The Power of Passionate Trainers

At KKTC, we are very proud of the passion and effort our Trainers and Assessors have for their work. While all of our team have a high standard of dedication and support for their students, some of our trainers go above and beyond to make sure their students are staying on track.

Sarah Chamberlin is one of our Trainer and Assessors that takes keeping her students on track to another level with this little anecdote.

Training in the Central Queensland region, she covers the most area of all of our trainers, with her farthest student 550 kilometers away from her home in Bundaberg.

“The travel is probably the most challenging part of my job,” Sarah said.

“But my favourite part is getting to meet and support people in those regional areas because they don’t usually get visited out there in regional QLD.”

With such an expansive area to cover for her student base, Sarah quite literally goes the extra mile for her students. So, it’s no wonder that when a student doesn’t quite do the right thing, she takes action!

While working in Townsville a few years ago, Sarah was met with a challenging school-based student who seriously underestimated the lengths her trainer would go to keep her on track.

“I had this student, she would call in sick on the days she was meant to work in her centre all the time. This can happen with teens working for the first time,” Sarah recounts.

“I had just recently had a really serious talk with her about the importance of showing up for work because she was falling behind on her hours and it was important she understood the responsibilities that come with working our sector.”

Sarah wanted to give the student the benefit of the doubt and believe that she was being truthful about being unwell on one such occasion, however she still had a suspicion that all was not as it seemed; a suspicion that was soon confirmed.

“One of my other school-based students ‘dobbed’ her in and showed me a photo the supposedly sick student posted on a social media app, which very clearly showed her having lunch with a friend at the local shops!”

“I spoke to Careers Teacher  at her school and showed him the photo, and next thing we were in the car on our way down to the shops to find out why she wasn’t at her centre.”

The student was shocked to see her usually kind-hearted trainer standing before her catching her in a poorly thought-out lie, but Sarah hopes this was enough to show the student just how much she cares.

“We found her at the shopping centre and asked why she called in sick but was well enough to go out for lunch with her friend not long after, and she made some excuse about waking up feeling sick but then feeling better later,” Sarah said.

“Normally I ‘smother them with kindness’, but when I can see a student needs that extra push to reach their full potential, I can get pretty ruthless,” Sarah said.

This level of determination is rare and can only be found in a trainer who truly cares and values their students and their students’ goals.

Way to go Sarah; you have really illustrated the ‘above and beyond’ call of duty KKTC Trainers display!

And a cautionary word for any future School Based Students….don’t get sick and then get better between waking up in the morning and lunch time as you never know if Sarah will make a surprise visit!

Watch the School Based Video where recent trainees talk about their experiences in completing the CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care whilst still at school.

Big day today!

WE ARE MOVING IN!

We move into our new training headquarters after many weeks of building works – some of which we have captured on this blog in recent weeks. The move represents a commitment from our team to deliver the best training in Early Childhood Education and Care in Australia. We have a premise to be extremely proud of.

A MEETING PLACE

It will house over 30 staff and be home to our trainers not only in SE Queensland but when we bring the team together from across Australia (as we used to pre COVID and we will again in 2022) have a meeting place. And what a meeting place it is! A high tech, purpose built training facility that invites collaboration. Training spaces, meeting places…a home for our team and our students to learn and share experiences and with the investment in technology we can support our students from far and wide.

Signage going up

‘Signage going up’

AN UNPARALLED LEARNING ENVIRONMENT

A brilliant learning environment that is unparalleled. The foundations of KKTC have been to continually improve… to work hard every day to be the best training provider in the Early Childhood Education and Care sector. And this is so important. As our sector is so important.

just straighten it up a bit

‘Just straighten it up a bit!’

THE FUTURE OF OUR NATION

There is nothing more important than the education and care of our most important asset – our nation’s children. So today, as we move into our new home, we are very proud to take that next step in advancing our important role in delivering training to the nation’s educators who in turn nurture and support our nation’s most important asset. They are the future of our nation. And we are supremely proud to play a part in their development.

Perfect!

‘Perfect!’

We love the responsibility and we are loving the journey.

If your journey is taking you into Early Childhood Education and Care – join us today!

Call 1300 048 133 and talk with one of the team.

Gold Coast SUNS and Kool Beanz turn soil on Childcare Facility at Metricon Stadium

We started the week with a huge announcement – a massive day for the Early Childhood Education and Care sector on the Gold Coast!

Read the full press statement at the Gold Coast SUNS website….

https://www.goldcoastfc.com.au/news/1027301/gold-coast-suns-and-kool-beanz-turn-soil-on-childcare-facility-at-metricon-stadium

 

New Brand Identity

Today is a BIG day in the growth of our training college. We have announced a new brand identity …

ABOUT THE NEW BRAND IDENTITY

The new brand identity represents a youthful vibrancy and an interpretive design which could be an educator or a child expressing their joy. It is this joy that the college aims to deliver on every training experience for our students.

