Diploma of School Age Education and Care

The Diploma of School Age Education and Care applies to educators who are responsible for the day-to-day running of a before and after school care and/or vacation care service, with duties such as planning, implementing and managing programs which address regulatory and duty of care requirements.

Upon completion of the qualification, graduates will have gained the skills and knowledge necessary to manage a school age education and care program. This course will assist you to design and implement the curriculum to foster children’s learning and development and to reflect on your own professional practice.

Study via our online learning portal with dedicated trainer support through workplace or blended learning in QLD, VIC or NSW!


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Diploma of School Age Education and Care

Delivery mode
WorkplaceBlended learning 

Course duration
13 months

Practical placement hours
Minimum of 240 hours that we can help you organise (working hours can be incorporated as placement hours for workplace students)

Nationally recognised

Government funding & fees

Payment methods
VET Student Loan

Course units

Core units

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
HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting*
CHCECE004 Promote and provide healthy food and drinks
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
CHCECE009 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
CHCECE001 Develop cultural competence
CHCECE026 Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate education and care for children
CHCECE019  Facilitate compliance in an education and care services
CHCECE020 Establish and implement plans for developing cooperative behaviour
CHCECE021 Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children
CHCECE016 Establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment for children
CHCECE024 Design and implement the curriculum to foster children’s learning and development
CHCECE018 Nurture creativity in children
CHCSAC005 Foster the holistic development and wellbeing of the child in school age care
CHCECE011 Provide experiences to support children’s play and learning

Elective units

CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice
HLTWHS003 Maintain work health and safety
CHCECE025 Embed sustainable practices in service operations
CHCECE023 Analyse information to inform learning
CHCECE022 Promote children’s agency
CHCECE002 Ensure the health and safety of children
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically

Course entry

  • To commence this program, your Language Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skills must meet the required standards for ACSF LEVEL 3.
  • Victoria and NSW students — 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: VIC NSW
  • Queensland students — You need to either provide a current Blue Card or provide evidence that you have applied for a Blue Card. More information
  • If you are unable to obtain a WWCC  or Blue Card you will not be able to complete the requirements of the course and will not be eligible for government-subsidised training for this course.


Possible career pathways you may like to consider upon completion:

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


Virtual campus

Currently available for select education and care courses, our virtual campus delivery mode is designed for students who are not already employed in the industry. Our virtual campus mode allows you to study via our interactive online learning portal with dedicated trainer support and practical placement that we help you organise. This means you can do away with paper-based learning and assessment resources and access all your course material online, anywhere, anytime.

Choosing this delivery mode means you will have a dedicated trainer/assessor who will mark your assessments in the portal and provide you with individualised feedback as well as visit you on your placement to provide support and guidance and complete your observations. Read more

Unable to study online? If you are unable to access our online learning and are not already employed in the education and care industry we can provide paper-based resources. You will still receive all the same support you need from our experienced trainers with correspondence throughout your study provided via phone, email or video calls through Skype.


Workplace training

Our workplace training delivery mode is designed for students who are already employed in the school age education and care industry. Our workplace students love the benefit of being able to continue to work while they study. Workplace students also gain access to our interactive online learning portal. To support you study, this option also provides dedicated trainer support who have extensive industry background and experience juggling study/work commitments. For workplace students, working hours are incorporated as placement hours. 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 the industry-ready confidence to succeed in the workplace! As part of this program, a minimum of 240 hours must be completed in a school age education and care service. For students not currently working in the industry, these hours are incorporated into our programs through practical placement. And, we even help you organise placement via our extensive industry centre network! Read more

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