Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care

Course Code

CHC50113

Duration

1 year - 2 years

About the Qualification

This qualification reflects the role of early childhood educators who are responsible for designing and implementing curriculum in early childhood education and care services. In doing so they work to implement an approved learning framework within the requirements of the Education and Care Services National Regulations and the National Quality Standard.

They may have responsibility for supervision of volunteers or other staff.

Under the Education and Care Services National Law (2011) the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) publishes lists of approved early childhood education and care qualifications and information regarding regulatory requirements here: www.acecqa.gov.au. For more information regarding specific subjects with this training course contact us at info@auschs.edu.au.


Prerequisites

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification.

However, a pre-enrolment process to establish suitability to undertake the course and to determine support requirements will be conducted, which will include a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) assessment.

You will need to be reasonably physically fit as the role may involve a variety of tasks that require a reasonable amount of physical activity, such as personal care of children, lifting, cleaning and other physically demanding activities.

NSW MINISTRY OF HEALTH WORK PLACEMENT REQUIREMENTS AND ADVICE

National Criminal Record Check

Before you undertake clinical work placement in a NSW Health facility you will be required to undertake a Criminal Record Check (CRC) to obtain a National Police Certificate, either through a state or territory police service or through the Australian Federal Police. If you have any criminal records, you will be subject to a risk assessment and must obtain an authority to undertake clinical placements from the NSW Ministry of Health, Corporate Governance and Risk Management Branch. You will only be exempt from undertaking a CRC if you are under 18 years of age at the commencement of your course.

COMMUNITY AND CHILDREN’S SERVICES WORK PLACEMENT REQUIREMENTS AND ADVICE

NSW Working with Children Check

Depending on the organisation’s work placement policy and procedures, you may also be required to complete a NSW Working with Children Check.

For more information visit the NSW Commission for Children and Young People website at: http://www.kids.nsw.gov.au.


Course Duration

Course Duration - 1 year - 2 years

Typically this training course takes between 1 to 2 years to complete, based on your own personal circumstances as well as the mode of study you choose. ( it also depends whether you complete this course on a Part-Time or Full-Time Basis)

If you hold the CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, you can complete this course in 1 year instead of 1.5 years.

If you are averaging 15 hours per week in paid employment in a children’s service area, you are eligible to undertake the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care in a Flexible Delivery or Traineeship (Fee for Service) study mode

By way of example, if you were to do this training course online and continually commit time to complete the projects and assignments each week chances are you’ll complete the course well ahead of the time.


Qualification Level

Diploma

Career Opportunities

  • Children Service’s Coordinator
  • Children’s Service’s Director/Manager
  • Centre Manager (ECEC)
  • Child Development Worker
  • Authorised Supervisor
  • Early Childhood Educator
  • Children’s Advisor
  • Educational Leader (ECEC)
  • Group/Team Coordinator/Leader

Study Mode


Assessment

Assessment Methods


A variety of assessment methods are available and can be used to assess a unit of competency, these could include:

  • Questioning Checklist- Theory/questioning assessments are delivered in the classroom environment during the assessment visit, in the form of short questions and answers and/or Multiple choice, these are to be completed by the Student.
  • Projects- these are issued to the student on completion of the training session. The Student may be asked to gather a Portfolio of documents or evidence from the workplace; or, research a topic or area of study prior to the Assessment visit. If the task asked the student to demonstrate to the Assessor a topic or area of study, this will be conducted during the assessment session.
  • Practical Demonstrations- these are to be conducted by the Trainer/Assessor through observing the student completes the required tasks consistently and continuously in the various workplace relevant situations.
  • Workplace Supervisor Report- this report is to be completed by the workplace supervisor, its purpose is to verify that the Student can demonstrate a particular skill or applies relevant knowledge consistently and continuously in various situations. This is used as supplementary evidence.

The format for delivery of the assessment

At the Assessment session, the Assessor will:

  • Meet with the student at the workplace and review, discuss and mark the completed Projects. Any areas that were not satisfactorily completed will be reviewed, and the student will be asked to repeat that section until it is satisfactorily completed. The Trainer/Assessor is to record these details on the Assessment Summary sheet.
  • Have the Student complete the Questioning Checklist
  • Have the Student complete the Practical Demonstrations in the presence of the Assessor.
  • Complete and confirm the Workplace Supervisor Report with Supervisor
  • Confirm details of next training session including time, date and attendees
  • Completion of the Assessment requires the Trainer/Assessor to:
  • Ensure the Assessment Kit has been marked
  • Complete the Assessment Summary
  • Ensure the Assessment decision and all feedback has been reviewed with the Student and the Workplace Supervisor
  • Obtain signatures of all parties
  • Update the training plan with supervisors and introduce the new Unit(s) of the next session
  • Ensure all paperwork is completed for return to the RTO’s administration office.

