Certificate IV in Children's Services (Outside school hours care)

This qualification covers workers who conduct vacation programs as well as before and after school care activities for children of school age.

Outside school hours care workers:

Plan activities and provide care to children, facilitating their leisure and play and enabling them to achieve their developmental outcomes

May work under direct supervision or autonomously

May have some supervisory responsibilities for volunteers and other workers.

Occupational titles may vary depending on jurisdiction and legislation and may include:

Assistant OSHC coordinator

Recreation assistant

Mobile assistant

Recreation leader

OSHC assistant

Senior play leader

Outside school hours care supervisor / coordinator

Team leader

Play leader

Vacation care supervisor

Program leader



16 units are required for award of this qualification including:

12 core units

4 elective units

A wide range of elective units is available, including:

Group A electives which are recommended for culturally aware and respectful practice

Other relevant electives listed below

Units of competency to address workplace requirements and packaged at the level of this qualification or higher in Community Services and/or Health Training Packages

Where appropriate, to address workplace requirements, up to 3 units of competency packaged at the level of this qualification or higher in other relevant Training Packages

Core units

add topic CHCCHILD401B Identify and respond to children and young people at risk

add topic CHCCN301C Ensure the health and safety of children

add topic CHCCN303A Contribute to provision of nutritionally balanced food in a safe and hygienic manner

add topic CHCCS400C Work within a relevant legal and ethical framework

add topic CHCFC301A Support the development of children

add topic CHCOSHC401A Support children to participate in outside school hours care

add topic CHCOSHC402B Develop and implement activities in outside school hours care

add topic CHCOSHC403B Work effectively with children in outside school hours care

add topic CHCPR301C Provide experiences to support childrens play and learning

add topic HLTFA311A Apply first aid

add topic HLTHIR403C Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers

add topic HLTWHS300A Contribute to WHS processes

The importance of culturally aware and respectful practice

All workers undertaking children's services work need foundation knowledge to inform their work with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander clients and co-workers and with clients and co-workers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. This foundation must be provided and assessed as part of a holistic approach to delivery and assessment of this qualification. Specific guidelines for assessment of this aspect of competency are provided in the Assessment Guidelines for the Community Services Training Package.

Group A electives - recommended for culturally aware and respectful practice

The children's services workplace is regarded as having particular potential for engendering stronger and more respectful relationships between non-Aboriginal Australians and Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Australians.

It is therefore highly recommended that the following unit of competency should be included in this qualification to address the needs of every children's services workplace:

add topic CHCIC302A Support Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander families to participate in children's services

The unit:

Provides a basis for staff to support and promote respect for and awareness of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities where there are no Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander children attending or residing in the local area

Addresses the needs of staff who work specifically with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander children and families.

Where work involves a specific focus on Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander clients or communities, the following elective is recommended:

add topic HLTHIR404D Work effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people

Other relevant electives

Electives are to be selected in line with specified Packaging Rules. The following list of relevant electives is intended to facilitate selection. Employers may specify certain electives as required to address specific workplace needs.

add topic BSBWOR204A Use business technology

add topic CHCAC318B Work effectively with older people

add topic CHCCD420B Work to empower Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities

add topic CHCCHILD301B Support behaviour of children and young people

add topic CHCCHILD403B Promote the safety, well being and welfare of children, young people and their families

add topic CHCCHILD404B Support the rights and safety of children and young people

add topic CHCCOM302D Communicate appropriately with clients and colleagues

add topic CHCCS310A Support inclusive practice in the workplace

add topic CHCCS312A Use electronic learning materials

add topic CHCCS411C Work effectively in the community sector

add topic CHCCS421B Undertake community sector work within own community

add topic CHCDIS301C Work effectively with people with a disability

add topic CHCFC506A Foster childrens language and communication development

add topic CHCFC512A Foster physical development in middle childhood

add topic CHCFC513A Foster social development in middle childhood

add topic CHCFC514A Support emotional and psychological development in middle childhood

add topic CHCFC515A Foster cognitive development in middle childhood

add topic CHCIC302A Support Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander families to participate in childrens services

add topic CHCIC303B Work within a regulatory framework specific to childrens services

add topic CHCIC512A Plan and implement inclusion of children with additional needs

add topic CHCLD315A Recognise stages of lifespan development

add topic CHCORG303C Participate effectively in the work environment

add topic CHCORG428A Reflect on and improve own professional practice

add topic CHCORG502B Work autonomously

add topic CHCORG611C Lead and develop others in a community sector workplace

add topic CHCPR302A Support sustainable practice

add topic CHCPR502E Organise experiences to facilitate and enhance childrens development

add topic CHCPR515A Develop and implement a program to support sustainable practice

add topic CHCRH503B Develop leisure and health programs for clients with special needs

add topic HLTFA302C Provide first aid in remote situation (Note pre-requisite: HLTFA311A )

add topic HLTFA412A Apply advanced first aid (Note pre-requisite: HLTFA311A )

add topic HLTFS207C Follow basic food safety practices

add topic HLTNA303D Plan and modify meals and menus according to nutrition care plans

add topic HLTNA304D Plan meals and menus to meet cultural and religious needs

add topic SISCCRO301A Assist with recreation games not requiring equipment

add topic SRCCRO008B Interact positively with infants, toddlers and parents in a recreation environment (Appropriate unit for an assistant working with a mobile resources unit)

add topic SROABL002B Facilitate adventure-based learning activities

add topic SRXCAI005B Conduct a sport and recreation session for participants

add topic SISXEMR402A Coordinate emergency responses

add topic SISXFAC405A Plan and provide sport and recreational services

Oral health

add topic CHCOHC303B Use basic oral health screening tools

add topic CHCOHC401A Inform and encourage clients and groups to understand and achieve good oral health

add topic CHCOHC402A Support clients and groups to learn practical aspects of oral health care

add topic CHCOHC404A Recognise and respond to signs and symptoms that may indicate oral health issues


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Entry Requirements

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Licensing Information

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Employability Skills

Refer to the Topic: Introduction to the Employability Skills Qualification Summaries