Advanced Certificate in Childcare

Are you dedicated to nurturing the growth and development of Australian children? Keen to be a childcare professional who not only looks after children but also plays a pivotal role in their early years, shaping their future? Envision making a substantial difference with advanced skills in areas like child psychology, creative play, nutrition and mental health. The Advanced Certificate in Childcare is your bespoke journey towards becoming an adept childcare expert, perfect for both newcomers and seasoned professionals seeking to deepen their expertise.
Course Provider
The Learning Group
(RTO 22557)
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One-on-One Mentor and Student Support Advisor

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Upfront Payment with a discount or an Interest-Free Payment Plan.

Course Overview

Start Date
Start Anytime
Self-paced. Approximately 700 hours to complete the course, which has seven key modules made up of 70 lessons.
Flexible, online, self-paced learning with dedicated mentor support.
Career Outcomes

This course may be of interest to people working or aspiring to work in or as:

  • Childcare
  • Children’s Services
  • Child Counselling
  • School Counselling
  • Teacher’s Aide
  • Youth Work
Course Modules

Module 1: Child Psychology

  1. Introduction to Child Psychology
  2. The Newborn Infant
  3. States and Senses of the Infant
  4. Learning
  5. Emotions and Socialisation
  6. Cognitive Development
  7. Language Development
  8. Intelligence
  9. Socialisation - Part A
  10. Morality
  11. Sexuality
  12. Socialisation - Part B

This module aims to help you learn how to think critically, make observations of behaviour and better understand how genetic and environmental factors can influence a child’s development. You will explore the different personalities of children and learn how best to adapt the way you interact and teach based on them. Discover if intelligence is genetically determined and how socialisation impacts a child. 

The module also aims to teach you how Freud’s, Harlow’s and Bowlby’s explanations of the formation of mother-child attachments differ and how a child’s upbringing will impact their growth and development.

Module 2: Play Leadership

  1. Understanding Play
  2. Leadership Skills
  3. Planning Play Programs
  4. Child Development Through Play
  5. Play Safety
  6. Physical Play
  7. Social Play
  8. Adventure Play
  9. Play Apparatus
  10. Play Activities
  11. Special Project -  Planning an After-School Play Program

It is well-researched that uninterrupted play is important for a child’s social, physical and mental development. This module will explore how play encourages brain development, stimulates creativity, increases a child’s academic ability and enhances quality of life through to adulthood. Discover the difference between physical play, independent play and social play.

You will develop an ability to evaluate a range of different play apparatus, including playground structures, toys, and sports equipment, commenting on quality, safety features, appropriate applications and cost-benefit. Learn the practical skills required to carry out a play leadership role in different situations and how to plan a supervised children’s play program.

Module 3: Children’s Nutrition

  1. Introduction to Child Nutrition
  2. Nutrition for Pre-Pregnancy
  3. Nutrition in Pregnancy
  4. Nutrition in Infants
  5. Nutrition in Childhood
  6. Nutritional Concerns
  7. Healthy Eating Behaviours
  8. Issues in Child Nutrition
  9. Childhood Obesity
  10. Diet Plans

This module provides a holistic approach to children’s nutrition, that explores not only what to feed children, but also pre-pregnancy and pregnancy nutritional requirements, how to manage food sensitivities and how to create healthy eating behaviours. You will learn practical skills so you can develop special diet plans (accommodating special dietary needs). Explore the most common concerns for children when it comes to diet and nutrition, how to minimise the risk of obesity and how to encourage healthy eating throughout childhood.

Module 4: Child and Adolescent Mental Health

  1. Nature and Scope of Mental Health
  2. Childhood Depression
  3. Anxiety Disorders
  4. Tic Disorders
  5. Brain Disorders (Injury and Disease)
  6. Other Disorders
  7. Environmental Problems
  8. Problems of Adolescence
  9. Holistic and Alternative Approaches to Treatment
  10. Special Project

In this module, you will learn about mental health problems in childhood, including depression, anxiety, eating disorders, tic disorders and problems associated with brain disease or injury, environmental factors, abuse and neglect. As an introductory module, it provides a solid foundation for the scope of common child and adolescent mental health disorders and how to identify them.

Module 5: Developmental, Learning and Behavioural Conditions

  1. Nature and Scope of Developmental Disorders
  2. Autism
  3. Asperger's Disorder
  4. Other Pervasive Developmental Disorders
  5. Attention-Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorders
  6. Conduct Disorders
  7. Learning Disorders
  8. Communications Disorders and Motor Skills Disorder
  9. Special Project

In this foundation introductory module, you will learn about developmental disorders, including pervasive developmental disorders such as autism spectrum disorder (which now includes Asperger’s syndrome), as well as Rett’s disorder and childhood disintegrative disorder. The module aims to help you identify the different signs and symptoms, treatments and possible causes of each, the implications of a developmental disorder later in life and how important it is to respond to the signs and symptoms as early as possible.

