CHC50221 Diploma of School Age Education and Care

Graduates of this qualification will have the skills and knowledge to be a lead educator in the delivery of School Age Education programs for children in Out of School Hours and vacation care.

The Diploma of School Age Education and Care includes some management competencies designed to equip graduates with the knowledge to meet the daily challenges of working within School Age Care.

Successful completion of the Diploma of School Age Education and Care can lead to a range of potential career opportunities including Out of School Hours Care Co-ordinator, Area Manager, Educational Leader and Out of School Hour educator. Study via workplace with dedicated trainer support!

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Diploma of School Age Education and Care

Delivery mode

Course duration
16 months

Practical placement hours
Minimum of 280 hours. For workplace learners, practical placement hours can be scheduled during usual working hours.

Nationally recognised

Fee for Service (VIC)

Payment methods
Direct debit, Credit Card, VET Student Loan

I cannot explain how valuable and appreciated it is to have such prompt and constructive feedback from my trainer Natasha. She is always readily available to provide support. I attribute a large part of my success so far, to the marvellous support and mentoring I am receiving.
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Course units

Core units

BSBLDR523 Lead and manage effective workplace relationships
CHCCCS007 Develop and implement service programs
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
CHCDIV003 Manage and promote diversity
CHCLEG003 Manage legal and ethical compliance
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
CHCSAC006 Support children to participate in school age care
CHCSAC007 Develop and implement play and leisure experiences in school age care
CHCSAC008 Work collaboratively and respectfully with school age children
CHCSAC010 Foster holistic learning, development and wellbeing for school age children
HLTAID012 Provide First Aid in an education and care setting
HLTFSE007 Oversee the day-to-day implementation of food safety in the workplace
HLTWHS003 Maintain work health and safety
SISXDIS001 Facilitate inclusion for people with a disability


Elective units

HLTFSE001 Follow basic food safety practices
CHCEDS049 Supervise students outside the classroom
SISXCAI007 Assist with activities not requiring equipment
CHCPOL003 Research and apply evidence to practice
BSBSTR502 Facilitate continuous improvement
BSBPEF502 Develop and use emotional intelligence
CHCCOM002 Use communication to build relationships
BSBWHS332X Apply infection prevention and control procedures to own work activities

Course Entry Requirements

  • Must be currently employed in an Out of School Hours Care service and working a minimum of 10 hours per week
  • To commence this program, your Language Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skills must meet the required standards for ACSF LEVEL 3.
  • You need to either provide a current Working With Children Check (WWCC) or provide evidence that you have applied for a WWCC. Find out more information here.
  • If you are unable to obtain a WWCC you will not be able to complete the requirements of the course.
  • Evidence of COVID-19 vaccinations may be required by a service to undertake your practical placement.*

*While not a Government public health mandate, individual services have the choice to require evidence of vaccination against COVID-19 and other illnesses. Depending on the service you attend and their vaccination policy, this may affect your ability to undertake practical placement. Selmar has no authority over the decisions made by individual services and cannot warrant you will be able to be placed elsewhere if you are unable to attend a service because of your vaccination status and will not be responsible for any impact which this may cause on your ability to complete your course requirement

Career Outcomes

Possible career pathways you may like to consider upon completion:

  • Outside school hours care coordinator
  • Outside school hours care educator
  • Area manager
  • Program leader
  • Service manager
  • Team leader
  • Vacation care coordinator

Course Delivery

Workplace training

Studying to get qualified or advance your skills while working at the same time means you can earn while you learn and put your career goals within reach sooner. Workplace training is the perfect delivery mode for you to upskill and advance your career.

You will have a dedicated trainer who will arrange regular face-to-face visits to your workplace and support you throughout your learning journey. 

Study method: Online


Online learning with Selmar

When you choose to study online with Selmar you get all the benefits of online learning while still receiving dedicated trainer support from start to finish.

Access your materials and assessments anywhere, anytime and learn with interactive videos and quizzes. Communicate with your trainer and other peers in real time on your easy to use dashboard. Read more

What is practical placement

One of the benefits of studying with Selmar is our practical learning that will help you develop hands-on, real-life skills so you develop sector-ready confidence to succeed in the workplace! As part of this program, a minimum of 280 hours must be completed in an Out of School Hours Care service. more

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