Out of School Care and Recreation Certificate (Level 4) (Closed to New Enrolments)

Qualification code OP4290

If you are interested in working with and caring for children, a career in out-of-school care and recreation may be right for you. This programme will give you the skills to be able to work with children in before and after school care and holiday programmes. If you’re currently working in OSCAR, the certificate is a good way to gain formal recognition and new skills which you can apply straight to your job. You will study two courses and volunteer or work in an out-of-school care programme for three hours per week.

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Qualification Update:

New Students

OP4290 Out of School Care and Recreation Certificate (Level 4) is closed for enrolments for new students.

Current Students

If you were already enrolled in OP4290 Out of School Care and Recreation Certificate (Level 4) prior to 26 September 2018 with Open Polytechnic, you can continue to enrol in your next course as normal to complete your qualification.

Please note, you must be enrolled in your last course by 01 May (Block 5) 2019, and successfully complete both courses by 28 February 2020 to be awarded the qualification.

If you need help with a study plan to complete your qualification in this timeframe, please email us

  • Level 4  
    Credits 40 
  • Workload

    You will need to study for about 7 hours a week for each course in this qualification to successfully complete them within the enrolment period.

  • Study type Open  
  • Cost $422 NZ Domestic

    Approximate cost for the full qualification based on 2018 fee information, not including annual administration fees, fee increases, textbooks, course materials or external exam fees.

  • Student loan

    Eligible for student loans, if you meet the criteria. Student loans and eligibility

For information about selecting courses to study towards this qualification, check out the Choose courses tab.

What you will learn

When you achieve this qualification you will know about:

  • children’s development
  • how to communicate with children and adults
  • working in groups
  • providing a safe environment for children
  • biculturalism in out-of-school care programmes
  • working with children who have special needs
  • how to plan an out-of-school care programme
  • putting children first
  • the importance of play
  • giving children variety and choice.

Career opportunities

This qualification will prepare you for a career working with children and young people in the out-of-school care, education and recreation sectors.

Study pathways

You can cross-credit OP4290 to part of the Certificate in Teacher Aiding Level 4.  You may also be interested in our early childhood education qualifications. Visit the education subject area on our website for more information. 

Key dates

Our open courses are open for enrolment every month. Each open course starts on the first Monday of the month you choose for enrolment. You must complete your study within the given start and end dates.

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Assessment and exam

This qualification is internally assessed through workbook-type assessments that include written and practical tasks.  Some of these tasks will need to be verified by your supervisor or another suitable person at work. There is no exam.

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