New ECEC Training Package Update

There Has Never Been a Better Time To Hire a Trainee/Apprentice

The federal government has extended its wage subsidy scheme for apprentices and trainees for another year, in a move it expects will generate 70,000 new positions.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced an uncapped increase in the Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements (BAC) funding this morning, estimating it would employ at least a further 70,000 apprentices/trainees across the country up until March 2022.

Note: Subsidy extension applies to those already on scheme.

For many Centre Managers and owners who have signed up trainees and apprentices since the initial announcement in October 2020 this extension will be very positive news.

The extension also means any sign ups between now and September 30 will get a full 12 months of the subsidy.

A 50% Wages Subsidy – WOW!

As part of the BAC funding, employers are eligible to access up to 50 per cent of an apprentice or trainee’s wages for the first year, capped at $7,000 per quarter. New apprentices and trainees have until 30 September 2021 to sign up for the scheme

In addition to hiring new entrants, traineeships / apprenticeships can be offered to existing workers but they have to be advancing in their employment status i.e Casual to Part Time or Part Time to Full Time.

Further information can be found at the Department website at

New ECEC Training Package Update

New ECEC Training Package – UPDATE

  • CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care Approved
  • CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care has Not Approved

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 report that the 36th meeting of the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) was held on 23 February 2021.

At the meeting, the Committee welcomed Mr Brian Newman, Chair of the Children’s Education and Care IRC, who was invited to present to the committee findings from the review into six Children’s Education and Care qualifications which commenced in 2016. The Committee also heard from Ms Gabrielle Sinclair (CEO, Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority) on her organisation’s views regarding proposed changes to key early childhood related qualifications.

New ECEC Training Package

The results of the meeting are tabled below.

In short, the CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care qualification has been approved, whilst the CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care has not been approved.

The next AISC meeting will be held on Tuesday 20 April 2021, at which time a further update on CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care will be published.


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.


In conclusion, with the CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care now approved, Kool Kids Training College will be seeking clarification on teach out and finer details and publish this information once direction is given from the relevant authorities. We will give an update on the CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care post the April meeting.

Packaging Rules

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

New Training Package – Late February Timeframe

Kool Kids Training College is closely monitoring the review of the Early Childhood Education and Care training package.

We have been advised this week that the case for endorsement is being finalised for Quality Assurance and State and Territory jurisdiction consultation and will be submitted to the AISC in December 2020 for consideration for approval at the next meeting which is currently scheduled for the 23rd February 2021.

Some of the changes in the new Early Childhood Education and Care Training Package:

  • The entry requirements into the Diploma
  • Student must hold a CHC30120 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care or a CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care to be able to study CHC50120 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
  • The Early Childhood Education and Care Training Package will feature an additional 40 hours of work in a regulated children’s education and care EG 120 hours in the current training package will be 160 hours and 240 hours will be 280 hours
  • CHC30120 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care will have 17 units
  • CHC50120 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care will have 15 units

Packaging Rules

It is expected that there will be a 12-18 month teach out period from when the training package will be released.

Note: Confirmation of the teach out period will be confirmed once the qualification has been approved.

Project Timings

New Training Package for early childcare education training


The Story of Zappos and Delivering a Zappos like WOW! Moment

Those who follow our blog will know how important the WOW! core value is here at KKTC. We all love reading the WOW! Report every Monday which is a summary of the awesome experiences our trainers have had during the previous week.


WOW! for our students can come in many forms.

It can be that ‘first class’ experience, ‘first voc ed’ experience, the ‘graduation experience’, the ‘I got the job’ experience …pretty much anything that lights up a student’s life as a result of being connected with the college…and most importantly connected with their trainer.

Origins of WOW!

KKTC embarked on the WOW! journey following a strategy session our college manager did with Verne Harnish – a leading US based business strategist who profiled a company called Zappos. The story of Zappos that really struck Sam as unique is covered below….

It’s early morning after a shoe sales conference in Santa Monica, California. A group of friends – including Tony Hsieh, head of the online clothing giant Zappos – is stuck in a hotel room, hungry and a little inebriated.

Room service doesn’t deliver after 11 p.m. Hsieh dares someone to call Zappos and order a pizza instead.

The customer service rep who answers the phone is polite, if a little confused. She puts the group on hold. A few minutes later she returns with a list of the five closest pizza joints in Santa Monica that are still open and delivering. And then orders the pizza for them.

