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Childcare Award Wages: Classification Levels Explained

Postby Lorina » Thu Mar 21, 2013 12:19 am

Classification Structure For Children's Service's Employees (CSE)

Level 1:
This is an employee who has no formal qualifications but is able to perform work within the scope of this level. The employee will work under direct supervision in a team environment and will receive guidance and direction at all times. The employee will receive structured and regular on - the - job training to perform the duties expected at this level. Normally an employee at this level will not be left alone with a group of children.

Indicative duties:
Learning and implementing the policies, procedures and routines of the service.
Learning how to establish relationships and interact with children.
Learning the basic skills required to work in this environment with children.
Giving each child individual attention and comfort as required.
Basic duties including food preparation, cleaning and gardening.

Progression:
A Level 1 employee will progress to the next level after a period of one year or earlier if the employer considers the employee capable of performing the work at the next level or if the employee actually performs work at the next level.

Level 2:
This is an employee who has completed 12 months in Level 1, or a relevant AQF Certificate II, or in the opinion of the employer has sufficient knowledge and experience to perform the work within the scope of this level. An employee at this level has limited knowledge and experience in children's services and is expected to take limited responsibility for their own work.

Indicative duties:
Assist in the implementation of the children's program under supervision.
Assist in the implementation of daily care routines.
Develop awareness of and assist in maintenance of the health and safety of the children in care.
Give each child individual attention and comfort as required.
Understand and work according to the centre or service's policies and procedures.
Demonstrate knowledge of hygienic handling of food and equipment.

Level 3A:
Such an employee would be an ‘E' Worker as previously classified under the Child Care (Long Day Care) WA Award 2005 as CSE Level 2.

Level 3:
This is an employee who has completed AQF Certificate III in Children's Services or an equivalent qualification or, alternatively, this employee will possess, in the opinion of the employer, sufficient knowledge or experience to perform the duties at this level. An employee appointed at this level will also undertake the same duties and perform the same tasks as a CSE Level 2.

Indicative duties:
Assist in the preparation, implementation and evaluation of developmentally appropriate programs for individual children or groups.
Record observations of individual children or groups for program planning purposes for qualified staff.
Under direction, work with individual children with particular needs.
Assist in the direction of untrained staff.
Undertake and implement the requirements of quality assurance.
Work in accordance with food safety regulations.

Progression:
Subject to this award, an employee at this level is entitled to progression to Level 3.3. An employee at this level who has completed an AQF Diploma in Children's Services or equivalent, and who demonstrates the application of skills and knowledge acquired beyond the competencies required for AQF Certificate III in the ongoing performance of their work, must be paid no less than the rate prescribed for Level 3.4. Such an employee would also include an ‘E' Worker as previously classified under the Child Care (Long Day Care) WA Award 2005 as a CSE Level 3.

Level 4A:
This is an employee who has not obtained the qualifications required for a Level 4 employee who performs the same duties as a Level 4 employee.

Level 4:
This is an employee who has completed a Diploma in Children's Services or equivalent (e.g. Certificate IV in Out of School Hours Care) as recognised by licensing authorities and is appointed as the person in charge of a group of children in the age range from birth to 12 years or an employee who is appointed as an Authorised Supervisor (as defined in the Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998 (NSW)). An employee at this level will also take on the same duties and perform the same tasks as a CSE Level 3.

Indicative duties:
Responsible, in consultation with the Assistant Director/Director for the preparation, implementation and evaluation of a developmentally appropriate program for individual children or groups.
Responsible to the Assistant Director/Director for the supervision of students on placement.
Responsible for ensuring a safe environment is maintained for both staff and children.
Responsible for ensuring that records are maintained accurately for each child in their care.
Develop, implement and evaluate daily care routines.
Ensure that the centre or service's policies and procedures are adhered to.
Liaise with families.

Level 5A:
This is an employee who has not obtained the qualification required for a Level 5 employee who performs the same duties as a Level 5 employee.

Level 5:
This is an employee who has completed an AQF Level V Diploma in Children's Services or equivalent and is appointed as:
Assistant Director of a service;
A Children's Services coordinator;
A Family Day Care coordinator;
A Family Day Care Trainee Supervisor; or
 School Age Care coordinator.

