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Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

  • National Course Code: CHC50113
  • TAFE NSW code: CHC50113-01V04-20ARM-026

Location – Armidale

Study Type

PT Evening

Course Start Date

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Study Commitment

31.6 Hours per week

Duration

36 Weeks

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Traineeship Allowed
  • This training is subsidised by the NSW Government
  • VET Student Loans Available

Course Details

Gain the skills to operate as an educational leader, supervisor, or manager in childcare with the nationally accredited Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care. Learn to lead the practical application of the National Quality Framework and mentor and support other educators.

LEARN NEW SKILLS

Through on the job experience and theoretical course work, you will:

  • Develop your educational leadership skills
  • Enable your team to provide outstanding care and education of children
  • Design programs that nurture creativity in children
  • Work collaboratively with families and communities

DEVELOP YOUR TALENT

Develop the personal qualities to get ahead in this field:

  • Professionalism
  • Leadership skills
  • Communication and interpersonal skills

ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS

Completing this course will provide you with:

  • A national qualification as an industry recognised early childhood leader
  • Confidence and ability to progress your leadership career

Our graduates go on to roles such as:

  • Early childhood educator
  • Lead educator
  • Early childhood supervisor
  • Early childhood manager

GROW YOUR CAREER

Take your career to the next level with a university degree:

  • Bachelor of Education Early Childhood with TAFE NSW

Broaden your skills and opportunities with a study pathway:

  • Certificate IV and Diploma of School Age Care
  • Certificate III and IV in Education Support

INDUSTRY DEMAND

The number of children in long day care is growing along with the Governments commitment to invest more than $40 billion into childcare support to 2021. As such, university qualified workers are experiencing high demand that continues to rise. This course provides a direct pathway into the bachelor degree.

When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledge and skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

TAFE NSW offers the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care as either a traineeship or non-traineeship, so you can create the career you want.

Non-traineeship

There are no entry requirements for non-trainees. You can enrol/enquire in this course now.

Traineeship

To be eligible for this course you must:

  • Be employed in the care industry as this course is delivered in the workplace
  • Have a signed traineeship contract

Thinking about a traineeship? Enquire today.

COURSE SUCCESS REQUIREMENTS

During your study, you will need to meet specific requirements that are necessary for you to complete your course work and be successful.

You will need to meet the following success requirements to be able to undertake work placement within industry. Your teacher will let you know when you need to provide evidence of:

  • Working with Children Check (WWCC)
  • Vaccination and health screenings
  • Any additional evidence your work placement provider requires

WORK PLACEMENT

Work placement provides you with opportunities to practise responding to situations and circumstances that cannot be replicated in a learning or simulated environment. Work placement strengthens your training and supports continued learning and assessment in the workplace.

During your course, you will undertake a mandatory 240 hours of work placement with a suitable industry employer.

TAFE Digital students: You are responsible for arranging your own work placement. Our SkillsTeam can offer support and guidance to assist you.

Campus-based students: TAFE NSW will arrange your work placement with a suitable industry employer.

Work placement generally only begins once you have had significant contact with your teacher and they are satisfied that you are ready to benefit from on-the-job industry learning.

IS THIS COURSE RIGHT FOR YOU?

To be prepared for this course, it is recommended that you have:

  • A sound ability to read, write and speak English at Year 10 high school level
  • A basic ability to apply numeracy
  • A strong sense of professionalism and integrity
  • A strong work ethic
  • Leadership skills and a desire to mentor others
  • Patience and dedication to work staff and children
  • A passion to advocate for early childhood education

Physical ability

You must also have a reasonable level of fitness and flexibility to carry out:

  • Manual lifting
  • First aid responses including performing CPR while kneeling on the floor

Certain aspects of assessment rely on your physical ability to perform two minutes of uninterrupted CPR on an adult and infant manikin at floor level, and respond to an emergency situation where there may be risk to life.

If you are unable to meet the physical requirements, you will not be able to successfully complete this course.

If you need help preparing for study, contact us about your options.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

With 130 locations across the state, TAFE NSW tailors qualifications to meet the needs of the local community and specific student groups (like apprentices, fast-tracked and online students). To make sure this course is the right fit for you, we will need you to demonstrate that you can meet the additional requirements below.

To be enrolled in this course, you need to be able to provide evidence that you have:

  • Complete a Working with Children Check-Anyone engaging in child-related work (including student placements and volunteers) MUST have a current Working with Children Check (students/volunteers free).
  • Be physically fit to undertake tasks associated with the work placement (such as manual lifting)
  • Be physically fit to undertake first aid responses including performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) while kneeling on the floor
  • Follow TAFE NSW policy and procedures, adhering to NSW law when enrolling students under the age of 17- https://www.tafensw.edu.au/study/pathways/school-to-tafe. Students under 18 years of age will require signed consent from their parents or guardians for certain course written agreements
  • First Aid-complete HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting which will include a mandatory eight-hour face-to-face session

Prior to the commencement of the course to help determine the support needs of each individual learner. The LLN tool is not a full ACSF assessment. It is only an indicator tool to help identify general strengths and skills gaps in learners.
Identified learners who may have difficulties with the literacy and numeracy requirements of the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care course, there are a number of options:

  1. Enrolment in literacy and/or numeracy units of competency from the Foundation Skills Training Package.
  2. One-sixth rule: adding literacy and/or numeracy units to the VET qualification.

To successfully complete this course, you will need to:

  • Attend TAFE on your designated course days
  • Actively participate in all course instruction and activities
  • Attend the designated group play sessions
  • Submit all assessments by the due dates and be assessed as competent
  • Undertake and complete 120 hrs of work placement

INFORMATION SESSIONS

There are no information sessions currently scheduled for this course

STUDY COMMITMENT

This is a blended part time evening course. You will need to attend approximately 10.8 hours of class, over 3 days a week, for 1 year. As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 20.8 hours of other study per week.

