The qualification covers workers who conduct vacation programs, as well as before and after school hours care activities for children of school age. Outside school hours care workers:

  • Plan activities and provide care to children, facilitate their leisure and play enabling them to achieve their developmental outcomes.
  • May work under direct supervision or autonomously.
  • May have some supervisory responsibilities for volunteers and other workers.

Course code

2018 intake dates
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Part-time learners: 9-15 months

This course consists of a combination of theory in an fortnightly online classroom and a minimum of 240 hours of work placement. Training is supported by regular visits to the workplace by a qualified early childhood trainer. Learners will also be expected to attend face-to-face tutorial sessions every six weeks to support them through their studies.

You will learn how to:

  • Work within a legal and ethical framework
  • Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
  • Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
  • Ensure the health and safety of children
  • Promote and provide healthy food and drinks
  • Participate in work health and safety
  • Provide emergency first aid response in an education and care setting
  • Develop cultural competence
  • Work effectively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers
  • Support the holistic development of children in school aged care
  • Support children to participate in school age care
  • Provide experiences to support children’s play and learning
  • Work collaboratively and respectfully with children in school age care
  • Develop and implement play and leisure experiences in school age care
  • Support behaviour of children and young people
  • Promote children’s agency
  • Support children to connect with their world
  • Embed sustainable practices in service operations

View the full statement of fees for this course

Please note that Gowrie Victoria is an approved Skills First provider.

Further information on our Course Fees can be found on our Fee Information, Funding and Loans page.


  • Learners must meet the Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skills standards for Certificate IV SAEC level study.
  • Learners must obtain a Working with Children (WWC) Check.
  • Learners must be at least 15 years of age and be an Australian citizen or permanent resident.
  • If you are currently employed you may be eligible for a traineeship.
  • Gowrie Victoria encourages people with disabilities to apply. Approval will be subject to the person being able to undertake all tasks and requirements of the course.
  • Assistant OSHC Coordinator
  • OSHC Assistant
  • Recreation Assistant
  • Mobile Assistant
  • Recreation Leader
  • Senior Play Leader
  • OSHC Supervisor / Coordinator
  • Team Leader
  • Play Leader
  • Vacation Care Supervisor