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This qualification reflects the role of educators who are responsible for the day-to-day running of a before and after school care and/or vacation care service, including planning, implementing and managing programs which address regulatory and duty of care requirements.  They will have the responsibility for the supervision of other staff and/or volunteers.

The Certificate IV in School Age Education and Care reflects the role of educators who work with school age children in outside school hours care and vacation programs. In doing, so they support the implementation of an approved learning framework. They may work under direct supervision or autonomously.  They may have responsibility for supervision of volunteers or other staff.

Upon completion of the qualification, graduates will have gained the skills and knowledge necessary to work in a school age education and care program as an educator and may be designated by the service to be a Certified Supervisor or Responsible Person.

This Diploma focuses on working with children aged 5-12 years, specifically focusing on before and after school activities and vacation care programs. It may also be applicable for those who work with children in related areas such as mobile resource units, family day care and multi-age children’s services.

Before candidates commence the Diploma pathway they must have completed at least the 12 pre-requisite subjects from part of the Certificate IV.

Network offers these two qualifications through Workplace Recognition. 

This management stream qualification covers workers who are responsible for coordination and management of smaller organsations or of branches/departments of large organisations. These people work independently and report to executive management or boards of management. They undertake a range of functions requiring the application of knowledge and skills to achieve results in line with the organisation's goals and strategic directions.

Network has developed a Workplace Recognition Pathway for the Out of School Hours Qualifications. Recognition includes Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Recognition of Current Competency (RCC). RPL allows participants who hold a current qualification that is equivalent to the units for which they seek recognition, to be declared competent. Alternatively participants may provide evidence of a qualification, together with current history of relevant industry experience and a supervisor's report to address any gaps. Where a participant does not hold a qualification, RCC gives them the opportunity to provide examples from their current work that demonstrates sufficient evidence of competence. This pathway may also contain the need for gap training depending on the experience and knowledge of the candidate.

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