At the end of the theory/training session:

  • The assessment kit is issued to the student:
  • The Student may be asked by the Trainer or Assessor to complete certain projects in the time interval between the issuance and the next scheduled contact.
  • Issue the Workplace Supervisor Report (if applicable for workplace training) to the workplace supervisor, asking them to complete the document before the next scheduled visit

 


Reconigition of Prior Learning(RPL)

Recognition is available (on application) to students with prior skills, experience, knowledge or qualifications obtained from formal studies or training, in a related area. Recognition may reduce the duration of your studies.

RPL is available for each Unit of Competency-based on relevant workplace experience, formal training, or other expertise.

RPL is conducted through assessment only pathway

To apply for RPL, please contact info@auschs.edu.au to gain further information.


Simulated Work Environment

If a simulated work environment is required, it will be achieved by using suitable facilities, equipment and resources including individualised plans and equipment outlined in the plan, modelling of industry operating conditions, including presence of problem-solving activities and organisational policies, procedures and protocols.


Work Placement

you will either need to be employed in an approved Regulated Education and Care Service, or be prepared to undertake 240 hours of Vocational Placement. Please note this course has a practical component which you will need to complete in a Licensed Early Childhood Education and Care setting. Stage 1 will be two separate lots of 60hrs work placement and Stage 2 will be one 120hr placement.

There are a number of statutory checks required by workplaces, such as a Working with Children Check. These may vary by state. In addition, individual workplaces may impose additional requirements on students undertaking work placement. You will be responsible for the costs of any such checks or requirements. Please contact us to know details on the individual statutory requirements for your state or territory.

You will also need to complete a First Aid Certificate to demonstrate competency for HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting at your own cost prior to undertaking your work placement.

Physical requirements

You will need to be reasonably physically fit as the role may involve a variety of tasks that require a reasonable amount of physical activity, such as personal care of children, lifting, cleaning and other physically demanding activities.

NSW MINISTRY OF HEALTH WORK PLACEMENT REQUIREMENTS AND ADVICE

NATIONAL CRIMINAL RECORD CHECK

Before you undertake clinical work placement in a NSW Health facility you will be required to undertake a Criminal Record Check (CRC) to obtain a National Police Certificate, either through a state or territory police service or through the Australian Federal Police. If you have any criminal records, you will be subject to a risk assessment and must obtain an authority to undertake clinical placements from the NSW Ministry of Health, Corporate Governance and Risk Management Branch. You will only be exempt from undertaking a CRC if you are under 18 years of age at the commencement of your course.

COMMUNITY AND CHILDREN’S SERVICES WORK PLACEMENT REQUIREMENTS AND ADVICE

NSW WORKING WITH CHILDREN CHECK

Depending on the organisation’s work placement policy and procedures, you may also be required to complete a NSW Working with Children Check.

For more information visit the NSW Commission for Children and Young People website at: http://www.kids.nsw.gov.au.

Hours breakdown:

60 hours – Birth-2 years – Babies
60 hours – 2-3 years – Toddlers
60 hours – 3-5 years – Preschool
30 hours – must include a child with additional needs (any age group)
30 hours – service management

Please note: Where you are employed in an education and care service that has the required ages/groups, these hours can be completed within your workplace. Where all required ages/groups are not available in your workplace these hours must be completed as a practicum.

Certain units have work placement hours that are required to be completed before the unit is deemed competent. We can provide further information on this.


Education and Support Services

In accordance with the requirements of Standards for RTOs 2015, the following support is available to learners:

Language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) advice. The ACSF informs the identification and description of underpinning English language, literacy and numeracy features and requirements within competency standards. LLN requirements of participants will be assessed using LLN assessment form completed upon enrolment. LLN needs of Learners will be taken into consideration in the delivery and assessment of this qualification.

The following processes will be applied for students

  • Learning and assessment materials are written in plain English.
  • Delivery modes are negotiated to meet the needs of a diverse range of learners.
  • Entry to courses is in accordance with equal opportunity legislation, anti-discrimination legislation.

