Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

CHC50113 | CRICOS: 082222G

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Advance your skills and knowledge for an extremely rewarding career!

The early years count! Education in a child’s early years provides a critical foundation for cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional and motor development. For this reason, becoming a professional childcare educator can be so rewarding.

If you wish to upgrade your skills and knowledge in the early childhood education sector, this is the right qualification for you!

As a Diploma graduate you will open up a plethora of opportunities in the childcare industry. According to ACECQA, educators with a diploma qualification are more suitably qualified and are better sought-after by childcare centres in Australia. Furthermore, with childcare in the top 5 occupations in Australia with the largest number of new jobs expected by 2020, you can enter this career path knowing you are in high demand in the workforce.

Course Overview

As a Diploma graduate you will open up a plethora of opportunities in the childcare industry. According to ACECQA, educators with a diploma qualification are more suitably qualified and are better sought-after by childcare centres in Australia. Furthermore, with childcare in the top 5 occupations in Australia with the largest number of new jobs expected by 2020, you can enter this career path knowing you are in high demand in the workforce.

As an educator you will be qualified to supervise staff and students and volunteers, implement programs for the children in an early years setting.

Course Duration
92 weeks
Entry Requirements

IELTS 5.5(no band below 5.0)* or equivalent

Completion of Year 12 (or equivalent in the student’s home country).

Students who have not completed high school must have relevant work experience or a qualification that indicate a likely success of course completion.

Tuition fees

From $13,000**

Work placement hours

360 hours

Prior to work placement you are required to apply for blue care (working with children check).

Intake Dates

Every second Tuesday; see the PDF for all the dates

* Alternatively, students are required to take a pre-test before enrolment.

**Additional costs include: Materials fee $500+ First Aid $170 + Enrolment fee $250; this is a guide only, please contact QAT for the exact cost.

Course Highlights

  • This qualification is designed for students who wish to advance their skills and knowledge in the early childhood education and care sector.
  • This qualification is nationally recognised.
  • Students will further develop their knowledge in supporting young children’s development in various aspects.
  • Students will gain leadership and management skills in the children service setting.
  • All of our students gain real world experience by visiting and working in local childcare centres.
  • QAT helps arrange work based training for our students.

Course Units

CHCECE007
Develop positive and respectful relationships with children
CHCECE002
Ensure the health and safety of children
CHCPRT001
Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
CHCECE004
Promote and provide healthy food and drinks
CHCECE005
Provide care for babies and toddlers
CHCECE003
Provide care for children
HLTAID004
Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting
CHCLEG001
Work legally and ethically
CHCECE001
Develop cultural competence
CHCDIV002
Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
CHCECE009
Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
CHCECE023
Analyse information to inform learning
CHCECE017
Foster the holistic development and wellbeing of the child in early childhood
CHCECE024
Design and implement the curriculum to foster children’s learning and development
HLTWHS003
Maintain work health and safety
CHCECE021
Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children
CHCECE016
Establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment for children
CHCECE025
Embed sustainable practices in service operations
CHCECE018
Nurture creativity in children
CHCECE020
Establish and implement plans for developing cooperative behaviour
CHCECE026
Work in partnerships with families to provide appropriate education and care for children
CHCDIV001
Work with diverse people
CHCPOL002
Develop and implement policy
CHCECE022
Promote children’s agency
CHCECE019
Facilitate compliance in an education and care service
CHCMGT003
Lead the work team
BSBMGT605
Provide leadership across the organization
CHCPRP003
Reflect on and improve own professional practice

Work Placement Centers

  • Goodstart Early Learning in Murarrie
  • World of Learning in Varsity Lakes
  • Kindy Patch Kids in Paddington
  • Mother Duck in Cannon Hill
  • Guardian Early Learning Group
  • Day One Early Learning Centres in Dakabin
  • Lead Childcare in Wooloowin
  • Perfect Beginnings Child Care Centre in Eight Mile Plains
  • Petit Early Learning Journey in Wooloowin
  • Kaleidoscope Kids Early Learning Centres in Goodna

Career Opportunities

Job prospects upon completion of this course include:

  • Before and After School Care Coordinator
  • Lead Educator
  • Long Day Care Service Centre Manager
  • Family Day Care Coordinator
  • Centre Administrator

Further Study

Students can pursue further studies from our wide range of university pathways. Pathways include a Bachelor degree in:

  • Education (Early Childhood)
  • Human Service and Social Science. Students can have up to 8 units credit (1 year) transferred.

For more information on our university pathways, please see Pathways.

Work

Graduates can also choose to immediately commence their careers as an educator in an early childhood environment.

What students are saying about QAT

“I had the opportunity to study at QAT, great people and great staff. I had many experiences, I had difficult moments and sometimes hard to express my frustrations, however the trainers always were there to support me, been patient with me they help me to continue until the end."
Leidy From Colombia
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