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Shaping the next generation

Set the next generation on the path to a positive future through a fulfilling career in early childhood education. In this Diploma you’ll learn how to work with parents to foster the well-being, learning and personal development of their very young children. The specific learning needs of children aged 0-5 will be the focus of your studies and you’ll explore all aspects of early childhood education from health and safety to cultural awareness and holistic development.

This course is nationally recognised and will lead to many exciting career opportunities, allowing participants to work as a professional in the Early Childhood Education profession.

Please note that Diploma level courses, by their nature, involve more learning than lower level courses. Due to this, some people may be better suited to begin, or continue their studies, in the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care or a Foundation Skills course, if their literacy and/or numeracy skills are not currently at a level where they would be likely to succeed in a Diploma. Please see the note below regarding Language, Literacy and Numeracy skills for further details.

This qualification reflects the role of early childhood educators who are responsible for designing and implementing curriculum in early childhood education and care services. In doing so they work to implement an approved learning framework within the requirements of the Education and Care Services National Regulations and the National Quality Standard.

This course involves units which relate to management-level responsibility and so provides an excellent basis for people with responsibility for supervision of volunteers or other staff in early childhood settings.

Topics include:

  • Working within a relevant legal and ethical framework
  • Developing cultural competence
  • Ensuring the health and safety of children
  • Providing care for children, babies and toddlers
  • Promote and provide healthy food and drinks
  • Developing positive and respectful relationships with children
  • Using an approved learning framework to guide practice
  • Establishing and maintain a safe and healthy environment for children
  • Facilitating compliance in an education and care services
  • Embedding sustainable practices in service operations
  • Identifying and responding to children and young people at risk
  • Providing an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting
  • Working effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers
  • Maintaining work health and safety
  • Fostering the holistic development and wellbeing of the child in early childhood
  • Nurturing the creativity of children
  • Establishing and implementing plans for developing cooperative behaviour
  • Implementing strategies for the inclusion of all children
  • Promoting children’s agency (i.e. creating environments and learning opportunities that suit children’s interests)
  • Analysing information to inform learning
  • Designing and implementing curriculum to foster children's learning and development
  • Working in partnership with families to provide appropriate education and care for children
  • Building and sustaining an innovative work environment
  • Reflection on and improving own professional practice
  • Working effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people
  • Developing teams and individuals
  • Coordinating the work environment

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LOCATION/S

Gold Coast - Southport

Key dates and info

DURATION

Blended: 1.5 years

Course details

COST

  • Full Fee $8,800
  • Subsidised $2,906
  • Concession $1,643

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Jamey Colthorpe

Have a positive impact on those around you

Whilst I have always been an empathetic and caring person, I gained a tremendous amount of insight and knowledge from my teachers, that further allowed me to connect on a deeper level with those in need. The confidence I drew from hearing the real world experiences from my teachers and those around me instilled a greater sense of belief within myself; that as an individual I can have a tremendous effect on the people around me. Completing this course and being around such amazing children has made me want to become a better person.

Jamey Colthorpe
Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Thank you

A thank you to all our amazing students. We are so glad you enjoyed your time with TAFE Queensland Gold Coast.

Course snapshot

Key dates

LOCATION START DATE DELIVERY
Gold Coast - Southport 29 Jan 2018 Blended

Entry requirements

  • All applicants (direct entry or applying through QTAC) must provide a copy of their Year 12 certificate.  Applicants that are not able to produce a copy of this document are required to complete the Basic Key Skills Builder (BKSB) test before enrolment.
  • To access Higher Level Skills funding for this course the prospective student must meet all subsidy eligibility.

Literacy and Numeracy
While this training package does not stipulate any entry requirements, students do need to have, or be able to attain, a level of literacy and numeracy skills that will enable them to gain the required skills and knowledge to complete their course and ultimately to work in their chosen field.  TAFE Queensland Gold Coast is committed to ensuring that students receive training, assessment and support services that meet their individual needs.  Therefore, before commencing this course, all students are required to participate in an Orientation session where they complete a set of Literacy and Numeracy tasks. These tasks are designed to identify students at risk of not being able to complete their course due to their level of Literacy and Numeracy skills.

