Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
Program code CHC50113
CRICOS Course Code 097270J
Course duration 76 weeks (including 50 weeks of face to face study, 11 weeks of work placement, 3 weeks for catch up class, reassessment, additional placement (if required) and 12 weeks holidays).
Delivery mode Face to face training
Campus location and delivery site 337-339 La Trobe Street, 338 Queen Street, Melbourne 3000
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.
Under the Education and Care Services National Law (2011) the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) publish lists of approved early childhood education and care qualifications and information regarding regulatory requirements here: www.acecqa.gov.au.
Advanced standing in the Bachelor of Early Childhood and Primary Education at University of Canberra:
Graduates from GBCA Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care will be granted advanced standing for up to 24 credit points of the Bachelor of Early Childhood and Primary Education at University of Canberra.
Applicants must satisfy all requirements as below:
- Over 18 years of age OR
- International students under the age of 18 is required to have guardianship and accommodation arrangements in place and provide all supporting evidence to GBCA for approval. Upon approving the arrangements, GBCA will issue a CoE and the Confirmation of Approved Accommodation and Welfare (CAAW) Letter to the student. The letter is to be presented to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) when the student applies for a student visa.
Academic requirements: To gain entry into this course, applicant should successfully meet any one of the following academic requirements:
- Satisfactorily completed Australian year 12 or equivalent level of study or
- Year 11 school-leavers who can provide evidence of work experience of at least one year in the Child Care industry with relevant skills and knowledge; or
- Completed part/all of the Certificate III in Children’s Services (or similar courses), or
- Victorian Certificate of Education or equivalent certificate.
Language requirements for international students:
- Minimum of IELTS 6.0 (academic) or equivalent, or
- Satisfactory outcome for Internal English placement test, or
- Successfully complete the GBCA Certificate IV in Spoken and Written English (Further Studies), or
- Completed at least 1 year in the Australian high school system.
Before commencing work placement, all students must undertake National Police Check and Working with Children Check and complete the theory and practical components of the unit: HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting.
Students are required to complete at least 360 hours of work placement (equivalent to approximately 11 weeks of 32.7 hours per week or 10 weeks of 36 hours per week) as part of course requirements.
GBCA has signed agreements with prospective employers to offer the work placement opportunities for its students. A list of these prospective employers will be provided to assist you in finding work placement. Work placements will be arranged by the GBCA Work Placement Coordinator in conjunction with the student and GBCA trainers.
The Fair Work Act 2009, under the definition of Vocational Placement in section 12 outlines the rules restricting unpaid work. The Fair Work Ombudsman provides a clear explanation of these rules in the Internships, Vocational Placements & Unpaid Work Fact Sheet.
Students are required to discuss with the GBCA work placement coordinator if they wish to make their own work placement arrangement.
Due to the requirement to complete vocational placement, a final outcome for each unit would not be provided until the relevant component of vocational placement had been completed.
|Unit Code||Unit Name|
|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 services|
|CHCECE020||Establish and implement plans for developing cooperative behaviour|
|CHCECE021||Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children|
|CHCECE022||Promote children’s agency|
|CHCECE023||Analyse information to inform learning|
|CHCECE024||Design and implement the curriculum to foster children’s learning and development|
|CHCECE025||Embed sustainable practices in service operation|
|CHCECE026||Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate education and care for children|
|CHCLEG001||Work legally and ethically|
|CHCPRT001||Identify and respond to children and young people at risk|
|HLTAID004||Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting|
|HLTWHS003||Maintain work health and safety|
|CHCPRP003||Reflect on and improve own professional practice|
|BSBWOR301||Organise personal work priorities and development|
|BSBLED401||Develop teams and individuals|
|BSBINN502||Build and sustain an innovative work environment|
|CHCPOL002||Develop and implement policy|
A variety of assessment methods will be used throughout the course, including: short questions, case studies, simulations, project, third party observation during work placement, work place observation, portfolio.