Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Campus: Wollongong
Duration: 12 months (3 Sessions) 
Course Code: CHC50113
CRICOS Code: 083462E
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Course Description

The Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (formerly Diploma of Children’s Services) is highly regarded for early childhood professionals or for those non-professionals that are looking for a rewarding career enhancing a young child’s early years. The qualification is a nationally recognised qualification, so you can use it anywhere in Australia.

You will learn skills such as how to manage staff who are responsible for children, how to create a safe working environment and how to promote inclusive policies and coordinate the workplace.

Upon completion, the qualification will allow you to work in a range of areas and can be used to apply for admission and credit to further your studies at the University of Wollongong.

Students will be required to attend a minimum of 20 hours of face-to-face study per week.

Career Prospects

Job roles and titles vary across different industry sectors. Possible career prospects for students with this qualification include:

  • Nominated supervisor (children's services)
  • Children's services coordinator
  • Centre manager (children's services)
  • Early Childhood Educator 
  • Group/team coordinator/leader (children's services)

Entry Requirements

Domestic Entry Requirements

There are a range of entry requirements to ensure you are suitable for the course. These include:

  • Completed HSC (or equivalent Australian Senior Secondary Certificate of Education) or international equivalent, OR
  • A Certificate IV or international equivalent (deemed as equivalent to completion of Year 12), OR
  • A Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care or international equivalent
International Entry Requirements
  • Completed Australian HSC (or equivalent Australian Senior Secondary Certificate of Education) or international equivalent, OR
  • A Certificate IV or international equivalent (deemed as equivalent to completion of Year 12), OR
  • A Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care or international equivalent; PLUS
  • IELTS 6.5 Academic (minimum 7.0 in Listening and Speaking and min 6.0 in Reading and Writing) or equivalent.

Students may be considered as meeting the English language requirements if successfully completing two years of secondary or tertiary study at an approved institution where the language of instruction was English; and was located in a country where the official language is English.

If the above entry requirements are not met, students will be assessed on a case by case basis.

Units of Study

The UOW College Diploma of Early Childhood Education & Care consists of 28 units of competency including 240 hours worth of work placement.

Core subject
Code Subject Name
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
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 services
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
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
HLTWHS003 Maintain work health and safety
Electives*
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
CHCPOL002 Develop and implement policy
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice
CHCMGT003 Lead the work team
BSBSUS501 Develop workplace policy and procedures for sustainability

*Electives subject to change at UOW College discretion in accordance with training package rules and industry requirements.

Delivery

Students are required to attend classes at the University of Wollongong, Main Campus three days per week. The course is delivered full-time for 12 months (3 sessions) and incorporates a variety of delivery methods:

  • Face-to-face lectures and workshops
  • Practical skills development in the UOW Early Start Discovery Space
  • Hands on experience during work placement.

UOW College Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care students will have unique access to the UOW Early Start Discovery Space where they will engage with children and their carers in a range of play based experiences to embed the theoretical learning component of their course.  

Students are also required to complete 240 hours of mandatory work placement as part of this course. UOW College will arrange student work placements at various early childhood services, such as the Big Fat Smile Group, within the Illawarra and Southern Sydney regions. Work placement will provide students with practical, real-life training to enable seamless entry into professional employment.

Students will be required to attend a minimum of 20 hours of face-to-face study per week.

Assessment

UOW College is committed to providing a quality learning environment through a range of programs designed to advance students’ learning. To achieve this, we maintain a learning culture based on quality and equity by providing high quality trainers/facilitators, staff, courses, services, facilities and resources. UOW College ensures its assessment policies, rules and procedures are fair for all students.

Assessment includes both formative and summative. A range of assessment methods are used to determine competence including:

  • Short answer/multiple choice questions
  • Assignments
  • Oral presentations
  • Role play
  • Visual presentation
  • Practical demonstration of component
  • Simulations
  • Workbooks

Payment Options

  1. NSW Government Smart and Skilled funding available 
  2. VET Student Loans scheme*
  3. Upfront payment by session
  4. Pay by instalment plan 

* VET Student Loans is available to domestic students only. Eligibility criteria apply; VET Student Loans will only be approved for students who meet eligibility requirements. A VET Student Loan gives rise to a HELP debt that continues to be a debt due to the Commonwealth until it is repaid.

For VET courses with work placement components:
Please Note: Course fees do not include additional uniform requirements for work placement (eg, shoes) and any other associated costs (eg, travel or parking costs). Additional costs may also be incurred to attend excursions.

Included Course Materials

  • Learning resources/texts
  • Class power point presentations, notes and handouts
  • UOW College uniform shirt and name badge

*Additional costs may be incurred to attend excursions.

Progression to UOW

Students who successfully complete the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care can apply for entry to the UOW Bachelor of Education – The Early Years through the Universities Admissions Centre (see How to Apply for further information) and receive 48 credit points of credit (equivalent to 1 year of study) transfer towards this degree. A completed Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care can also be used to apply for a number of other Bachelor degrees where eligible.

See Progressing to UOW for more information or visit the UOW Course Finder for information on eligible Bachelor programs.

 

Last reviewed: 27 June, 2017