CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
This qualification (CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care) 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.
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This course is nationally recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).
There are no formal pre-requisites in the training package for course entry, however ACSE sets a number of its own entry requirements:
- LLN – Clients must demonstrate Language, Literacy and Numeracy skills in line with AQF qualification level demands and ACSF skill level. Each client will undergo an LLN assessment during the application process.
- Learning (ACSF Level 4), reading (ACSF Level 3), writing (ACSF Level 3), oral communication (ACSF Level 3) and numeracy (ACSF Level 3) are desirable to participate in the course. ACSE administers an LLN test based on the desirable ACSF levels.
- Clients must have access to a regulated education and care service facility that provides early education and care services to school aged and pre-school children. The candidate must be able to fulfill the work placement requirements of the course in a regulated education and care service facility. Work placement requirements will be discussed with all clients’ pre-enrolment. ACSE will assist where possible with work placement through its network of Little Oz Kids providers and other partner facilities, but can not guarantee students placement. We encourage students to find a facility which suits them geographically and ACSE will assist to broker the position with you.
- All students will be required to have completed the unit HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting and have a current Working with Children Check (WWCC) https://www.kidsguardian.nsw.gov.au/child-safe-organisations/working-with-children-check .
- Due to the course study requirements and individual employer workplace policy, clients must be able to satisfy the above LLN requirements prior to gaining entry to the course and the First Aid and WWCC prior to work placement.
You will need access to a computer and the internet to complete this course, as there is a requirement to conduct research and complete formative assessment activities away from the class environment.
Once enrolled, you will be emailed your login details to the learning management system. You can then access your course materials in electronic format and download to a flash drive or USB, or access them during class time through the student portal.
The following is a complete list of items we recommend you need, to complete your study program:
- Broadband Internet Connection (home). Connectivity in class will be provided by ACSE.
- Personal laptop or tablet to bring to class (highly recommended)
- Microsoft Office 2010 or later (MS Word at a minimum)
- Adobe Reader or equivalent
- You will also need access to a phone, printer, photocopier and scanner
- Adobe Flash Player 10 or higher
- Camera (Optional)
- Skype or Google Hangouts (Optional)
You will not be required to purchase any further reading material or textbooks. However, if you are new to the industry and dedicated to learning about your new career pathway, we recommend the Karen Kearns range of childcare textbooks. These include, Birth to Big School, The Big Picture, The Business of Childcare and Frameworks for Learning and Development.
- Most of these textbooks can be purchased online
The CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, is primarily delivered face to face in a classroom environment, with simulated workplace resources and settings.
The program also incorporates a mandatory work placement component, as a number of competencies need to be learned, consolidated, then demonstrated in an active care setting.
The program is also available for those who wish to study by supported distance learning, online through our Student Portal and work self paced.
The qualification is also available by recognition for those candidates who may have extensive experience in the industry or relevant disciplines and/or a combination if formal and informal training. A general benchmark for Diploma level recognition of workplace skills, is 5 years in the industry in question.
All students irrespective of delivery mode, will receive a unique student login at enrolment and be able to access all learning and assessment materials through the Student Portal and the e-learning platform.
Summary Delivery Modes
- Classroom Face to Face: This is the primary delivery mode for the qualification. All instruction and delivery will take place in a simulated classroom environment and be trainer led. The face to face classroom time will be combined with the mandatory work placement commitment. A complete training schedule will be provided on enrolment, which will give you a week by week training guide and assessment timelines.
- Blended learning – Self Paced: Your training program is delivered via online self-paced learning. Candidates are guided through the program with the assistance of step by step learning materials, and online support from an ACSE trainer/assessor. You will have regular submission dates for assessment, which will be clearly defined in the Schedule of Training provided at enrolment. You will need to provide strong evidence you have completed 240 hours of work placement in an approved care setting which meets Australian Standards. This will be a combination of signed workplace logbooks, pictures, video and live streaming with assessor.
- Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL): A formal online process for recognising existing skills and knowledge both formal and informal and work experience. RPL takes into account previous studies you may have completed, as well as life and work skills. You may be granted credits or exemptions for some units in this course based on the evidence you can provide.
- Classroom Face to Face: The main face to face delivery mode requires a student to attend face to face in a classroom environment, for two days a week over a period of 12 months. All sessions in the classroom will be trainer led. You will also be required to complete 240 hours of mandatory work placement. Work placement will commence in Week 5 of your training program after a number of units to prepare you for placement have been undertaken. An extension of a further 12 months can be granted if extenuating circumstances permit and/or at the discretion of the RTO Manager.
