CHC50121 - Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
This qualification reflects the role of educators in early childhood education and care who work in regulated children’s education and care services in Australia. Educators at this level are responsible for designing and implementing curriculum that meets the requirements of an approved learning framework and for maintaining compliance in other areas of service operations. They use specialised knowledge and analyse and apply theoretical concepts to diverse work situations. They may have responsibility for supervision of volunteers or other educators.
Early childhood educators work in long day care centres, family day care, pre-schools or kindergartens.
To achieve this qualification, the individual must have completed a total of least 280 hours of work in a regulated children’s education and care service in Australia as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of units of competency. The total number of hours may be applied collectively across all units of competency that include the requirement for workplace hours.
No occupational licensing, certification or specific legislative requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.
Under the Education and Care Services National Law (2011) the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) publishes lists of approved early childhood education and care qualifications and information regarding regulatory requirements here: www.acecqa.gov.au.
Entry to this qualification is open to individuals who:
- hold a CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care or
- CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.
Total number of units = 15
- 12 core units
- 3 elective units, consisting of:
- 2 units from the electives listed below
- up to 1 unit from the list below, elsewhere in the CHC Community Services Training Package, or any other current Training Package or accredited course.
The selection of electives chosen must be guided by the job outcome sought, local sector requirements and the complexity of skills appropriate to the AQF level of this qualification.
Manage team effectiveness
Maintain a safe and healthy environment for children
Foster holistic early childhood learning, development and wellbeing
Nurture creativity in children
Facilitate compliance in a children’s education and care service
Foster positive and respectful interactions and behaviour in children
Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children
Analyse information to inform children’s learning
Plan and implement children’s education and care curriculum
Embed environmental responsibility in service operations
Work in partnership with children’s families
Reflect on and improve own professional practice
Support the learning and development of teams and individuals
Manage business operational plans
Develop and use emotional intelligence
Establish innovative work environments
Manage and promote diversity
Promote equity in access to the service
Plan service and supports for children and families
Respond to grievances and complaints about the service
Use collaborative practices to uphold child protection principles
Meet community information needs
Lead the work team
Develop and implement policy
Research and apply evidence to practice
Foster holistic learning, development and wellbeing for school age children
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