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Foundation Skills

The children's services industry requires you to be able to read, write and complete some math and learning tasks in order for you to be safe in the workplace. Following are some things we feel you must be able to do prior to starting study in this field.

For Certificate level study these equal a Level 2 in the Australian Core Skills Framework.
For Diploma these equal a Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework.



Can you:

  • Make a checklist of tasks to be completed?
  • Use a computer to search for possible jobs?
  • Use a work roster?
  • Work with others in a group?
  • Use a spell checker, word list or bilingual dictionary?

Can you:

  • Search on the internet?
  • Bounce ideas off others?
  • Contribute to problem solving processes?
  • Plan and organise jobs including assessing risk?
  • Use subheadings to organise written information?

Can you:

  • Read a timetable written in English?
  • Read an application form written in English?
  • Read forms and notices written in English and understand these?

Can you:

  • Read and respond to postings on a chat site?
  • Identify key messages in an English text?
  • Follow instructions for setting up office equipment?

Can you:

  • Write in English in a diary?
  • Write a list of tasks in English?
  • Write a short report in English?
  • Provide written instructions in English?
  • Complete forms independently in English?
  • Record a simple message in English?
  • Complete a log book or diary in English?

Can you:

  • Compose a letter in English?
  • Prepare an agenda for a meeting?
  • Create a word document on a computer?
  • Complete workplace records in English?
  • Take notes in English?
  • Use graphs or diagrams in English?
  • Use email for routine communication in English?

Oral communication
Can you:

  • Make a telephone call and respond to questions in English?
  • Listen to a recorded telephone message and follow prompts?
  • Follow instructions given in English?
  • Explain a routine procedure in English?
  • Ask questions to clarify instructions?

Oral communication
Can you:

  • Express an opinion in English?
  • Deliver a short talk in English?
  • Give clear sequenced instructions of several steps?
  • Give an oral presentation in English?
  • Listen to English instructions and choose an appropriate action?

Can you:

  • Use a street directory to locate your position?
  • Measure items for a recipe?
  • Use a timetable?
  • Read tables and charts?
  • Use a calculator?
  • Fill in a time sheet

Can you:

  • Compare and contrast costs of items?
  • Create a personal weekly budget?
  • Use a calculator to work out the cost of different items?
  • Prepare a purchase order listing parts and costs?
  • Prepare a report after collecting information?
  • Measure a number of quantities?