All Educators providing IHC must be engaged by an approved IHC Service and may be engaged either as an employee or a contractor.
IHC educators are required to have a minimum Certificate III level qualification in a relevant course or be working towards a relevant qualification and provide documentary evidence.
IHC educators must:
- be at least 18 years old
- be engaged by an approved IHC Service
- have attained (or be working towards), as a minimum, a Certificate III qualification in Early Childhood Education, see “Qualifications” below
- hold a current Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check and working with children check acceptable in the State or Territory in which they intend to work
- hold a current first aid qualification – see: Australia Red Cross First Aid Course finder site
- be an Australian citizen or a permanent resident or have a relevant visa to allow employment on a continuous basis for 12 months or more.
Educators must provide to the IHC Service evidence of that they meet these requirements including proof of identity.
Being aware that compliance within In Home Care is a major focus of the program please see the below links to assist you in this area of the program.
IHC Educators must have a minimum Certificate III level qualification in a relevant course, or be working towards a relevant qualification and provide documentary evidence.
A Certificate III, a diploma or a degree in Early Childhood Education or equivalent qualifications that have a major focus on Early Childhood Education are acceptable qualifications. The Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA), established under the Education and Care Services National Law Act 2010 to guide the implementation of the National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Care (NQF), sets out acceptable qualifications for IHC Educators.
ACECQA maintains a current list of qualifications approved under the NQF on its website.
Qualifications approved under the NQF are deemed acceptable qualifications for IHC educators.
Qualifications for working with school age children listed on the ACECQA website are not acceptable qualifications for IHC educators.
ACECQA also sets out the criteria for an educator to be considered as ‘actively working towards’ a Certificate III course.
This criterion requires the educator to provide documentary evidence from the course provider to the IHC Service indicating that the educator is:
- Enrolled in a course and has started study
- Making satisfactory progress towards completing the course
- Meeting the requirements to maintain the enrolment