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Key details

Duration

1 year/s

This program is delivered over a period of 12 to 24 months. The length of time to complete this qualification will depend on the location, study mode and selected units.

* - Student Visa holders must study internally full time

Locations

Casuarina, Alice Springs, Katherine, Remote
Casuarina

Course code

CHC50113

Overview

This is a current, nationally accredited qualification due to be replaced during 2022. It is recommended that students contact CDU for current course details.

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.

Note: Assessment includes mandatory work placement in a regulated education/care service of at least 240 hours to meet evidence requirements.

A working with children clearance 'Ochre Card' from SAFE NT will be required.

Under the Education and Care Services National Law (2011) the Australian Children's 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

Career opportunities

Occupations relevant to this qualification in industry sectors such as Community Services include:
>Child Care Worker

Credit transfers and advanced standing

Skill recognition

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

RPL is the acknowledgement of a person's skills and knowledge acquired through previous training, work or life experience, which may be used to grant status or credit in a subject regardless of how and where they were attained, including overseas.

This can include skills from:

  • Previous study excluding courses at another VET/TAFE institution, but including courses at school or college, through adult education classes or training programs at work;
  • Work experience (including both work that is paid and unpaid); and/or
  • Life experience (for example leisure pursuits or voluntary work).

RPL is a form of assessment. It is used to determine whether a person has acquired, through formal or informal learning, the skills and experience consistent with the stated competency standards that comprise a qualification. RPL is not time referenced, so there are no parameters on how or when the skills are acquired. However, the skills that have been acquired through life experience etc., must be current and must match the elements and performance criteria contained in the individual unit.

Students seeking RPL need to indicate this on their enrolment form at the time of enrolment.

For further information please refer to the Applicant's Guide to the Recognition of Prior Learning or contact Student Central on 1800 061 963 (free call) or email Student.Central@cdu.edu.au.

Credit Transfer

Charles Darwin University as a Registered Training Organisation recognises the Australian Qualifications Framework qualifications and Statement of Attainments issued by any other Australian Registered Training Organisation.

Students are encouraged to submit any requests for credit from previous studies at the time of enrolment, to ensure they are not enrolling in units they may not need to undertake.

In order to apply for exemption/credit transfer from units completed at another training organisation, you will need to complete an Application for Exemption Form available from any campus, centre, or team, or a copy of the form can be obtained from the web.

Your completed Application for Exemption form together with attached documentary evidence (certified copy of Qualification/Statement of Attainment) to support your request for exemption/credit transfer should be submitted directly to the University either in person or by mail. Requests without documentary evidence will not be processed and will be returned to students. There are no fees attached to Credit Transfers.

Pathways

VET to Higher Education Pathway Mapping for completed Awards in the same field or discipline.

Students who successfully complete VET qualifications at the Certificate IV level or above and subsequently enrol in a Bachelor degree in the same field or discipline, will receive advanced standing as detailed in the table below.

Completed Award Course Level
HE
VET
to a HE Award
Credit granted for a completed award in the same field
Certificate IV
*
3 year Bachelor award
up to 40 credit points
Certificate IV
*
4 year Bachelor award
up to 40 credit points
Diploma
*
*
3 year Bachelor award
up to 80 credit points
Diploma
*
*
4 year Bachelor award
up to 80 credit points
Advanced Diploma
*
*
3 year Bachelor award
up to 160 credit points
Advanced Diploma
*
*
4 year Bachelor award
up to 160 credit points
Associate Degree
*
3 year Bachelor award
up to 160 credit points
Associate Degree
*
4 year Bachelor award
up to 160 credit points

Currently there are no credit transfer arrangements between this qualification and higher education qualifications.

Fees

2022 Course fees for students who are eligible for an NT Government supported place range from $7,632.00 - $8,432.00, and for students who are not eligible range from $13,356.00 - $14,756.00 dependent on the units chosen.

VET student loans

Eligible students may access a VET Student Loan to pay for their course fees (up to capped amounts). The 2022 VET Student Loan schedule can be found here.
Determine your eligibility using the VET Student Loan Eligibility Tool on the myskills website.

 

International tuition Fees

The annual tuition fee for commencing students in 2022 is AUD $16,667.00.
These fees are subject to annual increases each year of your study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

You can find a list of International fees and payments you can expect to pay as part of your studies in Australia.

CDU offers a number of scholarships to international students to assist with the cost of study.

Study Education at CDU

Why study education at CDU?

Educate and inspire the next generation with a teaching degree at CDU. You'll gain the skills and knowledge to enter the classroom with confidence, equipped with a nationally-accredited degree to work anywhere in Australia.

  • #1 for teaching employment outcomes in Australia (GUG 2022)
  • Study online, on campus, full-time or part-time as it suits you
  • Complete placements close to home
  • Unique opportunities for regional and remote placements

What will I study?

To achieve a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care a total of Twenty Eight (28) units of competency must be completed comprising TWENTY THREE (23) Core and FIVE (5) Elective units as detailed in the packaging rules and listed below.

Course structure

The total Nominal Hours for the sequence listed below is 1908- 2108.
 

