CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Course Description

Qualification Description:

This qualification reflects the role of early childhood educators who are responsible for designing and implementing curriculum in early childhood education and care services. In doing so they work to implement an approved learning framework within the requirements of the Education and Care Services National Regulations and the National Quality Standard. They may have responsibility for supervision of volunteers or other staff.

Target students

The Australian Training Centre program for CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care is targeted at:

learners who are already operating as registered family day care educators or working in Child Care Centres, and wishing to obtain a relevant qualification to enable them to design and implement curriculum and to supervise volunteers/other staff,
learners wishing to advance their career (and qualification), having already obtained the CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care learners who are new to the industry wishing to work as early childhood educators (i.e. beginners).

The majority of target learners will be more mature aged (ie. not immediate school leavers), be parents or caregivers of children themselves, caring for children of all ages.

Job Prospects:

Upon completion of the CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, you may be able to undertake roles such as:

  • Child care centre – Room Leader
  • Early childhood Educator
  • Family day care Educator
  • In home care Educator
  • Nanny

Delivery Locations:

The course is delivered face to face at the Australian Training Centre:

South Granville Campus Unit 8, 40-44 Wellington Road South Granville, NSW, 2142

Parramatta Campus Unit 10 & 11 Level 3 48-50 George Street Parramatta, NSW, 2150.

Program Duration:

The commitment hours required from students is an average of 25 hours per week for 64-weeks comprised of 280 hours of work placement in a regulated Early Childhood Education and Care facility where you will work as a volunteer student during work-placement and face-to-face training, self-study and assessment. This will be delivered over an 18-month period incorporating holidays.

Before commencing work placement, you will be required to obtain one or all of the following which will be confirmed during the enrolment process and at your course induction. If required Australian Training Centre will assist you with this application process.

  1. A current Working with Children’s check (free of charge for volunteers)
  2. A current National Criminal History check (between $50-$60)
  3. An up to date vaccination record (any GP or vaccination costs)

Entry Requirements:

Entry to this qualification is open to students who hold a CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care or a CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.

An appropriate level of language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) skills is required to enroll in this course. Australian Training Centre may conduct an LLN assessment as part of the pre-enrolment process.

Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning

Credit transfer (CT) is defined in the AQF as follows :

  • Credit transfer is a process that provides students with agreed and consistent credit outcomes for components of a qualification based on identified equivalence in content and learning outcomes between matched qualifications.

Recognition of prior learning (RPL) is defined in the AQF as follows :

  • Recognition of prior learning is an assessment process that involves assessment of an individual’s relevant prior learning (including formal, informal and non-formal learning) to determine the credit outcomes of an individual application for credit.

This is underpinned by the AQF definition of credit as follows :

  • Credit is the value assigned for the recognition of equivalence in content and learning outcomes between different types of learning and/or qualifications.
  • Credit reduces the amount of learning required to achieve a qualification and may be through credit transfer, articulation, recognition of prior learning or advanced standing.

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If you would like to apply for CT or RPL, please contact us

How You Will Be Assessed

Assessment (including recognition of prior learning) must :

  • Meet the requirements of the relevant training package or accredited course, and
  • Be conducted in accordance with the principles of assessment and the rules of evidence, and
  • Meet workplace and, where relevant, regulatory requirements.

For this course assessment will entail the following :

  • Written assessment and/or verbal assessments;
  • Practical simulation and group role play;
  • Independent and/or group research and class presentation;
  • Work placements practical skills and observation by the assessor.

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