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CHC50113

Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

This course is designed for you to help children to develop socially and intellectually

Become an Early Childhood Educator and inspire children’s learning

According to the Job Outlook website, as published by the Australian Government, employment for Early Childhood Teachers (pre-primary school)  is projected to grow strongly over the next 10 years*.

If you have strong interpersonal skills and are self-motivated, the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care will give you the formal qualification needed to establish a career as an Early Childhood Educator. In this role, you will explore new ways of thinking when faced with challenges, while maintaining open relationships with parents, children and staff.  You will ensure children experience a stimulating and fun environment where they feel nurtured and confident to explore and develop their social and intellectual skills.  

The Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care equips you to design a project plan, administer, monitor, finalise and review projects, establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment for children and determine individual and team development needs to facilitate the development of individuals and groups.

You also learn how to identify and respond to children and young people at risk, develop positive and respectful relationships with children, provide care of babies, toddlers and children, implement strategies for the inclusion of all children, nurture creativity in children and use an approved learning framework to guide practice.  In addition, you’ll gain the skills and knowledge to facilitate compliance in an education and care service and design and implement the curriculum to foster children’s learning and development.

Upon graduation, you will be qualified to work as an Early Childhood Educator or Child Care Assistant. This is the highest qualification required for a Director or Service Manager-level role in a children’s care centre, so you will also be qualified to work as Child Care Centre Director.

Care Centre Employers place value on any candidate that has a formal qualification and practical experience. Through this nationally accredited course, you gain both, complete with 240 hours of practical assessment work in a regulated education and care centre, delivered in addition to your online study.

If you love the satisfaction that comes with teaching young minds, gain the qualification and hands-on skills to work in education with our nationally-recognised online diploma course.

*Source: Joboutlook.gov.au

 

This is a Nationally Recognised course.

 

Eligibility Requirements

Education
You will need to have completed year 12, or equivalent. Equivalency can be demonstrated by one of the following:

  • A qualification at Certificate II level or higher OR
  • 2 years of industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication.

Minimum Age
You will need to be at least 16 years old. If you are under 18 your enrolment form will need to be signed by a parent or guardian.

Residency Status
You will need to be a permanent Australian resident or equivalent.

Computer Requirements

In order to complete the on-line part of the course you will need regular access to the following:

Computer:       Laptop or desktop computer with working speakers or headphone points

Internet:          High speed internet such as Broadband or ADSL, T1/T2, fibre optic or cable

                        (Dial-up access will be significantly slower and is not recommended)

Windows :       Operating system – Windows XP or Vista 7 or above

           Internet Browser – Internet Explorer 7 or higher or the latest version of Google Chrome

MAC :              Operating system: OS X 10.4 or later

                        Internet Browser – latest version of Google Chrome

Software:         Flash, Adobe Reader, Microsoft Word (or Open Office which is free to download)

Qualification

Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Delivery

Online combined with 240 hours of practical placement available

Length

Up to 24 months

Study Load

Complete one unit of competency every 3.5 weeks to graduate in 24 months

Cost

Online combined with 240 hours of practical placement: Contact us on 1300 61 61 97 for course costs

Payment Options

Upfront Payment
Payment Plan

Course Outcomes

Once you’ve completed the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, you’ll be able to design and implement curriculum in early childhood education and care services via an approved learning framework within the requirements of the Education and Care Services National Regulations and National Quality Standards. You could also work in the following positions:

Educational Leader

Guide thinking about deliverying he best educational outcomes for children and provide leadership in implementing the relevant frameworks.

Group Leader

Is responsible for leading their team to assist them in implementing and supervisingprogram activities.

Assistant Director

Is esponsible for assisting the director with various initiatives and objectives.

Centre Director

Guide children’s learning and development by planning lessons and schedules, and maintain safety. 

Nominated Supervisor

Ensure children are adequately supervised, not subject to inappropriate discipline, and are protected from harms and hazards.

Delivery Options and Length

Online combined with 240 hours of practical placement

Study entirely online, meaning you can study whenever and wherever suits you through our online learning platform.

