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Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

SKU:CHC50121

Ready to take the next step in your childhood education career? Step up into a Centre Coordinator or Director role and make an immediate impact on the health, development, and well-being of the children in your care. Transform yourself into a confident leader ready to lead your team to success.
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Promote the Growth and Development of Young People

The nationally recognised CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care is designed to prepare you for a successful career in Childhood education. You will learn how to develop the knowledge and skills to work across a range of early childhood settings, lead a team to success and ignite children's imaginations.

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Common job Outcomes

  • Assistant Director/Director in a Childcare centre/Area Manager
  • Childcare Supervisor
  • Early Childhood Teacher (for those holding Primary Teaching Qualifications)
  • Family Day Care Educator or Area Coordinator
  • Lead Educator
  • Outside of School Hours Care Coordinator
  • Support worker for a child with additional needs

Job Skills

  • Communication skills
  • Management skills
  • Education practices
  • Team management
  • Team work
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Course breakdown

What you’ll learn in this course

In this qualification, you will learn how to plan, implement and manage programs in early childhood services and be responsible for supervising a team of staff. Become a valued part of the early childhood education sector, and make an impact on children’s lives today.

Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

BSBSUS511
Develop workplace policies and procedures for sustainability
  • Prepare workplace sustainability policies. 
  • Implement workplace sustainability policies.
  • Review implementation of workplace sustainability policies.
CHCPRP003
Reflect on and improve own professional practice
  • Reflect on own practice
  • Enhance own practice
  • Facilitate ongoing professional development
BSBTWK502
Manage team effectiveness
  • Establish team performance plan. 
  • Develop and facilitate team cohesion. 
  • Facilitate teamwork.
  • Liaise with stakeholders.
BSBHRM413
Support the learning and development of teams and individuals
  • Contribute to needs development. 
  • Support implementation of learning and development.
  • Monitor and evaluate workplace learning. 
CHCDIV003
Manage and promote diversity
  • Research diversity in the workplace.
  • Foster diversity.
  • Adapt communication strategies.
  • Contribute to workplace diversity policies and procedures.
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  • 07:00 am - 08:00 am

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    Morning routine + commute

  • 09:00 am - 01:00 pm

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  • 01:00 pm - 02:00 pm

    Lunch + Study

  • 02:00 pm - 05:00 pm

    Work

  • 05:00 pm - 06:30 pm

    Evening routine

  • 06:30 pm - 07:30 pm

    Study session

  • 07:30 pm - 08:30 pm

    Break

  • 08:30 pm - 09:30 pm

    Study session

  • 09:30 pm - onwards

    Relax

Study for a minimum 28 hours per week to complete modules in 12 months

  • Daily routine
  • 07:00 am - 08:00 am

    Coffee + Study

  • 08:00 am - 09:00 am

    Morning routine + commute

  • 09:00 am - 05:00 pm

    Work

  • 05:00 pm - 06:30 pm

    Evening routine

  • 06:30 pm - 07:30 pm

    Study session

  • 07:30 pm - 08:00 pm

    Break

  • 08:00 pm - 09:00 pm

    Study session

  • 09:00 pm - onwards

    Relax

Study for a minimum 18.7 hours per week to complete modules in 18 months

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  • 07:00 am - 08:00 am

    Coffee + Study

  • 08:00 am - 09:00 am

    Morning routine + commute

  • 09:00 am - 05:00 pm

    Work

  • 05:00 pm - 06:30 pm

    Evening routine

  • 06:30 pm - 07:30 pm

    Study session

  • 07:30 pm - onwards

    Relax

Study for a minimum 14 hours per week to complete modules in 24 months

Your course may include work placement which will be completed in addition to weekly study blocks.

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Your trainer

Debra Hine
Debra has been involved in the Early Childhood Education and Care in various forms for more than 20 years. She has completed her Nursing Diploma and begun her career as a Mothercraft Nurse, caring for babies, toddlers and young children
Charmaine Debono
Charmaine has worked in early childhood education and care settings for 10 years with children from aged 0-5 years. Whilst working as an Early Childhood Teacher, she completed a Certificate III and Diploma in Children’s Services, and went on to complete a Bachelor of Education (Birth to 5 years).
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Debra Hine

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Debra has been involved in the Early Childhood Education and Care in various forms for more than 20 years. She has completed her Nursing Diploma and begun her career as a Mothercraft Nurse, caring for babies, toddlers and young children
Debra has been involved in the Early Childhood Education and Care in various forms for more than 20 years. She has completed her Nursing Diploma and begun her career as a Mothercraft Nurse, caring for babies, toddlers and young children.

Debra then took a position as a School Services Officer before she moved on to working as a Fieldworker for Family Day Care for 4 years. During this time she completed a Diploma in Children’s Services with TAFESA and a degree in Children’s Services with Charles Darwin University.

An opportunity arose to work with TAFESA where she remained until December 2019, having been with them for almost 20 years. Debra is a passionate trainer and assessor and has worked across Certificate III and the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.
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Charmaine Debono

Education
Charmaine has worked in early childhood education and care settings for 10 years with children from aged 0-5 years. Whilst working as an Early Childhood Teacher, she completed a Certificate III and Diploma in Children’s Services, and went on to complete a Bachelor of Education (Birth to 5 years).
Charmaine has worked in early childhood education and care settings for 10 years with children from aged 0-5 years. Whilst working as an Early Childhood Teacher, she completed a Certificate III and Diploma in Children’s Services, and went on to complete a Bachelor of Education (Birth to 5 years).

Charmaine also gained a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment to allow her to share her passion for early childhood education and care with others.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many hours of work placement do I need to do for Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

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The course contains a minimum of 320 hours of work placement. Work placement hours can be done part time or as a block, depending on the host organisation's requirements and availability. To find out what the suitable workplaces are for this course, download the course guide.

Do I need to complete the Certificate III Early Childhood Education and Care first

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Yes. In order to enrol in the Diploma, you must hold a CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care or the CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.

Will I be able to run my own Family Day Care Centre after this Diploma

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From 1 July 2023, new family day care educators must hold an approved certificate III level (or higher) qualification prior to commencing their role in a family day care service and they cannot be 'actively working towards' a qualification. FDC requirements vary, so please check the regulations are requirements for your state.

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Pay in 88 instalments over the length of your course.
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Total course cost: $7,300.00
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