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Diploma of Children's Services (Early childhood education and care)

CHC50908
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This qualification covers workers in children's services who are responsible for planning, implementing and managing programs in early childhood services, in accordance with licensing, accreditation and duty of care requirements. At this level:

  • Workers have responsibility for supervision of other staff and volunteers
  • In most states it is the highest qualification required at director or service manager level for children's service centre-based care.
  • It is noted that whilst this qualification equips workers to work with children from 0-5 years of age, some workplaces and jurisdictions require workers to have skills and knowledge to work with children in both early and middle childhood (i.e. aged 0-12 years).

    Where workers are required to work across the span of development from 0-12 years, candidates should receive training and/or assessment across this broader span of development and in addition to the qualification, be awarded a Statement of Attainment for achievement of the Middle childhood development skill set.

    Occupational titles may include:

  • Authorised supervisor (children’s services)
  • Children’s services coordinator
  • Centre manager (children’s services)
  • Director (children’s services)
  • Childhood educator
  • Group/team coordinator/leader (children’s services)
  • Children’s adviser
  • Program leader (children’s services)
  • Children’s service director / manager
  • Child development worker
  • Early childhood educator
  • These are the outcomes of graduates surveyed six months after completing their training for Diploma of Children's Services (Early childhood education and care)

    89.6%

    Satisfied with the training
    92.5%

    Received job-related
    benefits from training
    Child Care Centre Manager ( ANZSCO code 134111)
    Expected job openings
    Expected job openings are: low Low Below average Average Above average High
    Low
    12,900 persons were employed as Child Care Centre Managers in 2015. Job openings over the next 5 years are expected to be equal to or less than 5,000.
    Average weekly full time earnings
    Average weekly full time earnings are: below average Low Below average Average Above average High
    Below average
    Average weekly full time earnings before tax for Child Care Centre Managers in 2014 are: $1,094. Average earnings for all occupations are: $1,200
    Source: Department of Employment. For full details on Child Care Centre Managers visit Job Outlook

    Entry requirements

    To gain entry into CHC50908 Diploma of Children's Services (Early childhood education and care) candidates must demonstrate competence through a recognised training program or recognition process, in the following units of competency:

    CHCCHILD401B Identify and respond to children and young people at risk

    CHCCN301C Ensure the health and safety of children

    CHCCN302A Provide care for children

    CHCCN303A Contribute to provision of nutritionally balanced food in a safe and hygienic manner

    CHCCN305B Provide care for babies

    CHCCS400C Work within a relevant legal and ethical framework

    CHCFC301A Support the development of children

    CHCIC301E Interact effectively with children

    CHCPR301C Provide experiences to support children’s play and learning

    CHCPR303D Develop understanding of children’s interests and developmental needs

    HLTFA311A Apply first aid

    HLTWHS300A Contribute to WHS processes

    This course may be subsidised in the following state and territories

    1. ACT
    2. NSW
    3. NT
    4. QLD
    5. SA
    6. TAS
    7. VIC

    For more information about financial support and subsidies for training, please refer to the Financial assistance page

    PACKAGING RULES

    18 units are required for award of this qualification including:

  • 13 core units
  • 5 elective units
  • A wide range of elective units is available, including:

  • Group A electives which are recommended for culturally aware and respectful practice
  • Group B elective which is compulsory in some jurisdictions
  • Group C electives which are recommended for centre-based care
  • Other relevant electives listed below
  • Units of competency to address workplace requirements and packaged at the level of this qualification or higher in Community Services and/or Health Training Packages
  • Where appropriate, to address workplace requirements, units of competency packaged at the level of this qualification or higher in other relevant Training Packages
  • Core units

    CHCCN511B Establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment for children

    CHCFC502A Foster physical development in early childhood

    CHCFC503A Foster social development in early childhood

    CHCFC504A Support emotional and psychological development in early childhood

    CHCFC505A Foster cognitive development in early childhood

    CHCFC506A Foster children's language and communication development

    CHCIC501B Manage children's services workplace practice to address regulations and quality assurance

    CHCIC510A Establish and implement plans for developing cooperative behaviour

    CHCIC512A Plan and implement inclusion of children with additional needs

    CHCPR502E Organise experiences to facilitate and enhance children's development

    CHCPR509A Gather, interpret and use information about children

    CHCPR510B Design, implement and evaluate programs and care routines for children

    CHCRF511A Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate care for children

    The importance of culturally aware and respectful practice

    All workers undertaking children's services work need foundation knowledge to inform their work with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander clients and co-workers and with clients and co-workers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. This foundation must be provided and assessed as part of a holistic approach to delivery and assessment of this qualification. Specific guidelines for assessment of this aspect of competency are provided in the Assessment Guidelines for the Community Services Training Package.

