If you are interested in beginning your career in childcare this course is for you. Or, if you are already working as an early childhood educator, this course will enable you to upskill your current qualifications. Gain advanced skills to enable you to assist in developing, implementing and evaluating programs for children in a sensitive, caring and ethical way. Learn how to supervise staff and volunteers and to work as a director or service manager. The course covers theory and practice, programming and management, work health and safety, first aid, professional practice, routines, development, and planning. As a graduate, you can work as a qualified childcare worker. Career opportunities may exist for childcare centre director and qualified, team-leader positions.
- Develop positive and respectful relationships with children and nurture creativity
- Establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment for children
- Foster the holistic development and wellbeing of the child in early childhood
- Facilitate compliance in an education and care service
- Establish and implement plans for developing cooperative behaviour
- Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children
- Design and implement the curriculum to foster children's learning and development
- Embed sustainable practices in service operations
- Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate education and care for children
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 Foster the holistic development and wellbeing of the child in early childhood
CHCECE018 Nurture creativity in children
CHCECE019 Facilitate compliance in an education and care service
CHCECE020 Establish and implement plans for developing cooperative behaviour
CHCECE021 Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children
CHCECE022 Promote children's agency
CHCECE023 Analyse information to inform learning
CHCECE024 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
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
CHCMGT003 Lead the work team
CHCECE006 Support behaviour of children and young people
BSBWOR301 Organise personal work priorities and development
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice
Additional selectable units may apply.
The method of assessment varies and can include (but is not limited to):
- Observation in the workplace or simulated environment
- Written tasks, including quizzes
- Research tasks, including projects
- Oral presentations
- Group work
By successfully completing this course you will receive a nationally recognised AQF qualification
Occupational titles in employment may include:
- Authorised supervisor (children’s services)
- Children’s services coordinator
- Centre manager (children’s services)
- Director (children’s services)
- Childhood educator
- Group/team coordinator/leader (children’s services)
- Children’s adviser
- Program leader (children’s services)
- Children’s service director / manager
- Child development worker
- Early childhood educator
- On-campus – The majority of teaching and assessment is conducted on-campus
- Workplace – Some/all teaching and assessment will be conducted at your workplace
- Traineeship – Teaching and assessment will be required to be conducted as part of a traineeship
- McKoy Street, Wodonga Vic (Main campus)
On-campus, full-time: 24 months. Workplace (full-time min 15 hours of work, plus monthly Wednesday evening workshops on campus from 6pm): 12 months or 18 months. Traineeship (workplace-based): 36 months
- On campus, full-time 24 months (Tuesdays & Thursdays from February 2021).
- Workplace, full-time 12 months (for existing workers in industry who currently hold CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, and who are employed in industry 15 hours per week in a registered early childhood service).
- Workplace, full-time 18 months (for existing workers in industry who have completed a certificate III qualification in early childhood studies other than CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, and who are employed in industry 15 hours per week in a registered early childhood service). This 18-month course is for existing workers who need to update their qualification to remain current in industry.
- Workplace (traineeship): Variable to tie in with your work commitments.
Prior to industry placement, students will be required to complete practical simulated tasks such as nappy changing, bottle preparation, settling a baby etc. at pre-schools and playgroup run by Wodonga TAFE. This is to provide students with hands-on practical implementation of skills before entering a workplace environment outside of TAFE. All students studying Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care must complete a minimum of 240 hours of practical placement. For successful completion of the course, 100% attendance is required at all rostered placements. The exact dates are arranged and timetabled into the program, but may change subject to venue availability. The specific aims of placement are:
- To apply knowledge and skills learned during your studies in the workplace;
- To become familiar with employers’ expectations;
- To increase your employment options and employability skills; and
- To broaden your understanding of the industry.
- Successful applicants for this course will be required to obtain a Working with Children’s Check for both Victoria and NSW and may be asked to apply for a National Police check prior to placement.
- Successful applicants for this course will be required to provide evidence of immunisation records (for placement).