Since the opening of the training college in 2013 we have developed an evolved notion of who we are and what our purpose is, and that is to be the best Early Childhood Education and Care training college in Australia that delivers an exceptional training experience for every student that enrols with KKTC. With that experience, our students can build their careers and fulfilment in a truly rewarding sector.

So today, as we present this new brand identity to the Early Childhood Education and Care sector in Australia and the wider community, we remain extremely humble and proud of the service we provide to the thousands of students and centres we now support.

We hope you love the brand identity as much as we do!

One week to go

ONE WEEK TO GO!

The move to our new headquarters in Southport is getting very close now!

The team will move in this Thursday 28th October.

Attached to this blog post are some photos showing the then and now images. There have been 20+ builders on site for over 2 months so it is a significant project and one we are all eagerly looking forward to.

Importantly as we enter 2022 and will be welcoming students into the college again, we have a brilliant learning facility.

The new KKTC Training Headquarters will feature:

 

Kool Kids Training College New Facility

 

  • Total Training Room area of 153sqm
  • Two state of the art technology equipped rooms with presenter tracking cameras so that lectures have an enhanced interactivity for those students offsite
  • For students onsite there is 51sqm of collaborative meeting space for post lecture review sessions along with an alfresco area and onsite gym
  • Short walk to the Scarborough Street Light Rail and diagonally opposite the $500 million Queens Street Village mega development at the old Gold Coast Hospital site.

KKTC New Facility

We can’t wait to be in the new KKTC Training Headquarters. If you are thinking about a career change and getting into Early Childhood Education and Care is in your plans, then learning in this new training facility will be something special.

For more information on enrolling with KKTC

Call

1300 048 133

 

KKTC Rebuild

ONE MONTH TO GO!

The Best Training Facility in Early Childhood Education and Care Sector in Australia is getting closer to completion

The construction of the new Kool Kids Training College HQ is well advanced now with opening scheduled for mid October. Whilst inspecting the construction site this week, College Manager Sam Hendry was amazed at the transformation of what was a ‘greenfield’ site only 6 weeks ago. “It is really impressive to see what the teams of builders have done in such a short time frame. Our team is checking in regularly on the progress and you blink and a new wall or feature is being installed” he said. “Our vision of delivering the best training facility in Early Childhood Education and Care sector in Australia is only a month away now and it is very exciting!”

KKTC Rebuild

The new KKTC Training Headquarters will feature:

  • Total Training Room area of 153sqm
  • Two state of the art technology equipped rooms with presenter tracking cameras so that lectures have an enhanced interactivity for those students offsite
  • For students onsite there is 51sqm of collaborative meeting space for post lecture review sessions along with an alfresco area and onsite gym
  • Short walk to the Scarborough Street Light Rail and diagonally opposite the $500 million Queens Street Village mega development at the old Gold Coast Hospital site.

KKTC Rebuild

Welcoming Back Students

“We can’t wait to have students back on campus and experiencing this new facility,” Sam said. “Whilst zoom and teams have been instrumental in continuity of training, there is nothing like face to face training. We are remaining confident that in 2022 that experience will be back for our students.”

 

 

Talk with us today!

Call

1300 048 133

 

Kool Kids Training College New Facility

KKTC Building for the Future

Kool Kids Training College (RTO 40636) today announced it has commenced a total rebuild on its recently purchased new headquarters at 106 Queen Street Southport. The location of the facility will be well known to Gold Coasters as it sits on the prime corner of Ferry and Queen Streets. With the building commencing this month it is scheduled to open this October.

The Best Training Facility in Early Childhood Education and Care Sector in Australia

Whilst inspecting the construction work this week, College Manager Sam Hendry said “we are planning for a time in the not to distant future when we can welcome students back into our training rooms – both domestic and international. This vision of delivering the best training facility in Early Childhood Education and Care sector in Australia is taking shape and our students will love it!”

Kool Kids Training College New Facility

The new KKTC Training Headquarters will feature:

  • Total Training Room area of 153sqm
  • Two state of the art technology equipped rooms with presenter tracking cameras so that lectures have an enhanced interactivity for those students offsite
  • For students onsite there is 51sqm of collaborative meeting space for post lecture review sessions along with an alfresco area and onsite gym
  • Short walk to the Scarborough Street Light Rail and diagonally opposite the $500 million Queens Street Village mega development at the old Gold Coast Hospital site.

Kool Kids Training College New Facility

Investment Represents our Confidence in Vocational Education and in Southport

Kool Kids Training College New Facility

The recent 2021 Muval Index which showed more Aussies are moving to Southport than any other area in Queensland. With increased migration there is a natural growth in the demand for childcare and by association training in the sector,” he said.

“This is an 8 year journey to where we are today. From a start up RTO we have come a long way and we now support hundreds of centres and thousands of students from Melbourne to Cairns and in between.”

“Our Mayor Tom Tate often talks about the Gold Coast as Australia’s Favourite Classroom and we firmly believe our State of the Art Classroom(s) will be a favourite for students wanting to embark on a career in Early Childhood Education and Care,” Sam said.

