If you love children and would like to pursue a career in the early education or care sector, this online baby and toddler care course is the perfect platform to work in this rewarding industry.
Introduction to Baby and Toddler Care is an online professional development program that will provide you with the skills and knowledge required by educators to work with babies and toddlers, from birth to 22 months, to ensure children’s physical and emotional wellbeing.
On completion of this course you will have the foundation knowledge to pursue further studies in early education and care or to provide quality care to babies and toddlers in a family daycare or similar setting.
Unit 1 - Ensure the health and safety of children
Children’s health needs
Sleep and rest practices
Quiet play areas
Privacy during toileting
Furniture toys and equipment
Signs of illness and injury
Seeking medical assistance
Informing parents of illness
Informing parents of infectious diseases
Exclusion of sick children
Storage and labelling of dangerous products
Safe collection procedures
Checking toys and equipment
Health and safety training
Signs and symptoms
Anaphylaxis action plan
Asthma management plan
Policies and legislative requirements
Unit 2 - Provide care for children
National Quality Standards (NQF)
Manage toileting accidents
Educational program and practice
Children’s health and safety
Relationships with children
Partnerships with families
Leadership and service management
The Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF)
Principles and practice
Supervise eating and drinking
Meals/food for children
Beverages for children
Daily physical activities
Appropriate materials and resources
Health and wellbeing
Furniture toys and equipment
Lighting and ventilation
Sun and shade protection
Organising indoor and outdoor spaces
Learning through play
Preparing children for change
Minimise distress at drop off
Responding to children’s feelings
Distressed babies and toddlers
Settling new arrivals
Signs of distress
Daily reports to parents
Relaxed unhurried drop off time
Unit 3 - Nurture babies and toddlers
Develop relationships with babies and toddlers.
1.1. Provide consistent and positive personal care routines suited to the child’s individual and cultural context.
1.2. Identify and initiate opportunities during daily routines for one-to-one communication with babies and toddlers that supports learning, development and wellbeing.
1.3. Recognise and respond to interactions initiated by babies and toddlers, and provide physical comfort and calm reassurance to facilitate attachment.
1.4. Identify ways of enhancing relationship-building skills through observation, discussion and reflection.
Develop effective relationships with family members.
2.1. Gather information from the family to assist in the transition from home to education and care service.
2.2. Recognise family signs of stress at time of separation and identify appropriate responses.
2.3. Assist in the transition from home to care through initiating engagement with babies/toddlers while family is still present.
2.4. Communicate daily with families about their child’s activities, sleeping and eating patterns according to service procedures.
Promote safe sleep.
3.1. Share information with families about sleep and confirm arrangements for sleep and rest.
3.2. Prepare cots, bedding and equipment according to service hygiene and safety procedures and approved safety standards.
3.3. Monitor sleeping children according to service policies and procedures.
Provide positive nappy-changing and toileting experiences.
4.1. Change nappies according to service policies and procedures.
4.2. Provide positive nappy change and toileting experiences that enhance relationships and support learning.
4.3. Adapt experiences to meet the individual child’s routines.
4.4. Support children sensitively and positively when they are learning to use the toilet.
4.5. Work with families and other educators to support children’s toilet learning by sharing information and using consistent approaches.
Promote quality mealtime environments.
5.1. Promote positive mealtime environments that are adapted to meet the individual baby and toddler’s routines and needs.
5.2. Attend to babies’ individual needs during meal times.
5.3. Follow approved standards for safe storage, preparation, heating and serving of formula, breast milk and other pre-prepared food and drinks.
5.4. Follow approved standards for cleaning of associated equipment and utensils.
5.5. Offer a supportive environment for breastfeeding according to service protocols.
Create a healthy and safe environment.
6.1. Provide safe areas and appropriate resources for babies to practise gross motor skills.
6.2. Supervise babies and toddlers appropriately, according to development and environmental factors.
6.3. Ensure babies and toddlers can safely explore their environment with their hands, mouths and bodies.
6.4. Provide a relaxed and calm environment that is responsive to the individual wellbeing of babies and toddlers.
When you study with Australian Online Courses, you will be assessed using a competency-based training method.
Competency-based training focuses on the achievement of skills and knowledge against set criteria to meet industry-standard and is not benchmarked against other students’ work.
In this course, the assessment will be comprised of written assignments and exercises, which may include short answer questions, reports, essays, research projects and reflective tasks.
If you do not achieve a competency result on your first attempt, you have two more attempts to pass your assessment. So, you have three attempts in total to obtain a competency result.
In this way, you can complete your course in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
My experience was very pleasant, the course for me was very helpful for my learning and my future career, the tutors were very attentive when I needed any help, I could manage the times at a specific time without pressing everything very well. I am very happy to have finished the course early.
N.Alvarado, MIRAFLORES Lima Peru | Certificate of Baby and Toddler Care
The study program was well setup and easy to use
P. Morrison, Kurwongbah, QLD | Certificate of Baby and Toddler Care
Why Choose Australian Online Courses?
Professional development that is widely recognised and respected;
Improve your employment opportunities;
Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
High-quality professional development programs written by industry experts;
All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
Unlimited tutor support via email;
We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply);
Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
Are there any entry requirements or pre-requisites?
There are no entry requirements or pre-requisites for entry into this program.
How long will it take to complete this course?
The approximate study hours for this course is 45 hours. Twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply).
Can I purchase optional printed materials?
Yes! The cost for printed materials for this course is $50 per unit.Total cost for optional printed materials is: $150.00. Printed materials are available for purchase at any time and not require to complete this course. Everything you need to complete the course is provided online via our e-learning system.
When can I start this course?
You can start within 60 minutes during business hours when you enrol and pay in full with a credit card!
Credit card: Within 60 mins during business hours.
BPAY: Within 1-2 working days.
Internet Banking: Within 1-2 working days.
Cheque/Money Order: Upon receipt of mailed cheque.
Will I receive a certificate upon completion of this course?
Yes! You will receive a Certificate of Attainment upon successful completion of your assessment.
Do I need to attend classes or undertake any work placements?
No. All courses are delivered online via our e-learning system and there are no work placement requirements in this course.
What support can I expect from Australian Online Courses?
Unlimited tutor support is available throughout your studies via email during business hours Monday to Friday. Our Administrative team are available Monday to Friday via email, live chat and telephone.
I am an international student. Can I enrol into this course?
Yes! We accept enrolments from individuals both within Australia and internationally; location is no barrier to entry into our programs.