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In the realm of education and healthcare, practical experience is invaluable. It bridges the gap between theory and real-world application, providing aspiring professionals with a deeper understanding of their chosen fields.

Lifely’s Specialist Outside School Hours Care (OSHC) program stands as a beacon for tertiary students seeking hands-on experience in working with children with disabilities and their families.

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Lifely’s OSHC program provides practical experience for tertiary students

In this blog, we’ll explore how this program offers practical exposure to various disciplines, empowering students in early education, healthcare, and social services to make a meaningful impact.


Early Education and Childcare Students: Shaping Future Educators

For students pursuing degrees in early education and childcare, Lifely’s Specialist OSHC program serves as an ideal training ground. Here, they gain insights into the unique needs and challenges faced by children with disabilities. These experiences foster empathy, adaptability, and a holistic approach to education. By working directly with children and their families, students can refine their teaching techniques, develop individualised learning plans, and create inclusive environments that cater to diverse abilities.


Primary and Secondary School Education: Nurturing Inclusive Educators

Aspiring primary and secondary school educators can benefit immensely from Lifely’s program. By engaging with students in an OSHC setting, they discover innovative strategies for accommodating diverse learning styles. Practical experience in this inclusive environment equips them to create adaptable lesson plans, provide tailored support, and advocate for the inclusion of students with disabilities in mainstream classrooms. This hands-on exposure is invaluable for building inclusive education advocates.


Allied Health: A Multidisciplinary Approach

Lifely’s Specialist OSHC program serves as a hub for students pursuing allied health professions such as occupational therapy, speech therapy, and physiotherapy. Here, they collaborate with children with disabilities, observing and facilitating therapeutic interventions. This practical exposure helps them develop communication skills, hone their assessment techniques, and gain insight into the holistic care needs of children with disabilities. Lifely’s program fosters a multidisciplinary approach, emphasising teamwork and holistic care.


Nursing: Compassionate Care and Empathy

For nursing students, the program offers a unique opportunity to develop their bedside manner and provide compassionate care. Working with children with disabilities and their families hones their communication skills, patience, and ability to adapt to various healthcare needs. This hands-on experience enhances their ability to provide holistic care while fostering empathy and understanding.


Medicine and Bio-Medicine: Holistic Healthcare Perspective

Lifely’s Specialist OSHC program provides aspiring medical and bio-medical professionals with a holistic healthcare perspective. Engaging with children with disabilities exposes them to the various medical conditions and challenges these children face daily. This firsthand experience enables them to approach healthcare from a patient-centred perspective, considering the physical, emotional, and social aspects of wellbeing.


Social Work and Youth Work: Advocacy and Support

Students pursuing degrees in social work and youth work can benefit significantly from Lifely’s program. They have the opportunity to support children with disabilities and their families in navigating complex social systems. This practical experience strengthens their advocacy skills, helps them develop personalised support plans, and equips them to connect families with essential community resources.


Psychology: Understanding Behaviour and Development

Lifely’s program offers psychology students a unique platform to observe and understand the behaviour and development of children with disabilities. Working with these children allows them to apply psychological theories and techniques in a real-world setting. It also fosters a deeper appreciation for the diversity of human experience and the importance of tailoring interventions to individual needs.


Criminology: Promoting Inclusivity and Equality

Criminology students engaging with Lifely’s program gain insights into the challenges faced by children with disabilities, including vulnerability to abuse and neglect. They learn about the importance of inclusive and protective policies and practices within the community. This practical experience inspires them to advocate for the rights and safety of all children, fostering a commitment to promoting inclusivity and equality.


A Springboard for Future Professionals

Lifely’s Specialist OSHC program offers tertiary students a unique opportunity to gain practical experience while making a positive impact on the lives of children with disabilities and their families. Whether they are pursuing careers in early education, healthcare, social services, psychology, or criminology, this program equips them with valuable skills, empathy, and a deeper understanding of the complex challenges faced by children with disabilities. By engaging with Lifely’s OSHC program, these students are not only preparing for their future careers but also contributing to a more inclusive and compassionate society.

If you’re a tertiary student at TAFE or university, we invite you to consider joining our Lifely OSHC team. Your contributions can truly make a difference in the lives of these children and their families. To explore the rewarding possibilities of working with us, please get in touch with our Human Resources department at 1300 799 421. Your journey towards a fulfilling career and a more inclusive society begins here.

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