Warrnambool, Portland, Hamilton
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|Length||14 months (second year of the Diploma course)|
|Timetable||Evening class each week via Smart Classroom*Full-day workshops every second month2 days a week work placement plus3-week leadership placement*Smart Classroom (the teacher may not always be physically present and may teach via smart technology)|
This qualification reﬂects the role of early childhood educators who are responsible for designing, implementing and monitoring curriculum in early childhood education and care services, with an emphasis on play-based learning.
You will learn to be a lead educator, who implements an approved learning framework within the requirements of the Education and Care Services National Regulations and the National Quality Standards.
You must complete a minimum of 240 hours of practical placement in a regulated early learning centre as part of this course. This placement is arranged by South West TAFE for you.
Following the completion of this course, you can apply to complete a Bachelor of Education (Early Years) or Bachelor of Education (Primary) with Deakin University. You can apply for Recognition of Prior Learning and receive credits toward your degree.
The Certiﬁcate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC30113) is a requirement for entry into this course. By completing the Certificate III first, you are able to complete the Diploma in fourteen months (instead of two years).
During this course, you will learn about the intellectual, social, emotional, physical needs and educational development of children. You will gain the skills and knowledge to support their rights, safety and wellbeing.
You will become qualified to supervise staff and volunteers. You will develop the necessary knowledge and skills to plan, implement and manage programs in accordance with relevant legislation, standards and duty of care requirements.
In particular, you will gain hands-on skills and experience in:
Classes at Hamilton and Portland will be delivered via Smart Classroom.
The Smart Classroom delivery mode allows you to virtually attend and actively participate in classes, interact with other students and the teacher, while at the same time reducing the need for travel – especially at night. Although it is not quite the same as having a teacher in the class with you, the teacher will be available to answer any questions live and in real-time. Teachers are also able to assist students outside of class times.
Following the completion of this course, you may choose to continue study in the education industry at Bachelor level in Early Years or Primary Education. You may be able to apply for credit for prior learning with your chosen university or TAFE.
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Upon completion, you can apply for a course with Deakin University to complete a:
You can apply for Recognition of Prior Learning and receive credits toward your degree.
You are required to complete a minimum of 240 hours in a regulated early learning centre as part of your course. We will arrange this placement for you.
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Industry is constantly having input into training packages to ensure course content is relevant and industry specific. Where this occurs, the course code, title, units and content may change in the future and you may be enrolled into the new qualification. If relevant, further information will be provided on our website, upon enrolment and/or during the course of your training.
Entry requirements for this course include:
To be eligible for this qualification you must successfully complete 15 units: 12 core and 3 elective.
13 units would have already been completed during your studies in the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.
You will also need to complete 240 hours of practical placement in a regulated early childhood centre.
|Unit Code||Unit Name||Unit Hours||Unit Consumables|
|CHCECE016||Establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment for children||50||$0.00|
|CHCECE017||Foster the holistic development and wellbeing of the child in early childhood||240||$0.00|
|CHCECE018||Nurture creativity in children||80||$0.00|
|CHCECE019||Facilitate compliance in an education and care service||120||$0.00|
|CHCECE020||Establish and implement plans for developing cooperative behaviour||50||$0.00|
|CHCECE021||Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children||50||$0.00|
|CHCECE022||Promote children's agency||80||$0.00|
|CHCECE023||Analyse information to inform learning||70||$0.00|
|CHCECE024||Design and implement the curriculum to foster children's learning and development||170||$0.00|
|CHCECE025||Embed sustainable practices in service operations||60||$0.00|
|CHCECE026||Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate education and care for children||70||$0.00|
|HLTWHS003||Maintain work health and safety||40||$0.00|
|Unit Code||Unit Name||Unit Hours||Unit Consumables|
|BSBLDR403||Lead team effectiveness||50||$0.00|
|CHCPOL002||Develop and implement policy||90||$0.00|
|CHCPRP003||Reflect on and improve own professional practice||120||$0.00|
This course involves accredited units. You will be required to complete assessment tasks to demonstrate your underpinning knowledge, skills and attributes to meet the course outcomes. A combination of written, oral and practical assessment strategies will be used in either a classroom, online or workplace environment.
Where units require demonstration of skills in a workplace environment, you will have the opportunity to do this either in your own workplace (where appropriate), through a practical placement, or by using one of the Institute's simulated workshops/classrooms. Detailed information about the types, conduct and dates of assessments will be provided in advance. You will also be provided with information about the opportunity for reassessment and appeal.
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If you have experience or prior qualifications, you may be eligible to apply for recognition of prior learning and gain credits. You will be asked to provide any relevant Statement of Attainment to support identified credits.
Here's an outline of fees and costs associated with your course.
Your fees each year can be made up of 3 different elements. Everyone has different circumstances that can affect what you pay and how much you pay. :
There are 4 different rates of tuition fees. Only one will apply to you (depending on your eligibility and circumstances).
The fees listed below are indicative only and may be subject to change without notice and given individual circumstances. Your actual fees will be calculated based on your individual circumstances at the time of enrolment. Funding made available to eligible individuals by State and Commonwealth Governments. If funding is utilised, this may affect future opportunities to access additional funding in the future.
|Course fees by student type||Indicative Course Fee|
|Government subsidised rate (if eligible)||$4,815.00|
|Full fee rate (if not eligible for govt subsidy)||$16,285.00|
Students who are eligible for Victorian government-subsidised training will not pay course tuition fees for the duration of their enrolment in this course, however, there may be some consumable/material fees for the course (find out more below). The consumable fees for this course are listed in the above table.
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Some courses require specific resources or materials necessary for your study eg: tools of the trade, excursions, etc. Final costs will be determined and discussed with you prior to enrolment.
|Additional course fees||Indicative Course Fee|
|Course consumable/materials (approximate)||$70.00|
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Payments will need to be arranged within five(5) business days of receiving the email containing your invoice.
We also offer a range of scholarships each year which you may be eligible to apply for to assist with course fees.
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