Children’s Education and Care Training Package Development

SkillsIQ, under the direction of the Children’s Education and Care Industry Reference Committee and a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), is undertaking an update of the training package products in the Children’s Education and Care Sector.

This update will address the outcomes of the ASQA strategic review and update the Training Package Products to response to the Case for Change findings. It will also action input received in response to the Children's Education and Care consultation paper and ensure revised Products reflect current industry skills needs. 

This review continues on from previous work in response to the 2015 Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) strategic review, Training for early childhood education and care in Australia. The ASQA findings and broader issues relate to the Children’s Education and Care Qualifications and Units of Competency contained in the CHC Training Package.

The following six Qualifications and associated 65 Units of Competency in the Children’s Education and Care Sector are currently under review: 

  • CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
  • CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
  • CHC40113 Certificate IV in School Age Education and Care
  • CHC50213 Diploma of School Aged Education and Care
  • CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support
  • CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support.

We thank everyone who has submitted material and attended workshops to inform this project to date. The following key issues emerged in the draft 1 consultation phase of the project, and addressing these issues has extended the time to prepare the draft 2 material.

  • Certificate III as an Entry Requirement for the Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care
  • The needs of regional and remote communities
  • Strengthening alignment and pathways with job outcomes in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
  • Updating of terminology to align to current language, frameworks and social changes
  • The scope of work roles, particularly in the Education Support area
  • Family Day Care and Outside of School Hours roles
  • The role of an Educational Leader
  • Consideration of recommendations from the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence and the Federal Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

    Consultation Activities and Timelines

    The national consultation process for Draft 2 material has currently been extended to 31 July 2019.

    It is envisaged that a third and final draft of the Training Package Products will be released following consideration of the feedback gained during the consultation period for the Draft 2 material.

    Workshops were held throughout February 2019. The powerpoint slides used at the workshops can be viewed here

    The ECE Draft 2 Qualifications and units are available on the SkillsIQ feedback forum here.

    Briefing webinars were held in December 2018. Please click here to access the PowerPoint presentation slides used in the webinars. For responses to "Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) raised in the webinar please click here.

    Draft 2 Qualifications and Units relating to the School Age Care (SAC) qualifications are available on the SkillsIQ feedback forum for comment here.

    Draft 1 of the Certificate II in Children’s Services is now available on the SkillsIQ Feedback Forum for public consultation here.

    The Draft 2 Educational Support (EDS) qualifications are being finalised and will be available shortly.

    Further Information

    For further information, please contact Marianne Wehby on (02) 9392 8100 or