Students identified at risk of non-completion due to their literacy and/or numeracy skills are contacted confidentially by one of TAFE Queensland Gold Coast’s specialist Learning Support Teachers. Recommendations may include participation in a foundation skills program focusing on Literacy and Numeracy skills or a course at a lower qualification level on the Australian Qualifications Framework prior to attempting their chosen course. Recommendations may also include use of the additional assistance available from the Learning Support Team throughout their course.

Any student who withdraws prior to commencement of study is entitled to a full refund. Further periods of penalty-free withdrawal often apply, but differ between payment type, so please check your relevant refund policy for further details. Please note that students are also able to transfer from one course to another within the first two weeks of study without penalty but transferring as early as possible will provide the student with the best opportunity to be successful in their alternative course.

Students must be able to undertake vocational placement throughout the program.

Blue Card for Vocational Placement
Students must be eligible for a Working with Children check or state equivalent (commonly known in Queensland as a Blue Card) 1800 113 611 or http://www.bluecard.qld.gov.au

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
For RPL enquiries please contact the RPL Team at rplcoordinator.goldcoast@tafe.qld.edu.au.

Location/s

Gold Coast - Southport
91-99 Scarborough Street
Southport QLD 4215

Resources required

Students must have:

  • a computer with access to the Internet and an email account; and
  • Microsoft Word or Office for Mac (or an alternative word processing on their computer.

Technical Specifications
Prospective students must have the following computer technical specifications before they can access the course materials and participate in the learning program:

  • Minimum screen resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels
  • Windows PC or Apple Mac - please note: portable devices (smartphones, iPads, tablets, slates) do not necessarily support all the features of Connect, our Learning Management System, and may not work properly for submitting assessments
  • Computer running a minimum of Windows 7 or Apple Macintosh OSX 10.8
  • Connect has been designed to function on these minimum browser versions: Google Chrome (latest) (highly recommended for students), Firefox (latest), Safari (latest), Internet Explorer 10 - older versions of browsers may not correctly display information
  • ADSL or Cable Broadband is highly recommended
  • Audio playback enabled on your computer (many activities use audio interaction)
  • Students may require a headset with the capacity to listen and talk back (USB connection headsets are known to give superior sound quality)

Students who live near TAFE Queensland Gold Coast, may be able to utilise it's library facilities at Coomera, Ashmore or Southport during library opening hours. To confirm opening times, please call 07 5581 8300.

For vocational placement the student will need to have:

  • Professional clothing
  • Enclosed shoes
  • Wide brimmed hat

Support Services: TAFE Queensland Gold Coast undertakes a duty of care towards students and offers student support services.

Timetable

  • This course is offered full-time as face-to-face on-campus study for 18 months, combined with teacher-directed workshops, workplace delivery learning and assessment, online activities and student-directed online learning.
  • The standard face-to-face teaching week is Monday and Friday from 9.00am-3.00pm at Southport.
  • Access to a tutorial class for further support two days per week at Southport from 9.00am-3.00pm.
  • Additionally, students are expected to complete approximately 20 hours a week teacher-directed readings, research, activities and assessment work online. 
  • Workplace delivery is undertaken for a minimum of 240 hours as 'on the job' learning/vocational placement.  Teachers visit students on workplace delivery twice per term.  This is equivalent to a full-time study load of approximately 30 hours per week.

Classes are conducted:

  • On campus face-to-face (teacher-facilitated learning)
  • Face-to-face workshops conducted twice per term
  • Teacher-directed (online learning and recommended readings suggested as homework tasks)
  • Student-directed (online reading, research and assessment work)
  • Workplace delivery/learning activities (on-the-job learning and assessment – vocational placement 240 hours)

Various methods of assessment include:

Direct
This involves the assessor directly observing the candidate performing the tasks which facilitates a decision of competent or not yet competent.

For example:

  • an assessor attends a day care centre and observes a candidate changing a nappy on a baby
  • an assessor asks a candidate why they chose particular resources and equipment for setting up a play area for 4-5 year olds.

Indirect
This involves evidence which supports the candidate being able to perform a task.

For example:

  • a finished product created by the candidate - portfolio, resource, poster
  • a written assessment piece responding to specific knowledge questions.

Third Party Evidence
Also referred to as supplementary evidence, provided by Early Childhood Education professionals/supervisors in the Vocational Placement setting, another important means for assessors to make a judgement about the candidate’s competence.

