FOOSHC acknowledges the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as the first nations people. We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the lands on which our service is located. We pay our respects to the Elders, past present, and emerging, for they hold the memories, the traditions, the culture, and the hopes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across the nation. We respect and honour the children who have played on this land for hundreds and thousands of years before us. FOOSHC is committed to honouring Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ unique cultural and spiritual relationships to the land, waters and seas and their rich contribution to our society.
We are proud to be playing our part towards reconciliation and working together to bridge the gap. Our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) can be viewed here: https://www.narragunnawali.org.au/raps/38810/forrest-out-of-school-hours-care. We invite you to join our RAP working party.
Forrest Out of School Hours Care
supports and encourages children
to flourish and fail through a unique
At FOOSHC it is our core mission to embrace and celebrate play.
Play takes on many forms and is unique to every individual.
Through our knowledge and expertise of children and play, we know that children learn through play, therefore we plan for play.
It is inevitable that risk-taking will occur while children play and we believe that this is a good thing. By exposing children to risks they are able to learn their limitations, develop strategies to cope when faced with risks and so by not facilitating these opportunities we would actually be doing a great disservice to the children.
Whilst at FOOSHC all children will be given opportunities to explore heights, use tools, explore, create and build with various loose parts, and experiment and explore with the different elements, all under the guidance of our highly trained educators.
Everything we do is in the
best interests of the child.
We honor and respect their
rights, views, and ‘being’
throughout our program and
believe that they are
integral to our world.
We encourage children to learn - in the widest possible sense, about themselves, others, and the world. through unlimited opportunities we guide children to be their own individual self, to have a sense of belonging and ownership, and enable them to become empowered decision makers.
Everything we do is in the best interests of the child
The standard you walk past is the standard you accept
Meet the Executive Team
Ali brings a wealth of experience to FOOSHC with over 30 years working with children and their families. She has directed many services throughout Australia within a variety of settings. Her previous role was as a Lecturer at CIT and the University of Canberra in the Education faculty. Her abundance of warmth and kindness brings much love and positive energy to the children and families at FOOSHC .
Carl has worked in school aged care since 1995 and at Forrest Outside of School Hours Care since 1998. He believes that children deserve the best possible childhood which to him means having plenty of opportunities to broaden their perspectives and feeling the freedom of unstructured time.
His greatest joy of working at Forrest has been the ongoing relationships with children and their families which has sometimes culminated in those children coming back to work with him here at Forrest.
Lachlan is the new Assistant Director at FOOSHC. He has a Bachelor in Education and previously worked at Ainslie Out of School Hours Care as the Educational leader which he loved. He enjoyed working collaboratively with FOOSHC through the P&C OSHC network previously and was looking for a change into the directing side of OSHC.
Lachlan grew up in Sydney and moved down to Canberra for University 8 years ago. He loves living in Canberra and the outdoor activities offered throughout the region (i.e. mountain biking). He is Army Reservist with 23 Light Battery. He has many hobbies Mountain biking, model making, war hammer –yes he is closely in touch with his inner child and he cant wait to share those experiences with the children.
He is very excited to be a part of the fantastic team at Forrest Out of School Hours Care and looks forward to meeting you.
Kylie is the Educational Leader here at FOOSHC. Kylie’s role is to over see the development of the program we offer to children as well as the coaching and mentoring of the educator team in how to facilitate our unique program.
Kylie has over 10 years experience in the OSHC sector and is our resident Playworker.
Kylie has travelled the world learning all about Playwork and the benefits for children when the adults caring for them adopt a Playwork approach.
Kylie believes that “once you have an understanding of playwork you cannot un -see it. There is simply no other way of working with children”.
Kylie Wholeheartedly believes it is our role at FOOSHC to give children back their childhood.
Favourite Quote: In Omnia Paratus – Latin for – ready for anything
Defining moment: other than recently becoming mother to the worlds best fur baby, Sprout, after waiting 28 years!! It would have to be the moment standing on an Adventure Playground in Wales where she realised she is, and was confident in referring to herself as, a Playworker.
Toni is our FOOSHC administrator. Her job involves taking bookings, updating qikkids and responding to emails/calls and FASA etc. She has worked in this sector for over 20 years and has been at FOOSHC since Feb 2018. She has written and illustrated two children’s books- Eli eats eggs and Eli, Edna and the eggs. She lives on a farm with her family and lots of animals.
Favourite Movie: How to train your dragon (all three movies)
Favourite Food: Hot fresh Cinnamon donuts
Favourite thing to do in your spare time: Mixed media painting
Dream Job: Children’s Author and Illustrator
FOOSHC Excellence Team
At Fooshc we love to celebrate and acknowledge each family’s culture & diversity and recognise that different beliefs, practices and traditions greatly enrich our community. We welcome and support all children and their families regardless of their race, nationality, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity. We love to learn about your beliefs and culture so please complete our Family Support Survey and talk to us about how we can make your family feel more welcomed and supported in our service. The beauty of the world lies in the diversity of its people.