Code Module/Unit of Competency

Hours

CORE UNITS OF COMPETENCY
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety 25
CHCECE001 Develop cultural competence 70
CHCECE002 Ensure the health and safety of children 63
CHCECE003 Provide care for children 70
CHCECE004 Promote and provide healthy food and drinks 35
CHCECE005 Provide care for babies and toddlers 60
CHCECE007 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children 70
CHCECE009 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice 70
CHCECE016 Establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment for children 50
CHCECE017 Foster the holistic development and wellbeing of the child in early childhood 240
CHCECE018 Nurture creativity in children 80
CHCECE019 Facilitate compliance in an education and care service 120
CHCECE020 Establish and implement plans for developing cooperative behaviour 50
CHCECE021 Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children 50
CHCECE022 Promote children’s agency 80
CHCECE023 Analyse information to inform learning 70
CHCECE024 Design and implement the curriculum to foster children’s learning and development 170
CHCECE025 Embed sustainable practices in service operations 60
CHCECE026 Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate education and care for children 70
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically 55
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk 40
HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting 20
HLTWHS003 Maintain work health and safety 40
  Total nominal hours for core units 1658
ELECTIVE UNITS OF COMPETENCY (Select 5)
BSBLED401 Develop teams and individuals 40
BSBMGT605 Provide leadership across the organisation 60
CHCECE010 Support the holistic development of children in early childhood   (Unnamed) 70
CHCECE011 Provide experiences to support children's play and learning       (Unnamed) 40
CHCECE013 Use information about children to inform practice                          (Unnamed) 40
CHCINM002 Meet community information needs 70
CHCMGT003 Lead the work team 100
CHCPOL002 Develop and implement policy 90
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice 120
  Total nominal hours for elective units 250 - 450
  Total nominal hours for the qualification 1908 - 2108

 

Entry requirements

Admission criteria

CDU Domestic Entry Requirements

There are no mandatory entry requirements for this qualification. However, applicants who wish to commence this course need to have the required skills and knowledge to undertake the qualification at this level e.g. completion of Year 10 or equivalent and a general command of spoken and written English to be able to meet industry standards for communication.

Everyone employed or volunteering in child related work is required by law to hold an Ochre Card. It will therefore be a mandatory requirement to hold an Ochre Card in order to complete any work placement.

If you have not yet obtained an Ochre Card, please contact SAFENT on 1800 723 368.

International Students

Please refer to https://www.cdu.edu.au/international/how-apply for information regarding international student applications.

Essential requirements

English language requirements

The minimum English language requirement for this course is met by either undertaking previous education in an English-speaking country or undertaking one of the following English language tests and obtaining the minimum requirements listed below.

IELTS Academic Module A minimum overall score of 5.5 with no band less than 5.0.
Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) A minimum overall score of 165.
Common European Framework Certificate of English Proficiency  
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic module A minimum overall score of 42 with no less than 36 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking.
TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT) A minimum overall score of 46 with a minimum writing score of 21.

* All tests are valid for two years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU, unless otherwise specified.
* Where applicable, international applicants must also satisfy the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) English language requirements for student visa applications.

Do you have a question regarding English requirements at CDU? Please email: international@cdu.edu.au.

Charles Darwin University has arranged some great placements for me, all within 10 minutes of my home in regional New South Wales. I like that you're in a classroom early in the degree, learning the ropes. And I got to experience different types of schools, demographic areas and leadership styles.

Matt

CDU Student

CDU teaching student in regional NSW smiling at the camerA

Course details

Accreditation

This is a current, nationally accredited qualification from the CHC Community Services Training Package.

Employability skills

Employability Skills are embedded in the training and assessment of national training package qualifications. Information on the Employability Skills relevant to your qualification can be obtained by visiting this website and keying in the national code for the qualification: training.gov.au

Location and study mode

Delivery at all locations is subject to sufficient demand and resources.

Locations: Alice Springs, Casuarina, Katherine, Remote

Study Mode: On campus or off campus self-paced

Subject to demand other locations and modes may become available throughout the year.

International Students

This qualification is available to international students at Casuarina campus (CRICOS Course No. 094487E).

Additional information

Sector
Vocational Education & Training
Industry groups
COMMUNITY SERVICES, HEALTH AND EDUCATION
Occupation types
Child Care Worker
Area of study
Education

Contact details

Email:Student.Central@cdu.edu.au. Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call).

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How to apply

How to apply for domestic students

CDU VET has several pathways for you to apply.

 

Visit How to apply for CDU VET courses for more information.

 

Admission requirements for domestic students

Before applying, you may want to check if you meet the admission requirements for studying with CDU.

 

CDU has many pathways to study, so don't worry if you don't meet the admission requirements right now. There is a study pathway to get you started on your journey.

Not sure if you are a domestic or international student?

That's OK - it can be a little tricky to know the difference.

 

To help you out, we've put together a guide to answer any questions you might have.

How to apply for international students

Applications to CDU must be submitted online.

 

The process is simple, all you need is a valid email address to create your online account.

 

Once you have started the application you will have the option of saving your application and resuming it at a later date.

 

There is no application fee when you apply online.

Find a CDU agent partner

Applicants may seek further information about international education in Australia from the Australian Government Department of Education and Training or from our overseas / external representatives.

 

To help with the process, we've compile a list of authorised representatives.

Not sure if you are a domestic or international student?

That's OK - it can be a little tricky to know the difference.

 

To help you out, we've put together a guide to answer any questions you might have.

 

Things like the difference between domestic and international students or the difference between course types like VET and undergraduate.

CRICOS codes

Location
CRICOS Code
Casuarina
094487E

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