EPOSHC – Service Philosophy

Children thrive in an environment where they are cared for, and their individuality is nurtured – this is our core belief. In providing quality care for the children and families, Everton Park Outside School Hours Care (EPOSHC) will ensure all of the children in our care experience a rich play-based educational program to support their development, wellbeing, and learning.
We recognise the value of play in promoting a child’s sense of wellbeing, enhancing social skills, and supporting development.

As professionals, we know the experiences children are engaged with at Everton Park SS provide an opportunity for life-long learning. Therefore, the implementation of the educational program is based on My Time, Our Place. We develop our program using ongoing critical reflection to ensure we uphold quality school age care practices. We believe children should be active agents in their time at OSHC. When supported by a safe and secure environment where the child’s rights and ideas are valued, children are able to flourish into confident, caring, and effective learners.
Promoting and supporting children’s learning and development is our passion. Our practices are built upon the relationship we establish with children and families. Security and trust are the foundations of a strong relationship.
We develop these through consistency, inclusion, and transparency.
At all times, we uphold the rights of the child. We value the belonging and contribution they bring to our service and their community. We ensure our practices support their participation and involvement in their world.
The environment of our service is loving, safe and home-like. We seek to have a welcoming, warm, and inclusive presence for families when they enter our service. Inclusiveness is essential to our practices. We celebrate the diversity of our local community, inviting everyone to share aspects of their cultures and identities. Our program reflects this value through intentionality and collaboration with stakeholders. We offer experiences to children that invite a range of perspectives and diverse elements.
We value care and respect for the natural environment. The EPSS OSHC team promotes a shared responsibility to act sustainably and ethically. We role model good citizenship behaviours for our families.
The service recognises the unique contribution Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make to our Australian communities. We are committed to acknowledging and respecting the rich history of our First Nations people give to our country. We especially acknowledge our gratitude to the Turrbal people for the sharing of the land from which we care for children. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.