Support strategies include:

  • Identifying requirements (such as literacy, numeracy, English language or physical capabilities) learners would need to complete each course and if necessary, referring them to specialist services prior to enrolling in the course.
  • Developing strategies to make support available where gaps are identified.
  • Assistive technology
  • Additional tutorials

Reasonable Adjustment

Reasonable adjustment is the process of adjusting our intended methods of learning and assessment to accommodate the unique requirements of our clients yet remaining within the constraints of the training package whilst still applying the principles of assessment.

The following processes will be applied for students

  • Learning and assessment materials are written in plain English.
  • Delivery methods are negotiated to meet the needs of a diverse range of learners.
  • Entry to courses is in accordance with equal opportunity legislation, anti-discrimination legislation.

Reasonable Adjustment is a key strategy in achieving this outcome. Adjustments are made to the learning environment to ensure equal opportunity without imposing unjustifiable hardship on the Australian College of Higher Studies or compromising the integrity of the Qualification Standards.

Reasonable Adjustment should be catered for without compromising assessment conditions. For example, the Trainer/Assessor should withdraw from assessment to protect privacy, confidentiality and potentially company security concerns. In this instance, Reasonable Adjustment needs to be applied i.e. using a different form of Assessment or a simulated environment.

We are committed to assisting all of our clients where within our capacity to complete the course. To ensure we understand where we can assist we ask our students to self-identify any areas that we can assist them in. Our options and approach to English language literacy have been raised earlier.

Obviously, the trainer/assessor can make their own observations as to how they can modify our assessment process to meet the needs of our students. In the case of this course, possible areas of Reasonable Adjustment include: Shorter more frequent sessions for people with attention issues, the use of colour paper or tinted transparencies to assist those with dyslexia. In general, the student will know what form of reasonable adjustment suits their needs address these options with the student but ensure the needs of the Training Package are met, any requests for Reasonable Adjustment that cannot immediately be accommodated should be discussed with the CEO, and where we cannot accommodate the request, we will refer the Student onto a suitable organisation.

The RTO has incorporated a separate comment section for Reasonable Adjustments into each form of Assessment and in all of its assessment tools, or reasonable adjustments can be made as notes in the general comment sections.


Articulation


Course Units

Total number of units = 28

 

  • 23 core units
  • 5 elective units, of which:
  • at least 2 must be selected from the elective units listed below
    up to 3 units may be selected from any endorsed Training Packages or accredited courses relevant to the work outcome
    All electives chosen must support the overall integrity of the AQF level of this qualification and contribute to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome.

 

Elective units must be relevant to the work environment and the qualification, maintain the integrity of the AQF alignment and contribute to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome.

Core Units

CHCDIV002

Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety

CHCECE001 

Develop cultural competence

CHCECE002 

Ensure the health and safety of children

CHCECE003 

Provide care for children

CHCECE004 

Promote and provide healthy food and drinks

CHCECE005 

Provide care for babies and toddlers

CHCECE007 

Develop positive and respectful relationships with children

CHCECE009 

Use an approved learning framework to guide practice

CHCECE017  

Foster the holistic development and wellbeing of the child in early childhood

CHCECE018

Nurture creativity in children

CHCECE019

Facilitate compliance in an education and care services

CHCECE020

Establish and implement plans for developing cooperative behaviour

CHCECE021

Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children

CHCECE022

Promote children’s agency

CHCECE023

Analyse information to inform learning

CHCECE024

Design and implement the curriculum to foster children's learning and development

CHCECE025

Embed sustainable practices in service operations

CHCECE026

Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate education and care for children

CHCLEG001

Work legally and ethically

CHCPRT001

Identify and respond to children and young people at risk

HLTAID004  

Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting

HLTWHS003

Maintain work health and safety

Elective Units

CHCDIV001

Work with diverse people

CHCINM002

Meet community information needs

CHCMGT003

Lead the work team

BSBLED401

Develop teams and individuals

BSBMGT605

Provide leadership across the organisation


Course Fees

Fee for Service

$10000

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Enrolment Documents

Pre Enrolment Information Pack

Pre Enrolment Information Pack - PDF 936.09 KB

Diploma LLN Skills Assessment

Diploma LLN Skills Assessment - PDF 293.31 KB

Fee for Service Enrolment Form

Fee for Service Enrolment Form - PDF 768.51 KB

Student Handbook

Student Handbook - PDF 1.00 MB

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