Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care

Qualification Overview

This qualification reflects the role of early childhood educators who are responsible for designing and implementing curriculum in early childhood education and care services. In doing so they work to implement an approved learning framework within the requirements of the Education and Care Services National Regulations and the National Quality Standard.

They may have responsibility for supervision of volunteers or other staff. It covers workers who are responsible for developing and evaluating the qualification. Workers at this level have responsibility for the supervision of other staff and volunteer. Depending on the setting, workers may work under direct supervision or autonomously.

Half of the staffs in long day care centres need to hold a diploma-level childhood education qualification.
Our specialised course will satisfy this requirement and give you an advanced understanding of all aspects of childcare, particularly from a management perspective. Whilst developing positive and respectful relationships with children and fellow staff, you will reflect on and improve your own professional practice.
You will also learn to establish a safe and healthy environment for children, foster their holistic development and well-being, nurture creativity, implement strategies, plans and curriculum for child inclusion, and provide emergency first aid response.

Job Opportunities

  • Child Care Educator – Qualified
  • Qualification Leader
  • Team Leader
  • Service Director
  • Group Leader
  • Special Needs Inclusion Educator

* Some jurisdictions may require CHC 30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care and/ o/CHC40113 – Certificate IV in School Age Education and Care for these work roles

So if you have current vocational experience in the Children Services field and are looking to formalise your qualifications and skills, this will be an ideal qualification for you.

Licensing and Regulatory Requirements

Under the Education and Care Services National Law (2011) the Australian Childrens Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) publishes lists of approved early childhood education and care qualifications and information regarding regulatory requirements here: www.acecqa.gov.au.

Qualification Structure

The CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care Qualification is made up of 28 units of competency, consisting of 23 core units and 5 elective units

Learning Mode

  • On campus
  • On the job
  • Distance

Assessment Method

  • Written test
  • Demonstration and Observation
  • Case Studies
  • Role Play
  • Individual Assessment
  • Group Assessment

Note: There are workplace requirements for this qualification. Students need to be either working in the workplace or have access to a workplace for workplace exercises where needed. The practicum requirements are 240 hours. This includes:

60 hours – Birth-2 years Babies practicum
60 hours – 2-3 years – Toddler practicum
60 hours -?3-5 years – Preschool practicum
30 hours-must include a child with additional needs (any age group)
30 hours-service management

*Please note that certain units have practical work placement hours that are required to be completed before the unit is deemed competent.

Entry Requirements

  1. Applicants 18 years and above who have satisfactorily completed the CHC 310113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care or equivalent or,
    Applicants 18 years and above with no formal qualifications who can be assessed for skills that would qualify to undertake this training.
  2. Must have a current Working with Children check and a current National Police Record check or in the process of obtaining them.
  3. Must complete Literacy and Numeracy test and the Pre-Training Review.

Completion of the Qualification

Upon successful completion of this qualification, you will receive a nationally recognised qualification CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Careissued by the Australasian College of Education and Training (ACET).

Australasian College of Education and Training (ACET) is a Registered Training Organisation (Provider Number: 121666) registered with the Australian Skills and Qualifications Authority (ASQA).

Qualification Availability

ACET has regular monthly intakes for each of its qualifications. Please contact ACET for confirmation of the commencement date for the next available intake.

Future Study Pathways

After successful completion of your Diploma, you will have many other study options available to you. These may include the Bachelor of Early Childhood (Education and Care).

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Candidates may be able to shorten the length of their chosen qualification by supplying evidence of their previous training, employment experience or other life skills that directly relate to the qualification competencies. The evidence must be valid, sufficient and authentic.

Contact ACET directly to discuss your previous experience and we will be able to guide you through the RPL process.

Note: ACET is Not an Approved RPL provider under the Victorian Training Guarantee funding

Credit Transfer (CT)

Students may be able to shorten the length of their chosen qualification by taking into account previous studies. ACET recognises Australian registered training organisations for credit transfers. Credit Transfers will be granted upon the receipt of sufficient evidence to support the application.

Special Requirements

It is expected that all students will have access to their own personal computer and the internet. This is essential for regular research and also on-line based assessment work throughout the qualification.

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