About Training

Overall Aims

To provide accessible and affordable professional development and learning opportunities through the development and delivery of professional training programs targeting people working with children in out of school hours care, recreation and creative play environments.

Since its establishment Network has had extensive experience in the provision of in-service training for staff and management committees of OOSH centres. It has played a lead role in the development of appropriate training for the OOSH sector in NSW and nationally.

Network provides training throughout NSW, in metropolitan and rural areas, with flexible delivery modes to cater for hours of work, location of centres and problems of isolation and distance.

Network is committed to providing training courses that reflect current issues in the sector and provide participants with support to improve their practice by implementing new ideas and building their knowledge, skills and confidence as educators and leaders.

Our courses include online webinars and classroom-based training sessions all over NSW delivered through our training calendar as well as customised training delivered for individual services or regional groups.  We also offer nationally accredited qualifications at Certificate IV and Diploma level, specialising in skills recognition for experienced practitioners.

Information about course content, dates, venues and booking details are available in our biannual Professional Learning and Support Guide and on our website.

All enrolled learners are encouraged to read our Learner Handbook for more information about your rights and responsibilities as training participants.

Training Terms and Conditions

Updated Network Training Terms and Condition effective 1st September 2020. 

Refunds:

Full refunds for training, a student has successfully enrolled in and fully paid for, will only be issued if cancellations are received at least 3 full working days prior to the course date.  If you cancel your place 3 working days or less before the course begins then NO refund will be available.   You may substitute your place for another staff member, from the same service, up to 1 working day before the course commences. Network makes every attempt to ensure that courses are run, however we reserve the right to cancel or alter arrangements. If a course is cancelled or changed, we will advise all students registered in the course, by email, as soon as possible.

Statement of Attainment:

Network will issue your statement of attainment once you have completed all necessary assessments satisfactorily.  Network has 30 days after your assessment is marked competent to issue your statement of attainment. Your statement will be emailed to the email address supplied on your enrolment form. Network takes no responsibility if the email address supplied is incorrect, changes (and the student hasn’t notified Network) or email isn’t received or retained by the student.

The cost to re-issue or email a copy of a statement of attainment incurs a $50 administration fee payable before the copy is issued.

USI:

A USI – Unique Student Identifier is your individual education identifier for life. It also creates an online record of your training attainments in Australia.  You can access all your statement of attainments on this website.

If you have a USI, you can now give permission to third parties such as a licensing bodies, employment agencies or potential employers to view your authenticated USI transcript. You control whether or not to give this access, to whom and for how long. You can also choose which of your achievements are displayed.

2020 Student outcome survey: From June to September, students who undertook a VET qualification, program or subject in 2019 may receive an invitation to take part in the annual survey. The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) conducts the survey to collect information on students’ reasons for and satisfaction with training, their employment outcomes and further study outcomes.

Booking Information

All courses must be registered online and paid online at time of booking using Visa or Mastercard.
Please note the following conditions of bookings:

  • We advise you too book early to avoid disappointment.
  • Places are allocated in order of receipt of completed registration and payment.
  • No places are confirmed until payment is received. We are happy to take telephone enquires regarding places, but no confirmation will be given until payment has been made.
  • Places are transferable to another staff member at the same services up to one day before the training date.
  • Confirmation of bookings will be emailed shortly after registration is complete.
  • Network’s training sessions offer a mix of learning styles including lectures, group work, interactive discussions, games and activities. We ask that participants to come prepared to participate fully in all activities, including wearing appropriate clothing and footwear for the type of training undertaken.
  • We generally limit enrolment to 3 people from the same service for equity reasons. Additional people from the same service wishing to enrol will be place on a waiting list and the service will be advised closer to the training date if vacancies remain for them to attend.

Participant code of conduct:

  • We ask that all training participants abide by the following guidelines:
  • It is appreciated if participants arrive 10-15 minutes prior to the session commencing. Late participants may not be allowed to stay if the session is already underway.
  • Webinar participants should log in to the session 15-20 minutes before the designated start time to allow time to check technical requirements, such as sounds is working prior to the session.
  • It is expected that participants will attend the whole session. Leaving before the scheduled end of session will result in the participant not receiving their certificate of attendance.
  • Please listen carefully to the health and safety instructions of the presenter/ facilitator, as in the case of an emergency they are responsible for the safety of the whole group.
  • We ask that all mobile phones be switched off during sessions. If there is a situation where it needs to be on, please switch it too silent and inform your presenter. If a call needs to be taken please leave the training room to talk.
  • Please take the time to complete the evaluation form at the end of the session. This is a valuable way we can gauge the effectiveness of the session and plan for the future.

