OSCAR stands for 'Out of School Care and Recreation' OSCAR programmes are designed to care for children before school, after school and during the holidays when parents are working or studying full time. These programmes cater for children between the ages of 5 and 13 years. OSCAR programmes are recreation based and aim to meet the needs of children during out of school hours in a safe and fun way – and they are much more than a child-minding service. OSCAR programmes provide a number of benefits to children, their families and communities at large. A good OSCAR programme will assist and enhance a child’s social, emotional, physical, creative, cultural and academic development. It will provide a variety of age appropriate child-centered activities that will ensure the child has a relaxed and enjoyable time in a safe and caring environment. Bread of Life OSCAR currently manages nine different programmes at 5 venues. We provide Before School care at Springlands, After School care at Springlands School, Blenheim School, St Mary’s, Redwoodtown School and Woodbourne. The Springlands after School programme is currently for their students only. Holiday programmes are based at Woodbourne, Blenheim School and Redwoodtown School. All these programmes are managed by The Bread of Life Trust. The OSCAR staff are employed by the Trust to provide a safe, stimulating, caring and comfortable environment, taking into account children’s individual needs. The programme is not highly structured but does include one planned activity each session. In holidays the programme is structured with many activities during the day to give variety for the children. Art and craft materials, games for different ages and sports equipment are all available. Activities are well supervised whether indoor or outdoor and a quiet rest space is available for those children wishing to do homework or having time out.
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