You will also learn about behavioural disorders, such as different types of attention and hyperactivity disorders, along with conduct disorders like oppositional defiant disorder. The module also explores learning disorders, which are specific developmental disorders, such as reading disorders.

Module 6: Developmental Psychology

  1. Theoretical Approaches and Key Concepts
  2. Early Childhood: Cognitive and Social Development in the First 6 Years
  3. Middle Childhood – Cognitive, Moral and Social Development In The Primary School Years
  4. Challenges of Middle Childhood
  5. Adolescence: Cognitive, Moral and Social Development
  6. Challenges of Adolescence
  7. Adulthood: Cognitive and Psychosocial Development in Early and Middle Adulthood
  8. Challenges of Adulthood
  9. Late Adulthood: Cognitive and Psychological Changes in the Older People
  10. Challenges of Late Adulthood

The Developmental Psychology module provides an extensive exploration of human development from early childhood through to late adulthood. It begins with theoretical approaches and key concepts, laying a foundation for understanding the subsequent stages of development. It covers the cognitive and social development in the first six years of life, moving into the challenges and growth experienced during middle childhood and adolescence. It then examines the cognitive and psychosocial development in early and middle adulthood, along with the unique challenges faced during these stages. Finally, it delves into the cognitive and psychological changes in older people, providing a comprehensive understanding of the developmental challenges and transitions experienced throughout the entire lifespan.

Module 7: Playground Design

  1. Overview of Parks and Playgrounds
  2. Playground Philosophy
  3. Preparing a Concept Plan
  4. Materials
  5. Park and Playground Structures and Facilities
  6. Local and Neighbourhood Parks
  7. Community Participation In Park Development
  8. Special Assignment

The Playground Design module focuses on creating engaging and safe outdoor play spaces. It starts with an overview of parks and playgrounds, introducing fundamental concepts and the philosophy behind playground design. It guides you through the steps of preparing a concept plan, emphasising selecting and using appropriate materials. It covers various aspects of park and playground structures, materials and their integration into local and neighbourhood parks.

Course Fees Include
  • All the required study materials and course notes.
  • One-on-one mentor and a student support advisor available to you five days a week.
  • Upon course completion, you’ll receive a Certificate of Completion and a Statement of Attainment for each module completed.
Student Support

You’ll be fully supported with access to an allocated student support advisor, mentor and course consultants, who are available 5 days per week.


Assessments are an important part of your study journey as they help ensure you stay on track and meet the learning objectives of each lesson before moving on to the next. They also help your student support advisor and mentors identify where any further support may be required so that you get the most out of your course. You will learn via various methods; a combination of reading, undertaking research and watching videos. Assessments might include case studies, quizzes, and written assessments.


Upon completing the course, you will receive a Statement of Attainment for each certificate completed and a Certificate of Completion.

Entry Requirements

There are no prerequisites to complete this course. However, you must be able to read, analyse and comprehend, printed information in English, and to write statements and solve problems to complete the course. You must also have reliable access to a computer and a reliable internet connection and have basic computer skills.

Availability of Content

12 months to access the course content (extensions are considered on a case-by-case basis)

Approval & Recognition

The Learning Group is an approved and recognised member of IARC. The IARC is an International association which recognises quality and excellence in education providers in tertiary education.

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About the Course Provider

The Learning Group

Whether you want to stand out from the competition, move into a new industry, or turn your passion into a career, The Learning Group courses are designed to help you get ahead and stay ahead. They have a student-first approach, so you can study your way, when and how it suits you. Their courses are designed to fit in with your lifestyle, so you can continue to work and study at the same time. You’ll be fully supported with access to an allocated student support mentor and their experienced course consultants, who are available to you 5 days a week. The pathway to success looks different for everyone. As a Learning Group student, you will have the opportunity to further study with their well-rounded study program with industry associations and partnerships to deliver personal development and career success. Plus, they partner with industry-leading education providers, so you can unlock access to LinkedIn Learning. The Learning Group offers a wide range of online courses in Australia, from Aged Care to Zoology, tailored for flexible learning. The Learning Group offers a wide range of online courses in Australia, from Aged Care to Zoology, tailored for flexible learning. Their student-first approach ensures you can study at your own pace, balancing work and education. Among these offerings, the Digital Marketing Course stands out for those interested in harnessing the power of the Internet for business success. With industry partnerships and LinkedIn Learning access, these courses support career advancement and personal development, making it ideal for those looking to enhance their skills or pivot to new careers entirely, all through online study.
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