Working in Child Care Services 

‚ÄčIn addition to having the necessary knowledge, skills and experience to be appointed to an educator position, educators working in services licensed under the Child Care Act 2001 hold approved qualifications or are working towards them. Currently, the licensing standards for centre based care allow unqualified educators to be counted in the ratios, provided that the correct number of qualified staff are present.

It is the licencee's responsibility to ensure that educators have the necessary knowledge, skills and experience to be appointed to a position.

Refer to the Centre Based Care Class 5 Licensing Standards, Centre Based Care Class 4 Licensing Standards, the In home Child Care (ARB) Licensing Standards and relevant guides for further information: Child-Care-Resources.  

First aid qualifications

For Centre Based Child care, there must be at least one staff member on the premises at all times who is immediately available in an emergency situation and holds a:

  • current approved first aid qualification; and
  • current approved emergency asthma management qualification; and
  • current approved anaphylaxis management qualification; and
  • current approved cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) qualification (which must include child CPR and be updated annually)

To determine whether a qualification in first aid, emergency management or anaphylaxis management is current and approved for the purpose of meeting the Tasmanian Licensing Standards, please refer to the qualifications list located on ACECQA's website

Refer to the Centre Based Care Class 5 Licensing Standards, Centre Based Care Class 4 Licensing Standards, the In home Child Care (ARB) Licensing Standards and relevant guides for further information: Child-Care-Resources.  

Note that the Tasmanian Licensing Standards require CPR qualifications to be updated annually. Examples of this qualification include first aid courses with the codes HLTAID001 or HLTAID007.

Working with children check 

In Tasmania a Working with Children Check is required under the Working with Vulnerable People Registration Act 2013. This legislation requires educators to be registered before working in a child care service. The aim of this legislation is to keep our children as safe as possible.

‚ÄčAll licence holders, members of the service operator (who are directly involved in the management of the child care service), staff members, volunteers, students and regular visitors 18 years of age and over at a service must hold current working with children check (WWCC) registration.

Applications for Working with Children registration are made through the Department of Justice. A 'Working with Vulnerable People - child related activity' registration card is issued to an educator if their application has been successful. 

Licensees are responsible to ensure that WWCC are in place for all of the above personnel and are required to verify all WWCC registration details on line, as it is possible for individuals with suspended or cancelled registration to still possess a registration card.

Read more about carer requirements to hold Working with Children Check registration.