Warrnambool, Portland, Hamilton
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|Full-time, On Campus, Workplace, Online, Workshops
|Two evenings a week via virtual classroom, one full-day workshop every second month on campus, work placement two days a week plus a two-week leadership placement towards the end of the course (minimum 280 hours).
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 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.
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.
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.
In particular, you will gain hands-on skills and experience in:
Two evening classes a week via Smart Classroom*, one full-day workshop every second month on campus, plus work placement two days a week and a three-week leadership placement towards the end of the course.
*Smart Classroom means the teacher will not always be physically present and may teach via video conferencing. This will alternate between campuses. You will still be required to attend the campus.
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 280 hours of placement in a regulated early learning centre as part of your course including a 2 week leadership placement towards the end of the course. This can be in your place of employment or as a volunteer.
If required outside of your place of work, SWTAFE will arrange these placements for you.
Why don’t you come along to our next course info session to find out everything you need to start your learning journey? You can chat with our teachers, tour our facilities, learn more about the course, find out about the application process and get your questions answered by our course experts.
Entry requirements for this course include:
You will complete 2 units in this qualification and then transition to the new qualification
You will need to complete 280 hours of practical placement in a regulated early childhood centre.
|Reflect on and improve own professional practice
|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
|Meet community information needs
|Develop and use emotional intelligence
|Support the learning and development of teams and individuals
|Respond to grievances and complaints about the service
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.
Once you have applied for your chosen course, you will receive a thank you email from South West TAFE with a few steps to help process your enrolment.
Complete a Pre-Training Review
You will receive an email to complete a Pre-Training Review online evaluation. This evaluation helps us tailor your training to suit your needs.
Create or provide a Unique Student Identifier (USI)
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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. The course fees published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Course fee funding is made available to eligible individuals by the Victorian and Commonwealth Governments. If funding is utilised, this may affect opportunities to access additional funding in the future. An accurate quote for this course will be provided during the enrolment process.
|Course fees by student type
|Indicative Course Fee
|Government subsidised rate (if eligible)
|Full fee rate (if not eligible for govt subsidy)
A Free TAFE Pathways Program is a group of courses that complement each other to help you continue to train for the career and industry you may wish to work in. For eligible students, these courses are tuition fee free. Depending on the course, you may still be required to pay material fees. The consumable fees for this course are listed in the above table.
Some courses require specific resources or materials necessary for your study eg: tools of the trade, excursions, etc. Final costs will be determined upon enrolment.
|Additional course fees
|Indicative Course Fee
|Course consumable/materials (approximate)
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Once we have processed your enrolment form, you will receive an email with your invoice.
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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If you need any assistance with applying, contact our team on 1300 648 911 or visit your nearest campus.
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