About Us

New Lambton District OOSH acknowledges the the Awabakal and Worimi peoples who are the traditional custodians of this land.
We pay respect to Elders both past and present and extend that respect to other Aboriginal people present and future leaders.

Providing quality before and after school care in a supportive and stimulating environment is what we do. Our day to day program is designed specifically to support our children’s educational journey and build a sense of community and belonging.

We think of our centres as our children’s second home.

Fast Facts
  • Providing quality before and after school care 1992
  • Permanent and casual bookings
  • Available to children from New Lambton South Public, New Lambton Primary and New Lambton Heights Infants schools
  • 2 centres
NEW LAMBTON
St James Road,
New Lambton NSW
(located on the grounds of New Lambton South Primary School)
NEW LAMBTON HEIGHTS
176 Lookout Rd,
New Lambton Heights, NSW
(located on the grounds of New Lambton Heights Infants School)
  • Over 500 enrolled children
  • Over 380 families
  • 33 staff
  • Hours of operation, Monday to Friday:
    Before School: 6.45am – 9am
    After School: 3.15pm – 6pm
  • Approved to offer Child Care Subsidy (CCS) to all families who are assessed and approved by the Department of Human Services
  • Not for profit community organisation

OUR PHILOSOPHY

Our aim is to ensure that every child feels valued, safe and celebrated at our centre. We strive to ensure opportunities are given to all children as they develop their social conscience and grow as a person.

Our children

Primary school years are a unique time in a child’s life where the foundations for life-long learning are established. At NLDOOSH we create opportunities for our children to develop socially, while participating in an interest-based program that offers chances for safe risk taking, exploration, problem solving, leadership, independent thinking and decision making. Individuality is embraced and encouraged, helping our children to develop to their full potential and feel at home in our centres.

Our Team

Our staff are experienced, passionate and committed to providing our children with the best before and after school experiences. Each staff member brings with them unique skill sets and life experiences, allowing children to be engaged with role models who can enhance their understanding of the world.

Our staff embrace their role as leaders, mentors and advocates for children at our centres.

Fast Facts
  • Our staff are qualified in childcare and education
  • We have a minimum staff to child ratio of 1:15
  • All staff are screened through the Working with Children’s Check
  • All permanent staff are first aid trained
  • We have a qualified dietitian who designs and prepares our menus
  • Our qualified nurse oversees the health and wellbeing of our children
“Such warm, caring and dedicated staff. We are lucky to have such a great service. Thank you, I feel so at ease dropping the kids off knowing they are in such good hands.”
The people who care for our children:
Our daily program

We understand that children are different and want different things from their before and after school care. With this in mind we make sure there are a wide and diverse range of activities and experiences on offer in each session for structured and unstructured play.

All structured activities are planned with intentional teaching goals and are linked to pedagogical documentation from a range of educational resources including our philosophy and the Department of Education curriculum framework – My Time Our Place. Our practices and principles follow the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority’s 7 National Quality Standards and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

We reflect and evaluate our activities on a continual basis, meeting weekly to discuss the success of recent activities as well as our children’s interests and strengths. We ensure that evaluation of our activities is an inclusive undertaking, seeking feedback from children and parents by way of surveys, our “big ideas board” and in general conversations and observations. We use these evaluations to inform ongoing planning and to extend or scaffold interest onto subsequent child lead, interest based activities.

As well as providing a range of stimulating and educational activities, there are many opportunities for our children to develop socially through structured activities and sports, free play or even our very social meal times. Social skills are important life skills and our inclusive environment, combined with the programs we offer, affords our children an excellent opportunity to develop those skills in an organic way.

Our diverse daily programs are well supported by our physical environment which allows for different spaces on our premises that we use to run distinctive activities and experiences . We run appropriate activities in appropriate spaces, from arts and crafts in our art room, sporting activities on our grassy areas, chill out zones to read or do homework and our green room, the hub for our sustainability initiatives.

The programs we offer are as diverse as the children in our care.

  • Mastermind Area – Lego and STEM activities
  • Unstructured/ free play
  • Chill out zone for reading or homework
  • Noisy play in the playground
  • Sport (structured and unstructured) on our grassy areas
  • Art and craft in the art room
  • Games both inside and outside
  • Gardening
  • Music
  • Dancing
  • Environmental activities in the green room
  • Pretend play with dolls or dress ups
  • Sand pit
  • Playground equipment
  • Drama
  • Board and card games
  • End of term concerts
Sustainability

We believe in the importance of ensuring quality of life for this and future generations. NLDOOSH Educators teach and role model the three pillars of sustainability – economic, ecological and social. At our New Lambton South Centre we have a dedicated sustainability space, the Green Room, where we run activities and brainstorm our sustainable practices.

At NLDOOSH we:
  • only use/ take what we need
  • reuse – pick up school litter and turn it into art, braid donated old towels into dog toys for Newcastle Animal Rescue
  • minimise waste by using our 4 bin system – landfill, recycling, compost and reuse
  • actively manage and understand the purpose of the garden compost heap
  • connect with our environment with semi organised gardening sessions and activities
  • engage with and support our communities by way of food and clothing drives and fundraising activities

Our sustainability activities regularly feature on our Facebook page and our gallery.

Relationships

Our success relies on all interested parties working together. We believe that parents, families and our communities have an invaluable role to play within our service. Genuine, respectful, and reciprocal partnerships with children, parents, schools, communities and other stakeholders have been vital in the creation and maintenance of our high-quality service. Collaborative relationships form the core of everything we do.

Governance

We operate inside the National Quality Framework, the Education and Care Services National Regulations and adhere to The United Nations Convention of the Rights of The Child.

Our NLDOOSH Management Committee oversees the provision of our high-quality service. This volunteer parent committee ensures that we are bound by inclusive and equitable practices, with a commitment to continuous improvement and critical reflection. The Committee engages in genuine consultation with staff, families and other stakeholders which is crucial to the successful operation of our centres.

Find out more about our Management Committee.

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