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Short courses

VTP311 Introduction to Childcare - Legal and Child Protection

This program seeks to provide an introduction to Legal and Child Protection requirements in an early childhood education and care setting.

This is an online course that has a workplace component. Assessment consists of both theory and practical components and are to be completed by specified due dates. All practical assessments are completed as part of the required work placement.

Career opportunities

Occupations relevant to this short course include:
- Early childhood educator
- Nanny
- Outside school hours educator
- Home based educator
- Support worker
- Preschool assistant

Entry requirements

You must:

  • be 18 years or older; and
  • not be attending secondary school; and
  • be able to demonstrate appropriate language, literacy, and numeracy skills and knowledge to undertake this course. This is demonstrated if you have completed a qualification deemed equivalent to an Australian Year 11 or higher, Australian Certificate III or higher, or by completing a Language, Literacy, and Numeracy (LLN) assessment.

*If you do not meet the entry requirements and would like to discuss your options, contact Student Central.

Essential requirements

Students are required to undertake up to 90 hours of work placement in a regulated early childhood education and care service. Students will be required to obtain an Ochre Card prior to undertaking work placement. The work placement will be arranged by CDU.

Appropriate dress standards for children's services volunteer placement students include:
- a collared and sleeved shirt - some students wear the navy/dark blue CDU polo shirt but this is not a requirement
- closed in shoes
- a broad brimmed hat for working outside
- if wearing shorts, these should be a respectable length e.g. just above the knee.


To be eligible for an NT Government funded place you must be:

  • a Northern Territory resident; and
  • an Australian citizen, permanent Australian resident or a New Zealand citizen who has resided in Australia for a minimum of six months


To be eligible for an NT Government funded place you must be:

  • a resident of the Northern Territory; and
  • a temporary visa holder who:
    • does not have work or study restrictions
    • has a valid visa for the duration of the training, allowing for the total volume of learning required to achieve the qualification, including supervised and unsupervised training and study
    • is not the primary provisional visa holder of a skilled, business innovation and investment, student, work or holiday visa identified on the Department of Home Affairs website.

Upcoming intakes

There are currently no course offerings in 2021 for this course.

Course structure

To achieve the vocational training program VTP311 Introduction to Childcare - Legal and Child Protection a total of two (2) units of competency must be completed as listed below.

Students will be issued with a Statement of Attainment upon successful completion.

The total Nominal Hours for this training program is 95.

Code Module/Unit of Competency Hours
Units of Competency
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically 55
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk 40
  Total nominal hours for the training program 95



This is a non-award course and a Statement of Attainment will be issued for nationally recognised units of competency successfully completed.

Additional information

You can access student services, find support and explore your community through the Current Students web.

Contact details Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call).