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CHC50121

Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students

Progress your career in Early Childhood Education and Care with this advanced qualification and gain the specialised skills and knowledge needed to work as an early childhood educator or centre director.

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NEXT INTAKE On campus: Cairns Starts anytime Duration: 18 months
STUDY LOCATIONS Far North Queensland
WAYS TO STUDY On campus Apprenticeships and traineeships
WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Concession
$270
Subsidised
$1,605
Full Fee
$7,800
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Course overview

Take the next step in your child care career with this advanced qualification designed specifically for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. This course is perfect for people who are already working in early childhood education and care, and want to progress their career as an educator or centre director.

The demand for diploma-trained early childhood staff has risen strongly over the past decade, and the number of higher-level vacancies is expected to continue to increase. According to the Australian Government's Job Outlook service, there will be around 10,000 Early Childhood Education and Care centre managers required in Australia over the next five years. 

This course will give you the skills and practical knowledge to design and implement early childhood programs by understanding the emotional, physical, cognitive, and social needs of young children. Our highly-experienced team of industry professionals will give you the support you need to succeed throughout the course of your studies.

Successful completion of this course will qualify you to design and implement early childhood education and care programs. You will be equipped with the skills you need to plan, implement, and evaluate programs in line with approved learning frameworks and regulatory requirements. You will also have a solid foundation to continue with further study.

What can I do?

  • Early Childhood Educator
  • Early Childhood Centre Director

Course outcome:

CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

JobTrainer funded course

This course is eligible for JobTrainer funding, meaning it could be $150 for eligible school-leavers, young people and job seekers looking to develop new skills. Training is proudly delivered by TAFE Queensland and jointly funded by the Australian Government and Queensland Government. Learn more >

Indigenous student support

Our dedicated ISSOs provide tailored support designed to meet the unique needs of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. ISSOs can provide assistance with enrolment processes, Centrelink ABSTUDY enquiries, tutor support, referrals to other community service providers, enrolment into 'away from base' courses, and personal support.

What you will study

The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete all core and 3 elective units from the list below. You will also be required to undertake 280 hours of vocational placement in an approved setting.

  • UNIT CODE
  • UNIT NAME

  • UNIT CODE
  • BSBTWK502
    Manage team effectiveness
    UNIT CODE :
    BSBTWK502
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to lead teams in the workplace and to actively engage with the management of the organisation.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Manage team effectiveness

  • UNIT CODE
  • CHCECE041
    Maintain a safe and healthy environment for children
    UNIT CODE :
    CHCECE041
    Unit description :
    The unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge to monitor and maintain health and safety in the areas of individual health, hygiene, infectious disease, supervision, risk management, incident and emergency management. It includes the ability to contribute to the ongoing improvement of workplace health and safety policies and procedures.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Maintain a safe and healthy environment for children

  • UNIT CODE
  • CHCECE042
    Foster holistic early childhood learning, development and wellbeing
    UNIT CODE :
    CHCECE042
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to foster and enhance the holistic learning, development and wellbeing of children from birth to six years of age. It includes the ability to use detailed knowledge of different developmental domains and developmental theory and how these domains link to support holistic development.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Foster holistic early childhood learning, development and wellbeing

  • UNIT CODE
  • CHCECE043
    Nurture creativity in children
    UNIT CODE :
    CHCECE043
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to develop, implement and evaluate experiences that nurture creativity in children through construction, digital technologies, dramatic play, imaginative play, movement, music and visual art.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Nurture creativity in children

  • UNIT CODE
  • CHCECE044
    Facilitate compliance in a children’s education and care service
    UNIT CODE :
    CHCECE044
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to facilitate legislative, regulatory and National Quality Framework compliance in an education and care service.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Facilitate compliance in a children’s education and care service

  • UNIT CODE
  • CHCECE045
    Foster positive and respectful interactions and behaviour in children
    UNIT CODE :
    CHCECE045
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to develop guidelines that foster positive and respectful interactions and behaviour, and to monitor and support children’s learning, development and wellbeing in this area.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Foster positive and respectful interactions and behaviour in children

  • UNIT CODE
  • CHCECE046
    Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children
    UNIT CODE :
    CHCECE046
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to promote inclusion and diversity and to plan, implement and monitor individual support strategies.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children

  • UNIT CODE
  • CHCECE047
    Analyse information to inform children’s learning
    UNIT CODE :
    CHCECE047
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to gather and analyse information about children’s learning to inform practice.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Analyse information to inform children’s learning

