PARS professional development sessions have aligned with the principles and practices in the Australian Framework. The playwork theories have provided Australian educators with foundational knowledge to help them identify children’s strengths and interests. Further the sessions on strategies have provided educators with a deeper understanding about their practice and helped them to make appropriate decisions about what forms an effective program.
We are currently engaged in a research project that will complement the evaluation undertaken by Queensland Children’s Activities Network about the impact and effectiveness of the PARS Training/ Evidence. To date the evidence suggests that educators have been pleased with the format and presentation of the PARS professional development in enhancing the development of their staff team. and developing their professional skills in particular the skills of reflective thinking.
The PARS model and associated professional development is supporting OSHC educators to have access to evidence and resources, and understanding about how to effectively incorporate them into their practice in school age care settings across Australia. The OSHC services have noted that the impact and relevance of this professional development is exceptional for its capacity to upskill educators who work with school age children in after school programs.