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

On Campus Delivery

  • Next Intake:  6 February 2020 to 4 December  2021
  • Duration:  64 weeks, Full-time, Blended Program consists of:
    • Timetabled classes:  Tuesdays, 9am – 3pm
    • Canvas:  Online resources and assessment
    • Work placement: Fridays – In a Regulated education and care setting

Information Session, followed by a literacy and numeracy assessment:

Clarence Tuesday, 26 November 2019, 9.30am to 11.30am
Room D1.04, Theatrette, D Block, 4a Bounty Street, Warrane
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Clarence Tuesday, 26 November 2019, 1pm to 3 pm
Room D1.04, Theatrette, D Block, 4a Bounty Street, Warrane
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NORTH
Alanvale Campus

On Campus Delivery

  • Next Intake: 4 February 2020 to 4 December 2021
  • Duration:  64 weeks, Full-time, Blended Program consists of:
    • Timetabled classes:  Tuesdays, 9am – 3pm
    • Canvas:  Online resources and assessment
    • Work placement: In a Regulated education and care setting  (NB: Work placement days and the start and finish times may vary)

Information Sessions, followed by a literacy and numeracy assessment:

Alanvale Thursday, 28 November 2019, 10am to 12pm
Room C2.25/26, 54A Alanvale Road, Newnham
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Alanvale Thursday, 28 November 2019, 2pm to 4pm
Room C2.25/26, C Block, 54A Alanvale Road, Newnham
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NORTH WEST
Devonport and Burnie Campuses

On Campus Delivery

  • Next Intake:  4 February 2020 to 4 December 2021
  • Duration:  64 weeks, Full-time, Blended Program consists of:
    • Timetabled classes:  Mondays, 9am – 3pm
    • Canvas:  Online resources and assessment
    • Work placement: In a Regulated education and care setting (NB: Work placement days and the start and finish times may vary)

Information Sessions, followed by a literacy and numeracy assessment:

Burnie Wednesday, 27 November 2019, 10am to 12pm
Room C3.15, C Block, 41 Mooreville Road, Burnie
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Burnie Wednesday, 27 November 2019, 2pm to 4pm
Room C3.15, C Block, 41 Mooreville Road, Burnie
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Burnie Wednesday, 27 November 2019, 6pm to 8pm
Room C3.15, C Block, 41 Mooreville Road, Burnie
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Devonport Wednesday, 27 November 2019, 10am to 12pm
Room A2.18, A Block, 20 Valley Road, Devonport
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Devonport Wednesday, 27 November 2019, 2pm to 4pm
Room A2.18, A Block, 20 Valley Road, Devonport
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Devonport Wednesday, 27 November 2019, 6pm to 8pm
Room A2.18, A Block, 20 Valley Road, Devonport
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NB: dates and times may be subject to change

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 our Recognition of Prior Learning page.

Fees and Payments

For further fee and payment information visit our Fees and Payment page.

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 at our VET Student Loans page.

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.

Information, Literacy and Numeracy

Community and Children’s Services use an information and literacy and numeracy assessment process which aims to ensure that each person has sufficient information to make an informed course choice and starts at a level which is appropriate for them.

Students will need to attend and participate in both Information and literacy and numeracy sessions which involve the following:

  • Completion of the literacy and numeracy assessment pack. This is a requirement for entry into our courses and takes 30-60 minutes.
  • Support is available for candidates who require assistance. Please advise us prior to attending the session if you require support, so that support staff are aware and available to assist on the day.

A Letter of Offer will be sent via email to successful candidates within 5-10 days.

If we are unable to offer a place in the desired qualification, candidates will receive a letter via email outlining alternative options and courses.

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 at our Student Support Services page.

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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