Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Course Code: CHC50113

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Advance Your Child Care Career to the Next Level

The Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care CHC50113 supersedes the old  Children’s Services Diploma CHC50908. This most current diploma includes relevant Certificate III level units, so you can enrol right away without needing to hold any prior units.

This course will train you in key areas of early childhood education, from providing care for children to managing a child care facility. If you are a child care manager, director or plan to become one, this is the course you need!

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Where Can the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care Take Your Career?

The Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC50113) is a nationally recognised and accredited child care qualification. It is suitable if you are just starting a child care career AND if you are developing and formalising your child care abilities to take on more challenges or roles in the child care industry anywhere in Australia.

Take the next step, while doing what you love! The Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care is the next step in professional development for anyone seeking a fulfilling career in the early education and care industry.  Typically, those undertaking this Diploma level course are seeking employment as a:

  • Group Leader in a Childcare Centre
  • Child Development Worker
  • Children’s Services Manager
  • Centre Coordinator/Supervisor
  • Centre Director/Manager

Course Delivery

The Diploma is delivered through Online Learning, a popular and effective method of course delivery. Through online learning, you are able to study and complete your course from anywhere in Australia, whether you live in remote areas or major cities like Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney, Perth or Adelaide. Online study allows you to complete the course at your own pace, at times most convenient to you.

Course Duration: You have up to 24 months to complete the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care. Enrolments are open throughout the year and you can start at any time.

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What Will you Learn in Our Early Childhood Diploma Course?

As you study the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, you will discover a huge range of skills and knowledge, including how to ensure compliance in an early education and care service, use sustainable practices, and work with families and the wider community. You’ll develop skills to help enhance children’s creativity, development and well-being in a child care setting, how to support children’s development with learning and play plus much more. The course even includes training in emergency first aid!

This is the latest Australian child care diploma course. The Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care includes relevant units from Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care. This means now you can enrol directly into the Diploma course without the extra time and cost of doing the Certificate III course first!

Do what you LOVE with the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care!

Course Outline & Structure

Nominal Hours: The Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care has total of 1550 nominal study hours. This equals approximately 15 hours of study per week for the full course. As this course is self-paced, you can study and complete your qualification in less time if you are able to.

Assessment Methods:  The course is assessed through written questions, projects, case studies, observation and your practical skills journal. This gives you an opportunity to develop your skills and demonstrate required competencies through a range of  suitable assessment methods.

CHC50113 Course Units

The CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care is made up of 23 core units, and 5 electives. Our Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care includes a set of electives we have chosen to ensure they meet the needs of a wide range of child care professionals.

Unit Clustering: Inspire Education has clustered the 28 units in this Diploma into just 10 easy-to-follow workbooks and a practical skills journal. This design has been chosen to help you complete your course faster by reducing duplicate content and assessing learning outcomes that appear in multiple units just once!

Core Units:

CHCCS400C – Work within a relevant legal and ethical framework
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
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
HLTHIR404D – Work effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people

Electives:

CHCECE006 – Support behaviour of children and young people
CHCECE010 – Support the holistic development of children in early childhood
CHCECE013 – Use information about children to inform practice
HLTHIR403C – Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers
CHCORG506E – Coordinate the work environment

^ The HLTAID004: Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting unit is NOT delivered by Inspire Education, you must organise the completion of this unit via an external provider.

The CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care includes relevant units from the CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care. You can now enrol directly into the Diploma course without studying the Certificate III first. If you do choose to study the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC30113), you can continue your studies by enrolling in the Diploma course and completing only 13 additional units.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal prerequisites required to enter the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.
However, it is preferred that students:

  • Are 18 years or older
  • Have sound language and literacy skills (at least Year 10 English, or equivalent)
  • Have basic computer skills

You will need to undertake a working with children/police check before completing the Vocational Placement (see your local state/territory regulations for more information).

Training Resources

To support your studies Inspire will provide:

  • Online Course Materials, Resources and Templates
  • Multimedia and Simulated Learning Resources
  • Online Forums, FAQs and Student Community
  • Workplace Procedures and Documentation
  • Vocational Placement Information and Support
  • Ongoing Trainer Support via Phone and Student Messaging System

To complete your studies you will need to have access to:

  • A computer (PC or Mac) with Internet (a minimum reliable speed of 5mbps is recommended)
  • Google Chrome Web Browser
  • Latest Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Latest Adobe Flash Player
  • Microsoft Word, Powerpoint & Excel 97 or later (or equivalent)
  • A Registered Early Childhood Education Care Facility to complete Vocational Placement

Vocational Placement

To successfully complete your Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care you will need to initiate contact with a registered Australian Early Childhood Education and Care facility and complete workplace-based experience (between 120 and 240 hours per year for 2 years, at least 240 hours in total). This will allow you time to develop your hands-on skills and experience in child care and let you demonstrate the practical competencies required to complete the course.

To view what is required by your Vocational Placement Provider, click here >> Vocational Placement FAQs

Qualification Pathways

The Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care course will qualify you to work in many levels of child care, from entry level positions up to senior/managerial positions such as group leader, centre manager or family day care coordinator.

If you already hold your Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care this Diploma qualification is a great ‘next step’ in your child care career. It will equip you to tackle new challenges and pursue more job opportunities in the child care industry.

You can use your Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care as an entry path into a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education.

Once enrolled in this course you may also consider additional training to complement your child care skills:

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

RPL is offered to any Learner who can provide evidence of competency for the units offered in the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care course. See the RPL Guide for more information on this process and how to apply.

Certification Requirements

The Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care is an Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) approved Diploma qualification for working in children’s education and care services. Under the training regulations, all early childhood educators working directly with children in Birth to Preschool age care must hold (or be working towards) a Certificate III level education and care qualification. At least 50% of early childhood educators at a service must also have (or be working towards) a Diploma level education and care qualification (such as this course).

Helpful Guides and Articles

1. Frequently Asked Questions about the Diploma of Early Childhood

2. What does a Child Care Worker do?

3. Infographic: How To Start Your Child Care Career In Australia

4. Is Your Child Care Qualification Valid Under The New NSW Regulations?

5. Getting Job And Work Experience In A Child Care Centre

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