- Online learning – Self Paced: As the course is online and self-paced, completion rates may vary depending on a clients commitment to study per week and/or previous or current skill level and experience. In general however, learners will be given 12 months to complete the program and should aim to complete one unit per month.
An extension of a further 12 months can be granted if extenuating circumstances permit and/or at the discretion of the RTO Manager.
Recommended hrs of study is 15 to 18 hrs per week. Where the learner cohort consists of new entrants or inexperienced workers, they may require a longer time-frame of 20 hrs or more per week.
- RPL: As RPL is an evidence based approach, the timeline for completion is completely at the discretion of the candidate. Once you have decided on this assessment pathway and have received your RPL kit and information and had an initial interview with a trainer/assessor, the timeline is controlled by you. The sooner you gather evidence to meet the assessment criteria and/or complete any identified gap training, the sooner a qualification outcome can be determined and qualification issued.
To successfully complete CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, you must attain a grade of Competent for 28 Units of Competency and Satisfactory for all elements within those units.
ACSE uses the standard VET system of Competent or Not Yet Competent to apply outcomes and does not apply a percentile or hierarchical grading system, as this is competency based training and all competencies must be achieved.
Of the 28 units, 23 are Core units or mandatory and 5 are Electives. ACSE select electives based on current industry demand and to provide the best employment outcomes.
Units of Competency
- CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres strait islander cultural safety
The unit describes the skills and knowledge required to identify Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety issues in the workplace, model cultural safety in own work practice, and develop strategies to enhance cultural safety.
This unit applies to people working in a broad range of roles including those involved in direct client service, program planning, development and evaluation contexts.
- CHCECE001 Develop cultural competence
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work towards cultural competency and to support participation of all children and families in children’s services. This support includes contributing to children’s understanding and acceptance of all cultures.
This unit applies to educators working in a range of education and care services.
- CHCECE002 Ensure the health and safety of children
This unit describes the skills and knowledge to ensure the health and safety of children. This unit applies to educators working in a variety of education and care services.
- CHCECE003 Provide care for children This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to ensure children’s physical and emotional well-being is maintained and their self-sufficiency is nurtured.
- CHCECE004 Promote and provide healthy food and drinks This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to promote healthy eating and ensure that food and drinks provided are nutritious, appropriate for each child and prepared in a safe and hygienic manner.
- CHCECE005 Provide care for babies and toddlers
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required by educators working with babies and toddlers to ensure that the children’s physical and emotional wellbeing is maintained.
This unit applies to work with babies and toddlers from birth to 24 months in a range of early education and care contexts.
- CHCECE007 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children This unit describes the skills and knowledge required by educators working with children to ensure they can develop and maintain effective relationships and promote positive behaviour.
- CHCECE009 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to enable educators to provide children with opportunities to maximise their potential and develop a foundation for future success.
- CHCECE016 Establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment for children The unit describes the skills and knowledge to establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment for children.
- CHCECE017 Foster the holistic development and well-being of the child in early childhood This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to foster and enhance the holistic development and wellbeing of children from birth to 6 years of age.
- CHCECE018 Nurture creativity in children This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to nurture creativity in children.
- CHCECE019 Facilitate compliance in an education and care service This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to facilitate legislative, regulatory and National Quality Framework compliance within an education and care service.
- CHCECE020 Establish and implement plans for developing cooperative behaviour This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to support both individual and group plans for developing cooperative behaviour.
- CHCECE021 Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to support the inclusion of all children and to work with relevant others to plan and implement support strategies where required.
- CHCECE022 Promote children’s agency This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to promote and encourage children’s agency.
- CHCECE023 Analyse information to inform learning This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to gather and analyse information about children’s learning, in order to inform practice.
- CHCECE024 Design and implement the curriculum to foster children’s learning and development This unit describes the skills and knowledge required by educators to design, implement and evaluate the curriculum to foster children’s learning and development.
- CHCECE025 Embed sustainable practices in service operations This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to support children to connect with and contribute to their world and embed sustainable practice into service operations.
- CHCECE026 Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate education and care for children This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work in partnership with families to provide appropriate education and care for the child.
- CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to identify and work within the legal and ethical frameworks that apply to an individual job role.
