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 center. 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.

Career Opportunities

This course may lead to the following career opportunities:

  • An educator in a long day care, outside school hours care, family day care, or in home care setting.
  • 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:  12 February 2019 – December 2019
  • Duration: 3 days per week and 1 day work placement, 37 weeks – full-time, Tuesday class – 9am to 3pm 2 days on-line based self-directed learning
  • This program will combine on campus and online learning. Applicants do not need to be employed in the sector to apply.

Rolling Intake

  • Students who are employed in the industry can commence at any time of the year
  • Contact us on 1300 655 307 to register your interest

NORTH
Alanvale Campus

On Campus Delivery   

  • Next Intake:  12 February 2019 – 7 December 2019
  • Duration: 1 day per week and 2 days work placement, 37 weeks – full-time, Tuesday class – 9am to 4pm Wednesday and Thursday 8.30am -5pm work placement

Flexible Delivery

  • Next Intake:  15 February 2019 – 7 December 2019
  • Duration: 2 days a week 1 day work placement, 37 weeks – full-time

Rolling Intake

  • Students who are employed in the industry can commence at any time of the year
  • Contact us on 1300 655 307 to register your interest

To be eligible for Flexible delivery you need to:

  • Reside in the Northern region
  • Be able to undertake practical placement (to be negotiated)

NORTH WEST
Devonport and Burnie Campuses

On Campus Delivery   

  • Next Intake:  12 February 2019 – 7 December 2019
  • Duration: 3 days a week 1 day work placement, 37 weeks – full-time

Flexible Delivery

  • Next Intake:  15 February 2019 – 7 December 2019
  • Duration: 2 days a week online and 1 day work placement, 37 weeks – full-time

Rolling Intake

  • Students who are employed in the industry can commence at any time of the year
  • Contact us on 1300 655 307 to register your interest

Information Sessions:

  • Wednesday, 23 January 2019, 10am OR 2pm OR 6pm
    • 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
  • Please allow approximately 1/2 hour to hear about the course.  You will have an opportunity to ask any questions at the session.  You will then be invited to stay and sit the application.
  • Contact us on 1300 655 307 to register your interest

Application Sessions:

  • Wednesday, 23 January 2019 –  10.30am OR 2.30pm OR 6.30pm
    • 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
  • This will take approximately 1/2 hour to 45 minutes to complete.  Please bring Resume, copies of transcripts and a pen.

STATEWIDE
Trainees and Apprentices

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

Attendance Options

  • Full time (Full time course are a minimum of 12 hours per week)
  • Part time

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)

Flexible Delivery – As an off campus student through the TasTAFE online learning platform, workshops, and individual learning support meetings with a teacher and a work placement in an early childhood education and care environment.

Online/Workshops/Work placement (study units can be completed online but there is a practical work placement required.)

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 evidence portfolio
  • 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
  • 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.
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 are 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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