You may also be required to complete approximately 2.8 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including reviewing class work, reading, study notes and personal thoughts/reflections.

IS THIS COURSE RIGHT FOR YOU?

This qualification reflects the role of workers in a range of early childhood education settings who work within the requirements of the Education and Care Services National Regulations and the National Quality Standard. They support the implementation of an approved learning framework, and support children?s wellbeing, learning and development. Depending on the setting, educators may work under direct supervision or autonomously.

To achieve this qualification, the candidate must have completed at least 240 hours of work as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of the units of competency.

SERVICES AND STUDY SUPPORT

There are additional learning and study tools available for this course, including:

  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Student Support and Services
  • Accessibility and Disability Services
  • Personal Counselling
  • Vocational Counselling
  • Learning Support
  • International Student Support
  • Scholarships
  • Multicultural Support

Detailed current information on these Support Services are made available to staff and students at TAFE NSW Student Services. Additionally, every student is supported by a dedicated Student Services team at each campus location.

We offer student services and study support to ensure you can achieve your goals. Learn about TAFE NSW Student Services

As a TAFE NSW student in this course, you will have access to:

  • LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com)
  • Smarthinking - after hours online study support service
  • Easy computing online short courses
  • Access to local TAFE libraries
  • Accessibility and Disability Support Services
  • Access to Read&Write learning support software at TAFE and at home

To keep you safe while studying, some of our face to face classes may be replaced with online or connected learning. We have also modified our face to face classes to meet physical distancing requirements and increased cleaning on campus. As restrictions ease, the way you attend your class may change again. If work placement and the demonstration of practical skills are requirements of your course, due to the impacts of COVID 19 there may be a delay or modification in being able to undertake these aspects of your course in the planned timeframe. Be assured, we'll keep you informed every step of the way.

This course is currently scheduled on Tuesday and Wednesday from 5.30pm to 8.30pm and Friday from 9.00am to 3.30pm. This timetable may change and will be confirmed by your teacher.

SMART AND SKILLED FEES

This course is government-subsidised, meaning you pay a portion of the full course fee to TAFE NSW and the NSW Government will pay the balance. However, you must meet certain eligibility criteria for this to apply.

Depending on your previous qualifications and experience, your fee may be less than the maximum fee quoted. Your actual fee and eligibility for concession/exemption will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process.

For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit Are You Eligible?

PAYMENT OPTIONS AND ASSISTANCE

This course is approved for a Commonwealth VET Student Loan (VSL). If you meet the VSL eligibility and academic suitability requirements, you are able to apply to the Commonwealth for a loan to cover all or part of your course fee. We will ask you whether you would like to apply for a VET Student Loan when you enrol and advise you of the process.

To complete your VET Student Loan application, you will need to provide:

  • Your Tax File Number (TFN). If you dont have a TFN, click here for information on how to apply for one. You can complete your loan application with a Certificate of Application for a TFN, but must provide your TFN as soon as it is issued. If you dont provide your TFN before your first census day, you will need to pay the tuition fees for that unit of study.
  • Your Commonwealth Higher Education Student Support Number (CHESSN) ). If you have previously accessed a loan via the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP), either at TAFE or university, you will already have a CHESSN. You must use the same CHESSN whenever you access a student loan. If you dont have CHESSN, we will allocate one on your behalf.
To be eligible for a VET Student Loan, you will need to be assessed as academically suitable to undertake high level VET study. You will need to provide:
  • A copy of your Australian Year 12 Certificate; OR
  • A copy of a certificate showing that you have been awarded a qualification at level 4 or above in the Australian Qualifications Framework (where the language of instruction was English). If you previously completed a Certificate IV or higher qualification at TAFE NSW, just let us know where and when you studied in your application; OR
  • Display competence at Exit Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework in both reading and numeracy through an approved Language, Literacy and Numeracy test. We will let you know if this is required once you apply.
If you intend to apply for a VET Student Loan, its important you know your student obligations.

Find out more about VET Student Loans

Direct payment by Unit of Study instalments is available for this course.

The Units of Study and associated fees for this course are detailed above. Fees are charged on the census day for each Unit of Study. To secure a loan for part or all of your course, you must be eligible and submit a valid application to the Commonwealth for a VET Student Loan. You may withdraw prior to the census date without incurring a fee.

READ BEFORE YOU ENROL

Learn about TAFE NSW Fees

Learn about TAFE NSW Payment/Funding

RECOGNITION

Recognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce your course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.

Learn about Recognition at TAFE NSW Recognition

Enrolments for this course have now closed.

Enquire now and we will contact you when enrolments open. Visit our Online Courses to view our range of study options that you can start anytime.

Core Units
Number Title
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-UNGRADED Foster the holistic development and wellbeing of the child in early childhood
CHCECE018-UNGRADED Nurture creativity in children
CHCECE019 Facilitate compliance in an education and care service
CHCECE020 Establish and implement plans for developing cooperative behaviour
CHCECE021-UNGRADED Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children
CHCECE022-UNGRADED Promote children's agency
CHCECE023-UNGRADED Analyse information to inform learning
CHCECE024-UNGRADED 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
Number Title
CHCECE010 Support the holistic development of children in early childhood
CHCECE011 Provide experiences to support children's play and learning
CHCECE013 Use information about children to inform practice
CHCMGT003 Lead the work team
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice

Note: Not all elective units listed may be available to study, please enquire for more information.

Whether you're a school leaver, an aspiring apprentice, looking to kickstart a career, or you're upskilling, reskilling, or re-training, there's a TAFE NSW course to give you the skills you need for the job you want.

Course Location

Armidale
Beardy Street, Armidale
Phone 131 601

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