If you have previously completed your Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care – and wish to build upon this – then by completing a Certificate IV in School Age Education and Care you will be well on your way to building your career, able to work as an outside school hours carer or school holiday program coordinator.
A Cert IV will equip you with the skills and knowledge that you need to work effectively in the education sector. You’ll support the development of children of school age (5-12 years) as well as Early Age (0-5 years – which is gained through your previous Cert III) and implement inclusion strategies, understand the legal, ethical and administrative requirements of working with children plus build on your knowledge of first aid, workplace health and safety and cultural diversity.
This course is also available as a traineeship with further supervised work placement – although having completed your mandatory 120 hours of supervised placement under the Certificate III in Early Age Education and Care, further supervised placement is not required in this case. However students wishing to be highly regarded or those who like practical learning are well advised to undertake a further traineeship here. To study as a trainee, you must be employed in the capacity of a training contract by an appropriate organisation. Please check with your chosen course provider, as each Registered Training Organisation (RTO) provides their own options.
Please also note that although a Cert IV is not necessary to work in an Early Age Childcare Centre, many childcare centres now provide care for both early age and school age children so for versatility and increased chances of employment, we strongly recommend acquiring both qualifications.
The nationally recognised Certificate IV in School Age Education and Care will introduce you to the role of working in the field of school age care including increased learning outcomes, and is one of the minimum qualifications required for gaining employment in an ACECQA approved school aged care service. If you’re wanting to advance your career to higher qualifications in school aged care in the future, this is a good first step towards that goal!
Your Cert IV will support you gaining employments as an Assistant Educator in before and after school care programs, and an Assistant Educator in Vacation Care or school holiday programs. It will also enable you to work in support roles in leisure and youth programs, including as a Recreation Assistant.
Other roles you may obtain include: mobile assistant, assistant OSHC coordinator, OSHC supervisor, OSHC coordinator, play leader, team leader and program leader.
Students are also required to have a valid national Australian Working with Children Check, a Federal Police Clearance and a medical clearance before attending a work placement – which, if you have completed your Cert III, you should already have. The CHC40113 Certificate IV in School Age Education and Care is recognised by the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), which will allow you to take this qualification anywhere in Australia and work as an accredited child care worker.
The Cert IV takes, on average, 52 weeks to complete and the average course fee at Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) around Australia is $3172. Most RTOs offer various study options including online study, in person study or blended study… so it’s important to shop around and find a mode of study that best suits your needs. Carefully consider your current work/life balance and what is going to be realistic/achievable before you make a decision.
Most Australian states provide financial incentives and support for vocational education and depending on your personal circumstances, you may also be eligible for subsidised training fees so make sure to do your research to carefully understand all that you’re entitled to before you apply. You may also be eligible for a VET student loan.
To gain entry into this course, School students must have completed Year Eleven. You could possibly improve your chances of gaining this apprenticeship if you have already completed a Certificate I or Certificate II, and you may also qualify for an advanced standing for some of these completed units.
In this course you’ll learn about:
- Meeting health and safety requirements of school age children
- Cultural competence
- Working legally and ethically
- Social and educational outcomes facilitation for children aged 5-12
- Developing positive relationships with children and their families
- Program development and nurturing for pre-teens
- Identifying and responding to young people at risk
- Emergency first aid response
- Promoting and providing health food and drinks
- Supporting children to participate in school aged care
- Supportive play and learning
- Holistic development in school age children
- Using an approved learning framework to guide practice
Once you have completed this course and the onsite training (optional, as above) you will then be qualified as a child care worker and able to work anywhere in Australia including with school age children and early age children. You may also choose to learn more about complimentary qualifications:
Work placement training requirements for Childcare Workers in Australia can vary from state to state so please select your state below to get specialist information on your state.
Australian Capital Territory – (02) 6205 8555
New South Wales – 13 28 11
Northern Territory – (08) 8901 1357
Queensland – 1800 210 210
South Australia – 1800 673 097
Tasmania – 1800 655 846
Victoria – (03) 9651 9999
Western Australian – 13 19 54