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Key details

Duration

2 year/s

This program is delivered over a period of 12 to 24 months. The length of time to complete this qualification will vary depending upon how long a student takes to reach the required competency level. Refer to the relevant course information flyer for further information.

Intake

Locations

Alice Springs, Casuarina, Katherine, Remote
Not available to international students.

Course code

CHC50121

Overview

This qualification reflects the role of educators in early childhood education and care who work in regulated children¿s education and care services in Australia. Educators at this level are responsible for designing and implementing curriculum that meets the requirements of an approved learning framework and for maintaining compliance in other areas of service operations. They use specialised knowledge and analyse and apply theoretical concepts to diverse work situations. They may have responsibility for supervision of volunteers or other educators.

Early childhood educators work in long day care centres, family day care, pre-schools or kindergartens.

To achieve this qualification, the individual must have completed a total of least 280 hours of work in a regulated children¿s education and care service in Australia as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of units of competency. The total number of hours may be applied collectively across all units of competency that include the requirement for workplace hours.

Career opportunities

Currently there are credit transfer arrangements between this qualification and higher education qualifications.

Possible job titles relevant to this qualification include:

·      early childhood educator

·      group leader

·      service director

·      preschool assistant

·      outside school hours educator/director

·      home based educator

·      nanny

·      support 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

Fees

2022 Course fees for students who are eligible for an NT Government supported place range from $5,152.00 - $5,412.00, and for students who are not eligible range from $12,930.00 - $13,530.00 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).
Determine your eligibility using the VET Student Loan Eligibility Tool on the myskills website.

2022 VET Student Loan schedule
2023 VET Student Loan schedule

 

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What will I study?

To achieve CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care a total of fifteen (15) units of competency must be completed comprising twelve (12) Core and three (3) Elective units as detailed in the packaging rules and listed below.

Course structure

The total nominal hours for the sequence listed below is 1288 - 1358.
 

CodeModule/Unit of CompetencyHours
Core units of competency
BSBTWK502Manage team effectiveness60
CHCECE041Maintain a safe and healthy environment for children55
CHCECE042Foster holistic early childhood learning, development and wellbeing200
CHCECE043Nurture creativity in children80
CHCECE044Facilitate compliance in a children’s education and care service110
CHCECE045Foster positive and respectful interactions and behaviour in children60
CHCECE046Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children65
CHCECE047Analyse information to inform children’s learning75
CHCECE048Plan and implement children’s education and care curriculum180
CHCECE049Embed environmental responsibility in service operations73
CHCECE050Work in partnership with children’s families70
CHCPRP003Reflect on and improve own professional practice120
 Total nominal hours for core units1148
Elective units of competency (Select three from the following)
BSBOPS502Manage business operational plans70
BSBPEF502Develop and use emotional intelligence60
BSBSTR501Establish innovative work environments50
BSBTWK503Manage meetings30
CHCDIV003Manage and promote diversity80
 Total nominal hours for elective units140 - 210
 Total nominal hours for the qualification1288 - 1358

 

Entry requirements

Admission criteria

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. They need to be working in a regulated early childhood education and care setting.

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Course details

Accreditation

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

Away from base

AFB: This is an approved Away From Base (AFB) 'mixed-mode' course.For further information about AFB see www.cdu.edu.au/afb

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, online, workplace assessment, RPL assessment

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

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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