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 play happens before learning and so, 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 opportunity's we guide children to e their own individual self, to have a sense of belonging and ownership, and also enabling 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.
Aisling has been working in the education industry since 2005 and has worked with children from birth to 18 years old. She has traveled the world with her career working onboard Cunards famous cruise liners QE2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth. Travelling to over 50 countries.
Dream job: To work with children with additional needs and is currently studying her Certificate 4 in education support.
Favourite movie: The Lion King (1994 version)
Aisling was born and grew up in Devon England and holds not only British citizenship but also Irish and Australian.
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