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CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

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Nationally Recognised Training

Latest child care qualification now available

Formerly the CHC50908 Diploma in Children's Services, the Open Colleges CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care is the most current diploma qualification in child care and children's services.

Take your career in child care to the next level with this accredited diploma qualification, recognised in any state or territory of Australia.

Child care is a rewarding career choice, and the CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care is recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), meaning that your diploma will demonstrate to potential employers that you have achieved a certain level of training and study.

As it is at diploma level, this course will allow you to potentially take on a supervisor or management role in child care, preparing you to establish a safe and healthy environment, and design and evaluate programs and care routines for children. The diploma prepares you to deal with the complex issues you may encounter in this career with confidence and professionalism.

You’ll learn how to manage staff who look after children, how to create a safe working environment and how to promote inclusive policies and coordinate the workplace. A work placement also gives you real-life training to make sure that you are ready to step directly into professional employment. On your work placement, you will learn real skills in a child care environment, under the guidance of a child care professional.

Potential careers could include:

  • Early childhood educator
  • Service director
  • Children's service manager or area manager
  • Family day care coordinator
  • Child development worker
  • Nominated supervisor
  • Team leader
  • Mobile services coordinator

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  • Course number
    E1050
    Course duration
    Max 24 months
    Qualification Level
    Diploma
    Study mode
    Continuous
    Delivery method
    Online with Work Placement in Australia
    Nationally recognised in Australia
    Yes
    National Code
    CHC50113
    Assessments
    Case Studies, Logbook, Practical Assessments, Short-Answer Questions, Workplace Assessments
    Continuous Mode Awarded By
    Open Colleges (Provider number: 90796)
  • Open Colleges may make changes to the course from time to time to reflect changes introduced to the relevant Training Package or other regulatory requirements. Please download to the course guide for current information about the course and its status.
  • Admission requirements

    Minimum education

    You will need to have obtained at least:

    • Year 10 or equivalent
    • Vocational training and/or work experience in a relevant role.

    Minimum age

    You will need to be at least 18 years old.

    English requirements

    Entry to this course requires English proficiency to Year 10 level, or equivalent (see Education Requirements for equivalency) or completion of an approved English language test (see below):

    Evidence

    Example

    IELTSOverall score of 5.5TOEFL530 (paper), 197 (computer) or 71 (internet)

    Computer requirements

    You will need to have basic computing skills to undertake this course. This includes the ability to:

    • Use the computer, mouse and keyboard with proficiency in skills required to integrate software packages, save files and search the internet
    • Attach and use peripheral devices such as a scanner, digital camera, media storage (for example, a flash drive for design storage)
    • Save a compressed file (.zip)

    Minimum specifications for your computer are:

    All users:

    • Microsoft Office 2010 or equivalent
    • Broadband internet connection
    • 4GB of RAM - 8GB is recommended
    • 10.5GB available hard disc space for installation; additional free space is required during installation
    • CD-ROM or DVD drive - compatible with duel layer DVDs
    • Adobe Reader X or equivalent
    • 1280 x 800 display (1280 x 1024 recommended) with 16 – bit colour and 512 MB of V RAM
    • Access to an A3 and A2 printer or photocopier
    • Access to a high resolution colour printer and scanner

    Specific requirements for Windows users:

    • Microsoft Windows 7 or higher, Windows 8 is recommended
    • Intel Pentium® 4 or AMD Athlon® 64 processor
    • Open GL 2.0 – capable system
    • Java Runtime Environment 1.6
    • Quicktime 7.6.6 software required for HTML 5 media playback and multimedia features
    • Adobe Flash Player 10 software required to export SWF files.

    Specific requirements for Mac OS users:

    • Mac OS X v 10.6.8 or v 10.7 
    • Multicore Intel® processor with 64-bit support

    You will also need access to a printer and scanner.

    Workplace requirements

    As part of this course you are required to undertake up to 240 hours of Structured Workplace Learning in a registered child care facility, supervised by a qualified staff member. You will also need to secure your own Work Placement, however Open Colleges can provide advice and direction through our Work Placement Support Team.

    There are a number of statutory checks required by workplaces, such as a Criminal Record Check. These may vary by state. In addition, individual workplaces may impose additional requirements on students undertaking work placement. You will be responsible for the costs of any such checks or requirements. Please see the Workplace Assessment Guide for details on the individual statutory requirements for your state or territory.

    You will also need to complete a First Aid Certificate to demonstrate competency for HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting at your own cost prior to undertaking your work placement.

    Your work placement will need to be completed in Australia, and you will be responsible for the costs of any travel, accommodation, statutory checks or other requirements related to your work placement. 

