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About the Course
Our nationally recognised Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care course has been developed against the Australian Quality Framework for community services.
You will learn the core skills and knowledge required to perform tasks as a Child Care Manager or a Child Care Co-ordinator. You will also learn how to analyse information to inform learning, facilitate compliance, maintain work health and safety, ensure the safety of children, provide emergency first aid, and provide care for babies and toddlers. The course will also cover healthy eating, children and young people at risk, working with diverse people, inclusive strategies, developing respectful relationships with children, nurturing creativity in children, policies and curriculum, and Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety.
Delivered by our expert trainers, our training program provides you with access to a supportive and encouraging environment, and a plethora of resources to assist you in your learning.
We have conducted in-depth industry consultation with various business organisations and regulatory bodies - finding out what is needed in today's market, what knowledge and skills our graduates must be equipped with in order to succeed, and what learning arrangements are best suited for our students.
Please note, whilst this course is predominantly an online course, there are several assessments that will need to be conducted on-campus such as assessments for the first aid units.
|Unit Code||Unit Name|
|CHCDIV001||Work with diverse people|
|CHCDIV002||Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety|
|CHCECE001||Develop cultural competence|
|CHCECE002||Ensure the health and safety of children|
|CHCECE003||Provide care for children|
|CHCECE004||Promote and provide healthy food and drinks|
|CHCECE005||Provide care for babies and toddlers|
|CHCECE007||Develop positive and respectful relationships with children|
|CHCECE009||Use an approved learning framework to guide practice|
|CHCECE016||Establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment for children|
|CHCECE017||Foster the holistic development and wellbeing of the child in early childhood|
|CHCECE018||Nurture creativity in children|
|CHCECE019||Facilitate compliance in an education and care service|
|CHCECE020||Establish and implement plans for developing cooperative behaviour|
|CHCECE021||Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children|
|CHCECE022||Promote childrens agency|
|CHCECE023||Analyse information to inform learning|
|CHCECE024||Design and implement the curriculum to foster childrens learning and development|
|CHCECE025||Embed sustainable practices in service operations|
|CHCECE026||Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate education and care for children|
|CHCLEG001||Work legally and ethically|
|CHCMGT003||Lead the work team|
|CHCPOL002||Develop and implement policy|
|CHCPRP003||Reflect on and improve own professional practice|
|CHCPRT001||Identify and respond to children and young people at risk|
|CHCSAC005||Foster the holistic development and wellbeing of the child in school age care|
|HLTAID004||Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting|
|HLTWHS003||Maintain work health and safety|
What career opportunities are available?
With a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care qualification, the skills you learn can help you find jobs in various industries and roles, such as:
Child Care Centre Manager
Manage and oversee all functions in a child care centre, as well as leading employees ensuring the centre runs smoothly, efficiently and compliantly.
Responsible for reviewing, developing, amending and supervising curricula and education programs to enable children to achieve their full potential.
Early Childhood Educator
Provides education and care to young children, from toddlers to children of up to 6-years of age.
Family Day Care Co-ordinator
Responsible for monitoring educators to ensure their family day care businesses are run compliantly and provide support to improve their services.
Responsible for the children and staff in a particular room, overseeing and managing all the activities and quality of care in the room.
To find out more about employment prospects and outcomes for graduates with a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, visit the Australian Government mySkills website.
Our Certificate and Diploma courses are nationally recognised qualifications. This means that they are recognised by all Australian Universities for determining your entry eligibility and course credit.
The course credit you are granted will vary depending on the undergraduate degree you choose to undertake, and the grades you attain for your Certificate or Diploma. Most prestigious universities expect you to maintain a 75-80% average to be eligible for course credit towards your bachelor degree and the time and money saved through a transfer of credits can be substantial!
Upon completion of your Certificate or Diploma program at Dolph Business School, should you wish to continue your studies and apply for an undergraduate degree course, our Student & Administration Support team will assist you with your enrolment application, as well as your advanced standing (course credit) application.
We have credit agreements in place with several universities across Australia which guarantees students entry and credit transfer upon completion of our certificate and diploma courses, and could take up to a year off your bachelor's degree! These credit agreements are of great importance as outside of these, there is no guarantee of the amount of credit transfer you will receive. Refer below for more information.
Approximate Time Saved
|Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Education (Primary)||8 units||1-year|
|Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Education (Primary / Early Childhood)||4 units||6-months|
|Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Education (Primary / Secondary)||1 unit||1.5-months|
|Bachelor of Social Science||8 units||1-year|
|Bachelor of Social Welfare||5 units||7.5-months|
On-campus: This is a full-time course designed to be delivered over 20-months with a 2-week break in between terms. There is 20-hours of class time per week and you will be required to attend a minimum of 80% of classes. We recommend you spend approximately 5-hours a week outside of class time completing the assigned reading and assessment tasks.
Blended: This is a course is designed to be delivered over 20-months with a 2-week break in between terms. This method of learning involves a combination of self-paced learning and interactive Trainer-led webinars. The webinars are generally 4-hours per week. We recommend you spend approximately 10-hours per week reading the course material and completing the assessment tasks given.
