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CHC50213 Diploma of School Age Education and Care

CHC50213 Diploma of School Age Education and Care

Centrelink/DHS Approved: Yes
NQF Approved Qualificationt: Yes 
Recognised Australia wide: Yes

"Please note that as of 20th October 2021, ACCCO is no longer accepting enrolments for the CHC50213 due to the transition period for this course finishing on 20th January 2023 .   Students will only have until 20th January 2023 to have completely finished their course. ACCCO will be offering enrolments for the new Diploma School Age Education CHC50221 and Care in January 2022. . For more information please visit:"

Qualification Description

The CHC50213 Diploma of School Age Education and Care is one of the qualifications that ACECQA requires for those wanting to take on higher levels of responsibility and leadership in a school age care service. It is the qualification for those wishing to lead an education and care program for children outside of the school environment.

Through the Diploma qualification, you will learn what it means to provide a program for school age children and work in a position of responsibility. There are 25 units of study in this qualification covering topics such as:

  • Developing, implementing and evaluating learning programs for children
  • Facilitating children’s holistic development and wellbeing
  • Managing and maintaining legal and ethical compliance
  • Leadership and basic management responsibilities

Entry Requirements


The guideline for duration is 12 months – 2 years however, training is self-paced, and duration depends on the individual learner, their employment situation and enrolment type. Credit transfer and RPL options may also reduce the overall time taken to complete the course.

Study Options

ACCCO offers a variety of delivery options that allows students to complete the qualification in a mode/s that suit individual learning requirements:

Units in this Qualification

This qualification is made up of 25 units of competency (18 core, 7 elective) which reflect the needs of industry.

Core units

CHCSAC003   Work collaboratively and respectfully with children in school age care
HLTAID004      Provide an emergency 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
CHCSAC005   Foster the holistic development and well-being of the child in school age care
CHCECE009   Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
CHCSAC001   Support children to participate in school age care
CHCECE011   Provide experiences to support children's play and learning
CHCSAC002   Develop and implement play and leisure experiences in school age care
CHCECE024   Design and implement the curriculum to foster children's learning and development
CHCECE020   Establish and implement plans for developing cooperative behaviour
CHCECE021   Implement strategies of the inclusion of all children
CHCECE018   Nurture creativity in children
CHCECE019   Facilitate compliance in an education and care services
CHCECE016   Establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment for children
CHCECE026   Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate education and care for child
CHCDIV002    Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
CHCECE001   Develop cultural competence

Elective units

CHCECE002   Ensure the health and safety of children
CHCLEG001   Work legally and ethically
HLTWHS003   Maintain work health and safety
  Reflect on and improve own professional practice
  Lead the work team
  Respond to problems and complaints about the service
  Embed sustainable practices in service operations 

Please note: HLTAID004 Provide an emergency response in an education and care setting unit may be completed at an additional cost through an external provider if the student is unable to attend an ACCCO training location.  

To learn more about what is included in the units above, click here and type in the unit code.

Employment Opportunities

The Diploma qualification provides for employment in the following roles:

  • Educator in before and after school care programs
  • Educator in vacation care or school holiday programs
  • Nominated Supervisor
  • Support roles in leisure/youth programs including recreation Assistant
  • Outside School Hours Care Coordinator
  • Educational Leader
  • Other education based employers may accept this qualification, such as working as a tutor, support workers or as a teacher aide

      Vocational Placement

      All students need to be employed or volunteering in an ACECQA approved school age care service to complete the practical components of their qualification. This will be for no less than 240 hours spread over the duration of the qualification. Actual hours completed is dependent on student capability. The ACCCO Trainer Assessor may be able to support you to arrange this placement if you don't already have one. Students must have a current Working with Children Check prior to starting placement.

      Help and Support

      No matter what your study mode, all students in this qualification are allocated an ACCCO Trainer Assessor who will guide them through the qualification. Trainer Assessors are all qualified in early childhood education and have at least 5 years' experience completing the job you are wanting to hold. Trainer Assessors provide regular phone, email and face to face support in the workplace so you always have help when you need it!

      Pathways to Further Study

      The CHC60215 Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management is a great qualification for those aiming to hold management position in school age care services.


      This qualification attracts funding assistance for eligible persons!!!  Funding varies between State / Territories so please check your eligibility requirements for what is available to you in your area.  

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      How to Apply

      1. Choose Your Course

      Once you have made the decision to apply for a qualification you will need to complete an enrolment form and a Literacy, Language and Numeracy indicator (LLN).

      Check you meet:

      • Minimum Age Requirement
      • English Language & Academic Requirements
      • Appropriate Visa Requirements

      2. Prepare Your Application

      Complete the online enrolment form, and upload details of:

      • Colour copy of Passport or Driver’s Licence. (Proof of ID+ residency)                                                                        - If passport provided please provide a copy of a bank statement or utility bill issued within the last 6 months showing your current residential address.
      • Colour copy of either: current green Medicare card; Birth Certificate; current Australian passport; current New Zealand passport; or Australian citizenship certificate. (Proof of citizenship)
      • Colour copy of Certificates and Statement Results for any previously attained or partially completed qualifications completed in or recognised in Australia.

      3. Process of Your Application

      Your enrolment will be assessed on the information you have provided. Upon receiving all paperwork and supporting evidence a formal assessment of your eligibility for government funding and suitability for the qualification is conducted. You will be notified by an enrolments officer on the status of this application once your eligibility has been assessed.

      *Please note that we are unable to finalise your enrolment until all required information and supporting evidence has been provided.

      4. Letter of Offer

      ACCCO assesses the enrolment application. When deemed a successful enrolment application, the student will be issued a Letter of Offer to study with ACCCO. Student reads and accepts the conditions outlined in the Letter of Offer. Student fees are finalised – payment established.

      5. Confirm Your Enrolment

      If your enrolment application is accepted, you will receive a welcome email with a Confirmation of Enrolment attached, confirming acceptance into the qualification. It is important to check your junk or spam folder as this email can end up here sometimes. If not received, please contact our enrolments team on 1300 139 406 during business hours. Your Trainer Assessor will contact you to undertake an induction and commence the learning program.

      Before you submit your application it is important that you provide all the above required documents. Without these we are unable to process your application.

      Any Questions?

      For assistance with your enrolment, our Enrolments Team are more than happy to help you with any questions you may have. Contact us now and we'll get you started...


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