This course offers basic training for people in roles supporting qualified staff to provide education programmes and quality care for young children. It includes training for centre-based, out-of-school hours, family day care and nanny roles, caring for infants and children up to 12 years.
At Bass Coast campus the course is offered on a full-time basis. Classes are usually scheduled over four days a week from February to November excluding school holidays and students are expected to complete assignment and project work outside these times. During placement periods students may be required to be available every working day. The course commences in February 2009.
Applications are invited from school leavers and mature age applicants. There is a minimum age requirement of 17 years. Applicants are required to have basic literacy skills.
Application and selection procedure
To apply, please contact the campus directly. Applicants will be interviewed and places offered in the course based on suitability for employment in the children’s services field. Applicants will be required to undertake a basic literacy and numeracy test. Successful applicants will be required to obtain a police check and undertake the Working with Children check.
Information sessions will be held at the campus on the corner of White and South Dudley Roads, Wonthaggi.
To gain this qualification, students must successfully complete 15 modules as follows:
CHCCHILD1C Identify and respond to children and young people at risk of harm
CHCCN1D Ensure children’s health and safety
CHCCN2C Care for children
CHCCN5C Care for babies
CHCCN4D Respond to illness, accidents and emergencies
CHCCS301A Work within a legal and ethical framework
CHCFC1C Support the development of children in the service
CHCIC1C Interact effectively with children
CHCOHS301A Participate in workplace safety procedures
CHCPR1C Deliver services/activities to stimulate children’s development and
CHCPR3C Develop an understanding of children’s interests and developmental
HLTFA301B Apply first aid
CHCRF1C Work effectively with families in caring for their child
CHCORG3B Participate in the work environment
CHCPR2C Arrange/organise experiences which facilitate and enhance children’s development
In addition students undertake supervised practical placements totalling 240 hours in childcare services settings such as long day care centres and kindergartens. Placements may require students to travel out of the local district.
-Observation in class by teacher
-Workplace observation by assessor
-Interviews to assess underpinning knowledge and competence
-Evidence folios collated by students to prove competence
-Written tests in class
-Reports, essays and assignments
Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer
You may be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) if you are assessed as having sufficient experience in life, work experience or meet the requirements for modules or competencies based on formal or informal education.
If you have completed modules or competencies that are the same, or deemed equivalent, as specified in a curriculum document such as a Training Package, either in a different course or at another registered training organisation locally or internationally, you may be eligible for a credit transfer. If you think you are eligible for RPL or credit transfer please discuss this with staff at the selection interview.
Child care centre assistant
Family day care giver
School-aged care assistant
Caring for Infants and children up to 12 yrs
Diploma of Children’s Services
Support is available to students in a range of areas including Study Skills, Personal Counselling, Careers Advice and Disability Support. Contact Student Advisory Services for more details.