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‘What is our out of school club?’ A child-centred approach to understanding the role of an OOSC and integrated working: Sharing our experience (Practitioner-led research 2008-2009 PLR0809/016)

Silver, Karin, Children’s Workforce Development Council (CWDC), corp creator. (2009) ‘What is our out of school club?’ A child-centred approach to understanding the role of an OOSC and integrated working: Sharing our experience (Practitioner-led research 2008-2009 PLR0809/016).

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Abstract

The aim of our research project was to give children aged five to 11 years an opportunity to articulate their views and experiences of their out of school club (OOSC) and to learn more about their perceptions of the club, the staff and what happens there. The research used creative, participatory methods to answer the research questions (including photography, drawing, collage, model-making and mapping) which were appropriate to the nature of the setting, and the age and interests of the 20 children involved in the research. The research identified that the children enjoy much of what is currently on offer, and the freedom to choose what they do, but would like a wider range of activities and resources, and more opportunities to interact with the outside environment. The research also found that they want to feel comfortable and that they recognize the role of adults in ‘running’ and ‘organizing’ things, and keeping them safe. In addition, children were not aware of ‘helpers’ and organizations being formally connected, or that they had any sense of ‘integrated working’. Relationships with children and adults, fun and a sense of belonging were found to be important to their experience of the club. The findings are now feeding into action planning and improvement, and the participation of children central to the culture of our voluntary-managed organization, and to our decision-making processes.

Item Type: Document from Web
Variant Title: Practitioner-led research 2008-2009; PLR0809/016
Publisher: Children’s Workforce Development Council (CWDC)
Additional Information: Some content has been redacted due to third party rights or other legal issues and is labelled as such in the document.
Depositing User: Editor (1)
Date Deposited: 11 May 2011 09:50
Last Modified: 14 Apr 2015 16:53
URI: http://dera.ioe.ac.uk/id/eprint/2802
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