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!
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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.
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 refer to the Family Services Directory or contact one of the regional OSCAR Networks.
You may also come across the terms "OSCAR Approved" or "OSCAR Registered", however at present there is no OSCAR governing body. 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 MSD Standards for OSCAR which are administered by the Ministry of Social Development (MSD). Read more about MSD Approval here.
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