  • UNIT CODE
  • CHCECE048
    Plan and implement children’s education and care curriculum
    UNIT CODE :
    CHCECE048
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to plan, implement and evaluate curriculum over a period of time to foster children’s learning and development.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Plan and implement children’s education and care curriculum

  • UNIT CODE
  • CHCECE049
    Embed environmental responsibility in service operations
    UNIT CODE :
    CHCECE049
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to develop, implement and evaluate a sustainability management plan and support children’s environmental responsibility.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Embed environmental responsibility in service operations

  • UNIT CODE
  • CHCECE050
    Work in partnership with children’s families
    UNIT CODE :
    CHCECE050
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to establish relationships with families, connect with the local and broader community and promote opportunities for collaboration and sharing of information with families to support effective education and care for children.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Work in partnership with children’s families

  • UNIT CODE
  • CHCPRP003
    Reflect on and improve own professional practice
    UNIT CODE :
    CHCPRP003
    Unit description :

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to evaluate and enhance own practice through a process of reflection and ongoing professional development.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Reflect on and improve own professional practice

CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Northern Peninsula Area
Anytime
18 months
Compulsory residential block attendance. Residential block dates will be confirmed upon enrolment.
Mixed mode
  • Concession: $270
  • Subsidised: $1,605
  • Full fee: $7,800
Cairns
Anytime
18 months
Compulsory residential block attendance. Residential block dates will be confirmed upon enrolment.
Mixed mode
  • Concession: $270
  • Subsidised: $1,605
  • Full fee: $7,800
Thursday Island
Anytime
18 months
Compulsory residential block attendance. Residential block dates will be confirmed upon enrolment..
Mixed mode
  • Concession: $270
  • Subsidised: $1,605
  • Full fee: $7,800
CAMPUS APPRENTICESHIP/TRAINEESHIP DELIVERY MODE
Northern Peninsula Area
Apprenticeship
WORKPLACE
DROP IN DAYS
BLOCK TRAINING
DAY RELEASE
MOBILE VAN
MIXED MODE
Cairns
Apprenticeship
WORKPLACE
DROP IN DAYS
BLOCK TRAINING
DAY RELEASE
MOBILE VAN
MIXED MODE
Thursday Island
Apprenticeship
WORKPLACE
DROP IN DAYS
BLOCK TRAINING
DAY RELEASE
MOBILE VAN
MIXED MODE
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Northern Peninsula Area
Anytime
18 months
Compulsory residential block attendance. Residential block dates will be confirmed upon enrolment.
Mixed mode
  • Concession: $270
  • Subsidised: $1,605
  • Full fee: $7,800
Cairns
Anytime
18 months
Compulsory residential block attendance. Residential block dates will be confirmed upon enrolment.
Mixed mode
  • Concession: $270
  • Subsidised: $1,605
  • Full fee: $7,800
Thursday Island
Anytime
18 months
Compulsory residential block attendance. Residential block dates will be confirmed upon enrolment..
Mixed mode
  • Concession: $270
  • Subsidised: $1,605
  • Full fee: $7,800
CAMPUS APPRENTICESHIP/TRAINEESHIP DELIVERY MODE
Northern Peninsula Area
Apprenticeship
WORKPLACE
DROP IN DAYS
BLOCK TRAINING
DAY RELEASE
MOBILE VAN
MIXED MODE
Cairns
Apprenticeship
WORKPLACE
DROP IN DAYS
BLOCK TRAINING
DAY RELEASE
MOBILE VAN
MIXED MODE
Thursday Island
Apprenticeship
WORKPLACE
DROP IN DAYS
BLOCK TRAINING
DAY RELEASE
MOBILE VAN
MIXED MODE

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Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC50121)
Payment Options

How can I pay for this course?

No matter what your circumstances, TAFE Queensland has a payment option to suit you. If you are unsure of what’s right for you, get in touch. We’re here to help. 

Payment plan

If you have difficulty paying for the full cost of a course upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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Upfront payment

This may be the full fee for the course, or the student contribution amount if you are eligible for a subsidy or concession.

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VET Student Loan - $16,221 cap

This is an interest-free personal loan from the Australian Government that provides eligible students access to capped funding to help pay for their studies.

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Important Information

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Entry requirements

To enter into this course, you must:

  • hold a CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care or
  • CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.
Selection criteria

You must be Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander as this training product has been developed specifically for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people in support of equity policy for post compulsory education.

You will also need to:

  • have successfully completed a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education & Care or equivalent;
  • attend an interview to determine your literacy and numeracy skills levels; and
  • obtain a Blue Card (working with children check).

