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CHC50213 Diploma of 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 CHC50213 Diploma of School Age Education and Care course is for educators who have the responsibility for the day-to-day management of a before and after school care and/or vacation care service, including planning, implementing and managing programs which address licensing, quality rating systems and duty of care requirements. At this level educators have responsibility for supervision of other staff and volunteers.


    You may also upgrade from the CHC30708 Certificate III in Children's Services or the CHC30712 Certificate III in Children's Services to CHC50213 Diploma of School Age Education and Care. Call ECTARC on 02 4223 1111 for details on the credit you may receive for studies previously completed.


    Employment prospects for people holding the Diploma of School Age Education and Care qualification include Nominated Supervisor, group coordinator, group leader, outside school hours care coordinator, outside school hours care educator, program leader, team leader or vacation care coordinator.


    Average completion time is 24 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 3 years from date of enrolment and regular submission of assessment tasks is required.


    180 hours - 6-12 years - School age
    30 hours must include a child with additional needs (any age group)


    25 units in total - 18 compulsory units and 7 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.   CHCECE001 Develop cultural competence
    2.   CHCECE004 Promote and provide healthy food and drinks
    3.   CHCECE009 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
    4.   CHCECE011 Provide experiences to support children’s play and learning
    5.   CHCECE016 Establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment for children
    6.   CHCECE018 Nurture creativity in children
    7.   CHCECE019 Facilitate compliance in an education and care service
    8.   CHCECE020 Establish and implement plans for developing cooperative behaviour
    9.   CHCECE021 Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children
    10. CHCECE024 Design and implement the curriculum to foster children’s learning and development
    11. CHCECE026 Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate education and care for children
    12. CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
    13. CHCSAC001 Support children to participate in school age care
    14. CHCSAC002 Develop and implement play and leisure experiences in school age care
    15. CHCSAC003 Work collaboratively and respectfully with children in school age care
    16. CHCSAC005 Foster the holistic development and wellbeing of the child in school age care
    17. HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting
    18. CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety


    Choose 7 electives from this list of units.

    1.   BSBLED401A Develop teams and individuals
    2.   CHCECE022 Promote children’s agency
    3.   CHCECE023 Analyse information to inform learning
    4.   CHCECE025 Embed sustainable practices in service operations
    5.   CHCECE017 Foster the holistic development and wellbeing of the child in early education
    6.   CHCPOL002 Develop and implement policy
    7.   CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice
    8.   BSBINN502 Build and sustain an innovative work environment
    9.   HLTWHS003  Maintain work health and safety


    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!