This story comes from Delivering Happiness, the book Hsieh wrote about how he and his team grew Zappos so quickly that Amazon bought the company in a deal worth more than $1 billion.  Have a think about calling any call centre – would you get that sort of customer service? That sort of WOW? I doubt it.


Delivering WOW! at KKTC

The above story had a huge impact on Sam and he always wanted to replicate that sort of WOW! experience here at KKTC. So much so that when he oversaw the creation of the company values in 2014, WOW! was always a shoe-in.

WOW! starts with who the college hire and what we look for in a trainer applicant.

Sam commented this week about interviewing for new trainers and assessors and what he looks for.

“The very first interview is really a discovery. And what I am looking for is alignment with our values. Will this person sign up for WOW!?

As KKTC is all about the student – all about their experiences as ‘we only exist for them…’

So hiring like-minded, 100% committed trainers to the student experience is critically important in continuing to deliver WOW!”

This week Sam was talking with one of the Trainers when a WOW! moment exploded in front of him.

He recalls the story…

“I was talking with a KKTC Trainer and Assessor and the story goes…

  • Her student (16yo early school leaver) is nearing completion of her Cert 3. Her mum wanted the student to go on and do her Diploma, but her trainers’ advice was to get a job as she felt the work experience given her young age would benefit her and the trainer had heard McDonald’s was hiring on a large scale.
  • The student was on the same page with her trainer, but Mum didn’t think working in ‘fast food’ was any help.
  • The trainer said the routines and systems of training and the work experience at Maccas would be an advantage for future employment and her personal growth.
  • The trainer knew about a McDonald’s just near the student’s house and also offered to review the student’s CV and help coach her on the application process.
  • After some encouragement, tweaking on the CV and counsel for the Mum, the student applied…
  • And today the student was offered the role! “

That is WOW!

blankThink about that for a moment.

You will remember your first job. You will remember the process of applying, the interview, the self doubt and you did it all on your own!

This student did it with a KKTC Trainer in her corner. It is a life long memory for this student that starts today. She will probably name her first born after the trainer! 😊

The above commitment to our students and delivering WOW! moments is what makes KKTC different.

It is values driven and it is ‘walking the talk’ when we say ‘we only exist for our students’.

It is a Zappos like truly WOW! moment.

If you are thinking about starting or advancing your career in Early Childhood Education and Care, then download a course guide today!

Enquiries 1300 048 133.

New Training Package – What it Means for YOU!

The review of the Early Childhood Education and Care training package is currently underway, and it expected that there will be a 12 month teach out period from when the training package will be released.

At this point in time it is still uncertain how many units will transition across to the new training package, however we will update via this blog as further information comes to light.

Some of the changes in the new Early Childhood Education and Care Training Package:

  • The entry requirements into the Diploma
  • Student must hold a CHC30120 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care or a CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care to be able to study CHC50120 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
  • The Early Childhood Education and Care Training Package will feature an additional 40 hours of work in a regulated children’s education and care EG 120 hours in the current training package will be 160 hours and 240 hours will be 280 hours
  • CHC30120 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care will have 17 units and CHC50120 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care will have 15 units

Adam Murphy Adam Murphy, Head of Compliance at Kool Kids Training College said this week

Whilst not finalised the new training package will be the start of the next journey of learning for educators in the Early Childhood Education and Care sector in Australia.”

Adam adds, “There are some big changes based on the draft now published. We are connecting with educators right around Australia to brief them on the changes and importantly be ready for releasing the new resources for CHC30120 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care and CHC50120 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care very soon.”

  • CHC30120 PACKAGING RULES – See link
  • CHC50120 PACKAGING RULES – See link

New Training Package for KKTC

Register for upcoming Training Package Webinars

Adam said the college would be running webinars later in 2020 to give educators a clear picture of what the changes mean for them. Register on the Kool Kids Training College website at

KKTC Delivers Results!

In challenging times, it is reassuring to know that KKTC continues to deliver results.

Measuring customer satisfaction (or in this case student satisfaction) is relatively easy in today’s customer centric world. Most companies turn to Net Promoter Score (NPS) – a management tool that can be used to gauge the loyalty of customer relationships.

Originating in the early 2000’s NPS has been widely adopted with more than two thirds of global Fortune 1000 companies using the metric.

The one question survey many reading this would be familiar with.

It asks, “How likely are you to recommend our service on a scale from 0 to 10 to a friend, relative or colleague?” 

The survey conducted by Kool Kids Training College had a 15% response rate from the sample of students – which is above standard for survey responses and the results were impressive.

