Certificate III in Outside School Hours Care

National Code: 10983NAT
TAFE SA Code: AC00135


Check out this course if you are currently working or seeking to work as an Educator with school aged children in Outside School Hours Care (OSHC) programs. Learn to support children’s wellbeing and development in the context of an approved learning framework. Develop and implement play and leisure experiences with or without supervision.

Educators in this context work in outside school hours care and vacation care (also known as School Age Care).

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18 months 

Part Time

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If there are more applications for this course than places available, applicants will be ranked by date of application to this course.

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Attendance Requirements (subject to change)
Face to face workshops and online delivery sessions via Collaborate.

Industry Conditions and Skills
You will need a reasonable level of fitness to physically care for children and undertake manual handling tasks and provide first aid when appropriate. You will be committed to working with children, be able to communicate with children and families, collaborate within a team and have the ability to multitask, access information and use technology. You will have the ability to use knowledge of children to plan for their learning and development.

Additional Uniforms, Equipment and Costs
If you do not hold the following, a current Working with Children Check , Child Safe Environments certificate, and a current RRHAN-EC you will be required to complete these and will be advised of the associated costs prior to registration.

Vocational Placements
You will need to complete a vocational placement in a regulated early education and care service throughout the duration of the qualification. If you are not working in a regulated early education and care service, you will be placed by TAFE SA's Placement team. To make sure that you are able to be placed, you will need to provide the required clearances, documentation and certificates by the date advised.

Mandatory Requirements
You will require a current Working with Children check ,a Safe Environments for Children and Young People certificate and a current a RRHAN-EC (Responding to the Risk of Harm and Neglect in Early Childhood). If you do not have these checks and certificates you will not be able to commence your vocational placement. Individual Outside of School Hours Care services may have their own policies on vaccination requirements. You may need to show evidence of vaccination.

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You may be eligible for government subsidised training.
Subsidised training may require applicants to complete a Core Skills Profile Assessment (CSPA).

This course is part of the Fee Free TAFE initiative. Fee Free TAFE and vocational education is a joint initiative of the Australian and South Australian Governments providing tuition-free training places to students wanting to train, retrain or upskill. The eligibility check below is an indication only and does not confirm your eligibility status. Eligibility verification will take place before the enrolment process and may include participation in a Language, Literacy and Numeracy pre-assessment. The number of Fee Free TAFE places that are funded is limited by the terms of the skills agreement signed by the Australian and South Australian Governments. Should all available Fee Free TAFE places be taken, subsequent applicants will be offered a subsidised place.

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  • Employment Outcomes

    Out of school hours care worker

    Note: Completion of a TAFE SA course does not guarantee an employment outcome. Formal requirements other than educational qualifications (eg licensing, professional registration), may apply to some occupations.

    Qualifications & Skills Covered

    Certificate III in Outside School Hours Care (10983NAT)
    This qualification is designed to support the role of educators in school age education and care. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 12 core units and 3 elective units.

    Note: Students who successfully complete only one or more units of competency but not the full qualification are eligible to receive a Statement of Attainment.

    of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.
    of TAFE SA graduates would recommend their training.

    * 2023 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Core

    Name Nominal Hours
    Develop and implement play and leisure experiences in school age care 70
    Facilitate responsible behaviour 40
    Follow basic food safety practices 30
    Identify and report children and young people at risk 40
    Participate in workplace health and safety 20
    Provide First Aid in an education and care setting 22
    Supervise students outside the classroom 40
    Support children to participate in school age care 70
    Support the holistic development of children in school age care 80
    Work collaboratively and respectfully with school age children 70
    Work effectively with others 40
    Work legally and ethically 55


    Name Nominal Hours
    Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety 25
    Reflect on and improve own professional practice 120
    Work effectively in trauma informed care 40
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