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To complete this course, you will need to successfully complete all of the following assessment activities.

In-Class Assessment 

  • Attend four-day training course (9am-5pm)
  • Participate in all class activities including…
  • Safely deliver cue-based infant massage education to families in the class-room setting
  • Participate in group reflection and feedback activities

Take-home assessment 

  • Deliver the full First Touch Program (in your local community or workplace) to a minimum of five families
  • Submit your lesson plans and the parents’ evaluation of your teaching.
  • Complete and submit a series of open-book take-home assignments (including multiple-choice, short-answer and long-answer questions).
Work-load

As a general guide, you should allow approx. 80-100 hours for completion of your assessment tasks. If you are an experienced student, you may require less time. If it has been a long time since you studied, or you are not confident with the material, you may need to allow yourself additional time.

Due dates

The time-frame for completion and submission of your assessment items, is four months from the date of your face-to-face training.

Marking

During the face-to-face workshop your trainer will provide extensive information about the assessment items and the marking criteria that will be used to review your assessment activities.

The criteria we use to mark assessments focus ensuring that you can demonstrate the national competency standards for delivering infant massage education to families.

We apply the principles of adult education in our marking practices. You will also be able to access academic support (via email or phone) from your trainer following the course.

Our aim is to support you to graduate, and for this reason we encourage you to communicate with your trainer regarding any aspects of the assessment you are uncertain of, before submitting your assignments.

Student practical assignment

As part of your assessment, you will be required to deliver the full First Touch Program to a minimum of five families and to submit your parent consent and evaluation forms. This will require you to find and engage five families to complete your practical assessment with.

We endeavour to assist students where we can. However, the responsibility for finding and inviting families to participate in student classes is the responsibility of the student. If you live in a small community, or you do not yet have strong networks with other postnatal or early childhood services, you may need to allow for additional time and effort to engage and invite parents to participate in your student class. We account for this challenge where needed, by allowing students an extension of up to 12 months from the date of training to submit all assessment items.

Completing practical assessment with existing clients in a service

It is common for health or welfare professionals to complete their practical assignment with parents who are clients of their service.

If you intend to do this, it is important to be aware the parents attending your practical sessions will need to complete evaluation forms, including identifying information, and you will need to submit these forms as part of your assessment. As a result, a consent form is provided, and required to be completed by parents to address privacy and confidentiality issues.

Re-submissions

If any part of your submitted assignment does not meet the pass criteria, we will provide you with detailed feedback and request that you re-submit your assessment.

If more than three re-submissions are required or your enrolment period has expired, we may require you to re-enrol in the course.

Extensions

If you are unable to complete the assessment tasks within the four-month time frame, you can request an extension of up to 12 months from your original date of training.

If your assessment items are not submitted within 12-months from the date of your face-to-face training, your enrolment will expire and you will need to re-enrol in the course.

Students with additional/ diverse learning needs

As this is an accredited training course we are required to collect sufficient evidence to demonstrate your competency against the relevant competency standards. However, we recognise that our standard assessment process for collecting this evidence may not suit all students. If you have a disability. literacy or language barrier that makes completion of these assessment tasks difficult, please discus your learning needs with your trainer in advance. We are happy to negotiate alternative methods of assessment for students with diverse learning needs.

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