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Offering Info

Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

  • National Course Code: CHC50113
  • TAFE NSW code: CHC50113-01V04-21PMQ-222

Location – Port Macquarie (Advanced Entry)

Attendance

Variable

Delivery

Combination

Course Start Date

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Study Commitment

21 Hours per week

Duration

18 Months

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Traineeship Allowed
  • This training is fully government-subsidised under JobTrainer
  • VET Student Loans Available

Course Details

The nationally recognised Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care builds on your leadership skills so you can operate as an educational leader or manager in the childcare industry. Design educational programs that nurture creativity and establish a safe learning environment for all.

LEARN NEW SKILLS

Through a mix of theory and practical coursework, learn to:

  • Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children
  • Establish and maintain a healthy environment for children
  • Maintain work health and safety
  • Nurture creativity in children
  • Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate education and care for children

DEVELOP YOUR TALENT

Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • A passion for education and care
  • High levels of professionalism
  • High energy, commitment and dedication to your career
  • Well developed communication and interpersonal skills
  • A willingness to build leadership skills
  • Patience and adaptability

ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS

Completing this course provides you with:

  • A nationally accredited qualification at Diploma level
  • A strong pathway to continue your study and enhance your career opportunities

Career opportunities:

  • Early childhood educator
  • Lead educator
  • Early childhood director

GROW YOUR CAREER

Take your career further with the:

  • Bachelor of Early Childhood Education and Care (Birth-5) with TAFE NSW Degrees

This course is superseded. You can still enrol in this course, and you will be contacted if you need to transition into the next version when it is available.

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

There are no entry requirements for this qualification. You can enrol now.

Traineeship
TAFE NSW also offers the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care as a traineeship. To be eligible to enrol as a trainee you must:

  • Be employed in the regulated early childhood education and care service 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 to complete your coursework.

To be able to undertake work placement you need to meet other requirements. These will differ depending on your work placement. Your teacher will let you know when you need to provide evidence of:

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

LICENSING REQUIREMENTS

A valid Working with Children Check (WWWC) is necessary to obtain before entering the workforce.

WORK PLACEMENT

Work placement provides you with opportunities to respond to situations and circumstances that cannot be replicated in a learning or simulated environment.

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.

IS THIS COURSE RIGHT FOR YOU?

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

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 are:

  • For those students over the age of 18 - must provide Working With Children Check Number from the NSW Office of the Children's Guardian at the time of enrolment.
    You can apply online for your WWCC.Kids Guardian NSW or Service NSW http://www.kidsguardian.nsw.gov.au/child-safe-organisations/working-with-children-check. Student must have completed a Certificate III in Early Childhood & be employed in an early childhood service or volunteer at a regulated early childhood service.

To successfully complete this course, you will need:

  • To sucessfully complete each unit of competency. To complete the core unit HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid responce in an education and care setting, you must be able to perform basic life support skills. If you have a disability that would prevent you from performing the required basic life support skills you are advised that you will not be able to achive the unit of competency.

Compulsory workplace hours as part of the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care qualification of 240 hours can be undertaken at your place of employment or where you volunteer. These work placement hours can be undertaken in your work place pending approval. Students must therefore be either:

  • Employed in a relevant position in a regulated early childhood service
  • Undertake a work placement Students will arrange a work placement if not already employed in a regulated early childhood service or need an under 2 old year placement.

INFORMATION SESSIONS

There are no information sessions currently scheduled for this course

STUDY COMMITMENT

This is a flexible course for employed workers in a suitable role in an early childhood facility, accessing online resources and tutorial support via TEAMS or face to face on campus. Students are expected to complete 3 - 4 hours per week of directed self-paced learning which may include research, reading and assessment preparation, and to participate in a minimum of 240 hours of work placement at your place of employment in a regulated early childhood service or volunteer at a regulated early childhood service. It is recommended that students access tutorial sessions either online or at campus, timetable will be made available by Course Coordinator. Students can access Tutorial support at Port Macqaurie campus during term times.


IS THIS COURSE RIGHT FOR YOU?

This course offering is designed for people who:

  • are employed either in part time or full time basis within an early childhood service or have regular work or volunteer at a regulated early childhood service. Students may enter this qualification after completing a CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care that will give them auto credits into this qualification. They need to be able to undertake self-directed learning outside the classroom. Studentss who are comfortable with a combination of classroom delivery and on the job learning within the workplace, and 1:1 onsite teaching visits/online tutorial support for assessment purposes. Such students would be comfortable with the use of technology.

SERVICES AND STUDY SUPPORT

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

The way you learn may change during your enrolment to ensure the best learning experience or to keep you safe as COVID-19 restrictions change, and some of our face to face classes may change to online or virtual classroom learning. Also, to ensure that we keep you safe while studying, we may modify our face to face classes to meet physical distancing requirements and increased cleaning on campus. If work placement and the demonstration of practical skills are requirements of your course, there may be a modification or delay in the planned timeframe due to COVID-19 impacts. Be assured, we'll keep you informed every step of the way.

Students can access Tutorial support at Port Macqaurie campus during term times.

This is a fully government-subsidised JobTrainer course. Eligibility criteria applies.

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.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

You will need to provide for yourself the following resources which you will keep when you complete your study:

  • Student will require to pay $25 for the HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting text book.

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

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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
CHCECE026 Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate education and care for children
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
HLTWHS003 Maintain work health and safety
CHCECE018-UNGRADED Nurture creativity in children
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
CHCECE004 Promote and provide healthy food and drinks
CHCECE022-UNGRADED Promote children's agency
CHCECE023-UNGRADED Analyse information to inform learning
HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting
CHCECE005 Provide care for babies and toddlers
CHCECE003 Provide care for children
CHCECE009 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
CHCECE024-UNGRADED Design and implement the curriculum to foster children's learning and development
CHCECE001 Develop cultural competence
CHCECE007 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children
CHCECE025 Embed sustainable practices in service operations
CHCECE002 Ensure the health and safety of children
CHCECE020 Establish and implement plans for developing cooperative behaviour
CHCECE016 Establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment for children
CHCECE019 Facilitate compliance in an education and care service
CHCECE017-UNGRADED Foster the holistic development and wellbeing of the child in early childhood
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
CHCECE021-UNGRADED Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children
Elective Units
Number Title
CHCECE011 Provide experiences to support children's play and learning
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice
CHCECE010 Support the holistic development of children in early childhood
CHCECE013 Use information about children to inform practice
CHCMGT003 Lead the work team

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

Port Macquarie
70 Widderson Street, Port Macquarie
Phone 131 601

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