    To receive a comprehensive guide to undertaking work placement for this course, submit your details in the enquiry box on this page.

    Physical requirements

    You will need to be reasonably physically fit as the role may involve a variety of tasks that require a reasonable amount of physical activity, such as personal care of children, lifting, cleaning and other physically demanding activities.

    Study Materials

    Once you are enrolled in this course, you will receive access to the first Study Period, which contains the first set of units for the course. When you have successfully completed those units, you'll be given access to the next Study Period. Study Period 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10 and 11 have been released and are available.

    • Angie Bailison

      Angie Bailison

      Angie has been working in early childhood education and care services throughout Australia and overseas for nearly 20 years. Angie has seven years’ experience as a lecturer in early childhood education and care at TAFE. She regularly facilitates education workshops for parents with young children and has been published in parenting magazines. She has an Associate Diploma in Social Science, Certificate IV in Training & Assessment & Parent Education Leadership Training Certificate.

    • Karen Hey

      Karen Hey Karen has been working in early childhood education and care services for the past 18 years. During this time she has worked as an educator’s assistant, EC teacher, director, area manager and educational leader. Most recently Karen has worked in RTOs supporting Certificate III students and Diploma students to fulfil their study journey. Karen now looks forward to supporting her Open Colleges students to achieve their necessary qualifications, as well as supporting the growth of their passion to educate and care for children in an early childhood setting.
    • Lyndal Wilkins

      Lyndal Wilkins Lyndal holds a Bachelor of Teaching as well as a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. She has over 15 years’ experience working with educators, children and families and in early childhood education, and has also continuously furthered her qualifications and professional development. Throughout her career Lyndal has undertaken numerous roles. Most recently she worked as an educational leader and mentor in services- up skilling early childhood educators in curriculum planning and working with the Early Years Learning Framework.
    • Sue Abbaspour

      Sue Abbaspour

      Sue has been a trainer and assessor for a number of educational colleges, and has 22 years’ teaching experience in the early childhood field as an early childhood educator. She has experience working as a child development officer, early childhood teacher and centre director. Her main passions for teaching are child development, early childhood language and literacy and behaviour management. Sue has also worked as an ECT at a number of childcare centres in Sydney.

  • After enrolling in this course and completing the first two modules, you're eligible for a FREE one year membership to Early Childhood Australia (ECA), Australia's peak child care body, worth over $150! Open Colleges

     

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Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

This course will allow you to potentially take on a supervisor or management role in early childhood education and care, preparing you to establish a safe and healthy environment and design and evaluate programs for children.

Get your course guide now
Download the PDF course guide and get a free consultation with a Course and Careers Advisor.

Complete this form and we'll be in contact shortly

  • Duration: Max 24 months
  • How you learn: Online with Work Placement
  • Qualification Level: Diploma
  • Assessments: Case Studies, Logbook, Practical Assessments, Short-Answer Questions, Workplace Assessments
  • Study Mode:
    Continuous
  • Continuous Mode Awarded by: Open Colleges (Provider number: 90796)
  • Course Description

    Latest child care qualification now available

    Formerly the CHC50908 Diploma in Children's Services, the Open Colleges CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care is the most current diploma qualification in child care and children's services.

    Take your career in child care to the next level with this accredited diploma qualification, recognised in any state or territory of Australia.

    Child care is a rewarding career choice, and the CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care is recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), meaning that your diploma will demonstrate to potential employers that you have achieved a certain level of training and study.

    As it is at diploma level, this course will allow you to potentially take on a supervisor or management role in child care, preparing you to establish a safe and healthy environment, and design and evaluate programs and care routines for children. The diploma prepares you to deal with the complex issues you may encounter in this career with confidence and professionalism.

    You’ll learn how to manage staff who look after children, how to create a safe working environment and how to promote inclusive policies and coordinate the workplace. A work placement also gives you real-life training to make sure that you are ready to step directly into professional employment. On your work placement, you will learn real skills in a child care environment, under the guidance of a child care professional.

    Potential careers could include:

    • Early childhood educator
    • Service director
    • Children's service manager or area manager
    • Family day care coordinator
    • Child development worker
    • Nominated supervisor
    • Team leader
    • Mobile services coordinator

    Language, Literacy and Numeracy

    Our free online assessment tool can help give you an idea of the language, literacy and numeracy skills needed to study a VET course. This tool can also help you determine your learning level and help you plan your future studies. You can access the Language, Literacy and Numeracy tool here.

  • Requirements

    Admission requirements

    Minimum education

    You will need to have obtained at least:

    • Year 10 or equivalent
    • Vocational training and/or work experience in a relevant role.

