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Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC50113)

Course summary

Advance your career in the Early Childhood industry with a Diploma Qualification. This will equip you with the essential skills required for a roll in a range of early childhood education settings. Upon completing your Diploma, you will be equipped to work as an Early Childhood Educator. As a graduate of this course you may choose to undertake additional studies and enrol in a Bachelor of Education, where you will gain credit for your Diploma.

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Course details

Course Type Qualification
Student Availability
  • - Domestic
Fees www.cqu.edu.au/fees
Application Mode
  • Direct To University
Study Area
  • - Apprenticeships, Trades & Training
  • - Education and Humanities
Skill Area
  • - Child Care
AQF Level Level 5: Diploma

Entry Requirements

Standard Course Entry Requirements 

There are no entry requirements for this qualification however completion of Year 10 or equivalent is recommended and have sound literacy and numeracy skills or complete a foundations skills literacy and numeracy test in line with Training Package requirements. 

Applicants should be aware that all early childhood educators require a Suitability Card (Blue Card) and complete 240 hours of Practical Placement in the industry.

Bridging Teacher Entry Requirements

Teachers are eligible to enrol in the customised course structure if they:

  • hold a Primary Teaching qualification with a focus on children aged 5 to 8 years old (eg qualification with focus on children aged 3 to 8 or 5 to 12)  A prerequisite competency will apply to students who have graduated prior to 1990.
  • hold current teacher registration. (Qualifications that are specifically for middle and secondary school aged children are not acceptable)
  • a current First Aid Certificate with the code HLTAID004 is required which may be obtained during study

Documents required for Bridging Teacher entry

JP certified copies of the following documents are required to verify eligibility to enrol and are to be submitted to Pauline Keene at p.keene@cqu.edu.au before enrolment can continue:

  • Proof of teacher registration
  • Primary teaching qualification(s)
  • Marriage certificate or similar (if necessary)

Please note - qualifications which are specifically for middle and secondary school aged children are not acceptable.

Student Outcomes, Career Opportunities and Occupations

  • Career Prospects

Early childhood educator; Family day care educator; Family day care co-ordinator; Service Director/Centre Director.


Course Structures

Please select a Course Structure from the options below:

Course Structure - Continuing Students

Summary
This is the Course Structure for students who were admitted to their course before January 2017 and have not received a transition plan. 

Students may want to transition to the New Students Course Structure to access online resources instead of hard-copy resources. To transition to the New Students Course Structure, a transition plan must be discussed with teachers prior to enrolment.
Core Units
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
CHCECE001 Develop cultural competence
CHCECE002 Ensure the health and safety of children
CHCECE003 Provide care for children
CHCECE004 Promote and provide healthy food and drinks
CHCECE005 Provide care for babies and toddlers
CHCECE007 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children
CHCECE009 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
CHCECE016 Establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment for children
CHCECE017 Foster the holistic development and wellbeing of the child in early childhood
CHCECE018 Nurture creativity in children
CHCECE019 Facilitate compliance in an education and care service
CHCECE020 Establish and implement plans for developing cooperative behaviour
CHCECE021 Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children
CHCECE022 Promote children's agency
CHCECE023 Analyse information to inform learning
CHCECE024 Design and implement the curriculum to foster children's learning and development
CHCECE025 Embed sustainable practices in service operations
CHCECE026 Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate education and care for children
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting
HLTWHS003 Maintain work health and safety
Elective Units
BSBMGT605 Provide leadership across the organisation
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
CHCMGT003 Lead the work team
CHCPOL002 Develop and implement policy
CHCPOL003 Research and apply evidence to practice
Study Sequence

Enrol into units as per the order listed below.

For part-time study, enrol into one or two units at a time.

For full-time study, enrol into three or four units at a time.


CHCLEG001, CHCECE001, CHCDIV002, CHCECE002, CHCPRT001, CHCECE005, CHCECE003, CHCECE004, CHCECE009, CHCECE007, HLTWHS003, CHCECE016, CHCECE025, BSBMGT605, CHCECE017, CHCECE018, CHCECE020, CHCECE021, CHCECE026, CHCECE023, CHCECE024, CHCECE022, CHCECE019, CHCMGT003, CHCPOL003, CHCPOL002, CHCDIV001, HLTAID004.