Of the 31 responses:

  • 27 said 10/10
  • 2 said 9/10
  • 2 said 7/10

This represents a score of 94 and with an industry (best) in the low 70’s college manager Sam Hendry said they were ‘blown away’ with the number.

“The importance of this number is basically if you have satisfied customers (students in our case) they tell others about the experience. That grows our cohort organically. And that is the best form of marketing – word of mouth.”

“Since the college started training in 2013 in the Early Childhood Education and Care sector, we have maintained a lazer sharp focus on the needs of our students. If you remain 100% committed to their needs and aim to continually improve in all aspects of training, then the results will follow. In this case the result is an awesome NPS score.”


NPS Chart



Why Changing Careers is Good For You

Do you have your dream job?

If you answer “yes,” you’re one of only 14 percent of people who do. A study for the University of Phoenix in the U.S.A. shows that workers of all ages are unhappy with their careers.

Eighty percent of people in their 20s and 64 percent of people in their 30s wish for a career change. So what’s stopping them?

Face the Fear

The answer is very likely fear. We get used to being in the jobs we’re in, and changing career often feels like a mountain we’re too afraid to move.

But many people are in the completely wrong job for them. It’s not really surprising, as we are so young when we make career choices and they affect the rest of our working lives.

A lot of people end up drifting into jobs that have been chosen for them because they’re not ready to make their career decisions themselves.


Know It’s Never Too Late

People also avoid changing career because they believe they’re too old, even if they’re desperately unhappy in their job.  (Click to Tweet)

They think people will laugh at them for wanting to retrain, or that they’ll be slower to learn than their younger counterparts. But this belief is actually wrong.

At KKTC we talk to lots of people over 40 and over 50. Many have teenage or early adult children and have been stay-at-home mums, or worked in occupations that are not fulfilling.

When we talk about their experiences we help them unlock their true passion in life. They discover that becoming an educator and engaging with children will bring them great satisfaction and enjoyment.

These conversations are inspiring – it’s like a new energy has surrounded their soul in the space of a conversation. The joy of working with children and helping shape developing minds … now that is real personal fulfilment and meaning.

Studies show that over 80 percent of people who change career after the age of 45 are successful in their new fields. And the people who make that leap are happier and better off than they were before.

Make Your Life Work For You

Career coach Kathy Caprino is often approached by women who want to change careers. She asks them to step back and analyse what’s stopping them from making the jump into a career they’ll really enjoy.

Often it’s a lack of confidence.

“Until you let go of what you’re doing and thinking that keeps you stuck and small, you can’t build a happy, successful career,” she says. She advises them to learn about the field they want to go into and find some friendly, helpful people who have experience of the industry.

Build up a realistic picture of your new field by talking to these people. If it still feels like a good fit, it’s time to start making plans.

Changing careers doesn’t have to be hard.

Reconnect With Your Inner Child

Working in Early Childhood Education and Learning can be an ideal career. (Click to Tweet)

You can reconnect with who you truly are. You know, the person you were before you set foot on a career that was wrong for you.

Being around children will help you to rediscover your own inner child. And you’re likely to rediscover the joy in your own life.

So join us for our next information night. You can talk to people in the industry, and discover for yourself how we boost our students’ confidence and support them to live their dreams.



5 Warning Signs Your Life is on Autopilot

Are you settling for adequate when you could have great?

A lot of people do. They complain about their jobs but say, “Oh well, at least I have a job.”

They’re envious of people who follow their passion and love their work, but they don’t think they can do that too.

They coast along on autopilot and wonder why other people have happy, fulfilling lives.

Are you doing it too? Check the warning signs we’ve put together.

1.  You Don’t Know What’s Most Important

You don’t know what’s most important to you. You’re so busy just getting through the day that you don’t stop and think about your priorities.

You don’t evaluate and ask yourself if things could be better. You stick to what you know while inwardly hoping the perfect career will fall into your lap when you least expect it.

That’s a myth you need to stop believing.

2.  You Never Have Enough Time

You’re so busy racing through each day you don’t have time for the people and activities you love. You find yourself wasting time on social media, or flaked in front of the television at the end of the day.

But you don’t have quality time for yourself. You’re not living your life intentionally, and you can’t find the inspiration to follow your dreams.

3.   You Lack Motivation

Your job isn’t enjoyable but it’s tolerable. It pays well and your life is comfortable so why change?

