Seeking a Career in Childcare?

13 April 2017

The Belconnen Community Service (BCS) Childcare Pre Employment Program is seeking applicants for the 2017 intake. This program is a training and work experience program with a difference, with participants spending six months immersed in the world of early childhood education and care. Participants attend for 30 hours per week, undertaking a combination of theory, practical hands on learning and industry work experience.  The training takes place at BCS Kippax and the work experience happens in BCS’s three long day care centres.

This program is ideal for people who don’t thrive in more formal educational settings and for people who may be disengaged from the work force.  Upon successful completion, participants are awarded a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC30113) and a Senior First Aid Certificate.  They also make valuable connections with BCS Childcare employees and families, trainers, and their fellow participants.

The Childcare Pre Employment Program ran for the first time in 2016, and many former participants are now employed at BCS Early Childhood Centres. One former graduate says “As a person I’ve grown and the program has made me stronger”. You can learn more about the impact of last year’s program by watching the 2016 graduation video

Graduates of the program were awarded the 2017 Young Canberra Citizen of the Year Group Achievement Award, and it was a finalist in the industry collaboration section of the ACT Training Award. The program also attracted the attention of Tanya Plibersek MP who visited Ginninderra Early Childhood Centre in October 2016 to meet participants.  Plibersek commented that the importance of the Pre-Employment Program is not just about the qualification, “It’s the community connection; knowing where to go for the next step.”

BCS Childcare Pre Employment Program is delivered in partnership with the Spark Ginninderry Training + Employment Initiative and CIT.  Participation in this program is open to anyone who is able to travel to Kippax and Belconnen Town Centre, and people from West Belconnen are particularly encouraged to apply.

Key Dates and Contact Information

  • Thursday April 27, 2017 10:00am – 12 midday
  • Belconnen Community Centre, Swanson Court Belconnen ACT 2615
  • Information and selection session (all potential participants must attend this session)
  • This is a two-part session broken into an information presentation followed by a selection session for eligible individuals.

To book a place and check your eligibility, please contact Ashleigh at Ginninderry on 6255  1173  or

Monday May 8, 2017 – Program commences

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