Additional Information
To complete the unit HLTAID004 students will need to enrol into the Accredited Short Course ACC00078 - Short Course in First Aid for Education and Care with CQUniversity or complete the HLTAID004 with another Registered Training Organisation (RTO).

Course Structure - Bridging Teacher


Summary
Students who are registered Primary School teachers who wish to work within the early childhood sector can study a customised to complete a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care. 

This Course Structure is for students who meet the Bridging Teacher Entry Requirements outlined in the Course Details tab.
Students must meet the outlined Entry Requirements prior to enrolment into this Course Structure. 

Study Sequence
Enrol into all units from one unit group in the order listed below.
Wellbeing and Safety
CHCECE002 Ensure the health and safety of children
CHCECE016 Establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment for children
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
HLTWHS003 Maintain work health and safety
Provide Care and Nutrition
CHCECE003 Provide care for children
CHCECE004 Promote and provide healthy food and drinks
CHCECE005 Provide care for babies and toddlers
Nurturing Relationships and Responsive Practice
CHCECE007 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children
CHCECE020 Establish and implement plans for developing cooperative behaviour
CHCECE021 Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children
CHCECE026 Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate education and care for children
Engage and Promote Children's Learning and Development
CHCECE017 Foster the holistic development and wellbeing of the child in early childhood
CHCECE018 Nurture creativity in children
CHCECE022 Promote children's agency
CHCECE023 Analyse information to inform learning
CHCECE024 Design and implement the curriculum to foster children's learning and development
Legislation and Service Quality
BSBLED401 Develop teams and individuals
CHCECE009 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
CHCECE019 Facilitate compliance in an education and care service
CHCECE025 Embed sustainable practices in service operations
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
Diversity and Indigenous
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety

Course Structure - New Students & Transitioned Students


Summary
This is the Course Structure for new students who were admitted to their course after January 2017, and for those continuing students, admitted prior to January 2017, who have received a transition plan from their teacher. 

Continuing students who have not received a transition plan should refer to the Continuing Students Course Structure below. To transition to the New Students Course Structure, a transition plan must be discussed with teachers prior to enrolment. 

Study Sequence
Enrol into all units from one unit group in the order listed below.
Children's Health and Safety
CHCECE002 Ensure the health and safety of children
CHCECE004 Promote and provide healthy food and drinks
First Aid
To complete the unit HLTAID004 students will need to enrol into the Accredited Short Course ACC00078 - Short Course in First Aid for Education and Care with CQUniversity or complete the HLTAID004 with another Registered Training Organisation (RTO).
HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting
Workplace Effectiveness
CHCECE009 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
Play and Development
CHCECE006 Support behaviour of children and young people
CHCECE007 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children
CHCECE010 Support the holistic development of children in early childhood
CHCECE013 Use information about children to inform practice
Physical and Emotional Wellbeing
CHCECE003 Provide care for children
CHCECE005 Provide care for babies and toddlers
Culture and Community
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
CHCECE001 Develop cultural competence
Health and Safety Management
CHCECE016 Establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment for children
HLTWHS003 Maintain work health and safety
Leadership and Service Management
CHCECE019 Facilitate compliance in an education and care service
CHCECE025 Embed sustainable practices in service operations
CHCMGT003 Lead the work team
Program Design and Implementation
CHCECE017 Foster the holistic development and wellbeing of the child in early childhood
CHCECE018 Nurture creativity in children
CHCECE022 Promote children's agency
CHCECE023 Analyse information to inform learning
CHCECE024 Design and implement the curriculum to foster children's learning and development
Children's Behavior and Inclusion
CHCECE020 Establish and implement plans for developing cooperative behaviour
CHCECE021 Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children
CHCECE026 Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate education and care for children

Course Availabilities

Distance Education

Timing
Enrolments are taken throughout the year on a continuous basis.

Duration and dates
2 years full time and 4 years part time

Summary
This course is available by Distance Education

Load
Twenty-eight (28) units must be successfully completed – twenty-three (23) core units and five (5) electives.

Notes

Distance students require strong self motivation and must have 6-8 hours per week available for study for each unit. This course is self paced so students must have sound literacy and numeracy skills. This course is delivered by distance education so students must have access to a computer and the internet.