Competency Conversation
For example: asking the candidate to explain their understanding of the Early Years Learning Framework and how this is evidenced in their work.

Workplace Projects
For example, reviewing examples of products that the candidate has generated to assist with the implementation of a policy or procedure.

Workplace Documents
For example, rosters and time sheets, minutes of staff meetings, position descriptions.

Video And Photos
For example, a video of a candidate changing a nappy or teaching a child to learn a new song.

Placement

Workplace delivery is undertaken for a minimum of 240 hours as 'on the job' learning/vocational placement.  

Units

To achieve this qualification students must demonstrate competency in 28 units, 23 core and 5 electives.

UNIT CODE DESCRIPTION TYPE
CHCECE001 Develop cultural competence Core
CHCECE002 Ensure the health and safety of children Core
CHCECE003 Provide care for children Core
CHCECE004 Promote and provide healthy food and drinks Core
CHCECE005 Provide care for babies and toddlers Core
CHCECE007 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children Core
CHCECE009 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice Core
CHCECE026 Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate education and care for children Core
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk Core
HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting Core
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety Core
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically Core
CHCECE016 Establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment for children Core
CHCECE017 Foster the holistic development and wellbeing of the child in early childhood Core
CHCECE018 Nurture creativity in children Core
CHCECE019 Facilitate compliance in an education and care service Core
CHCECE020 Establish and implement plans for developing cooperative behaviour Core
CHCECE021 Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children Core
CHCECE022 Promote children's agency Core
CHCECE023 Analyse information to inform learning Core
CHCECE024 Design and implement the curriculum to foster children's learning and development Core
CHCECE025 Embed sustainable practices in service operations Core
HLTWHS003 Maintain work health and safety Core
BSBINN502 Build and sustain an innovative work environment Elective
CHCECE029 Respond to problems and complaints about the service Elective
CHCINM002 Meet community information needs Elective
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice Elective
CHCPRP004 Promote and represent the service Elective

Disclaimer

Not all electives available at all campuses

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VET Student Loans

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Prior to applying for a VET Student Loan, please ensure that you have read and understood the VET Student Loans Pre-Enrolment Information

VET Student Loans are an interest-free loan from the Australian Government that help students pay for their education and training.

TAFE Queensland receives the full loan amount for your course directly from the Government, and you repay your loan through the Australian taxation system once your income reaches a certain threshold.

You are eligible for a VET Student Loan if you:

You must demonstrate academic suitability by:

  • providing a copy of your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (year 12 certificate); OR
  • providing evidence of successful completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework certificate IV or higher qualification (where the language of instruction is English), OR
  • are assessed as a minimum of Exit Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework (ASCF) in both reading and numeracy

VET student loans will not be approved for students who do not meet the eligibility requirements. VET student loans gives rise to a HELP debt that continues to be a debt due to the Commonwealth until it is repaid.

Please note that all students enrolling in an accredited course are required to provide a Unique Student Identifier (USI).

More information about VET Student Loans.

 

Payment Plan

If you have difficulty paying the full cost of a course up front, or you are not eligible for VET Student Loan, you might be eligible for a payment plan. This will allow you to pay for your course in instalments, rather than one upfront payment at the time of enrolment.

Note: If you are accessing a VET Student Loan, and there is a difference between the loan cap amount and the total cost of your course (for example your loan cap amount is $10,000 and your course costs $11,000 - there is a $1,000 difference), you are required to pay the difference.

Subsidised

The Queensland Government will offset the cost of study for eligible students. You will still need to pay for a portion of your study costs. The amount above is what you will need to pay.

VET Student Loans

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Prior to applying for a VET Student Loan, please ensure that you have read and understood the VET Student Loans Pre-Enrolment Information

VET Student Loans are an interest-free loan from the Australian Government that help students pay for their education and training.

TAFE Queensland receives the full loan amount for your course directly from the Government, and you repay your loan through the Australian taxation system once your income reaches a certain threshold.

You are eligible for a VET Student Loan if you:

You must demonstrate academic suitability by:

  • providing a copy of your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (year 12 certificate); OR
  • providing evidence of successful completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework certificate IV or higher qualification (where the language of instruction is English), OR
  • are assessed as a minimum of Exit Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework (ASCF) in both reading and numeracy

VET student loans will not be approved for students who do not meet the eligibility requirements. VET student loans gives rise to a HELP debt that continues to be a debt due to the Commonwealth until it is repaid.