    Minimum age

    You will need to be at least 18 years old.

    English requirements

    Entry to this course requires English proficiency to Year 10 level, or equivalent (see Education Requirements for equivalency) or completion of an approved English language test (see below):

    Evidence

    Example

    IELTSOverall score of 5.5TOEFL530 (paper), 197 (computer) or 71 (internet)

    Computer requirements

    You will need to have basic computing skills to undertake this course. This includes the ability to:

    • Use the computer, mouse and keyboard with proficiency in skills required to integrate software packages, save files and search the internet
    • Attach and use peripheral devices such as a scanner, digital camera, media storage (for example, a flash drive for design storage)
    • Save a compressed file (.zip)

    Minimum specifications for your computer are:

    All users:

    • Microsoft Office 2010 or equivalent
    • Broadband internet connection
    • 4GB of RAM - 8GB is recommended
    • 10.5GB available hard disc space for installation; additional free space is required during installation
    • CD-ROM or DVD drive - compatible with duel layer DVDs
    • Adobe Reader X or equivalent
    • 1280 x 800 display (1280 x 1024 recommended) with 16 – bit colour and 512 MB of V RAM
    • Access to an A3 and A2 printer or photocopier
    • Access to a high resolution colour printer and scanner

    Specific requirements for Windows users:

    • Microsoft Windows 7 or higher, Windows 8 is recommended
    • Intel Pentium® 4 or AMD Athlon® 64 processor
    • Open GL 2.0 – capable system
    • Java Runtime Environment 1.6
    • Quicktime 7.6.6 software required for HTML 5 media playback and multimedia features
    • Adobe Flash Player 10 software required to export SWF files.

    Specific requirements for Mac OS users:

    • Mac OS X v 10.6.8 or v 10.7 
    • Multicore Intel® processor with 64-bit support

    You will also need access to a printer and scanner.

    Workplace requirements

    As part of this course you are required to undertake up to 240 hours of Structured Workplace Learning in a registered child care facility, supervised by a qualified staff member. You will also need to secure your own Work Placement, however Open Colleges can provide advice and direction through our Work Placement Support Team.

    There are a number of statutory checks required by workplaces, such as a Criminal Record Check. These may vary by state. In addition, individual workplaces may impose additional requirements on students undertaking work placement. You will be responsible for the costs of any such checks or requirements. Please see the Workplace Assessment Guide for details on the individual statutory requirements for your state or territory.

    You will also need to complete a First Aid Certificate to demonstrate competency for HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting at your own cost prior to undertaking your work placement.

    Your work placement will need to be completed in Australia, and you will be responsible for the costs of any travel, accommodation, statutory checks or other requirements related to your work placement. 

    To receive a comprehensive guide to undertaking work placement for this course, submit your details in the enquiry box on this page.

    Physical requirements

    You will need to be reasonably physically fit as the role may involve a variety of tasks that require a reasonable amount of physical activity, such as personal care of children, lifting, cleaning and other physically demanding activities.

    Study Materials

    Once you are enrolled in this course, you will receive access to the first Study Period, which contains the first set of units for the course. When you have successfully completed those units, you'll be given access to the next Study Period. Study Period 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10 and 11 have been released and are available.

  • Subjects

    • CHCCS400C: Work within a relevant legal and ethical framework
    • CHCECE009: Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
    • CHCECE001 : Develop cultural competence
    • HLTHIR404D: Work effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people
    • CHCPRT001: Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
    • CHCECE002: Ensure the health and safety of children
    • CHCECE005 : Provide care for babies and toddlers
    • CHCECE003: Provide care for children
    • CHCECE007: Develop positive and respectful relationships with children
    • CHCECE004: Promote and provide healthy food and drinks
    • CHCECE023: Analyse information to inform learning
    • CHCECE017 : Foster the holistic development and wellbeing of the child in early childhood
    • CHCECE018: Nurture creativity in children
    • CHCECE020: Establish and implement plans for developing cooperative behaviour
    • CHCECE021: Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children
    • CHCECE024: Design and implement the curriculum to foster children's learning and development
    • CHCECE026: Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate education and care for children
    • CHCECE022: Promote children's agency
    • HLTWHS003: Maintain work health and safety
    • CHCECE025: Embed sustainable practices in service operations
    • CHCECE016: Establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment for children
    • CHCECE019: Facilitate compliance in an education and care service
    • CHCORG506E: Coordinate the work environment
    • CHCPOL504B: Develop and implement policy
    • CHCORG428A: Reflect on and improve own professional practice
    • HLTAID004: Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting
    • MODULES 26-30: Electives