Add depth to your childcare expertise and kickstart a rewarding career as an out of school hours educator. Gain the practical experience and essential skills needed to thrive in your role, and help support the development of kids.
Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:
Develop and implement play and leisure experiences
Ensure the health and safety of children
Promote and provide healthy food and drinks
Support and assess children’s development Identify and respond to children at risk
Provide emergency first aid
Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.
Real-world experience through 120 hours of work placement
Exposure to real-world situations by shadowing and observing more experienced educators
Skills to provide interesting and challenging play experiences for children to promote learning and development
Strong pathways to continue your studies and enhance your career opportunities
Some courses require evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol
There are no entry requirements for this qualification. You can enrol today.
This course is offered as a traineeship. Enquire today to check the eligibility requirements.
During your study you’ll need to provide your teacher with the following evidence:
Working with Children Check (WWCC)
Vaccination and health screenings
Any additional evidence your work placement provider requires
To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:
English skills at a Year 10 level or equivalent
Basic numeracy skills
A strong work ethic
Patience and dedication
A reasonable level of fitness to deliver First Aid
TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.
Our graduates go onto roles like:
Out of School Hours Care Workers provide care for school age children in an out of school hours care program.
Other jobs include: Childcare worker in before and after school care programs, vacation care or holiday programs, or leisure and youth programs
Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:
The Certificate IV in School Age Education and Care does not have any pre-requisite courses.
The Certificate IV in School Age Education and Care does not have any post-graduate courses.
The Certificate IV in School Age Education and Care does not have any related courses.
At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.
Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate IV in School Age Education and Care qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 19 Units of competency , including 15 core and 4 speciality units.
Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.
TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.
TAFE NSW Disability Support Service
TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support
TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)
TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service
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