If you’re looking for a rewarding career in early childhood education, then look no further. A Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care will give you the skills to support the wellbeing, learning and development of children younger than five.
You’ll learn about the social, emotional, intellectual, educational and physical needs of children, as well as how to understand and support children, keeping them safe and well looked after in your care.
This course will prepare you for higher-level roles in the Early Childhood Education sector where you supervise other staff and volunteers. You’ll learn how to plan and implement educational programs in accordance with current legislation and requirements, while watching children blossom into socially intelligent beings. What could be better?!
If this sounds like a lot, don’t worry, this course will fit into your life without disrupting your other commitments. Attending TAFE one day per week, placement one day per week and completing independent study online allows you so much flexibility.
Once you’ve completed this qualification, you’ll be ready to work as a Qualified Educator in an Early Childhood Service. This allows you to work in the industry you’re passionate about while you decide whether to take your career further.
Taking your career further could mean completing a Bachelor of Early Childhood, with a university provider, to move into the teaching sector. We will work with you to prepare for this step if it’s something you choose to do later on.
Studying this course with us will help you gain the skills to work within this thriving and rewarding industry, and set yourself apart with real-world experience and knowledge.
|ATTENTION: As much as we’d love to offer more, we can only offer one Free TAFE course per person. If you’ve already enrolled and commenced, or enrolled but didn’t complete a Free TAFE course at any Victorian TAFE in the past you will NOT be eligible for another and will need to pay tuition and materials fees when you enrol. Reach out to us if you think this is you.|
|Morwell: 03/09/2021||Friday 9:00am - 3:00pm|
|Warragul: 11/07/2022||Monday, Tuesday 9:00am - 3:00pm|
|Morwell: 12/07/2022||Tuesday, Friday 9:00am - 3:00pm|
Qualifications and RecognitionUpon successful completion of this course students will be eligible to receive the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.
- Early Childhood Educator in a long day care service
- Family Day care provider
- Early Childhood Director
Opportunities for Further Study
- Bachelor of Early Childhood
Mandatory entry requirements
Students must obtain a police check and working with children's check to be eligible to complete the placement hours required. Students must have access to a laptop with camera and microphone to be able to participate in the online Collaborate sessions that will be run throughout the course
Recommended entry requirements
Early Childhood services will not hire anyone under the age of 18. This information is relayed to prospective students during the enrolment process. Recommendation is that students should be a minimum 17 years of age to undertake the course.
Limitations to entry
Inherent requirements for Early Childhood
- Physical activities: The work is likely to require a certain amount of physical activity, such as:
- Standing - often for long periods of time
- Sitting - down at a child's level
- Bending - lifting and setting up play areas, changing nappies, making cots
- Walking - supervising children in both the indoor and outdoor environments
- Heavy lifting (>15kg) - sometimes lifting children or moving furniture
- Providing a child safe environment, (being able to move quickly if a child is in danger)
- Providing basic physical and emotional care for students (assisting with toileting and nappy changes/managing behaviour
- Supervision of indoor and outdoor environment
- Lifting of children, nappy changes etc.
- Set up and put away materials both indoor and outdoor where required
- Standing for long periods of time, being able to get down to a child’s level and engage in activities which may be at a table or floor level
VET Student LoansVET Student Loans are available to assist eligible students studying higher level vocational education and training (VET) qualifications to pay their tuition fees. Higher level VET qualifications are at those at a Diploma level and above. VET Student loans are capped at a maximum for each approved course of study and the amount of the loan cannot be greater than your remaining FEE-HELP balance. If eligible for a student loan, you can access up to $15,793 to help cover the tuition fees for this course. For more information about VET Student Loans and eligibility requirements, please click here.
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Specialist Course Information
PlacementDuring the course the students will complete placement one day per week, starting in term 4.
Placement is arranged by: Institute
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Material and Equipment supplied by students
Student ServicesSupport is available for students at every stage of the study journey. Please speak to any of our friendly reception or teaching staff.
Recognition of Prior LearningMany TAFE Gippsland courses offer Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Click to learn more about RPL and how it can benefit you.
|CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice|
|CHCECE013 Use information about children to inform practice|
|CHCECE011 Provide experiences to support children's play and learning|
|CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people|
|BSBLED401 Develop teams and individuals|
|HLTWHS003 Maintain work health and safety|
|HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting|
|CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk|
|CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically|
|CHCECE026 Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate education and care for children|
|CHCECE025 Embed sustainable practices in service operations|
|CHCECE024 Design and implement the curriculum to foster children's learning and development|
|CHCECE023 Analyse information to inform learning|
|CHCECE022 Promote children's agency|
|CHCECE021 Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children|
|CHCECE020 Establish and implement plans for developing cooperative behaviour|
|CHCECE019 Facilitate compliance in an education and care service|
|CHCECE018 Nurture creativity in children|
|CHCECE017 Foster the holistic development and wellbeing of the child in early childhood|
|CHCECE016 Establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment for children|
|CHCECE009 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice|
|CHCECE007 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children|
|CHCECE005 Provide care for babies and toddlers|
|CHCECE004 Promote and provide healthy food and drinks|
|CHCECE003 Provide care for children|
|CHCECE002 Ensure the health and safety of children|
|CHCECE001 Develop cultural competence|
|CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety|
Assessment is based on a combination of written assignments and projects, practical demonstrations/observations and workplace assessment during practical placement.