Learn and Upgrade Your Childcare Skills


words by: gillian currie

Childcare is a growing industry across NSW but nowhere more so than on the Northern Beaches. Waiting lists for centres and family day care point to a shortage of quality childcare educators.

No matter what level of childcare you are interested in, the nationally accredited courses offered at Northern Beaches Community College (NBCC) can advance your knowledge and skills within the early childhood education and care sector. Investing in your education, with the full support of NBCC degree qualified trainers, provides a strong platform to commence a career or further expand career options within in the industry. From the entry level Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care through to Diploma level, the college offers flexible learning options including face-to-face, classroom based learning, distant learning or alternatively gaining qualifications while you work through a traineeship.

“It is very much an in-demand industry and employers simply cannot attract enough employees. The mandatory work experience component of the courses offers a mutually beneficial opportunity for both students gaining valuable life work experience and employers to see how suited the students are to the role and to the workplace,” explains Natalie Thornberry, Training Coordinator.

“The growth in this industry up and down the peninsula means you can build you career in early childhood and progress into a leadership role or into other areas like HR, compliance, or even own your own business later if you choose.”


  • Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care CHC30113

  • Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care CHC50113 (for existing workers and those new to the industry)

  • Provide an Emergency First Aid Response in an Education and Care Setting HLTAID004

  • Identify and Respond to Children and Young People at Risk CHCPRT001

Students who complete a diploma can use this as a credit transfer towards a Bachelor Degree in Early Childhood Education, potentially reducing a university course by up to 12 months in some cases.

Childcare traineeships are very popular. The administration fee for new entrant traineeships has been capped at $1,000. Businesses can receive Government incentive payments of up to $4,000 to upskill staff with customised training that dovetails with their individual needs. Study is done in conjunction with work and this allows the employer to upskill employees and receive a government incentive and for the worker to gain a nationally accredited qualification and learn new skills while also being employed. For more information contact: (02) 9970 1000.

Already qualified? With the changes to the National Quality Framework in early childhood services, all Nominated Supervisors and Responsible Persons are required to have up-to-date child protection training, as well as hold a current approved First Aid qualification. Group bookings are welcome, and the courses can be customised to a workplace.

Parents can also enrol and take the course side by side with childcare workers.

Visit www.nbcc.nsw.edu.au for start dates for these courses. This training may be subsidised by the NSW Government.

Mention... COVERED. when you enquire about any courses. For more info on courses and careers contact NBCC on 9970 1000 or visit www.nbcc.nsw.edu.au. NBCC is now NESA approved.