Take the lead in providing meaningful childhood care to babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers. Gain the practical knowledge to become an educational leader or manager in childcare and ensure children receive quality inclusive care in their early years.
Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:
Implement creative play strategies for the inclusion of all children
Design educational programs that nurture creativity and establish a safe learning environment for all
Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate education and care for children
Mentor other educators in the workplace
Implement child development theory in play activities and across practices in general
Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.
Exposure to the industry through 280 hours work placement with a suitable employer
Strong team mentoring skills and techniques
Knowledge to design programs that focus on nurturing creativity in children
A strong pathway to continue your study and enhance your career opportunities
This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol
This course is offered as a traineeship. Enquire today to check the eligibility requirements.
Successful completion of the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC30121) or
Successful completion of the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC30113)
Answer to the following apply question: Can you provide a transcript or certificate of your academic outcome of one of the above qualifications?
During your study you’ll need to provide your teacher with the following evidence:
A Working with Children Check (WWCC)
Vaccination and health screenings
Any additional evidence your work placement provider requires
To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:
Patience and enjoy working with children
Good organisational skills and the ability to multitask
The ability to keep calm in stressful situations
Adequate fitness and mobility to deliver First Aid, like performing CPR while kneeling on the floor
Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) at a Year 12 high school level
TAFE NSW may ask you to complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skills test. This skills test helps us to understand your individual study needs, to design an individualised plan that supports your study success and ensures your LLN skills match the demands of the course.
TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.
Our graduates go onto roles like:
Child Care Workers provide care and supervision for children in programs, such as long day care and occasional care, in childcare centres, hospitals and educational centres.
Other jobs include: Early childhood educator, Lead educator, Early childhood director and Nominated supervisor
Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:
Begin here to gain experience and confidence in this study area.
Advance your skills to take your career to the next level
The Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care does not have any post-graduate courses.
Strengthen your expertise and gain specialist skills to expand your employability.
The Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care does not have any related courses.
At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.
Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 15 , including 12 core and 3 speciality units.
Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.
TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.
TAFE NSW Disability Support Service
TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support
TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)
TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service
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