    Group A electives - recommended for culturally aware and respectful practice

    The children's services workplace is regarded as having particular potential for engendering stronger and more respectful relationships between non-Aboriginal Australians and Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Australians and across the diverse groups in the community.

    It is therefore highly recommended that this qualification includes one of the following units to provide a foundation of knowledge and skills for:

  • Staff to support and promote respect for and awareness of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities where there are no Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander children attending or residing in the local area
  • Staff who work specifically with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander children and families
  • CHCIC302A Support Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander families to participate in children's services

    HLTHIR404D Work effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people

    As cultural diversity is a feature of our community, one of the following electives is recommended for inclusion:

    CHCIC511A Implement and promote inclusive policies and practices in children's services

    HLTHIR403C Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers

    PSPMNGT605B Manage diversity

    Group B elective - compulsory in some jurisdictions

    The following unit may be compulsory in some jurisdictions:

    CHCORG506E Coordinate the work environment

    Group C electives - recommended for centre-based care

    The following units of competency are recommended for work in centre-based care at Diploma level. Employers may specify electives required for their workplace if appropriate.

    CHCCN520C Advocate for the rights and needs of children and young people

    CHCFC507A Use music to enhance children's experience and development

    CHCFC508A Foster children's aesthetic and creative development

    CHCIC511A Implement and promote inclusive policies and practices in children's services

    CHCINF407D Meet information needs of the community

    CHCPR614D Observe children and interpret observations (Note pre-requisite: CHCPR509A)

    HLTHIR403C Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers

    Other relevant electives

    Electives are to be selected in line with specified Packaging Rules.

    The following list of relevant electives is intended to facilitate selection. Employers may specify certain electives as required to address specific workplace needs.

    Children's services electives

    CHCFAM503B Work with a child focused approach

    CHCFC507A Use music to enhance children's experience and development

    CHCFC508A Foster children's aesthetic and creative development

    CHCFC520C Promote ethical understanding of children

    CHCPR515A Develop and implement a program to support sustainable practice

    CHCPR614C Observe children and interpret observations (Note pre-requisite: CHCPR509A)

    Client support and professional practice electives

    CHCICS406B Support client self management

    CHCLD415A Confirm client developmental status

    CHCLD515A Analyse client information for service planning and delivery (Note pre-requisite CHCLD415A)

    CHCORG428A Reflect on and improve own professional practice

    Children's contact services electives

    CHCCONS401C Facilitate changeover

    CHCCONS402C Facilitate and monitor contact

    CHCCONS403C Support families to develop relationships

    Advocacy and diversity electives

    CHCCD420B Work to empower Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities

