Welcome to the OSCAR Sector Website

Information, ideas and contacts for the New Zealand OSCAR sector: before/after school programmes and school holiday programmes.

MSD OSCAR approval, regional information and contacts; establishing an OSCAR service. Support, advice and inspiration are closer than you think! 

Thanks for dropping by!

What's new?

  • The MSD Level 3 Social Sector Standards have replaced the OSCAR Standards

MSD are inviting feedback from providers before they are finalised in October.

MSD Social Sector Accreditation Standards  

  • New FAQs

What is the legal liability, if a child is injured at my programme?

Is a holiday programme responsible for children who are dropped off before the programme opens?

What is the required adult to child ratio for supervising children in a pool?

What can I find here?

This web-site is primarily aimed at providing a hub for OSCAR programme providers, to access resources, support and to promote collaboration. If you are involved in running an OSCAR service this is the place to look for essential information and news from within the sector.

If you are a parent looking for information about OSCAR you might want to have a look at the parent page on the OSCN web-site.

Some of the things you might want to do while here:

  • Look at news and notices from your region
  • Make contact with other providers in your region
  • Get up-to-date with policy announcements and sector news
  • Ask a question about getting a programme started, MSD Approval, employment processes, children's behaviour
  • Get ideas for activities and tips about running your programme.

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What is OSCAR?

"OSCAR" stands for Out of School Care and Recreation. OSCAR services are before/after school and school holiday programmes for school-aged children, usually up to the age of 13 years. Not all these services call themselves "OSCAR" but they have common features such as a focus on play and recreation (rather than schooling), operating outside of school hours and in holiday times, and providing care while parents do other things - work, training or taking time for their own activities.

These programmes are run by all kinds of small and large organisations - community groups, private businesses, franchises, local government, marae, schools, churches, early childhood centres and so on.  If you wish to locate a programme in your area, please use the link on the contacts page.

You may also come across the terms "OSCAR Approved" or "OSCAR Registered". At present there is no "governing body" for OSCAR services. The OSCAR Foundation was providing support for OSCAR services on a national basis but this organisation ceased operating in April 2012. "OSCAR Approved" usually refers to a programme being "approved" under the "OSCAR Standards for Approval" which are currently administered by the Ministry of Social Development (MSD). Read more about OSCAR Approval here.

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Our aim

Providing a hub for essential OSCAR sector information.

What is OSCAR?

Supported by
The Ministry of Social

New programming resource

"Something to do"

Have you checked out our FAQ page ?

What should I have in place
on my first day?

Can an OSCAR programme
exclude children?

What is the process if an OSCAR programme changes ownership?

What can I expect when an MSD Assessor comes to my programme?

If the answer isn't there we are happy to help - please send us your question!

Essential Information:

The OSCAR Driver's Handbook

The OSCAR Water Safety Handbook

Holiday Programme Survival Guide

Cool ideas

Block colour creations

Thanks to Gladstone Primary Holiday Programme for this one. Start with a simple colour scheme and then let the kids be creative.

Some buttons and bits were scavanged by the kids from home. Older kids worked on canvas, youngers on card.

For more Arts and Craft ideas check out our new craft page

Shredding coconut at Otahuhu Town Hall Holiday Programme. 

The first stage towards making a bowl from the shell.

Kiwi Bubble Soccer at Kids After School Care, Pukekohe
(short video if you click on the image)

Great idea from Oasis After School, Beachlands, to give to parents so they always have your contact details on hand.

Oasis Key Tags

How do you ensure are up to date with day to day programme essentials? Whangaparoa School uses a whiteboard. Good idea!

Whangaparoa School

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