Maybe you’ve thought about doing something different but it seems like too much effort. Maybe you don’t know how you’ll find the time or effort to change.

Maybe you just haven’t noticed all the signs that it’s time for a career change.


4.  You’ve Stopped Planning Fun Times

You really know your life is on autopilot of you’re not planning weekends away or fun activities. You remember what fun is, right?

Time with family or friends, going to a movie or concert or having a night out.

5.  You Don’t Have a 3-5 Year Plan

This is a big one, particularly if you’re not actually happy at the moment. You need to have a plan for how you want your life to be in the future.

Career change doesn’t have to be hard. Work out how you want your life to be, and start implementing changes bit by bit.

If you don’t start, you’ll never make progress.

Live Life to The Full

Imagine looking back on your life and wondering what might have been. Imagine all those years that you could have been happy.

Are you really prepared to make that sacrifice?

Don’t live your life on autopilot until it’s too late to change. Wake up and take charge.

You can live your dreams just as well as anyone else. You deserve happiness as much as anyone else.

Contact us and find out how we can help you change your life, today.



5 Things to Do When You Hate Your Job

There’s nothing worse is there?

Nothing worse than going into a job you hate. Day after day.

Every morning you drag yourself into the place, wishing you could call in sick. But you’re not that sort of person.

You just hate your job, but you’re not alone. There are millions of people out there doing it.

All of them trying to become immune. And all of them dying a little bit inside. Every day.

The crazy thing is that it really doesn’t have to be this way. Despite how powerless you might feel, you actually have a lot of control over the situation.

Here are 5 things to do when you hate your job.

1.  Reduce Personal Stress

When you feel your job is sucking the life-force, and energy, out of you then it’s time to rethink and rebalance. (Click to Tweet) Try to reduce the stress in other parts of your life as much as possible.

Free up some personal time by getting rid of any option extras, and start prioritising self-care. Do things you enjoy. Hang out with people who make you feel good.

It won’t make you love your job, but it will make life easier and more enjoyable. We all have limits, and you need to reduce the amount of stress you’re currently experiencing.

2.  Review Your Hours

Take a look at the hours you’re spending at work. Are they too long? What would your ideal week look like?

Before you start thinking, “I can’t change my hours” stop and rephrase the question. If you ask yourself, “How can I change this?” you’ll start thinking of creative solutions.

Maybe you can cut back on some expenses and work fewer hours. Or maybe you can negotiate other solutions with your employer.

3.  Strengthen Your Connections

If you’re struggling to find meaning or satisfaction in your current role, build connections. By strengthening your connections with your colleagues you’ll feel a greater sense of purpose.

When you strengthen your connections with your friends and family you’ll also feel more supported, better understood, and stronger emotionally. If you decide to make a change they’ll understand your reasons and support you through the transition.

4.   Discover Your Strengths And Passions

Learn about your strengths and passions, and try to find ways to incorporate them into your current role. If you’re not sure where to start try this free strengths finder.

You may find a whole range of ways you can use your strengths in your current workplace. If not, you’ll at least be able to see clear signs you should be in a different role.

5.  Create An Exit Plan

Ultimately, life is too short to spend years of your life feeling unhappy. (Click to Tweet) So, if you decide you want to create a greater impact in the world and experience more purpose and satisfaction, you may need an exit plan.

While it may seem daunting, it is possible to change careers without losing your mind.

More and more people are opting to stop living a lie, and start creating a life they enjoy. And you can do it too.

We support people just like you. We help them believe in themselves and create a life they love.

Contact us and find out how we can help you change your life, today.



How to Change Careers Without Losing Your Mind

Changing careers can be scary.

There’s a lot of unknowns, and a lot to worry about. It’s often difficult to work out what your options are – or even to believe you have options.

You see, a lot of us look at our career and our career options all wrong. We tend to think, “What’s the easiest way for me to earn a living with my existing skills and knowledge?”

And that’s the problem. Because that’s not the right question to ask, not if you want career fulfillment and satisfaction.

Instead, you have to dream a little. You have to ask yourself what you’d love to do, and then work out how to reach that goal.

There’s a process to changing career successful, which is why we’ve put together this infographic for you. It shows you the 7 Steps to Successful Career Change.


Test The Waters

Test the waters of your new career in Early Childhood Education and Learning by getting in touch with us, or attending one of our information nights.

Information nights are a great opportunity to meet the trainers, ask questions about the course options and see for yourself our great college facility! If you cannot make it in person, register and dial in via webinar.