Children's Services

CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

This qualification is part of the Community Services Training Package.   It reflects the role of an educator in an early childhood education and care setting. As an educator you will work within the requirements of the Education and Care Services National Regulations and the National Quality Standard.   Educators implement the approved learning framework, and support children’s wellbeing, learning and the children’s overall development. Depending on the setting, educators may work under direct supervision or autonomously.

This qualification is for educators who will provide care for children from birth to 5 years of age in an Early Childhood Education and Care setting whether that is as a Family Day Care Educator or in a Long Day Care Centre.   This qualification covers educators who are responsible for developing and evaluating the program.  Educators at this level have responsibility for the supervision of other staff and volunteers.

Entry Requirements:

  • It is mandatory all students aged over 18 years are to obtain a Working with Vulnerable People Check to be cleared to work in an Early Childhood Education and Care setting.
  • Participate in an information and suitability processes which aims to ensure that each person has sufficient information to make an informed choice and starts at a level that is right for them for their literacy and numeracy level.

Career Opportunities

Students who complete the CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care will gain employment as an Educator in a regulated Early Childhood Education and Care setting.   Your employment as an educator may be in a long day care, outside school hours care, family day care, in home care.   The qualification also enables you to work as a private nanny.

Study Pathways

Students who successfully complete the CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care may apply for further studies Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) at UTAS.

Location, dates and times

SOUTH 
Clarence Campus

  • Next Intake:  10 February 2020 – 4 December 2021
  • Duration:  38 weeks full-time, 1 day per week and 2 day work placement, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday – 9am to 3.30pm
    (NB: Work placement days and the start and finish times may vary)
  • Information Session:  Wednesday, 27 November 2019, 10am OR 2pm  (Please allow 2 hours for this session)
    • Venue:  C1.03/04, C Block, Clarence Campus, 4a Bounty Street, Warrane
  • Contact us on 1300 655 307 to register your interest

NORTH
Alanvale Campus

On Campus Delivery

  • Next Intake: 10 February 2020 to 4 December 2021
  • Duration:  38 weeks full-time, 1 day per week and 2 day work placement, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday – 9am to 3.30pm
    (NB: Work placement days and the start and finish times may vary)
  • Information Session:  Thursday, 28 November 2019, 10am OR 2pm  (Please allow 2 hours for this session)
    • Venue:  C Block, Alanvale Campus, 54a Alanvale Road, Newnham
  • Contact us on 1300 655 307 to register your interest

NORTH WEST
Devonport and Burnie Campuses

On Campus Delivery

  • Next Intake:  10 February 2020 to 4 December 2021
  • Duration:  38 weeks, full-time, 1 day per week and 2 day work placement, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday – 9am to 3.30pm
    (NB: Work placement days and the start and finish times may vary)
  • Information Session:  Wednesday, 27 November 2019, 10am OR 2pm  (Please allow 2 hours for this session)
    • Burnie Venue:  Room C3.15, C Block, Burnie Campus, Mooreville Road, Burnie, OR
    • Devonport Venue:  Room A2.18, A Block, Devonport Campus, 20 Valley Road, Devonport
  • Contact us on 1300 655 307 to register your interest

STATEWIDE

Trainees and Apprentices

  • Rolling Intake
  • Duration: 3 years part time from the commencement of the enrolment start date.

Self-Funded Educators

  • Rolling Intake
  • Duration:   3 years part time from the commencement of the enrolment start date.
  • An appointment will be negotiated for the information and suitability session
  • Contact us on 1300 655 307 to register your interest

Learning Options

On Campus Delivery – participation in timetabled workshops at TasTAFE and practical placement in an Early Childhood Education and Care setting.

  • Classroom/online/Work Placement (combination of classroom/online and work placement)

 

Trainees, Apprentices and Self-Funded Educators
As a trainee, apprentice or a self-funded educator in an Early Childhood Education and Care setting will be working on the job.

  • Workplace (On the job training and assessment)

Assessment Process

Assessments are designed to help you demonstrate your skills and knowledge. They allow us to confirm you can perform to the standard required in the workplace, to meet all of the requirements of the course.
Examples of assessments for this course may include;

  • Written questions
  • Scenarios
  • Performance Tasks
  • Observations checklist
  • Third Party Reports

Recognition of Prior Learning

It makes sense that you should be recognised for the things you already know how to do. TasTAFE can assess your skills and knowledge based on your previous education, work history or life experience. This may help you gain your qualification a whole lot faster.

For further details please refer to www.tastafe.tas.edu.au/future/recognition/

Fees and Payments

For fee and payment information relating to TasTAFE qualifications, please refer to www.tastafe.tas.edu.au/future/fees-and-payments/

Eligible Diploma and Advanced Diploma students who are unable to pay tuition fees up front are able to defer fees under the VET Student Loans scheme. Further details are available here https://www.tastafe.tas.edu.au/future/fees-and-payments/vetstudentloans/

What will I need to bring?

