Casual/Relief OSCAR programme assistant required


All applications must be in to us by Monday 28 February 2022 by email (attached as a Word document or PDF)

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All applications must include a C.V. and cover letter and the names and contact details of at least two referees.

Time on the programme so we can see first hand how you interact with the children is a critical part of the late stage of the process if you progress to this stage. The time and date of this will be negotiated with the relevant applicant.

Police clearance – we will not employ anyone who has convictions of violence or of a sexual nature or who is otherwise excluded under the law from working with children. We take our obligations as a Ministry of Social Development Accredited OSCAR provider very seriously, and at the core of this is our robust Child Protection Policy and Code of Conduct.


Position: OSCAR Programme Assistant (permanent part time)
Location: Woolston Development Project, 497 Ferry Road, Christchurch and in various community locations
Responsible to: Recreation Coordinator (the Supervisor)
Number of hours: As rostered –

Purpose of Position:   To assist the OSCAR Supervisor, assistant(s) and approved others in carrying out duties and daily activities in a safe, organised, committed and friendly manner.

Skills/Attributes required

  • To have had experience working with children, and is self-motivated and shows initiative and enthusiasm for working with children.
  • Good communication skills with both children and adults and has excellent listening skills.
  • Ability to work well within a team.
  • Honesty, reliability and trustworthiness.
  • Have an awareness and knowledge of cultural and disability issues.
  • Ability to make decisions in consultation with the Supervisor, when required.
  • Ability to accept responsibility and direction from the Supervisor
  • A clear understanding of personal and professional boundaries.
  • Ability to model appropriate social skills.
  • Able to initiate activities.
  • We would love for this person to have some experience and expertise in speaking and writing in Te Reo Māori.

Specific duties

  • Responsible for the care and safety of the children attending the programme.
  • Assist in the planning, preparation, organisation and implementation of activities.
  • Supervise the children within the accepted boundaries
  • Participate in activities with the children where appropriate.
  • Ensure the safety of equipment and materials.
  • Assist in the implementation of positive reinforcement rewards for the children.
  • Activate disciplinary procedures in consultation with the Supervisor.
  • Attend to any injuries and to record all such cases in the Incident book.
  • Supervise and monitor the hygiene of the children.
  • Ensure all children have been collected before you and another worker leave the programme.
  • Attend any meetings relevant to the OSCAR programmes and training as approved and/or directed by the Manager.
  • Ensure the facility is clean and tidy at the end of each session.
  • Any other tasks as deemed appropriate by the Supervisor and/or the Manager, as pertinent to the position.

Objectives and Performance Indicators

  • Current children continue attending the programme.
  • Children’s feedback is positive.
  • Staff interactions are appropriate.
  • Team is functioning well: i.e. appropriate and respectful communication is occurring.
  •  Good role-modelling is achieved for children and other workers.
  • Children’s numbers remain stable to increasing.
  • A range of changing activities is occurring.
  • Issues for families and staff are resolved.
  • Programme is supported by the community.
  • A consistent and safe environment is provided.
  • A good rapport is being achieved with children and their parents.
  • All staff are abiding by the WDP Policy and Procedures.
  • All staff are abiding by the Code of Conduct.
  • A Police Clearance is obtained and follow up police vetting requests remain clear for all staff members.