“COVID-19 has been a ‘gut punch’ to our sector and has seen many educational institutions hit the wall. We have had to pivot across all States where we train, notably during lockdowns but thankfully we are a fully Cloud based RTO and have a resilient cohort of students who have continued to front up and progress with their training regardless of the troubled waters COVID-19 presents.”

“We remain positive about the future and this investment is reflective of that confidence,” Sam said.

‘Teach Out’ Extended to 20 January 2023

After much lobbying from the sector of which KKTC was very active in presenting the case to regulators, ASQA has recently approved an extended transition period for the Early Childhood Education & Care qualifications our college offers to educators in your team.

  • The extended training, assessment and certification issuance period for the CHC30113 and CHC50113 qualifications ends on 20 January 2023.
Decision to extend based on learners found to be “genuinely disadvantaged”

The decision means registered training organisations (RTOs) like KKTC will now have an additional six months to support students who commenced their studies under the old curriculum to finish before the new curriculum commences and in turn avoid needing to complete additional units and adhere to any other new requirements.

ASQA also confirmed that the decision to extend the transition period was made with support from SkillsIQ (in their role as the Skills Service Organisation for the CHC Business Training Package) who were able to demonstrate that learners would be genuinely disadvantaged if they were required to transition to the replacement qualification.

73 Weeks to Complete

The ASQA announcement effectively means there are 73 weeks left for students to complete their assessments.

Kool Kids Training College has built a ‘Completion Timeframe Application’ that outlines students’ time lines over this period and assesses any student who is being signed up to ensure they will have enough time to complete before the 20th January 2023 cut off (based on pre-existing credits).  We will be using this to help employers navigate this teach out period and give precise advice on the educators’ completion timeline.

New ECEC Training Package Update

NEW TRAINING PACKAGE – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

After more than two years of review and discussion within the sector, KKTC have just been advised of the release of the new Training Package.

In this blog we outline what the changes mean for the sector and how our college will be approaching the teach out period.

The first new qualification is CH30121 – Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care and it supersedes CHC30113 – Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.

The Packaging rules are as follows:

  • Total number of units = 17
  • 15 core units
  • 2 elective units

On training.gov.au you can read more about this qualification. (Check here)

The second new qualification is CH50121 – Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care and it supersedes  CHC50113 – Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.

The Packaging rules are as follows:

  • Total number of units = 15
  • 12 core units
  • 3 elective units

On training.gov.au you can read more about this qualification.

See here: https://training.gov.au/Training/Details/CHC50121

Entry Requirements for CH50121 – Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care. This qualification is open to individuals who:

  • Hold a CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care or
  • CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.

FURTHER INFORMATION

The official teach out date for CHC30113 & CHC50113 will be 20th January 2023.

We have drafted a FAQ document for students and centres which our Trainers will share with them in the coming days to address more detailed questions.

If current students or centre managers have any immediate questions, please do not hesitate to contact the college on 1300 048 133.

NEW STUDENTS WISHING TO ENROL

If you are a new student looking to enrol at this time you can enrol in CHC30113 – Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care. Until we have the new qualification on scope, KKTC will not be accepting new CHC50113 Diploma enrolments unless you have completed the current Certificate 3 qualification CHC30113.

We are recommending all current enquiries to enrol in CHC30113 – Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care until we have the new qualification on scope and then complete the CHC50121 – Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care once completed.

This new Diploma qualification is open to individuals who:

  • Hold a CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care or
  • CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.

Further enrolment information for the new Training Package will be made available as soon as the college has both new qualifications on scope.

Talk with us today! Call 1300 048 133.

New ECEC Training Package Update

New ECEC Training Package – May Update

Kool Kids Training College (RTO 40636) is keeping a close eye on the new training package and advising students and clients as the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) progresses with their review.

We can now provide the below update:

  • CHC30120 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care – Approved
  • CHC50120 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care – Approved

Whilst the Committee have approved the new Training Package however the sector will still need to wait for State Ministerial endorsement of the Training Package before releasing this on training.gov.au.

New ECEC Training Package

IRC

Details of submission

AISC Decision

Children’s Education and Care IRC

CHC Community Services – Children’s Education and Care. Addressing outcomes of the ASQA Strategic Review

 

The Case for Endorsement includes:

  • 6 revised qualifications
  • 32 revised units of competency
  • 3 new units of competency
  • 6 deleted units of competency
  • 2 revised skill sets
  • 1 new skill set
  • 3 deleted skill sets
In-principle approval of four qualifications:

  • CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and care
  • CHC50221 Diploma of School Age Education and Care
  • CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support
  • CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support

Not approved:

  • CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and care
  • CHC40121 Certificate IV in School Age Education and Care

The AISC will work with the IRC to identify solutions to stakeholder concerns regarding those qualifications not approved prior to them being resubmitted to the AISC.

The AISC will also consider meeting out of session if required to support timely approval of this training package.

Packaging Rules

Should you have any questions on the new Training Package, please contact the college on 1300 048 133.