An Assistant Director will also take on the same duties and perform the same tasks as a CSE Level 4.

Indicative duties:
Co - ordinate and direct the activities of employees engaged in the implementation and evaluation of developmentally appropriate programs.
Contribute, through the Director, to the development of the centre or service's policies.
Co - ordinate centre or service operations including Occupational Health and Safety, program planning, staff training.
Responsible for the day - to - day management of the centre or service in the temporary absence of the Director and for management and compliance with licensing and all statutory and quality assurance issues.
Generally supervise all employees within the service.

A Children's Service Co - ordinator undertakes additional responsibilities including:
Coordinating the activities of more than one group;
Supervising staff, trainees and students on placement; and
Assisting in administrative functions.

A Family Day Care Co - ordinator undertakes the following indicative duties:
Arranges, administers and monitors a number of Family Day Care placements;
responsible for the direction, supervision and training of a number of family based childcare workers;
Implements licensing regulations and accreditation requirements for family day care;
Assists in recruiting and approving the registration of family based childcare workers in accordance with the scheme's policies and licensing regulations;
Documents, interprets and uses information about children;
Assists family based childcare workers to develop care routines for children;
Communicates effectively with family based childcare workers, children, parents and families;
Applies well - developed theoretical knowledge to the care situations with respect to cultural diversity, gender issues and scheme philosophy;
Responsible for the quality of their own work and the work of others; and
Ensures that records are maintained and up to date.

A Family Day Care Trainee Supervisor undertakes the following indicative duties:
Provides support and guidance to family based childcare workers undertaking the AQF Certificate III Traineeship;
Undertakes supervision visits for the purpose of on - the - job workplace assessment;
Organizes training assistance such as additional resources, in - service sessions and study groups as required; and
Contributes to the development of the scheme's policies.

An unqualified Co - ordinator who co - ordinates and manages a stand alone out - of - school hours care and/or vacation care centre may undertake the following:
Develop and/or oversee programs and ensure they offer a balance of flexibility, variety, safety and fun;
Supervise the programs/activities and ensure each staff member is fulfilling their relevant duties and responsibilities;
Carry out administrative tasks including fee collection and receipting, banking, staff pay, etc;
Administer first aid when appropriate and ensure that injured children receive appropriate medical attention;
Work positively with parents and/or committees; and
Understand and work in accordance with the centre or service's policies.

Level 6A:
This is an employee who has not obtained the qualification required for a Level 6 employee who performs the same duties as a Level 6 employee.

Level 6 - Director:
A Director is an employee who holds a relevant Degree or a 3 or 4 year Early Childhood Education qualification, or an AQF Advanced Diploma, or a Diploma in Children's Services, or a Diploma in Out - of - Hours Care; or is otherwise a person possessing such experience, or holding such qualifications deemed by the employer or the relevant legislation to be appropriate or required for the position, and who is appointed as the director of a service.

Indicative duties:
Responsible for the overall management and administration of the service.
Supervise the implementation of developmentally appropriate programs for children.
Recruit staff in accordance with relevant regulations.
Maintain day - to - day accounts and handle all administrative matters.
Ensure that the centre or service adheres to all relevant regulations and statutory requirements.
Ensure that the centre or service meets or exceeds quality assurance requirements.
Liaise with families and outside agencies.
Formulate and evaluate annual budgets.
Liaise with management committees as appropriate.
Provide professional leadership and development to staff.
Develop and maintain policies and procedures for the centre or service.

Director Level 1
A Director Level 1 is an employee appointed as the Director of a service licensed for up to 39 children or a Family Day Care service of no more than 30 family based childcare workers and is paid at the Level 6.1 to 6.3 salary range.

Director Level 2
A Director Level 2 is an employee appointed as the Director of a service licensed for between 40 and 59 children or a Family Day Care service with between 31 and 60 family based childcare workers and is paid at the Level 6.4 to 6.6 salary range.

Director Level 3
A Director Level 3 is an employee appointed as the Director of a service licensed for 60 or more children or a Family Day Care service with more 60 family based childcare workers and is paid at the Level 6.7 to 6.9 salary range.

