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.
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
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
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:
A Working With Children Check (WWCC)
Any additional evidence your work placement provider requires
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.
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: Early childhood/out of school hours care educator, Lead educator, Nominated supervisor and Facilitator of before and after school care/holiday programs
Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:
The Diploma of School Age Education and Care does not have any post-graduate 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 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.
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
On campus, online and blended study environments; at TAFE NSW your learning works with your lifestyle. Heart your favourites, compare courses and discover what works for you.