This qualification reflects the role of workers in a range of early childhood education settings who work within the requirements of the Education and Care Services National Regulations and the National Quality Standard. They support the implementation of an approved learning framework, and support childrens wellbeing, learning and development. Depending on the setting, educators may work under direct supervision or autonomously.
It covers workers who use organisation policies, procedures and individual childrens profiles to plan activities and provide care to children, facilitating their leisure and play and enabling them to achieve their developmental outcomes. Depending on the setting, workers may work under direct supervision or autonomously.
The industry is substantial. Research shows that 9 out of every 10 four year olds attend some type of formal care. There is general agreement among industry regulators that there is a critical need for long term strategies to recruit and retain a qualified workforce and to ensure that a career in childcare is satisfying, respected and financially viable. Recent changes in government regulations, have increased staff/child ratios and childcare workers must be qualified with (or working towards) a Certificate III in Early Childhood
50% of all staff directly supervising children must hold or be working towards a Diploma of Children Services. This qualification is your stepping stone to ensure you are a qualified worker within the industry.