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Support the wellbeing, learning and development of children with this industry-flagship course. A Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care will teach you about the social, emotional, intellectual, educational and physical needs of children younger than five. You will learn to understand and support children, keeping them safe and well looked after in your care.
Prepare yourself for higher-level roles in the Early Childhood Education sector where you supervise other staff and volunteers. You’ll plan and implement educational programs in accordance with current legislation and requirements while watching children blossom into socially intelligent beings.
Once you’ve completed this qualification, you’ll be ready to work as an Assistant Educator or in supervisory roles in daycare, childcare centres and occasional care providers. Gain the skills to work within this thriving and rewarding industry, and set yourself apart with real-world skills and knowledge.
This course is delivered with a combination of online and on campus workshops.
On campus Bairnsdale and Yallourn: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 9.00am–3.00pm.
Flexible Morwell and Bairnsdale: Monthly workshops Saturdays 9.30am–3.00pm
Training is undertaken in the workplace, teachers will meet with students on a regular basis both face to face and via phone to support them in their training. Visits undertaken in the workplace and meetings with Supervisors of flexi students to discuss their progress and completion of course work.
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.
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.
Flexible study mode
- Students must be working in the industry at a regulated education and care service to enrol in this course, they will also need to have completed a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.
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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PlacementDuring the course the students will complete 3 blocks of placement, 2 in their first year and a final placement at the end of semester one 2021. The total hours completed are 315 hours.
Placement is arranged by: Institute
Flexible study mode 300 hours of work placement to be completed in the workplace.
Placement is arranged by: Student
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|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|
|CHCECE016 Establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment for children|
|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 service|
|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|
|BSBLED401 Develop teams and individuals|
|CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people|
|CHCECE011 Provide experiences to support children's play and learning|
|CHCECE013 Use information about children to inform practice|
|CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice|
Assessment is based on a combination of written tests/exams, written assignments and projects, practical demonstrations/observations and workplace assessment during practical placement.