Course Code: CHC50213

Diploma of School Age Education and Care


Before and After School Care is a growing field of employment with Education Leaders and Program Managers in demand! Check out this course if you are currently working or seeking to work with school aged children in Outside School Hours Care (OSHC) programs.

Our self-paced study mode means that you can progress at a pace that is comfortable for you without the stress of assessment due dates and rigid class timetables.

  • Nationally Recognised? Yes
  • Who can enrol? Students in all States and Territories of Australia
  • Trainer Support? Unlimited

Job roles from this qualification may include: Outside School Hours Care (OSHC) Educator, Team Leader, Program Manager or Centre Manager; Before and After School Care Worker, Vacation Care Program Manager.

For full course details Download Diploma School Age Education and Care course outline

COVID-19 UPDATE: This course has a mandatory 240 hr practical placement. Our flexible course structure means that you can complete all theory components first and the practical component when conditions allow. 

Please be aware that many States have mandated that people completing a practical placement in certain industries (such as schools or education and care settings) must have received 2 doses of the COVID-19 vaccination. It is your responsibility to check the requirements of your State prior to enrolling and prior to commencing your practical placement.

Call 1300 380 335 if you have any questions about this course.


Course Details
  • Training modes for this qualification include: self paced online, or blended delivery.
  • For those not currently working in an educational setting, a minimum of 240 hours practical placement (work experience) in an educational setting must be achieved. You can arrange your own placement or Adapt can arrange one near to you.
  • This qualification is approved for Centrelink’s Education Supplement. View the Government funding page on this website to find out more about the funding.
  • All training, assessment and student services for this course are offered by Adapt Education (RTO# 32452). We do not act as a broker and no aspect of your enrolment will be outsourced to another organisation.



In most instances you will have up to 2 years to complete this qualification. Being self-paced study you can enrol at any time and progress at any speed you like without the stress of due dates and rigid class time tables. Study duration depends on the hours you put in and your skill level. As a guide, someone dedicating 8 hours per week to study, could expect to complete the assessment component of the course in 8 – 12 months.

Note: students receiving government funding may be obligated to complete the program in a shorter time frame:

  • Centrelink (education supplement): Full time 93 weeks, part time 156 weeks



For course fees click here

Payment plans are offered at no additional cost! That’s right, you DO NOT pay more if you opt for a payment plan. You nominate the payment periods (i.e. weekly, fortnightly or monthly). You nominate the amount you are comfortable paying (i.e. $50, $100, $200, etc.).

Upfront Payments can be made by credit card, bank transfer, cheque, money order or cash. Payment plans are processed with a direct debit system.

Contact us for a quote if you have specific requirements or a group booking


  • It is an expectation that you will have access to a computer and the internet to complete the assessment requirements of the course. Please discuss with Adapt if this is an issue as strategies can be put in place to assist.
  • It is expected that students have well developed Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skills. Students who do not meet the minimum LLN requirements for this course will be provided a range of options and strategies to assist.
  • For information regarding Adapt Education’s policies and procedures please refer to our student handbook

Working With Children Check

As working with children is a part of this course, it is required that students obtain clearance from the relevant authority prior to commencing their practical placement.



How to Enrol

There are no set in-take dates, so you can enrol online at any time. Alternatively call 1300 380 335 to enrol over the phone. To find out more about our enrolment process go to the How to Enrol page on this site.


First Aid

Apart from being a crucial life skill, having up-to-date First Aid certification can improve your employability. One of the core units in this course is HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting. You may book into an Adapt Education first aid course or you can complete this unit with any first aid provider in Australia. Simply present your certificate to us on completion and we will credit the unit towards your course.

Important points:

  • The cost of the first aid unit is not included in Adapt Education’s course fee. You will need to pay the listed course fee to your selected first aid provider.
  • Ensure you are booking into a first aid course that includes the nationally recognised unit HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting.


Units (25 units required)

Unit Name

HLTAID004Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care settingCore
CHCECE011Provide experiences to support children’s play and learningCore
CHCSAC002Develop and implement play and leisure experiences in school age careCore
CHCECE023Analyse information to inform learningCore
CHCEDS022Work with students in need of additional supportCore
CHCSAC001Support children to participate in school age careCore
CHCECE002Ensure the health and safety of childrenCore
HLTWHS001Participate in work health and safetyCore
CHCECE004Promote and provide healthy food and drinksCore
CHCECE009Use an approved learning framework to guide practiceCore
CHCECE021Implement strategies for the inclusion of all childrenCore
CHCDIV001Work with diverse peopleCore
CHCECE001Develop cultural competenceCore
CHCDIV002Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safetyCore
CHCPRT001Identify and respond to children and young people at riskCore
CHCPRP003Reflect on and improve own professional practiceCore
CHCSAC003Work collaboratively and respectfully with children in school age careCore
CHCSAC005Foster the holistic development and wellbeing of the child in school age careCore
CHCECE016Establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment for childrenCore
CHCECE019Facilitate compliance in an education and care servicesCore
CHCECE018Nurture creativity in childrenCore
CHCECE020Establish and implement plans for developing cooperative behaviourCore
CHCECE024Design and implement the curriculum to foster children’s learning and developmentCore
CHCECE026Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate education and careCore