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CHC50221 – Diploma of School Age Education and Care

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School Age Education and Care

CHC50221 - Diploma of School Age Education and Care

The CHC50221 Diploma of School Age Education and Care is a 12-to-24-month qualification for those wishing to lead an education and care program for children outside of the school environment. Through the Diploma qualification, you will learn what it means to provide a program for school age children and work in a position of responsibility. There are 25 units of study in this qualification covering topics such as:
  • Developing, Implementing and Evaluating Learning Programs for Children
  • Facilitating Children's Holistic Development and Wellbeing
  • Managing and Maintaining Legal and Ethical Compliance
  • Leadership and Basic Management Responsibilities

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Course Information
Entry Requirements
Details and Units
Career Pathways and Outcomes

The CHC50221 Diploma of School Age Education and Care is delivered face to face, blended learning or on-the-job which includes 18 Core Units and 7 Electives plus 280 hours work placement component. If you are not already working within the Industry, Educare College will assist you with work placement in an approved Outside School Hours Care (OSHC) centre.

Our training has been designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge required to become a carer within the early childhood education and care industry and to follow an individualised plan which is tailored to provide care and support to children.

It is preferred that the students have obtained a minimum of an Australian Senior Secondary School Certificate or equivalent.

Students are required to pass a Working with Children/ Vulnerable People Check (including Police Clearance) in the state or territory that they are working in prior to commencing work placement.

Core Units
Course Code Course Name
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety (c)
CHCECE001 Develop cultural competence (c)
CHCECE004 Provide and promote healthy food and drinks (c)
CHCECE009 Use an approved framework to guide practice (c)
CHCECE011 Provide experiences to support children’s play and learning ©
CHCECE016 Establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment for children (c)
CHCECE018 Nurture creativity in children (c)
CHCECE019 Facilitate compliance in an education and care services
CHCECE020 Establish and implement plans for developing cooperative behaviour (c)
CHCECE021 Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children (c)
CHCECE024 Design and implement the curriculum to foster children’s learning and development (c)
CHCECE026 Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate education and care for children (c)
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk (c)
CHCSAC001 Support children to participate in school age care
CHCSAC002 Develop and implement play and leisure experiences in school age care
CHCSAC003 Work collaboratively and respectfully with children in school age care
CHCSAC005 Foster the holistic development and wellbeing of the child in school age care
HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting (c)
Elective Units
Code Title
CHCDIS007 Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability
CHCECE042 Foster holistic early childhood learning, development and wellbeing
CHCECE022 Promote children’s agency
CHCPOL003 Research and apply evidence to practice
CHCCOM002 Use communication to build relationships
CHCMGT003 Lead the work team
BSBHRM413 Support the learning and development of people with disability
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people

Upon completion of this course, students may further their studies and go on to University to complete a Bachelor of Education.

A person with this level of qualification will be able to:

  • Design, plan, implement and evaluate educational programs
  • Support children’s learning and development
  • Work with primary school aged children in the Outside School Hours Care
  • Provide leadership and support to other staff
  • Lead Educator in vacation care/holiday programs
  • Ensure compliance with policies and legislation

Suitable Career outcomes may include:

  • Outside School Hours Care Coordinator
  • Educator in before and after school care programs
  • Educator in vacation care or school holiday programs
  • Nominated Supervisor
  • Support roles in leisure/youth programs including recreation assistant
  • Educational Leader
  • Other education-based employers may accept this qualification, such as working as a tutor, support workers or as a teacher aide

Queensland Higher Level Skills – for students residing in Queensland

Higher Level Skills Funding:  The Higher-Level Skills Program aims to assist individuals to gain the higher-level skills required to secure employment or career advancement in a priority industry, or to transition to university. Read the Higher-Level Skills student fact sheet at https://training.qld.gov.au/training/incentives/highskills.

Fee for Service: Non-funded trainees will be charged a fee for service cost. These will be confirmed prior to the commencement of training. See here.

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Teaching and Delivery Modes for Students

At Educare key objectives are to ensure that the core focus of your learning experience is based on the practical applications of your study. Therefore, we support you by providing learning materials which are utilised during most of the following delivery modes such as:

  • Face to face facilitation and roleplays

  • Independent learning/simulated sessions

  • Group based workshops and discussions

Resources Needed

You will have access to our online learning system. You must have your own (laptop) computer with up-to-date software, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player. This equipment and software are required by all students to successfully undertake their study with Educare.

Work Placement

Work Placement forms an essential part of competency-based assessment and provides the student with practical job skills and work experience.

Students will undertake 280 placement hours in an approved childcare centre organised by Educare College. This placement will take place after the successful completion of class room activities and prescribed assessments which will be outlined in your induction and orientation timetables.

An individualised work placement log book along with your training plan will be provided to you by your assessor which you must use to record and track your course progress and work placement hours. 

Students are required to do their work placement shifts determined during the times provided by the placement provider. Please note shifts can vary and may include mornings (commencing at 6am), evenings (finishing at 8pm). Students are expected ensure their time management skills are utilised well in order to not only balance family and work commitments but also their vocational shifts.

Should the student’s assessment results not be satisfactory, they will be deemed not competent against those prescribed units. You may make necessary arrangements with your trainer to reassess your placement at another suitable time for all parties.

Prior to commencement of Vocational Placement students are required to organise and complete an Australian Federal Police Check. Students must obtain the Check to go on Placement and be able to complete the qualification. For students working within Queensland Health, as well as a police check you will also be required to obtain a Positive Notice for Child Related Employment (Blue Card) . It is recommended potential students have all their vaccinations up to date, this includes; Varicella. Adults who have not had the Varicella — chickenpox — vaccination will need to get it prior to working in child care. Measles, Mumps and Rubella. Tetanus and Diphtheria. Influenza and Hepatitis.


Program Outcomes and Benefits

Throughout the program, students will learn the skills to enable them to use discretion and judgement in relation to individual support as well as taking responsibility for their outputs. We at Educare college aim to assist you in providing you with opportunities to achieve the following outcomes:

  • Link off job learning at college to on job training in the workplace.
  • Establish pathways to qualifications nationally recognised by industry, education and vocational training authorities.
  • Students may apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) to determine on an individual basis, the competencies obtained by a person through previous formal or informal training, work and/or life experience.
  • Receive a Statement of Attainment or Certificate from Educare College listing competencies successfully achieved for each training program studied.
  • Successful completion of a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) Assessment
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