Donna Field

Donna Field

Donna Field has been working in the children's services industry for over 20 years. Donna has worked in many service types for both local government and community-based managing small mobile preschools, long day care services and OOSH services with a specialty for managing budgets. Currently, Donna shares her time teaching at TAFE and delivering mobile training.

Donna started with an Associate Diploma in Social Science (child studies) many years later completing her Bachelor of Education (EC) at University of New England and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (including LLN). Donna has continued to keep up to date through ongoing professional development as well as training including contract work under North Sydney TAFE for Premier and Cabinet of the NSW Governments Keep Them Safe five year project. Donna facilitated many of the initial information sessions in 2009 and continued in 2010 to deliver the Early Childhood and Non-Government sessions.

Donna specialises in teaching child protection and partnerships with families along with managing and supported OOSH Diploma students through their units. Donna also managed groups such as Diploma flexible delivery, Diploma trainees, and Certificate 3 on the job trainees. Donna advocates for students who have worked in the industry as quality educators by assessing for recognition of prior learning (RPL). This has also involved completing assessment in group Recognition of Prior learning.

Donna has written and reviewed TAFE CHC08 and CHC113 Community Services (Children's Services) Training Package learner guides and learner resource material specifically for OTEN TAFE and was the winner of a Teacher in Excellence award for TAFE NSW Western Sydney Institute- Staff recognition awards in 2008 and again in 2014.

Donna strongly believes in equity for all students and strives to ensure all her students receive support to allow them to complete their studies in a positive and encouraging environment. Donna is one of the Director's of Because it Matters P/L.

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Because it Matters is working with Health & Safety Advisory Service Pty/Ltd  RTO# 91141 to offer the:

  • CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
  • CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

If you are considering gaining your qualification or updating your qualification through a Traineeship, consider us to provide this to you.

  • Personalised support for the duration of the traineeship (we offer, out of the 9-5 time slot support)
  • Regular workplace visits to assist trainees in meeting assessment requirements ( usually once a month)
  • First Aid Training (HLTAID004) included
  • Self paced training materials in booklet format or online to reflect industry best practice
  • Hard copy Folder or Online (its your choice)
  • Professional Development provided for all the team (no extra cost)
  • Experienced trainers/assessors with excellence awards for Teaching

Statement of Attainment (SoA) for qualification within the Certificate III & Diploma of education and care through the Health & Safety Advisory Service P/L RTO #91141. Contact us now for more information

CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk 

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to support and protect children and young people who are at risk of harm. This work occurs within legislative and policy frameworks and carries a duty of care responsibility. This is the most current qualification regarding Child Protection for educators and staff working on education and care services and community services.

This is delivered in a variety of ways such as:

1. One day(8hr) for those already completed an earlier Statement of Attainment such as CHCHILD1C, CHCCHILD401A/CHCCHILD401B (Available for groups of 10 or more) Cost $200 pp

2. Two days (16 hrs) for those who have not completed the Statement of Attainment before. (Available for groups of 10 or more) Cost $240 pp

Online (your pace) Sometimes getting to attend a Face to Face training is difficult this is when online learning can support you. Online Cost $180 

3. Specific to your sector- we will modify the teaching to the ages you work with

You will be required to successfully complete a written assessment task as part of gaining your Statement of Attainment.

You must work or volunteer in a community services organisation to complete the course workplace component.



New changes are to occur in relation to the Education and Care National Regulations and National Quality Standard. Click on ACECQA to read the details.


Read the latest news from ACECQA of the changes that are to occur to the National Quality Framework (NQF). Changes to regulations and standards will occur from this year.


Patchwork NSW is connected to ChildStory this website continues to expand as new structures and resources are implemented from FACS.

Patchwork NSW website states "Patchwork is a smart, secure web-app for better team collaboration around your clients.

It saves time and effort connecting frontline workers with other practitioners across agencies.

It allows workers to quickly and easily connect to new clients, and to build the team working around that client." To view a small video about Patchwork NSW click here

Access to Patchwork is restricted to front-line practitioners of agencies that have signed up and been approved to participate in Patchwork (agencies refer other agencies; individuals require a corporate email address and a reference check with their supervisor). Education and care services can also request to join to assist teachers and educators to better link with a child's support network, example their speech therapist, occupational therapist.


132111 The Mandatory Reporter Number is now the same as the community number 132111. Mandatory reporters will know that in all previous training they were advised to use a specific number 132627 or 13DOCS. This has now been amended and regardless of you being a member of the community or a mandatory reporter the number to use is 132111.

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