Inquiry, Inspiration, Innovation

Inquiry, Inspiration, Innovation
    For Educators
    OSHC Seminar

    30th April 2022
    8:30 am to 4:30pm

    A full day seminar providing inspired professional learning for educators working in Outside School Hours Care Settings. The day will provide networking opportunities with colleagues as well as time for educators to feel inspired with new possibilities for practice.

    Registration: $210 per person

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    Seminar Programme

    8:30am Arrival and Check-In
    9:00am  Keynote - Tanya Vincent
    10:00am  Morning Tea
    10:30am  Stories of Practice Presentation - Angus Gorrie
    11:45am  Stories of Practice Presentation - Annette's Place
    12:30pm Lunch and Networking Opportunity
    1:15pm Stories of Practice Presentation: The Connect, Promote, Protect Program - Uniting Care and University of Sydney Brain and Mind Centre
    2:00pm Inspire and Create Workshop - National Art School (and working afternoon tea)
    4:30 End of Programme

    About the Presenters

    Keynote - Tanya Vincent

    Tanya is a multi-disciplinary urban designer with 25 years’ experience of the land development, housing, public space and transport sectors. Currently Acting Director Strategic Urban Design and Place for Fast Rail, Transport for NSW. A career highlight with Transport was responsibility for the architecture and public domain outcomes of the Sydney Light Rail project from definition design to opening day. She is an awarded public speaker and authored several industry references on density, neighbourhood planning and street design. In 2011, she became a Churchill Fellow for research and advocacy on public spaces for family friendly, high density neighbourhoods.

    Angus Gorrie

    Angus has been working in the education sector for 11 years and currently working as the Program Manager at Camp Hill Outside School Hours Care. Angus has a passion for authentic childhood development incorporating a Playwork approach into the everyday program ensuring the end product is a genuine experience intrinsically derived from the needs of the children.

    Annette's Place

    Corey McNair & Kathryn Simpson

    Corey is the Team Leader of Annette’s Place OSHC with 9 years’ experience as an Early Childhood Educator, currently completing the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.

    Kathryn is the Director of Annette’s Place with 20 years’ experience as an Early Childhood Teacher, currently completing the Master of Early Childhood through Macquarie University.

    Uniting and University of Sydney

    Kristin Ballestros, Jessica Knight & Dr. Alyssa Milton

    Kristin has been involved in the co-development, implementation and evaluation of the CP3 program with Uniting. Kristin is extremely interested in supporting wellbeing and mental health in middle childhood. 

    Jessica has been an OSHC area manager for over 8 years and places keen focus on community connections and the importance of programming.

    Dr Alyssa Milton is a psychologist and post-doctoral researcher at the University of Sydney's Brain and Mind Centre. Alyssa's current research focuses on co-developing both face-to-face and digital child, youth and adult mental health and wellbeing programs. 

    Program Highlights
    Tanya Vincent on play yards in Copenhagen

    Tanya will share her innovative project focusing on the Play Yards of Copenhagen that she undertook as part of a Churchill Fellowship in 2012. A play yard is a unique initiative – a place for children and their families living in high density neighbourhoods where the purpose is to provide a free, safe place dedicated for the daily, outdoor play of children (0-16 years) as well as opportunities for their families to socialise and connect with others. During this presentation, Tanya will share her story of researching the play yards and exploring how this model could be translated into other contexts to provide a space for children in the middle childhood years.

    How do we help develop child agency and self-determination in an OSHC environment?

    Corey McNair and Kathryn Simpson from Annette’s Place Early Education and Out of School Hours Program present their Participatory Action Research Project highlighting the inquiry that they undertook to investigate questions about children’s agency and self-determination within an OSHC program.

    Sub questions that formed part of their inquiry were around how children define risk and how educators can balance control and delegation in the OSHC setting. 

    Connect Promote Protect Program (CP3)

    CP3 is an innovative Outside School Hours Care program that build personal and community connections for primary school children by fostering social, emotional, physical and cognitive development. 

    The Connect Promote and Protect Program is a wellbeing and social connection program for primary school children that leverages community infrastructure ands is delivered through Outside School Hours Care Presenters will share their experience in developing and delivering this program over the past 5 years. 

    CP3 is a joint initiative between Uniting and University of Sydney Brain and Mind Centre which now aims to grow their impact and deliver social outcomes in the OSHC sector. 

    Afternoon Workshop


    Botanica Abstractica 





    Explore the possibilities of image making using flora and fauna by investigating the composition and construction of collage processes, drawing and painting, moving from realistic to abstract imagery. Develop your own unique way of seeing and making via the possibilities of collage. Participants will construct their own small collage studies and resolve these into larger sustained drawings as a basis for a finished work in paint.


    This program provides intensive and extensive professional development in the area of enquiry within the studio based tradition of the National Art School. The aim of research in the Visual Arts at the National Art School is to develop a highly sophisticated level of practical skills and aesthetic considerations resulting in the creation of artworks. Teaching and learning at the National Art School is based on the Atelier model of studio-based arts education whereby the lecturer, as a practitioner in their field, brings their expertise to teaching in the studio. These teachers provide intensive tuition and encourage workshop participants to share ideas and debate issues with teachers and peers whilst exploring technical and conceptual directions. It is envisaged that teachers will be able to transfer the skills and knowledge acquired to the classroom situation to use with their own students. Materials will be provided by NAS. Teachers are welcome to bring their own drawing tools and equipment, as well as magazines for collage.


    For further information please contact the Education Hub team.