This course also includes the requirement for students to complete 240 hours of practical placement in an education environment sourced by the student.

Up to: 24 months

Cost & Payment Options

Upfront Payment
Payment Plan

Your course fee includes the delivery and assessment of your qualification, your study materials (including all resources) and on-going support from our Education Team.

Upfront payment All course costs can be paid in total via VISA/MasterCard or bank deposit.

Payment plan Paid via a series of regular weekly or fortnightly instalments.

Course fees include course delivery and assessment, study materials and dedicated student support services. Please note this course does not qualify for assisted government funding.

Online combined with 240 hours of practical placement

Contact us on 1300 61 61 97 for course costs

Course Structure & Prerequisites

BSBWOR501

Manage personal work priorities and professional development
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to create systems and process to organise information and prioritise tasks. It applies to individuals working in managerial positions who have excellent organisational skills. The work ethic of individuals in this role has a significant impact on the work culture and patterns of behaviour of others as managers at this level are role models in their work environment.

BSBPMG522

Undertake project work
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to undertake a straightforward project or a section of a larger project. It covers developing a project plan, administering and monitoring the project, finalising the project and reviewing the project to identify lessons learned for future application. This unit applies to individuals who play a significant role in ensuring a project meets timelines, quality standards, budgetary limits and other set requirements.

BSBINN502

Build and sustain an innovative work environment
This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to create an environment that enables and supports the application of innovative practice.

BSBLED401

Develop teams and individuals
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to determine individual and team development needs and to facilitate the development of the workgroup. It applies to individuals with a broad knowledge of learning and development who apply their skills in addressing development needs to meet team objectives. They may have responsibility to provide guidance or to delegate aspects of tasks to others.

BSBRSK501

Manage risk
This unit describes skills and knowledge required to manage risks in a range of contexts across an organisation or for a specific business unit or area in any industry setting. It applies to individuals who are working in positions of authority and are approved to implement change across the organisation, business unit, program or project area. They may or may not have responsibility for directly supervising others.

HLTWHS003

Maintain work health and safety
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to implement and monitor work health and safety (WHS) policies, procedures and work practices as part of a small work team. This unit applies to workers who have a key role in maintaining WHS in an organisation, including duty of care for other workers. The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand standards and industry codes of practice.

CHCECE002

Ensure the health and safety of children
This unit describes the skills and knowledge to ensure the health and safety of children. This unit applies to educators working in a variety of education and care services.

CHCECE016

Establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment for children
The unit describes the skills and knowledge to establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment for children. This unit applies to educators working in a range of education and care services. The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand standards and industry codes of practice.

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 unit applies to workers in a range of job roles providing services to children and young people including in community services and health contexts. The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand standards and industry codes of practice.

CHCECE022

Promote children’s agency
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to promote and encourage children’s agency. This unit applies to educators working in a range of education and care services. The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand standards and industry codes of practice.

CHCECE007

Develop positive and respectful relationships with children
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required by educators working with children to ensure they can develop and maintain effective relationships and promote positive behaviour. This unit applies to educators who work with children in a range of education and care service settings. The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand standards and industry codes of practice.

CHCECE020

Establish and implement plans for developing cooperative behaviour
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to support both individual and group plans for developing cooperative behaviour. This unit applies to educators working in a range of education and care services. The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand standards and industry codes of practice.

CHCECE003

Provide care for children
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to ensure children’s physical and emotional well-being is maintained and their self-sufficiency is nurtured. This unit applies to people who work with children in a range of early education and care services. The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand standards and industry codes of practice.

CHCECE005

Provide care for babies and toddlers
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required by educators working with babies and toddlers to ensure that the children’s physical and emotional wellbeing is maintained. This unit applies to work with babies and toddlers from birth to 24 months in a range of early education and care contexts. The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand standards and industry codes of practice.

CHCECE004

Promote and provide healthy food and drinks
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to promote healthy eating and ensure that food and drinks provided are nutritious, appropriate for each child and prepared in a safe and hygienic manner. This unit applies to educators working in a range of education and care services. The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand standards and industry codes of practice

CHCECE021

Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to support the inclusion of all children and to work with relevant others to plan and implement support strategies where required. This unit applies to educators working in a range of education and care services. The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand standards and industry codes of practice.