    CHCCN520C Advocate for the rights and needs of children and young people

    CHCCS421B Undertake community sector work within own community

    Business administration electives

    BSBMGT608C Manage innovation and continuous improvement

    BSBRSK501A Manage risk

    BSBSMB406A Manage small business finances

    BSBSUS501A Develop workplace policy and procedures for sustainability

    CHCADMIN508B Manage limited budgets and financial accountabilities

    CHCAL523D Manage home based care administration requirements

    CHCINF302D Maintain the organisation’s information systems

    CHCINF407D Meet information needs of the community

    CHCNET402B Establish and maintain effective networks

    CHCORG423C Maintain quality service delivery

    CHCORG614C Manage a community sector organisation

    CHCPOL402C Contribute to policy development

    Leadership and supervision electives

    BSBLED401A Develop teams and individuals

    BSBMGT401A Show leadership in the workplace

    CHCCS502C Maintain legal and ethical work practices

    CHCCS513C Maintain an effective community sector work environment

    CHCORG406C Supervise work

    CHCORG529B Provide coaching and motivation

    CHCORG610B Manage change in a community sector organisation

    CHCORG611C Lead and develop others in a community sector workplace

    CHCORG620D Promote and represent the service

    CHCORG624E Provide leadership in community services delivery

    CHCORG627B Provide mentoring support to colleagues

    HLTWHS401A Maintain workplace WHS processes

    HLTWHS501A Manage workplace WHS processes

    Food safety electives

    HLTFS309C Oversee the day-to-day implementation of food safety in the workplace

    HLTFS310C Apply and monitor food safety requirements

    First aid electives (Note, one or both first aid units may be required by some jurisdictions)

    HLTFA302C Provide first aid in remote situation (Note pre-requisite: HLTFA311A)

    HLTFA412A Apply advanced first aid (Note pre-requisite: HLTFA311A)

    Oral health

    CHCOHC401A Inform and encourage clients and groups to understand and achieve good oral health

    CHCOHC402A Support clients and groups to learn practical aspects of oral health care

    CHCOHC404A Recognise and respond to signs and symptoms that may indicate oral health issues

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    The following occupations relate to this qualification.

    Child Care Worker
    Children's Adviser
    Program Leader (Children's Services)
    Supervisor (Children's Services)
    The following industry sectors relate to this qualification.

    Children's Services
    Community Services
    Health and Community Services



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    Student outcomes for Diploma of Children's Services (Early childhood education and care)

    These are the outcomes of graduates surveyed six months after completing their training for Diploma of Children's Services (Early childhood education and care)

    66.7%

    Of people who were not employed before starting their course were employed after completing it.
    Data not available for this course
    Community and Personal Service Workers
    83.5%
    Community and Personal Service Workers
    Professionals
    11.0*%
    Professionals
    Median salary of those employed in their first full-time job
    (includes those employed prior to training)

    $41,700

    $44,300

    $44,300


    Destination
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    Employed or in further study after training (%) 92 85.1 88.1
    Employment outcomes:
    Employed (%)
    Full-time (%)
    Part-time (%)
     
    88.8
    48.8
    40
     
    71.4
    30.6
    40.5
     
    78.4
    46.3
    31.9
    Further study outcomes:
    Enrolled at University (%)
    Enrolled at TAFE (%)
    Enrolled at Other provider (%)
     
    4.8*
    0
    5.6*
     
    20.4
    4.4
    14.5
     
    15.2
    6.6
    13.2
    Satisfied with the training (%) 89.6 84.7 84.3
    Received job-related benefits from training (%) 92.5 59.7 63.7
    Received personal benefits from training (%) 100 94.7 94.8
    Achieved main reason for undertaking training (%) 98.4 80.1 82
    Recommend the training to other (%) 96.9 89.8 90.1

    Employment
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    Median salary (Full-time) ($) 41,700 44 300 44 300
    Top Occupations (%):
    Community and Personal Service Workers
    Professionals
     
    83.5
    11.0*
     
    52.9
    17.1
     
    30.7
    21.6
    Top Industries (%):
    Health Care and Social Assistance
    Education and Training
     
    79.8
    16.5
     
    48.6
    16.4
     
    28.6
    10.3

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    Employed after training (%) - 84.4 89.3
    Median salary (Employed full-time) ($) - 44 600 46 800
    Enrolled in further study (%) - 36.5 33.3
    Satisfied with the training (%) - 85.3 84.6
    Achieved main reason for undertaking training (%) - 83.7 84.9

    Employment
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    Employed after training (%) 66.7 37.8 43.4
    Median salary (Employed full-time) ($) - 36 200 39 000
    Enrolled in further study (%) 11.2* 45.1 40.1
    Satisfied with the training (%) - 84.1 83.8
    Achieved main reason for undertaking training (%) - 73.8 73.3

    Please Note:
    All statistics are supplied by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research.
    * The estimate has a relative standard error greater than 25% and therefore should be used with caution.
    ** NCVER does not report on estimates based on less than 5 respondents because the estimates are unreliable.
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