Training Fees

  • Please refer to the course description section for individual course prices. (Members receive discounted cost.)
  • Participants enrolled in our full qualifications do not need to pay additional fees to enrol in Network-run accredited units that form part of their qualification, provided that their qualification fees are paid in full or payment plan is up to date.
  • All fees are used to support Networks ongoing advocacy, information & Education services.
  • Re-issues of Statement of Attainment and other credentials is $50.

Webinars  

Webinar registrations are for the person who registered only. A working microphone and webcam is compulsory. Webinar links are not to be shared otherwise your place in the webinar will be jeopardised and no refund will be available. It is inappropriate and fraudulent to enrol one staff member and allow others to join the webinar training session. To limit this everyone enrolling in webinar training sessions must have their audio and webcam on at all times.

In-Service Training

Network’s training program addresses quality care issues and promotes best practice that is sustainable for all involved in OOSH – children, staff, committees, family, and community.

All training sessions on offer will assist towards meeting the Quality Areas in the National Quality Framework and contribute to your centre’s successful implementation of the Regulations, Quality Standards and My Time, Our Place Framework for School Age Care.

Training is conducted in metropolitan, regional and rural locations across NSW. We make every effort to cover as much geographical area as possible. In response to the sector’s needs Network has scheduled half day, evening and full day sessions.

Network also offers webinar training sessions allowing rural and remote services to access training as well as others who are unable to travel to sessions or those who simply want a short overview of a topic, with the opportunity to discuss ideas with OOSH colleagues from all over NSW.

Customised Training

Customised training can be:

  • offered for all levels of management and staff at your workplace
  • provided for parent information sessions
  • tailored to suit your organisation’s needs
  • delivered to your local network, region or local forum group for cost effectiveness
  • scheduled during the daytime, evening or weekend to suit your group’s needs

Customised Training provides beneficial in-servicing for all so that you can keep abreast of new developments, skills and ideas. These courses do not receive funding and are run on a cost recovery basis.

Suggested topics for customised training

  • NQF and My Time, Our Place
  • Planning for positive behaviour
  • Nutrition and food handling in OOSH
  • Children’s Growth and Development
  • Cycle of Planning 
  • Quality in OOSH
  • Working in Partnership with Families
  • Play and Leisure
  • Quality Programming
  • Effective Communication
  • Critical Reflection
  • Loose Parts and Risky Play 
  • Emotional Intelligence for Educators 
  • Behaviour Management Plans 

or choose your own topic from courses on our training calendar.

New courses can be developed to suit your needs, in which case our quote will include a cost for course development.

How to organise customised training:

  • Select a workshop or course from the Network Training Calendar, from the topics mentioned above or gather training needs and ideas from your workplace
  • Telephone or email the Manager, Professional Learning and Education at Network to discuss your training needs at learning@networkofcommunityactivties.org.au
  • A quote along with the customised training terms and conditions will be emailed to you within 7 days outlining the content and cost. Please note costs vary according to number of course hours, preparation time for new workshops, travel time and expenses.
  • If you wish to proceed, please email the Network office to confirm all the details and confirm you have read the customised training terms and conditions. 

Vocational Training (Accredited)

Network of Community Activities is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO). National Provider Number: 90537.

Vocational Education and Training (VET) is based on nationally endorsed competency standards in National Training Packages. As an RTO, Network is able to deliver and assess units of competence and qualifications at Certificate IV and Diploma level and issue the associated Qualifications and Statements of Attainment. Network’s Accredited Training provides opportunities for participants to complete one or more units that will contribute towards completion of a qualification, add to their existing qualifications, or use a combination of methods to complete a full qualification through a recognition pathway.

Network has developed a Recognition Pathway for the three qualifications. Recognition includes Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Recognition of Current Competency (RCC). The Recognition pathway allows candidates to use their existing knowledge and skills to demonstrate competency against the qualifications. We also deliver qualifications via webinars, work placements, third party reports, video and direct observation. 

Network’s scope of registration includes:

  • Certificate IV in School Age Education and Care CHC40113
  • Diploma of School Age Education and Care CHC50213

Network also offers some individual accredited units as part of our training calendar, which is updated every 6 months. Participants can attend these sessions and then complete assessment tasks to receive a Statement of Attainment. Look for the Nationally Recognised Training (NRT) logo.

We always welcome your enquiries and feedback about professional development, including topics you would like to see included in our upcoming training calendars.

Tel: (02) 9212 3244 or email: learning@networkofcommunityactivities.org.au