General: This qualification reflects the role of educators in early childhood education and care who work in regulated children’s education and care services in Australia. They support children’s wellbeing, and development in the context of an approved learning framework. Educators use a range of well-developed skills and knowledge using discretion and judgment when carrying out their work in the context of established policies and procedures. They may work independently or under the guidance of others, though in some contexts that guidance may not be on-site.
Early childhood educators work in long day care centres, family day care, pre-schools or kindergartens.
Entry requirements: Prospective students are required to complete a Language Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) assessment and a Pre-Training Interview, administered by and to the satisfaction of ITHEA and be at least 18 years of age. You must have good word processing and email skills as well as the ability to download and upload documents and information. Please see our Online Service Standards.
Vocational or educational outcomes: Students can go into a range of employment or further study options, including CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care. Occupations may include, Childhood Educator Assistant, Outside School Hours Aide, Preschool Assistant.
Job outlook: Community and Personal Service Workers is the broad occupation category. Click on the link below to drill down to child carers.
Source: Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business
Delivery and assessment: We offer students the flexibility of choosing between online learning or classroom delivery. All students will be enrolled into our Learning Management System and all assessments must be completed online. As a result, all students will require a personal computer, with access to the Internet, to successfully complete their studies. Assessment methods allow for the gathering of sufﬁcient quality evidence about the student’s performance. Methods used include question and answer, observation and demonstration, case study and first aid test. Note: Online Learners will need to complete the First Aid unit in a classroom setting.
Practical placement: To achieve this qualification, the individual must have completed a total of least 160 hours of work in a regulated children’s education and care service in Australia as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of units of competency. The total number of hours may be applied collectively across all units of competency that include the requirement for workplace hours. Evidence provided by the supervisor will contribute to assessment of the candidate’s ability to work at this level. Students are required to find their own practical placement, however ITHEA will provide assistance and support where needed. Students must have a valid Working With Children Check prior to attending placement.
|Unit Code||Unit Descriptor||Nominal Hrs|
|CHCECE030||Support inclusion and diversity||63|
|CHCECE031||Support children’s health, safety and wellbeing||160|
|CHCECE032||Nurture babies and toddlers||108|
|CHCECE033||Develop positive and respectful relationships with children||100|
|CHCECE034||Use an approved learning framework to guide practice||80|
|CHCECE035||Support the holistic learning and development of children||100|
|CHCECE036||Provide experiences to support children’s play and learning||75|
|CHCECE037||Support children to connect with the natural environment||50|
|CHCECE038||Observe children to inform practice||40|
|CHCECE054||Encourage understanding of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples’ cultures||55|
|CHCECE055||Meet legal and ethical obligations in children’s education and care||60|
|CHCECE056||Work effectively in children’s education and care||65|
|CHCPRT001||Identify and respond to children and young people at risk||40|
|HLTAID012||Provide First Aid in an education and care setting||22|
|HLTWHS001||Participate in workplace health and safety||20|
|Unit Code||Unit Descriptor||Nominal Hrs|
|BSBWRT311||Write simple documents||30|
|CHCPRP003||Reflect on and improve own professional practice||120|
This Training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government Funding. Eligibility criteria apply. People with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
How to Apply
Please make sure you have read all the course information about units of study, duration, entry requirements, assessment information, job prospects etc.
1. You must attend a pre-training interview which includes a Language, Literacy and Numeracy test and complete the eligibility declaration form (in the case of students applying for Skills First Program Funding).
2. To complete the application process, click on the ‘Apply Now’ link. Complete the steps involved to submit your application online.
3. ITHEA will assess your application and make sure all entry requirements are met. An ITHEA representative will contact you if your application is unsuccessful.
If you have any questions about the course, please call us on 9650 3900.