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CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education & Care




110 weeks (Incl Holidays)

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Domestic Students

Course Overview:

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.

They may have responsibility for supervision of volunteers or other staff.

Course Duration:

  • Training weeks: 90 weeks
  • Holiday weeks: 20 weeks
  • Total duration: 110 weeks

Course Structure:

Total number of units = 28 ( 23 Cores and 5 elective units)

CHCECE017 Foster the holistic development and wellbeing of the child (Core)
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically (Core)
CHCECE009 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice (Core)
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety (Core)
CHCECE001 Develop cultural competence (Core)
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people (Elective)
CHCECE002 Ensure the health and safety of 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)
HLTWHS003 Maintain work health and safety (Core)
CHCECE003 Provide care for children (Core)
CHCECE004 Promote and provide healthy food and drinks (Core)
CHCECE005 Provide care for babies and toddlers (Core)
CHCECE016 Establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment for children (Core)
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety (Elective)
CHCECE019 Facilitate compliance in an education and care service (Core)
CHCECE007 Develop positive and respectful relations with children (Core)
CHCECE025 Embed sustainable practices in service operations (Core)
CHCECE006 Support behaviour of children and young people (Elective)
CHCECE018 Nurture creativity in children (Core)
CHCECE020 Establish and implement plans for developing cooperative behavior (Core)
CHCECE022 Promote children’s agency (Core)
CHCECE021 Implement strategies for the inclusion of children (Core)
CHCECE023 Analyse information to inform learning (Core)
CHCECE026 Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate care for children (Core)
CHCECE024 Design and implement the curriculum to foster children’s learning and development (Core)
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice (Elective)
CHCECE012 Support children to connect with their world (Elective)

Placement: Minimum of 240 hours required as per the regulations – generally a single block or one/two days per week – completed towards the end of the qualification. The placement is usually completed in a long day care centre.
Practicum Requirements: 240hours

  • 60 hours – Birth – 2 yrs
  • 60 hours – 2 yrs
  • 60 hours – 3 – 5 yrs
  • 30 hours – must include a child with additional needs (any age group)
  • 30 hours – service management

Entry Requirements:

  •  Successfully complete a Language, Literacy & Numeracy (LLN) test OR submit copy of Year 12 Certificate
  •  18 years & above
  •  A current Working with Children Check
  •  Ability to use & operate a computer / laptop.
  •  Knowledge of basic use of office applications
  •  May require to attend an interview (face to face / phone / skype)
  •  Students may also need to have access to a computer & internet services outside class hours

Career Pathways:

The Certificate III qualification provides for employment in the following roles:

  • Childhood Education Manager
  • Nominated Supervisor
  • Centre manager (children’s services)
  • Children’s service director/manager
  • Children’s services coordinator
  • Director (children’s services)
  • Group/team coordinator/leader (children’s services)
  • Program leader (children’s services)
  • Educational Support Leader or Educational Support Officer

This qualification may provide a pathway into University Degree in Early Childhood with some Universities

Work Based Training (WBT)

The Workplace unit CHCECE017- Foster the holistic development and wellbeing of the child in early childhood is a practicum and must be undertaken in a real childcare workplace, where learner will gain experience of working in current industry environment and access to National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Care.  The student may already be in suitable employment or alternatively a suitable practical placement will be provided.  Work based training placements are designed to ensure that all required hours specified in unit are covered to further strengthen their skills.

All students need to be employed or volunteering in an ACECQA approved early childhood service to complete the practical components of their qualification. The Trainer Assessor will support you to arrange this placement if you don’t already have one. Students must have a current Working with Children Check prior to starting placement.

A logbook will be issued for CHCECE017- Foster the holistic development and wellbeing of the child in early childhood and each student will be required to complete a minimum 240 hours.  This is recorded in the logbook issued to students and signed by the immediate supervisor of the business operation. The work placement will be spread over the duration of the qualification. Placement working with children under 2 years of age is required (minimum of 60 hours with 0 -12 months and 60 hours with 12 – 24 months) the remaining hours can be spread across all ages between 0 – 5years. Actual hours completed is dependent on student capability.

Prior to placing students into a workplace Federation Academy will assess the suitability of the Childcare centre for work-based training.  This is to ensure that the workplace has the assessment conditions, as specified in the training package, necessary for students to effectively demonstrate the required skills.    In the event the workplace does not meet all of the requirements for assessment purposes Federation Academy will make alternative assessment arrangements with the student.

Once a workplace is deemed appropriate a formal agreement will be entered into with the establishment.  This involves the business operation accepting Federation Academy student/s for work placement. The formal agreement will specify the number of hours the student is required to complete, the type of shifts available along with the guidelines relevant to employer, student and Federation Academy.  Formal guidelines are developed to ensure all unit and course requirements are addressed.

Students undertaking practical placement in a workplace will follow timing and uniform requirements according to the workplace’s standards.

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