National code: CHC50221

Diploma of School Age Education and Care

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Overview About this course

Gain the skills to develop exciting programs for children in out of hours and vacation care. Build experience in this rewarding sector and your capacity to step into more senior roles, such as lead educator or facilitator.

Outcomes What You'll Gain

Learning Outcomes

Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

  • Design and implement play and leisure experiences in school age care

  • Nurture creativity in children

  • Foster the holistic development and wellbeing of children

  • Develop and implement an inclusive curriculum to enhance learning outcomes

Course Outcomes

Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.

  • Exposure to the industry through 280 hours of work placement in a regulated education and care service

  • Strong mentoring and leadership skills

  • Knowledge to design and implement inclusive programs for school aged children

  • A strong pathway to continue your study and enhance your career opportunities

Suitability Is This Course Right For You?

Entry requirements

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.

Completion requirements

During your study you’ll need to provide your teacher with the following evidence:

  • A Working With Children Check (WWCC)

  • Any additional evidence your work placement provider requires

Entry recommendations

To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • The physical ability to perform two minutes of uninterrupted cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on an adult and/or infant manikin at floor level, and respond to an emergency situation in which there may be a risk to life

  • The ability to write at least one page of comprehensive information

  • Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) at a Year 12 high school level

  • TAFE NSW may ask you to complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skills test.

  • This skills test helps us to understand your individual study needs, to design an individualised plan that supports your study success

  • and ensures your LLN skills match the demands of the course.

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.

Pathways Future Career and Study Options

Career pathways

Our graduates go onto roles like:

Out Of School Hours Care Worker

Out of School Hours Care Workers provide care for school age children in an out of school hours care program.

  • Full-time share Full-time workers usually work 35 hours or more a week (in all their jobs combined).

    46%

  • Employment size Employment size is the number of workers who do this as their main job.

    3,300 workers

  • Average age This is the average age of all workers in this job.

    29 years

  • Weekly pay Median earnings are shown for full-time, non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate, before tax or any amounts that are salary sacrificed. These figures are a guide to earnings only and should not be used to determine a wage rate.

    $900

  • Average full-time The average full-time hours that people in this role work each week.

    42 hours

  • Skill level rating Skill level ratings are based on the range and complexity of job roles. In general, the higher the skill level, the more formal education and training, previous experience or on-the-job training needed to be good at the job.

    Medium

  • Gender share

    78% female

  • Future growth The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business estimates the likely change in number of workers in this role, or industry, over the next 5 years. Future growth is the likely percentage change compared to all other job roles.

    Strong Growth

Other jobs include: Early childhood/out of school hours care educator, Lead educator, Nominated supervisor and Facilitator of before and after school care/holiday programs

Study pathways

Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:

Previous study 1 Course

Begin here to gain experience and confidence in this study area.

Further study 0 Courses

Advance your skills to take your career to the next level

The Diploma of School Age Education and Care does not have any post-graduate courses.

Related study 3 Courses

Strengthen your expertise and gain specialist skills to expand your employability.

Your experience counts

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.

Units Units taught in this course

Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Diploma of School Age Education and Care qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 23 Units of competency, including 15 core and 8 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.

  • Support children to participate in school age care CHCSAC006

  • Develop and implement play and leisure experiences in school age care CHCSAC007

  • Work collaboratively and respectfully with school age children CHCSAC008

  • Provide First Aid in an education and care setting HLTAID012

  • ... 4

TAFE NSW Services Facilities and Support

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

  • TAFE NSW Libraries

  • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

  • Smarthinking - online access to a tutor

  • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills

  • Student associations – get social with our student community

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