Online: This course is designed to be completed within 20-months, but you have up to 24-months to complete your course. This is a self-paced, Trainer-supported method of learning. We recommend you spend approximately 10-hours a week reading the course material and completing the assessment tasks given to ensure you complete the course within 24-months.
Please note. The above recommended study hours are indicative only. This time would be reduced if you have pre-existing knowledge and experience in early childhood education and care. Dolph Business School is also able to support students who may require additional time.
There are no specified entry requirements for this qualification detailed within the Community Services Training Package.
Noting this, Dolph Business School requires persons who undertake this course to:
- Be aged 18 years or over.
- Be physically and readily available to undertake 240 hours of work placement in a regulated education and care service facility.
- Have suitable language, literacy and numeracy skills to be able to carry out tasks such as to:
- Interpret, analyse and evaluate information that may deal with complex ideas to make decisions for quality care and outcomes for the toddlers and young children in your care
- Critique ideas and information from a range of complex texts and engage in discussions or provide information using appropriate vocabulary to the appropriate age groups
- Present information, ideas and concepts to a range of audiences using structure and language to suit the context and the audience
- Use active listening and questioning methods to clarify information and to confirm understanding
- Use problem solving processes to identify, assess and respond to challenges and risks in the workplace
- Have the physical strength to care for young children and perform First Aid on people of all ages
Please note. Dolph Business School will engage with persons expressing interest in enrolment to discuss their language, literacy and numeracy skills. Dolph Business School can provide additional learning support to students who require basic assistance. For students who have more fundamental support needs, Dolph Business School can refer these students to a specialist language, literacy and numeracy development provider who can assist students to improve their language, literacy and numeracy skills to enable them to suitably commence the course.
In accordance with the requirements of the Standards for Registered Training Organisations and the National Code, Dolph Business School provides the opportunity for students to apply to have their prior learning and experience recognised towards an accredited qualification or units of competence for which they are enrolled in.
You may have obtained relevant skills and knowledge through prior formal training, workplace training or experience and may reduce the number of units or assessments required to be completed during the program. We will gather information about your prior experience and training history to determine the best pathway for you to achieve competency.
If you are interested in this course and believe you may qualify for course credit, come speak to one of our team members today to find out how we can help you!
You may be awarded a unit of competency based on successful completion of the unit which has been previously awarded either by Dolph Business School or by another Australian Registered Training Organisation.
Please note. For on-campus international students, where course credit is granted before the issue of a student visa, the course duration will be indicated on the Confirmation of Enrolment. Where credit transfer is granted after the issue of a student visa, a new Confirmation of Enrolment will be issued.
We do not believe in our students just learning for the sake of passing their exams. This is why the assessment for this course is conducted using a combination of realistic workplace simulated tasks, projects, knowledge tests, and response to case studies - NO EXAMS! The following provides a brief explanation of the assessment methods that are to be applied:
The student is required to produce a range of written records or reports based on real workplace scenarios or based on a case study that is provided by the assessor. This will usually require the student to consider carefully the situation presented, undertake some research to inform their response and then to propose their recommended actions. There may be a practical portion for the student to demonstrate a range of skills relevant to the workplace. This could be by way of presentations or role-play activities.
The student is required to undertake a range of projects in the context of his or her own workplace or on a case study that is provided by the assessor. A project will require the creation of various workplace documents (reports, memos, etc.). Projects may have a practical presentation component where the student may be asked to present or role-play the outcomes of their project or research.
The student is required to participate in knowledge tests over the course of his or her study. The student will be required to individually complete the test. The student may research their answers from the course training materials and notes as well as relevant workplace references.
Please ensure you read and understand our fees and charges prior to enrolling into one of our courses. You can download a copy of our Student Prospectus to find out more.
Dolph Business School accepts payment for fees using:
- Bank transfer
- Credit / debit card
- Payment plan via credit / debit card (only for those undertaking a Certificate or Diploma course)
Please note. If you choose to pay via credit card, we accept Visa, Mastercard and Amex. There is a 2.5% surcharge if paying via an Australian credit card; and a 3.5% surcharge if paying via an international credit card.
Diploma - on campus delivery: Fees are billed on a monthly basis.
Diploma and certificate courses - blended delivery: A deposit of $1,490 is required to confirm your enrolment, and the balance is invoiced within 14-days of the course commencement.
Diploma courses - online delivery: A deposit of $1,490 is required to confirm your enrolment, and the balance is invoiced within 14-days of the course commencement.
Certificate courses - online delivery: The full amount is invoiced prior to the commencement of the course.
Please note. If you wish to pay for your fees through a payment plan, a non-refundable $275 is required to confirm your enrolment.
Fees are payable within 7-days of receiving an invoice from Dolph Business School. 50% of your tuition fees are to be paid when the student accepts a place at Dolph Business School (usually 1-2 weeks of submitting an enrolment form). The balance of the tuition fees are due 2-weeks before the commencement of Term 2. Fees for the workbooks are due 2-weeks prior to the commencement of the course.