Qualified Co - ordinator
This is also the level for a qualified Co - ordinator who co - ordinates and manages a stand alone out - of - school hours care and/or vacation care centre and has successfully completed a post - secondary course of at least two years in Early Childhood Studies or an equivalent qualification. A Co - ordinator appointed to co - ordinate the activities of a service licensed to accommodate up to 59 children will be paid at the salary range Level 6.1 to 6.3. A Co - ordinator appointed to co - ordinate the activities of a service licensed to accommodate 60 or more children will be paid at the salary range Level 6.4 to 6.6.
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Re: Childcare Award Wages: Classification Levels Explained

Postby Harmony » Mon Mar 25, 2013 5:14 pm

Hi just wondering if the next step from 3.4 is to 4 (for someone not appointed in charge of children)? I can't seem to work it out.

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Re: Childcare Award Wages: Classification Levels Explained

Postby kelly1212 » Tue Mar 26, 2013 2:35 pm

Thank you for that information. I found it very helpful.

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Re: Childcare Award Wages: Classification Levels Explained

Postby erikawilson081012 » Mon Jul 01, 2013 6:15 pm

Hi L.A,



Good day. I just thought of messaging you cause I really believe you know heaps a lot about childcare. Since you posted something about the classification of levels, I think you are the best person to ask about my query. As mentioned in my last post , I'm 22 and I'll be doing my children services cert III traineeship ans I still don't know what rate to expect . I saw a link and found info about the award rates and classification levels. My concern is I do not know where I belong, in what level? Do I belong in Children Services Employee level 1.1 ? 2.1 ? or 3A.1? or 3.1 ? :think: :? :? :think:
And with regard to this as well,
"In this schedule:
adult trainee is a trainee who would qualify for the highest minimum wage in Wage Level A, B or C if covered by that wage level"


I'm 22, am I eligible to get this benefit?


Thank you and I hope you can share some of your ideas on this matter L.A.

Erika :)
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Re: Childcare Award Wages: Classification Levels Explained

Postby Lorina » Wed Jul 03, 2013 9:24 pm

Hi Erika,

In regards to the pay rates, when completing a certificate 3 traineeship in children's services the rates are as follows:

Wage Level A

Subject to clause D.5.3 of this schedule, the minimum wages for a trainee undertaking a full - time AQF Certificate Level I-III traineeship whose training package and AQF certificate levels are allocated to Wage Level A by Appendix D1 are:

Highest year of schooling completed

Year 10:

School Leaver - $272.40 per week
Plus 1 year out of school - $300.10 per week
Plus 2 years out of school- $357.50 per week
Plus 3 years out of school - $416.00 per week
Plus 4 years out of school - $484.10 per week
Plus 5 or more years out of school- $554.30 per week

Year 11:

School Leaver - $300.10 per week
Plus 1 year out of school - $357.50 per week
Plus 2 years out of school- $416.00 per week
Plus 3 years out of school - $484.10 per week
Plus 4 years out of school - $554.30 per week

Year 12:

School Leaver - $357.50 per week
Plus 1 year out of school - $416.00 per week
Plus 2 years out of school- $484.10 per week
Plus 3 years out of school - $554.30 per week


From my understanding, as an adult trainee the minimum wage would be $554.30 per week.

Hope this helps,

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Re: Childcare Award Wages: Classification Levels Explained

Postby Lorina » Wed Jul 03, 2013 9:31 pm

Harmony wrote:Hi just wondering if the next step from 3.4 is to 4 (for someone not appointed in charge of children)? I can't seem to work it out.

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Classification Level 4 is for someone who has completed their Diploma of Children's Services. If you have only completed a Certificate 3 in Children's Services you are classified as Level 3. Once you have reached the maximum number of levels for your particular Classification then in order to receive more pay, you will either have to expand your qualification or change your job position.

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Re: Childcare Award Wages: Classification Levels Explained

Postby Harmony » Wed Jul 03, 2013 11:08 pm

Thanks L.A,

I am a Diploma assistant and I am on step 3.4, in the awards it says "3.4 (Diploma)" which I found confusing...
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Re: Childcare Award Wages: Classification Levels Explained

Postby Lorina » Thu Jul 04, 2013 5:34 am

Level 3.4 is the classification given to a Diploma qualified who is not the group leader. If you are a diploma qualified group leader then you will be at level 4.

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