Students will need to provide the following:

  • Folder
  • Paper
  • Pens
  • USB

Are there any ‘other’ costs?

A TasTAFE polo top is required for work placements ($45) and a Working with Vulnerable People registration ($19).

Essential Requirements

There are no essential entry requirements for this course.

Work Placements, Licensing and Other Requirements

TasTAFE will arrange work placement for all students.   All students will participate in at least 120 hours of work placement in at least one regulated education and care environment. It is mandatory all students aged over 18 years are to obtain a Working with Vulnerable People Check to be cleared to work and/or participate in work placement in an Early Childhood Education and Care setting.

The units which require compulsory work placement in this qualification are:

  • CHCECE003 Provide Care for Children
  • CHCECE005 Provide Care for Babies and Toddlers
  • CHCECE017 Foster the holistic development of children in early childhood
  • CHCECE007 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children
  • CHCECE019 Facilitate compliance in an education and care services
  • CHCECE024 Design and implement the curriculum to foster children’s learning and development

On Campus and Flexible Delivery
These units have 240 hours of work placement attached to them. However, 240 hours of work placement for the qualification is the minimum requirement – units can be delivered concurrently.   Additional work placement is timetabled to ensure students have adequate time to complete the assessment requirements in the workplace and cover instances where they are unable to attend work placement hours.

Work placement in a regulated education and care setting is to ensure students meet the 240 hour requirement for:

  • CHCECE003 Provide care for children,
  • CHCECE005 Provide care for babies and toddlers
  • CHCECE017 Foster the holistic development of children in early childhood
  • CHCECE019 Facilitate compliance in an education and care services
  • CHCECE024 Design and implement the curriculum to foster children’s learning and development
  • CHCECE007 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children

Should a student complete less than the required 240 hours of work placement, a competent result cannot be awarded for the unit/s

Trainees, apprentices and self-funded working Educators
These units have 240 hours of work placement attached to them.   However, 240 hours of work placement for the qualification is the minimum requirement – units can be delivered concurrently.
Trainees, apprentice’s and self-funded students are working educators and working employees in a regulated education and care setting.

Work placement enables students to meet the 240 hour requirement for:

  • CHCECE003 Provide care for children,
  • CHCECE005 Provide care for babies and toddlers
  • CHCECE017 Foster the holistic development of children in early childhood
  • CHCECE019 Facilitate compliance in an education and care services and
  • CHCECE024 Design and implement the curriculum to foster children’s learning and development.

The work placement includes their paid working hours which contributes to their on the job learning.
Should a student complete less than the required 240 hours of work placement, a competent result cannot be awarded for the unit/s.

Desirable Skills and Attributes

The following skills and attributes will be useful to students studying this course:

  • Ability to move around quickly to respond to children’s needs and safety requirement.
  • Ability to remember observations and names and report with accuracy.
  • Ability to read, write and understand documents for example; reports, policies, procedures and observation records.
  • Ability to stand, lift, bend, twist and reach. (this may be for long periods of time).
  • Ability to deliver clear and audible verbal instructions.
  • Ability to listen to others and give full attention, taking time to understand and asking questions as appropriate (active listening).
  • Ability to model appropriate social and non-verbal behaviour.
  • Ability to be responsible for others’ health and safety.
  • Ability to perform basic mathematical functions for measuring medications, infant formula and chemicals.
  • Ability to demonstrate good interpersonal skills and communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently or as part of a team.
  • Ability to engage with children during indoor and outdoor play.
  • Ability to change nappies, and clean up bodily fluids.

Suitability

Community and Children’s Services use an information and suitability processes which aims to ensure that each student has sufficient information to make an informed choice about their study, and that they start their study at an appropriate level.

On campus students, flexible delivery students will need to participate in an information and suitability process that requires attendance at an Information and Suitability Session. This involves the following;

  • Completion of a suitability assessment booklet, that is a requirement for entry into our courses, which takes about 30-60 minutes; and
  • One-on-one interview with a teacher.

Support is available to help candidates who have literacy and/or numeracy difficulties. Please advise us prior to attending the session so that teaching staff are aware and able to assist on the day.

Within 21-28 days a Letter of Offer will be sent to successful candidates or a Letter of Offer to an alternative course, if unable to place into desired qualification.

Student Support

TasTAFE’s enrolment and orientation process provides information about our resources, services and support. Further details relating to Student Support Services are available here https://www.tastafe.tas.edu.au/current/student-support/

Outcome

CHC50113 – Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.
Students who wish to exit prior to completing their full qualification will be issued with a Statement of Attainment for partial completion of their qualification for the units they have achieved a (CP) competency or (RCP) Recognition of Current Competency result.

Qualification Requirements

To achieve a CHC50113 Diploma of Early childhood Education and Care, 28 units must be successfully completed. These include twenty three core units and five electives. Electives are selected based on industry and/or employer consultation.

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