Professional Certificate in Childcare

Imagine the profound difference you could make by gaining knowledge and skills in child psychology, play leadership, children's nutrition, and child and adolescent mental health. The Professional Certificate in Childcare is your tailored pathway to becoming a childcare expert, whether you're already in the field or starting your career with a strong foundation.
Course Provider
The Learning Group
(RTO 22557)
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Study 100% Online

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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 500 hours to complete the course, which has five key modules made up of 52 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 apparatuses, 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 Development, Learning, Behaviour 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.

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.

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.

Have a question?

Our Course Consultants can answer any questions you may have. They will help you to find the best course for you and your goals and how to enrol.

*The contents are accurate at the time of writing. Get in touch with the course provider for the latest information.

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 onlince 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. 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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