Please note that all students enrolling in an accredited course are required to provide a Unique Student Identifier (USI).

More information about VET Student Loans.

 

Payment Plan

If you have difficulty paying the full cost of a course up front, or you are not eligible for VET Student Loan, you might be eligible for a payment plan. This will allow you to pay for your course in instalments, rather than one upfront payment at the time of enrolment.

Note: If you are accessing a VET Student Loan, and there is a difference between the loan cap amount and the total cost of your course (for example your loan cap amount is $10,000 and your course costs $11,000 - there is a $1,000 difference), you are required to pay the difference.

Concession

You are eligible for the concession price of a course if you are eligible for subsidised training, and are listed on an Australian Government Low Income Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card, if you are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, you hold a Department of Veterans' Affairs Pensioner Concession Card, or if you have a disability.

VET Student Loans

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Prior to applying for a VET Student Loan, please ensure that you have read and understood the VET Student Loans Pre-Enrolment Information

VET Student Loans are an interest-free loan from the Australian Government that help students pay for their education and training.

TAFE Queensland receives the full loan amount for your course directly from the Government, and you repay your loan through the Australian taxation system once your income reaches a certain threshold.

You are eligible for a VET Student Loan if you:

You must demonstrate academic suitability by:

  • providing a copy of your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (year 12 certificate); OR
  • providing evidence of successful completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework certificate IV or higher qualification (where the language of instruction is English), OR
  • are assessed as a minimum of Exit Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework (ASCF) in both reading and numeracy

VET student loans will not be approved for students who do not meet the eligibility requirements. VET student loans gives rise to a HELP debt that continues to be a debt due to the Commonwealth until it is repaid.

Please note that all students enrolling in an accredited course are required to provide a Unique Student Identifier (USI).

More information about VET Student Loans.

 

Payment Plan

If you have difficulty paying the full cost of a course up front, or you are not eligible for VET Student Loan, you might be eligible for a payment plan. This will allow you to pay for your course in instalments, rather than one upfront payment at the time of enrolment.

Note: If you are accessing a VET Student Loan, and there is a difference between the loan cap amount and the total cost of your course (for example your loan cap amount is $10,000 and your course costs $11,000 - there is a $1,000 difference), you are required to pay the difference.

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Payment options explained

No matter what your circumstances, TAFE Queensland Gold Coast has a payment option to suit you. If you are unsure of what's right for you, or just want someone to talk it over with, call us on 07 5581 8300. We're here to help.

Additional Costs

There are no additional costs to study this course.

Outcome

Work options range from:

  • Early Childhood Education and Care Educator
  • Certified Supervisor (Educator)
  • Outside School Hours Care Coordinator
  • Homecare and After School Care
  • Family Day Care Coordinator
  • Nanny
  • Resort Care

This qualification is recognised by the Office of Early Childhood Education and Care as an appropriate third year qualification to upgrade as a Nominated Supervisor (Director) of a Child Care Centre www.acecqa.gov.au

Job prospects

  • Early Childhood Educator
  • Homecare and After School Care
  • Resort Care
  • Outside School Hours Care Worker
  • Family Day Care Coordinator
  • Nanny

University pathways

A course with TAFE Queensland Gold Coast can be a great path to university. In many cases, you can save up to one year from your university qualification.

Read our University Pathways guide to learn all about it.

Jamey Colthorpe

Have a positive impact on those around you

Whilst I have always been an empathetic and caring person, I gained a tremendous amount of insight and knowledge from my teachers, that further allowed me to connect on a deeper level with those in need. The confidence I drew from hearing the real world experiences from my teachers and those around me instilled a greater sense of belief within myself; that as an individual I can have a tremendous effect on the people around me. Completing this course and being around such amazing children has made me want to become a better person.

Jamey Colthorpe
Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

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  • Read the student rules and refund policy
  • Read the Pre-enrolment Information
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Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of prior learning

Fast-track your way to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. Getting recognition for the skills you've gained from the workplace or previous learning means less study time for you, and getting the paper to prove you're qualified a whole lot sooner.

More about RPL

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http://tafegoldcoast.edu.au/study-with-us/career-changers-jobseeker/recognition-prior-learning

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Note: All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolments.

Last updated on 25 July 2017

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