Please note: TAFE Queensland wishes to warn you, as a Blue Card applicant, that it is an offence for a disqualified person to sign a Blue Card application.  For further information regarding 'disqualified' persons, please contact Blue Card Services.

Resources required

It is recommended that you have access to a reliable internet connection to access TAFE Queensland's online learning system Connect, and a computer with up-to-date software, including Microsoft Office and Adobe Acrobat Reader. This equipment and software is available for use at all TAFE Queensland locations.

You will be provided with a recommended reading list and/or required textbooks during orientation or at the start of each unit. The purchase of these resources may incur additional costs, or you may be able to borrow them from the TAFE Queensland library network.

You are also required to have access to a reliable USB for assessment and resource collation during residential block attendances.

Placement

TAFE Queensland Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) Students are advised to seek advice from Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) Services about the Service’s COVID-19 vaccination requirements for Vocational Placement given the below advice, effective 1am AEST 30 June, 2022 & available at this link: https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19.

From 1am AEST Thursday 30 June 2022, vaccinations will no longer be mandatory for the following:

Workers in high-risk settings (unless required by their employer) including: early childhood, primary and secondary education, prisons, youth detention centres, watch houses and airports.

If you are not currently employed or volunteering in industry, during your course you will be required to complete vocational placement so you can start practising your new skills in a real-world environment. You’ll be required to work shifts determined by your placement provider, and these can include early mornings or late nights, any day of the week, including public holidays. TAFE Queensland may be able to assist in arranging suitable placements.

Completing placement is compulsory, and you will be expected to manage family and work commitments in order to complete your shifts. You are required to complete 280 hours of placement to satisfy this component of your qualification.

Blue Card
To successfully satisfy all course requirements you will be required to apply for a Blue Card (working with children check). Learn More

Please note: TAFE Queensland wishes to warn you, as a Blue Card applicant, that it is an offence for a disqualified person to sign a Blue Card application.  For further information regarding 'disqualified' persons, please contact Blue Card Services.

If you are unable to obtain a Blue Card, you may be disqualified from being eligible to undertake placement and assessment, which would affect your course outcomes. If you think this might impact you, please speak to the relevant Vocational Placement Coordinator for further information.

It is also recommended that all students should undertake screening for vaccination against the following Queensland Health Mandatory vaccination requirements such as:

  • MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella)
  • Influenza
  • Varicella zoster virus (chicken pox)
  • Pertussis (whooping cough)
  • Hepatitis B

You will be responsible for any costs associated with meeting these placement requirements.

Need to know

You are required to attend compulsory face to face residential block training. The dates for your residential block training will be provided upon commencement of your course.  To enable your attendance at residential block training, you will need to be registered with ABSTUDY.

If you are currently employed in an Early Childhood Education and Care Service, you will need to discuss your residential block release dates with your employer, to make sure you are available to attend the compulsory residential blocks.   

Please note: in addition to the above, you are also required to complete your own study each week to ensure you progress successfully through your course. Further information will be provided at the commencement of your course.

This course is offered through RATEP ECEC providing students with face to face, online/hard copy and teacher support throughout their qualification.  

RATEP ECEC sites throughout the state provide early childhood training at the Diploma level. 

RATEP ECEC locations are as follows:
- Bamaga
- Barambah
- Palm Island
- St George and surrounding regions
- Thursday Island and surrounding regions
- Woorabinda
- Yarrabah

 

Assessment Methods

Skill and knowledge assessments are an essential step in progressing through your course. You may be assessed in a number of ways while you are studying at TAFE Queensland, including observation, written assessment, questioning, portfolios, work samples, third-party feedback, and through recognition of prior learning. Read more about assessment methods.

Pathways

University pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas may give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

Learn more about University Pathways

  • James Cook University
  • Southern Cross University
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • Federation University
  • University of Southern Queensland

How to Apply

Direct application

If you're ready to get started, simply hit the Apply Now button on your preferred course information page and get your application underway online. 

Apply through QTAC

You can apply to study this course through the Queensland Tertiary Admission Centre (QTAC). You will need to submit your application on the QTAC website. It will be assessed, and if you are successful you will receive an offer directly through QTAC. You will need to accept your offer from QTAC before enrolling with TAFE Queensland.

Course Disclaimer

All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolment numbers. Timetable information is subject to change prior to commencement and/or during the duration of your course.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and credit transfers

Fast track your way to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. We can assess your skills, directly apply credits from previous successful study, and give you advanced standing in your course.

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