This unit applies to community services and health workers who play a proactive role in identifying and meeting their legal and ethical responsibilities
- CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to support and protect children and young people who are at risk of harm. This work occurs within legislative and policy frameworks and carries a duty of care responsibility.
- HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to provide a first aid response to infants, children and adults.
The unit applies to educators and support staff working within an education and care setting who are required to respond to a first aid emergency, including asthmatic and anaphylactic emergencies.
- HLTWHS003 Maintain work health and safety This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to implement and monitor work health and safety (WHS) policies, procedures and work practices as part of a small work team.
- BSBLED401 Develop teams and individuals
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to determine individual and team development needs and to facilitate the development of the workgroup.
It applies to individuals with a broad knowledge of learning and development who apply their skills in addressing development needs to meet team objectives. They may have responsibility to provide guidance or to delegate aspects of tasks to others.
- BSBINN502 Build and sustain an innovative work environment This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to create an environment that enables and supports the application of innovative practice focusing on a holistic approach to the integration of innovation across all areas of work practice.
- CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work respectfully with people from diverse social and cultural groups and situations, including Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.
- CHCPOL002 Develop and implement policy
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to research, develop and implement new policy initiatives.
This unit applies to workers who are directly responsible for driving new policy directives across a business unit, team or service.
- CHCMGT003 Lead the work team
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to undertake supervisory and coordinating activities in work groups in health and community service organisations.
Workers at this level are team leaders or managers responsible for coordinating and monitoring the activities and performance of work teams and other service providers.
You will be provided access to learning materials including:
- Learners Guides
- Assessment Workbooks
- Case Studies
- Simulated Work Environment
- Other resources including videos and reference material
- Additional assessment resources
Fees are payable when you receive your confirmation of enrolment and invoice for the enrolment fee. Fees must be paid within 5 days of receiving this notification from ACSE. We may cancel an enrolment or discontinue training if fees are not paid as required. Payment methods include direct deposit, cheque or credit card via Pay Pal.
ACSE as an RTO, in line with fee protection mechanisms for students, is not allowed to collect more then $1500 in one payment from a student. For CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care you will be required to pay fees as follows:
- 1st Payment – Booking Confirmation (initial upfront payment to secure enrolment): $1500 (credit card, direct deposit, cash payment)
- 2nd Payment – Due within 14 days of course commencement: $500
- 3rd Payment – Made before calendar halfway mark of the program: $500
- 4th Payment – Made before the calendar 3/4 mark of the program: $500
- Final Payment – Made on completion and before certification is issued: $500
Our full Fee Schedule and Refund Policy are available at https://www.acse.edu.au/downloads/
As a condition of Enrolment and prior to signing any Enrolment paperwork, we require you to read our Refund Policy in full. This is to ensure you understand your rights with regard to obtaining a refund and any timelines that prescribe whether that can occur or not and the level of refund you may be entitled to.
Please go to https://acse.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Refund-and-Cancellation-Policy.pdf and read the policy in full or request a copy from [email protected]
To successfully complete the course, you will be required to submit a range of formative and summative assessment items at pre-determined intervals where possible. These include:
- Underpinning Knowledge reading and written responses
- Case study reading and written responses
- Journal and Ledger entry workbooks
- Practical projects
- Demonstration or observation (via video submission or digital media, mainly for RPL applicants)
- Presentation (via video submission as an alternative assessment mechanism)
Assessment is used to provide candidates with feedback on their progress and to measure their skills and knowledge against the training qualification requirements.
Assessment timelines will be provided on enrolment as part of your enrolment information package.
Candidates successfully completing all units of the program, will receive a Diploma for the nationally recognised qualification, CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.
Candidates who partially complete the course will receive a Statement of Attainment toward CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, only for the units of competency that they have completed.
Typically, graduates with CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, will be able to apply for the following roles:
- Lead Educator in Childcare Centre
- Family Day Care Educator
- Care Educator (Out Of School Hours – OOSH)
- Support worker child with needs
- Childcare Supervisor
- Room Leader
A further learning pathway utilising qualifications such as CHC81215 Graduate Certificate in Statutory Child Protection https://training.gov.au/Training/Details/CHC81215 would support a solid addition to existing higher level management and directorial roles, or for those moving into a child protection role with a government agency.
This qualification may assist with matriculation and fulfil higher education admission criteria for University. It may also provide a degree of Advanced Standing in higher education programs.
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