Enrolment dates:

VFH 1 (30 January - 23 June 2017) last date for enrolment is 28 February 2017

VFH 2 (6 March - 28 July 2017) last date for enrolment 4 April 2017

VFH 3 (10 April – 1 September 2017) last date for enrolment 9 May 2017

VFH 4 (15 May – 6 October 2017) last date for enrolment 13 June 2017

VFH 5 (10 July – 1 December 2017) last date for enrolment 8 August 2017

VFH 6 (14 August  2017– 5 January 2018) last date for enrolment 12 September 2017

VFH 7 (18 September 2017- 9 February 2018) last date for enrolment 31 October 2017

VFH 8 (6 November 2017 – 13 April 2018) last date for enrolment 5 December 2017

CQUniversity Rockhampton North Campus

Timing
Enrolment for this course will be consistent with CQUniversity census dates.

Duration and dates
2 years full time or 4 years part time.

Summary
This course is available on campus at CQUniversity Rockhampton North Campus.

Load
Twenty-eight (28) units must be successfully completed – twenty-three (23) core units and five (5) electives.

Notes

Q&A workshops are delivered on campus at Building 33, Room 1.28 or via Zoom on Mondays from 3.30 pm - 5.30 pm and 6 pm - 8 pm.

Enrolment dates:

VFH 1 (30 January - 23 June 2017) last date for enrolment is 28 February 2017

VFH 2 (6 March - 28 July 2017) last date for enrolment 4 April 2017

VFH 3 (10 April – 1 September 2017) last date for enrolment 9 May 2017

VFH 4 (15 May – 6 October 2017) last date for enrolment 13 June 2017

VFH 5 (10 July – 1 December 2017) last date for enrolment 8 August 2017

VFH 6 (14 August  2017– 5 January 2018) last date for enrolment 12 September 2017

VFH 7 (18 September 2017- 9 February 2018) last date for enrolment 31 October 2017

VFH 8 (6 November 2017 – 13 April 2018) last date for enrolment 5 December 2017

CQUniversity Gladstone Marina

Timing
Enrolment for this course will be consistent with CQUniversity census dates.

Duration and dates
2 years full time or 4 years part time.

Load
Twenty-eight (28) units must be successfully completed – twenty-three (23) core units and five (5) electives.

Notes

Classes will be held on Wednesdays from 9 am - 2.30 pm at CQUniversity, Gladstone Marina campus library. 

On-campus class dates will align with Queensland school term dates. 

Enrolment dates:

VFH 1 (30 January - 23 June 2017) last date for enrolment is 28 February 2017

VFH 2 (6 March - 28 July 2017) last date for enrolment 4 April 2017

VFH 3 (10 April – 1 September 2017) last date for enrolment 9 May 2017

VFH 4 (15 May – 6 October 2017) last date for enrolment 13 June 2017

VFH 5 (10 July – 1 December 2017) last date for enrolment 8 August 2017

VFH 6 (14 August  2017– 5 January 2018) last date for enrolment 12 September 2017

VFH 7 (18 September 2017- 9 February 2018) last date for enrolment 31 October 2017

VFH 8 (6 November 2017 – 13 April 2018) last date for enrolment 5 December 2017

Related Courses

Course code Course name Short Course
CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care No

Is what I already know taken into account?

Yes. Your history of study, skills and experience does matter. Consideration is given to your prior life and work experiences as well as formal and informal training. This may be applied using the national standard for Mutual Recognition or through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Documentary evidence will be requested.

What else might I find useful?

Financial assistance with fees may be available through concessions or via ‘Time to Pay’ payment plan. This and other information such as student support, study and library assistance can be found at www.cqu.edu.au/current-student

Contact Us

To apply, or to find out more about this course, contact the Student Advice Team on 13 27 86.

Blue Card Requirement

Applicants should be aware that all Education and Care Educators need a Suitability Card (Blue Card) to be volunteering or employed in the industry. For more information on the 'Blue Card' go to: http://www.bluecard.qld.gov.au or phone: 1800113611

Resources Requirements

The following textbooks are required for students following the Continuing Students Course Structure: 

The Early Childhood Educator for Certificate III 
Publisher: McGraw Hill     
ISBN: 978 1 74307 916 40
      
The Early Childhood Educator for Diploma
Publisher: McGraw Hill     
978 1 74307 919 5

Students following the New Students Course Structure will have resources available online through Moodle.