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Certificate IV in School Age Education and Care



  • Distance study,
  • Recognition of Prior Learning or 
  • Traineeship program (delivered via distance study in NSW) 

  • Fee Schedule


    Commence at any time of the year. Enrol online or download form.

    Processing of enrolments and distribution of learning materials can take up to 10 working days. During the 10 days, the ECTARC Assessors review new enrolments to determine if students are eligible for credit transfer. This process must take place to determine which unit a student will be allocated to commence their studies. If students submit qualifications and transcripts for credit transfer for consideration, the enrolment and distribution of learning materials can take up to 21 working days.  Students can commence study as soon they receive their learning materials and information package. 


    The CHC40113 Certificate IV in School Age Education and Care qualification is for educators who conduct vacation programs as well as before and after school care activities for children of school age.

    Outside School Hours educators:

    * plan experiences and provide care to children, facilitating their leisure and plan and enabling them to achieve their developmental outcomes
    * may work under direct supervision or autonomously
    * may have some supervisory responsibilities for volunteers and other educators.


    Employment prospects for people holding the Certificate IV in School Age Education and Care qualification include assistant OSHC coordinator, mobile assistant, OSHC assistant, OSHC supervisor/coordinator, play leader, program leader, recreation assistant, recreation leader, team leader or vacation care supervisor.


    No prerequisites.            


    Average completion time is 18 months via distance study. This is self paced, more time allocated to study will determine when the qualification can be achieved. The full qualification must be completed within 2½ years from date of enrolment and regular submission of assessment tasks is required.


    120 hours – 6-12 years - School Age


    19 units in total - 15 compulsory units and 4 elective units must be completed for this qualification.

    FIRST AID CERTIFICATE: please note all students must complete the first aid certificate qualification HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting with an external registered training organisation at their own expense.  A copy of the Statement of Attainment must be forwarded to ECTARC before the completion of the course. Credit will be given for this unit. To find an external training provider please click here 

    1.   CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
    2.   CHCECE001 Develop cultural competence
    3.   CHCECE002 Ensure the health and safety of children
    4.   CHCECE004 Promote and provide healthy food and drinks
    5.   CHCECE009 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
    6.   CHCECE011 Provide experiences to support children’s play and learning
    7.   CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
    8.   CHCSAC001 Support children to participate in school age care
    9.   CHCSAC002 Develop and implement play and leisure experiences in school age care
    10. CHCSAC003 Work collaboratively and respectfully with children in school age care
    11. CHCSAC004 Support the holistic development of children in school age care
    12. HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting
    13. CHCDIV001 Work with Diverse people
    14. CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
    15. HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety.


    Choose 4 electives from this list of units.

    1.   CHCECE006 Support behaviour of children and young people
    2.   CHCECE010 Support the holistic development of children in early childhood
    3.   CHCECE012 Support children to connect with their world
    4.   CHCECE021 Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children
    5.   CHCECE022 Promote children’s agency
    6.   CHCECE025 Embed sustainable practices in service operations
    7.   BSBWOR301 Organise personal work priorities and development
    8.   CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice


    ECTARC is well known for the high level of support that students are offered throughout their studies. Every student has a personal Training and Development Officer to support and guide them every step of the way. There is always an ECTARC Training Officer available to speak to during office hours 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday and Tuesday evenings 5pm to 7pm. Questions can also be emailed to your personal Training and Development Officer.

    Additional support is also offered to all students with online study sessions, pre-recorded study sessions, online student forum, unit snapshots, FAQs page, resources links page and an interactive online early childhood service that hosts sample policies, procedures, forms and much more.

    ECTARC Training and Development Officers hold both early childhood and training qualifications, have worked in the early childhood sector and also undertake return-to-work placements to ensure they have current knowledge, skills and an understanding of what it is like to work on the floor in a service.   

    Illawarra Area Child Care Ltd (IACC) manages ECTARC and 12 community owned early childhood education and care services in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven areas. The close working connection between IACC services, management and ECTARC staff ensure that training provided continues to meet the needs of the early childhood sector and regulatory bodies. ECTARC has been delivering training for over 15years and we are proud to specialise in early childhood training and professional development.

    Commence your early childhood career with ECTARC today. Enrol online now!