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$449 $249

Start a career working with children or enhance your existing skills with this exciting entry level childcare course. Play an important role in the lives of young children and their families. Don't delay and get started straight away - Working with Children 101.

"I have just started your course and I was previously studying the same childcare course locally, but being a single mum I found it a juggle with my three boys. Swapping to online through Online Courses AUS was the best decision I ever made. It's so much more organised and I can work my studies around my children. It's no longer a juggle trying to fit everything into my busy lifestyle. Brigid that helped me prior to switching was so friendly and helpful which helped me in making my decision to swap from in class to online. I am enjoying the ease and the simple way in which the course is delivered. I can't thank you all enough for your help." - Robyn

This entry level Certificate is perfect for you if you want to make a big impact in the lives of little people and their families. You will learn everything you need to know as a foundation for this industry including how to provide care for babies and toddlers and the best way to provide experiences to support children's play and learning. 

The best part? You’re the boss of when you study. It means that you’ll be able to study at your own pace, while learning the skills you’ll need to work with children in pre-school care and out of school hours care (OHSC).

Please check with your state department for the relevant "checks/permissions" that may be required to gain employment in this industry (I.E In QLD: If you wish to work with children in Queensland you must first have the appropriate blue card).

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Upon successful completion of this course you will receive an OCA Certificate of Achievement in Working with Children 101.

Career Pathways

  • Childcare Assistant
  • Childcare Worker
  • Family Day Carer
  • Playgroup Supervisor
  • Recreation Assistant
  • Mobile Assistant
  • Professional Nanny

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Sample extract from our Working with Children 101 course, topic - Provide Care for Babies and Toddlers.

Promote safe sleep

Reach agreement with families on how sleep and rest should occur.

Sleep accounts for a large part of an infant’s life. It is necessary for effective functioning, growth anddevelopment. A significant amount of the time infants spend in early childhood is likely to involve sleeping or preparing for sleep. While sleep patterns and the processes for putting infants to sleep will differ between families, and more broadly across cultures, it is important to provide a consistent approach for the child.

Having children adjust to a different sleep routine in an early childhood setting may prove difficult for somechildren, therefore it is important to work with the parent and try to keep the child’s sleep routine as normalas possible with little disruptions. Over-tiredness, or an environment where sleep patterns are different from those at home, can lead to irritability. It is important that there are clear communication between educatorsand families to ensure the infant’s routine remains as similar as possible. This provides consistency for theinfant.

Check cots, bedding and equipment meet approved standards

Daily checks in an early childhood setting should be carried out. Infant cots should be checked, clean bedding applied and the cot area clear from clutter. Equipment should also be checked for faults and any breakage.

Use a cot that meets current Australian safety standards

  • Only well-maintained cots built to strict safety standards are good enough for your baby.
  • Cots that meet the standard will have a clear label (AS2172, or AS2195 for portable cots).

Use a firm and well-fitting mattress

  • Make sure there are no gaps between the mattress and the edge of the cot, where a baby’s head could get jammed.
  • Don’t tilt the mattress. If you’re using a portable cot, only use the firm, thin, well-fitting mattress that comes with it.
  • Don’t add a second mattress or any padding over the mattress.

Four sides for safety

  • Babies sleep in a cot which is a raised bed that has four sides for safety. One of the sides may be released and dropped down to ensure ease of access to place and remove the baby.

Things to remember

  • Babies can become trapped and suffocate if they fall into gaps created by ill-fitting or additional mattresses, or if they are caught up in the fabric of soft toys and extra pillows and bumpers.
  • Infants can become trapped and strangled if their clothing gets snagged on parts of a cot that stick out (protrusions), or if their head becomes trapped between gaps.
  • Children can suffer serious injuries such as concussion and fractures if they fall when climbing out using foothold or objects left in the cot.
  • Babies may get their arms, legs, fingers and/or toes caught in cot gaps.

The sides of the cot must be pulled up to correct height to ensure the baby does not fall out. Cot sides may be used as a climbing devise for older babies and if toys are in the cot babies can use these to climb on and extend their height.

The law states that all cots sold in Australia must comply with the Australian Standard (AS/NZS 2172-2010). These standards relate to the distance between the mattress and the lowest side of cots, for falls prevention; the minimum and maximum gap sizes, to prevent entrapment; and the maximum height protrusions to prevent strangulation.

Place the cot away from windows that have cord or blind strings close by. These strings may pose a strangulation hazard if your baby can access them from the cot.

Do not place pillows, bumpers, comforters or sheepskins in the cot, especially when you place your baby in the cot.

Make sure cot release mechanisms are secured by child safety latches.Baby bedding hygiene.

New babies require extra care taken with hygiene and health practices. Babies need extra care and extreme cleanliness to ensure their safety. Babies should be placed in a cot that is free of direct sunlight, moisture and is clean and dry. The area should be sterilized regularly and a smoke free zone.

If you would like to preview this childcare course in more detail, click on DEMO above or call our team on 1300 611 404. You may also be interested in similar childcare courses - click here.

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