School age education and care

Do you want a career helping the next generation develop and grow? Are you looking to improve your skills working with school age children? Or are you looking for a rewarding part-time or casual job?

The Certificate IV in School Age Education and Care (CHC40113) prepares you to work with school age children as educators in outside school hours care and vacation programs.

As an educator, you will support the implementation of an approved learning framework, could work under direct supervision or autonomously, and may have responsibility to supervise volunteers or other staff.

Once you’ve completed a Certificate IV in School Age Education and Care, you could also graduate with a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care by doing just one more module. When you get both qualifications, it expands your career options, enabling you to work with babies and toddlers in early childhood services as well as with school age children.

There are lots of career options for people with qualifications in school age education and care. You could become a centre director, an accredited trainer, work for a regulator, or even become a consultant working with services to improve their rating and assessment outcomes.

We offer on-the-job training, flexible learning plans, and mentoring workshops to help you meet your course competencies quicker and easier.

We are passionate about providing quality professional development to people who are entering or currently working in the school age education and care sector. Our students gain a nationally recognised qualification.

This qualification includes 19 units of competency (15 core units and four elective units). To complete the Certificate IV in School Age Education and Care, you must show competence in all 19 units, plus a compulsory work placement of a minimum of 120 hours in a regulated school age care service.

YWCA Canberra delivers a range of school age care programs, so where possible we try to find placements for students in our services.

Foundation Learning and Practices

CHCECE009: Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
CHCECE012: Support children to connect with their world

Health and Safety

HLTWHS001: Participate in workplace health and safety
CHCECE002: Ensure the health and safety of children
CHCECE004: Promote and provide healthy food and drinks

Legislation and Policy

CHCPRT001: Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
CHCLEG001: Work legally and ethically
CHCECE006: Support behaviour of children and young people

School Age Curriculum

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
CHCSAC004: Support the holistic development of children in school age care

Play and Learning

CHCECE010: Support the holistic development of children in early childhood
CHCECE013: Use information about children to inform practice
CHCECE011: Provide experiences to support children’s play and learning

Culture and Community

CHCECE001: Develop cultural competence
CHCDIV002: Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
CHCDIV001: Work with diverse people
HLTAID004: Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting*


*HLTAID004 Provide an Emergency First Aid Response in an Education and Care Setting, is delivered by a third-party RTO.

To complete first aid you must:

  • register with your Trainer or YWCA Canberra’s Education and Training Administrator when you are informed of the training date
  • complete pre-course work at least three (3) days before the practical class will take place
  • attend the practical class and complete all required assessments during the practical class.

The next course intake for the Certificate IV in School Age Education and Care will be in early 2021.

Visit our Student Information page for more information on how to enrol.

For more information, contact our team on 02 6185 2000 or email

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