Diploma of School Age Education and Care


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18 - 24 Months Self Paced


Workplace Traineeships, Online Learning, Classroom Courses

About this Course

METS trainers will inspire you to create a safe and inclusive environment in outside of school hours & vacation care services where you will be responsible for supporting and leading children’s learning and development, health and wellbeing, along with designing, planning, implementing and evaluating educational programs and practices, that meet the requirements of the National Quality Framework (NQF), which includes the National Law and Regulations, National Quality Standard, the assessment and rating process and national learning frameworks. It will also prepare you for working with community members and external agencies.


While enjoying the combination of online study as well as practical workplace experience, this course will prepare you for your role and responsibilities as a Diploma level educator.

Career Prospects
  • Outside School Hours Care Worker
  • Outside School Hours Care Coordinator
  • Centre Director 
  • Team leader
  • Vacation Care Coordinator
  • Lead roles in leisure/youth programs
  • Traineeships: 24 months for a fulltime employee and 36 months for a part-time employee.
  • Fee For Service (Self Funded) – An enrolment period of 2 years will be given, extentions can be applied for however further enrolement fees will apply.
Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this course; however, it is recommended that students:

  • Have sound language and literacy skills
  • Have basic computer skills


Students are required to:

  • Obtain a Unique Student Identifier (USI)
  • Provide a valid ID with his/her picture and signature
  • Undertake a Language, Literacy and Numeracy Evaluation
Elective Units

CHCINM002 – Meet community information needs

CHCMGT003 – Lead the work team

HLTWHS003 – Maintain work health and safety

CHCECE025 – Embed sustainable practices in service operations

CHCPRP003 – Reflect on and improve own professional practice

CHCECE022 – Promote children’s agency

CHCECE023 – Analyse information to inform learning

Funding and Payment Options

There are a wide variety of funding options available. From government funding through to fee-for-service. To find out what you are eligible for, click here

Education Pathways

Education pathways after completing CHC50213 Diploma of School Age Education and Care may include: 

• CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services

• CHC62015 Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management

Am I eligible for a traineeship?

To be eligible to commence a traineeship, a participant must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident working full or part time (minimum 15 hours). The participant must have the support of their employer, an accredited RTO and an Australian Apprenticeship Centre.

How do I find a traineeship?

Finding a traineeship is similar to finding any job. You’ll need to network with employers and job recruitment agencies and market yourself within your chosen sector.

I am not eligible for a traineeship. Can I still complete the qualification?

If a participant is ineligible for a traineeship due to their employment status (casual, part-time working under 15 hours etc.), they can still complete the course as a Fee for Service Student.

If a participant is ineligible for a traineeship due to their residency status, they can in some cases still complete the qualification Self-Funded, however visa restrictions do apply. It is best to speak to your immigration officer and/or us regarding your eligibility.

What kind of assessments will I be completing?

Depending on the unit of study, you will complete both theory and practical based assessments to achieve competency in your qualification. Assessments may include short answer, project work, case students and reflection logs.

Can I extend by traineeship if I am not able to complete it by the end date?

Yes. Under certain circumstances your traineeship can be extended, however this process can take some time and applying for an extension should be considered as a last resort. You should speak to us and/or your Australian Apprenticeship Centre if you are considering applying for an extension.

Have more questions? Visit our student frequently asked questions page or contact us!

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