophy in conjunction with current stakeholders, reflecting key documents including; Early Childhood Australia Code of Ethics, My Time Our Place OSHC Framework, Australian Early Years Learning Framework, the Northern Children’s Network Vision Statement and guidelines of Australia's Children's Education and Care Quality Authority.
This philosophy represents our belief in the importance for school age children and educators to work closely together to collaborate with each to provide play and leisure opportunities that are meaningful to the children.
Our OSHC service believes in children making choices and having control over their learning, leisure and play as they collaborate with educators to extend their life learning skills and develop dispositions towards citizenship
Our OSHC setting pays attention to the needs of individual children and their interests that promote collaboration and active citizenship.
We will regularly review the philosophy against new research, learning frameworks and family and community needs, which will support our goal for continuous quality improvement.
Practice at our service will use a play and leisure based curriculum that respects children as active and creative participants, connected to the world around them. This will be achieved through educational experiences that support relationships, teaching and learning.
Philosophy Practices and Strategies
We believe that children have the right to:
- Play in an enjoyable and engaging environment where they can make decisions and choices.
- Be respected for their unique qualities and abilities
- Participate in an environment that develops, challenges skills, knowledge and enables each child to progress at their own rate of learning
We will encourage children:
- To develop positive and caring relationships with educators, other children and their community
- To develop independence and value their personal achievements
- To have an awareness and understanding of equal opportunity, social justice and cultural diversity
- To actively explore and respect the natural environment
- To be effective communicators
Policy and Procedure Links
This philosophy statement is fundamental to all policies and should be used to guide all aspects of the service and its delivery of quality child care.
- Australian Children's Education and Care Authority (ACECQA) (2011) Guide to the National Quality Standard
- Outside School Hours Care National Frame Work “ My Time Our Place”
- Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) (2009) Belonging, Being and Becoming The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia
- Early Childhood Australia (2011) EYLF PLP E-newsletter No 15 Our Philosophy E-newsletter No 28 Revising the service philosophy www.earlychildhoodaustralia.org.au/eyleplp accessed 2012
- Bridie Raban, Kay Margetts, Amelia Church, Jan Deans (2010) The Early Years Learning Framework in Practice Teaching Solutions
- Authur, L., Beecher, B., Death, E., Docket, S. & Farmer, S.(2005) Programming and planning in early childhood settings. Thomson, Melbourne.
- Early Childhood Australia (1990). Code of Ethics. Early Childhood Australia Watson ACT.
- NCAC (2005) Quality Practices Guide. National Childcare Accreditation Council, Surrey Hills.