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Early Childhood Education Training Package Development: Review and Updates
What Does The Update to the Early Childhood Education Training Package Address?
The Australian Skills Quality Authority or ASQA has issued an update for the current Early Childhood Education Training Package. This is in response to the Case for Change findings, which ensure that revised products would reflect current industry skills needs.
The review originates from the previous work regarding the 2015 ASQA strategic review (Training for Early Childhood Education and Care in Australia). The findings and issues relate to the Children’s Education and Care Qualifications and the Units of Competency contained in the current CHC Training Package.
There are six (6) Qualifications and sixty-five (65) associated Units of Competency in the Early Childhood Education and Care sector that are currently under review:
- ▪ CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
- ▪ CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
- ▪ CHC40113 Certificate IV in School Age Education and Care
- ▪ CHC50213 Diploma of School Aged Education and Care
- ▪ CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support
- ▪ CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support
The following key issues emerged in the 1st Draft of the consultation page of the project:
1. Certificate III as an Entry Requirement for the Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care
2. The needs of regional and remote communities
3. Strengthening alignment and pathways with job outcomes in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
4. Updating of terminology to align to current language, frameworks and social changes
5. The scope of work roles, particularly in the Education Support area
6. Family Day Care and Outside of School Hours roles
7. The role of an Educational Leader
8. Consideration of recommendations from the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence and the Federal Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
The Draft 2 material for the Early Childhood Education and Care training package looks to address the cited issues above. The goal should be to come up with improved versions of the ECE qualifications and units of competencies, so they address the latest industry skill needs.
If you’re specifically keen to know what this update means to the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care and Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care course, then you may want to check out mapping changes for these qualifications.
For reference, you may view the mapping of changes for the Early Childhood Education and Care Training Package Draft 2 below:
|Existing Code||Existing Title||Draft 2 Code||Draft 2 Title||Equivalence|
|CHC30113||Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care||CHC30119||Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care|
|CHC50113||Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care||CHC50119||Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care|
|Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care||Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care|
|This qualification is proposed as an entry requirement for the Diploma qualification.|
Total number of units = 16
• 14 core units
• 2 elective units
Workplace hours inserted at Qualification level – to achieve this qualification, the individual must have completed a total of least 160 hours of work in a children’s service in Australia, of which 120 hours must be in a regulated education and care service.
The total number of hours may be applied collectively across all units of competency that include the requirement for workplace hours.
• 12 core units
• 3 elective units
Entry requirement added.
Entry to this qualification is open to individuals who:
– hold a CHC30119 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care or an equivalent Qualification
– have at least one year of full-time employment experience as an early childhood educator where they have applied the skills and knowledge covered in the above (or equivalent) qualification.
Workplace hours inserted at Qualification level – to achieve this qualification, the individual must have completed a total of at least 280 hours of work in a children’s service, of which 240 hours must be in a regulated education and care service in Australia as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of the units of competency. The total number of hours may be applied across all the units of competency that include the requirement for workplace hours.
Units of Competency:
Listed below are the summary of changes for proposed new Units of Competency in the Early Childhood Education coded material. It outlines changes made from the existing units to the Draft 2:
▪ Terminology updates, including references to behaviour, Planning Cycles and recognised frameworks/regulations
▪ Clarity in the performance evidence, knowledge evidence and assessment conditions
▪ References to assessment being required “..at a service within Australia”
▪ Stronger alignment between the level of skills described in units and job roles
▪ Clearer requirements relating to reflection and the application of the theoretical framework to practices
▪ Direct observation specific equipment and resources
▪ Reference to face-to-face or digital video observation removed in Assessment Conditions were not appropriate
▪ Workplace hours are explicit in the units where they are applicable as well as the qualifications
For the full table and data for mapping of changes, you may visit SkillsIQ and download the official Children’s Education and Care Draft 2 ECE Units and Qualification Validation Guide.
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