CHCECE023

Analyse information to inform learning
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to gather and analyse information about children’s learning, in order to inform practice. This unit applies to educators working in a range of education and care services. The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand standards and industry codes of practice.

CHCECE001

Develop cultural competence
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work towards cultural competency and to support participation of all children and families in children’s services. This support includes contributing to children’s understanding and acceptance of all cultures. This unit applies to educators working in a range of education and care services. The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand standards and industry codes of practice.

CHCDIV002

Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
The unit describes the skills and knowledge required to identify Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety issues in the workplace, model cultural safety in own work practice, and develop strategies to enhance cultural safety. This unit applies to people working in a broad range of roles including those involved in direct client service, program planning, development and evaluation contexts.

CHCECE017

Foster the holistic development and wellbeing of the child in early childhood
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to foster and enhance the holistic development and wellbeing of children from birth to 6 years of age. The unit applies to educators working in a range early education and care service settings. The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand standards and industry codes of practice.

CHCECE018

Nurture creativity in children
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to nurture creativity in children. The unit applies to educators who work with children in a variety of education and care services. The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand standards and industry codes of practice.

CHCECE025

Embed sustainable practices in service operations
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to support children to connect with and contribute to their world and embed sustainable practice into service operations. This unit applies to work across a range of education and care service services. The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand standards and industry codes of practice.

CHCECE009

Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to enable educators to provide children with opportunities to maximise their potential and develop a foundation for future success. This unit applies to educators working in a range of education and care services. The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand standards and industry codes of practice.

CHCECE019

Facilitate compliance in an education and care service
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to facilitate legislative, regulatory and National Quality Framework compliance within an education and care service. This unit applies to educators working in a range of education and care services. The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand standards and industry codes of practice.

CHCLEG001

Work legally and ethically
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to identify and work within the legal and ethical frameworks that apply to an individual job role. This unit applies to community services and health workers who play a proactive role in identifying and meeting their legal and ethical responsibilities.

CHCECE024

Design and implement the curriculum to foster children's learning and development
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required by educators to design, implement and evaluate the curriculum to foster children’s learning and development. This unit applies to educators working in a range of education and care services. The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand standards and industry codes of practice.

CHCECE026

Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate education and care for children
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work in partnership with families to provide appropriate education and care for the child. This unit applies to educators working in a variety of education and care services. The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand standards and industry codes of practice.

* HLTAID004

Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to provide a first aid response to infants, children and adults. The unit applies to educators and support staff working within an education and care setting who are required to respond to a first aid emergency, including asthmatic and anaphylactic emergencies. This unit of competency may contribute towards approved first aid, asthma and anaphylaxis training under the Education and Care Services National Law, and the Education and Care Services National Regulations (2011). Specific licensing requirements, including requirements for refresher training, should be obtained from the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) and/or relevant state/territory Work Health and Safety Regulatory Authority. *This course contains a core unit, HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting, which must be completed through an external RTO. Foundation Education has an agreement in place with Red Cross Australia (RTOID 3605) which allows students to receive training for this unit at a reduced price. Red Cross Australia is a third party training provider who conduct training and assessment services on behalf of Foundation Education. Please note that the cost of this external training is not included in any of your course fees. Upon completion, you will need to submit a copy of your first aid certificate in order for us to process a Credit Transfer against this unit on your student record. If you have chosen your own third party provider, you must submit a certified copy of your certificate. If you have undertaken training with Red Cross Australia, you must forward Foundation Education the email you receive which contains the electronic copy of your certificate.

It is strongly recommended that individuals completing this qualification possess sufficient vocational experience.

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Recognition of Prior Learning

Given that some students may already be able to demonstrate their competence in some units, a recognition of prior learning (RPL) assessment process may be available to students to recognise skills and knowledge that may have been gained through formal and informal training and/or learning, work experience and life experience.

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Flexible Online Study

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