Amberley O.S.H.C.

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3.7 Physical Activity

Amberley OSHC aims to provide all children with appropriate, frequent and varied physical activity opportunities, focusing on enjoyment and participation, thereby encouraging positive physical activity habits in all children.

Relevant Laws and other Provisions

The laws and other provisions affecting this policy include:

  • Education and Care Services National Law Act, 2010 and Regulations 2011
  • Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines for Children 5-12 Years
  • ‘My Time, Our Place’ Framework for School Age Care
  • Duty of Care
  • NQS Area: 1.1.1, 1.1.2, 1.1.5, 1.1.6; 1.2; 2.1.1; 2.2; 2.3.1, 2.3.2; 3.1; 3.2; 4.1; 5.1; 5.2; 6.2.1, 6.3.3; 7.1.2; 7.2.1, 7.3.5.
  • Policies: 2.3 – Educator Ratios, 2.11 – Including Children with Special/Additional Needs, 3.1 – Educational Program Planning, 3.3 – Educator’s Practice, 4.8 – Sun Safety, 6.1 – Space and Facilities Requirement, 6.2 – Provision of Resources and Equipment, 8.4 – Educator Professional Development and Learning.

 Procedures

When planning physical activity games and experiences, individual children’s needs, interests, ages and capabilities will be taken into consideration

Educators will set up the indoor/outdoor area in such a way as to:

  • promote safe physical play for children of different age groups and capabilities;
  • stimulate children’s interest and curiosity by being creative in their use of equipment and materials;
  • Offer a range of challenges and experiences, inviting children to explore, discover and experiment;
  • Facilitate the inclusion of children with special/additional needs;
  • Support children to create their own games and experiences.

Educators will encourage children to help plan and set up physical play activities and equipment.

Educators will encourage children to play safely while negotiating indoor and/or outdoor play spaces to ensure the safety and wellbeing of themselves and others.

Educators will encourage and provide appropriate support to children to participate in new or unfamiliar physical experiences.

Educators will act as good role models by becoming involved in and enjoying children’s physical activities.

 Participation

  • Enjoyment of physically active games is encouraged
  • Varying levels of ability are catered for
  • Every child is provided with equal encouragement to allow them to acquire skills and develop confidence.
  • Gender, cultural, age and individual differences are considered when planning activities.
  • A sense of fair play and courtesy among children is encouraged to promote a friendly playing environment.
  • Staff act as good role models of physically active behaviour.

Amount and Types of Physical Activity

  • Amberley OSHC contributes to the recommended daily physical activity for children in accordance with the physical activity recommendations for 5-12 year olds as published by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing.
  • Amberley OSHC is part of Active After School Program where children are provided with an opportunity for 1 hour of physical activity twice a week.
  • Children are actively encouraged to participate in a combination of moderate and vigorous physical activities every day, as part of play and games.
  • To encourage children to play outdoors, television, computer and/or game consoles will be restricted to certain times of the day.
  • The service will vary activity sessions to provide opportunities for children to participate in a variety of activities that are fun, suit their interests, skills and abilities and help to build their confidence.
  • Educators may incorporate water-based play activities into the outdoor environment ensuring risk assessments have been conducted prior to implementation.

Safe and Supportive Environments

  • Playgrounds, indoor and outdoor environments are checked regularly to ensure they are safe to use.
  • All physical activity sessions will be adequately supervised by an educator/s.
  • Warm-up and cool down exercises accompany all physical activities
  • In adverse weather conditions, outdoor playing time is substituted with equivalent indoor activities.
  • Educators and children wear broad-brimmed hats and apply a 30+ sunscreen on exposed skin at regular intervals when involved in outdoor activities (see Policy 4.8 – Sun Safety).
  • During outdoor play, children will be encouraged to play in shaded areas.
  • Drinking water is readily available with educators encouraging children to access it.
  • A well maintained first aid kit is on hand at each activity session.

Equipment

  • A wide range of safe, adequate and appropriate equipment for physical activity is available for children and, there are a variety of facilities available for children to use.
  • All play equipment is regularly maintained and cleaned with broken items identified and removed.
  • Equipment provided is flexible enough to allow children to move resources and equipment inside and/or outside to extend their learning opportunities.

Learning about physical activity

  • Educators inform children about the importance of physical activity for future health and wellbeing.
  • Physical activity information and guidelines for parents is available at the sign-in area.
  • There is allowance in the service budget for educators to attend training in relation to physical activity for children.
  • Appropriate physical activity manuals and other resources are available at the service.

This policy was adapted from Qld Health ‘Panosh’ Physical activity policy for OSHC.

Reviewed 9 February 2015, Updated 12 May 2015


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