Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care
This program is delivered part-time over a period of 1 – 2 years.
Some additional out of hour sessions may be required depending on course requirements throughout the year.
There is a cooling off period of 21 days for this course.
The majority of components for this course are delivered during the course on site however learners are the required to continue their study off site to ensure they gain a comprehensive understanding of the content. There shall be two hours of contact hours per month with the Trainer.
The cohort of learners are currently working in the field of Early Childhood Education and Care, with the majority of learners engaging in a Traineeship or Apprenticeship. Those who are not working in the industry will be required to complete hours within a registered service, as per training package assessment conditions.
There are no entry requirements to gain entry into Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC50113). Some units within this course may be delivered in a lower level qualification (Certificate III in Early Education and Care CHC30113).
In addition, all learners should have successfully completed year 12 and received a pass mark in English or be able to demonstrate equivalent English language proficiency at the time of enrolment. A learner can demonstrate English language proficiency by demonstrating the reading and writing skills to the Building Futures Education Futures. Mature age or alternative entry will be assessed by the college on inquiry.
To achieve the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC50113) the learner must complete 28 units of competency.
- 23 core units
- 5 elective units
Duration and Scheduling
There are 2 options for delivery of this qualification.
- Workplace delivery
- Blended flexible options including RPL where appropriate and by application.
Both modes of learning are structured over 1 – 2 year period, as per Australian Qualifications Framework volume of learning indicators. A minimum of 1200 hours will be required to allow for sufficient understanding and application of the required skills and knowledge.
In the case where the learner enters the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care without a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, the hours may increase to align with meeting the requirements of all 27 units. The maximum duration, according to the Australian Qualifications Framework volume of learning, shall be 2400 hours.
Competency based assessment is used during all assessment activities. Competency is proved by demonstration of written knowledge and practical skills. Timelines are taken into consideration for practical skills and learners must meet the criteria as deemed industry competent by the assessor.
Formative evidence will be assessed in the form of an Assessment Task Portfolio. The Assessment Task Portfolio uses several assessment tools to accommodate the learner’s individual needs. The assessment types include:
- Written Questioning
- Practical Observation
- Research Case
- Studies Portfolio
- Reflective Journal
- Third Party reports
- Recognition of Prior Learning
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
CHCECE001 Develop cultural competence
CHCECE002 Ensure 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 behavior
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
HLTWHS003 Maintain work health and safety
*HLTAID004 Provide and emergency first aid response in an education and care setting
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
CHCORG627B Provide mentoring support to colleagues
CHCPOL403C Undertake research activities
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice
CHCINM002 Meet community information needs
BSBLED401 Develop teams and individuals
*HLTAID004: Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting unit is NOT delivered by Building Futures Education Services; learners must organise and complete this unit via an external provider. A certified copy of the statement of attainment must be provided to Building Futures Education Services. This may incur additional costs depending on learner funding.
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Students requiring counselling or support should discuss the matter with their trainer. The trainer will assist where possible, and in the event that further action is required, refer the student to the Director of Studies, or alternatively, the student may wish to contact the relevant organisation themselves.
There is not cost involved in support services.
The Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care costs $5040.
The cost includes:
- all materials used during the course
- all assessment activities
- support throughout your course
There may be some reductions for students who are eligible for user choice funding.
All fees must be in full before qualifications will be given. The modules are paid on a pro rata system.
Upon payment by the student or client, Building Futures Education Services will: Issue a receipt for the amount paid. Keep the monies in a trust account with a recognised banking institution until such time as they are due to Building Futures Education Services.
Enrolment fees, where the client is a company, will be invoiced no later than the start date of the course date unless alternate arrangements are made. Enrolments within thirty (30) days from the date of course commencement will be invoiced with a due date of course commencement.
Statements shall be issued monthly to each student with outstanding accounts. Invoices shall also be rendered to students for textbooks and reference books supplied where the costs of such books are not included in the course fees (where applicable). Statements will be issued monthly for any outstanding accounts.
Receipts will be issued only upon request unless payment is from a student. All requests for refunds will be acted upon within 14 days in accordance with the Refund Policy.