- This Diploma incorporates the units of study from Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care which is the minimum educational requirement for entry into the industry. If you already hold the Certificate III you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning and have these units credited. Wodonga TAFE also recognises the earlier Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care and will offer the same recognition process or gap training depending on your individual circumstances.
- If you want to study as a part of a Traineeship to upskill your current qualifications you must be in paid employment in the Early Childhood Education and Care industry for a minimum of 15 hours per week.
- On receipt of your course application you will be emailed an ‘Application Requirement Questionnaire’ electronic form and you will be required to provide evidence of a Victorian Working With Children’s Check (WWCC).
- Once you submit an application for this course you will receive a separate email from LLN Robot to complete a Language, Literacy & Numeracy (LLN) test online. Please check your junk mail if this does not come to your inbox.
- Please allow one hour to complete the LLN Robot assessment. You will need to use a computer with speakers or headphones as there is an audio section in the assessment.
- Your LLN assessment will need to be completed one week after receiving it to progress your application to the next stage, or your application may be withdrawn due to inactivity.
- If you are unable to access the LLN Robot link please contact our Customer Experience team **as soon as possible**.
- Note: Completion of and passing the LLN assessment does not guarantee a place in the course at Wodonga TAFE. Numbers are limited and selected applicants will be contacted to attend an interview. If an applicant is not accepted into their preferred course they will be contacted and provided information on alternate pathways and/or courses.
From 1 January 2019, Free TAFE for Priority Courses is a Victorian Government program that will pay your tuition fees to study in this selected course at Wodonga TAFE, if you’re eligible, subject to minimum numbers.
Government Funded $8,051.50 (Tuition $7,852.00, Materials $199.50)
Fee For Service $10,014.50 (Tuition $9,815.00, Materials $199.50)
Fees Additional Information
The student tuition fees published are indicative only and can be subject to change given individual circumstances at the time of enrolment. Funding may be made available to eligible individuals by State and Commonwealth Governments. If funding is utilised, this may affect opportunities to access additional funding in the future. For more information see ‘Fee information and eligibility’ under the 'Apply Now' tab on the Wodonga TAFE website. VET Student Loans may be available to eligible individuals, visit https://www.education.gov.au/vet-student-loans to find out more, or view ‘VET Student Loans’ page on our website under the ‘Apply Now’ tab.
Materials Included In Fees
- Materials fees may apply for course enrolments.
How to apply
Apply via the ‘Apply online now’ button in this course information page. If the course is not available for online application, you can submit your enquiry via the online form below. Alternatively, please feel free to contact our friendly Customer Experience team on 1300 69 8233 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note: We reserve the right to close course intakes early. Many courses have limited places and high demand. Early applications are recommended. We reserve the right to cancel intakes and courses if there are insufficient student numbers.
Government regulations stipulate that all child care workers required at least a Certificate III qualification, while half of all staff in long day care centres and preschools needed at least a diploma in early childhood education. This qualification covers workers in children's services who are responsible for planning, implementing and managing programs in early childhood services, in accordance with licensing, accreditation and duty of care requirements. At this level: Workers have responsibility for supervision of other staff and volunteers. In most states it is the highest qualification required at director or service manager level for children's service centre-based care. It is noted that whilst this qualification equips workers to work with children from 0-5 years of age, some workplaces and jurisdictions require workers to have skills and knowledge to work with children in both early and middle childhood (i.e. aged 0-12 years). Where workers are required to work across the span of development from 0-12 years, candidates should receive training and/or assessment across this broader span of development and in addition to the qualification, be awarded a Statement of Attainment for achievement of the Middle childhood development skill set.
Complete your Diploma with Wodonga TAFE and then continue on to university studies This allows you to start working in the industry at the end of your TAFE studies; to then advance your skills and knowledge even further and enrol in a degree. With your TAFE qualification you are able to work and gain experience while you study at university. Gain the best of both teaching styles and apply your real-world knowledge in day one of your new career!
When You Can Enrol
Apply online when applications open on 7 September for the course commencing in February 2021. If the course is not open for application you may register your interest via the online enquiry form to be notified when the next course intake application is available.
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