Diploma of Children’s Services (Bass Coast) CHC50302
Do you already hold a Certificate or Associate Diploma in Children’s Services, Social Sciences or Out of School Hours Care? You can now upskill to the Diploma. This course prepares and develops competent, qualified childcare personnel who are able to plan and provide care and education for infants and children up to 12 years of age in a variety of children’s services roles. Diploma level graduates take on senior positions in many centres and, with practical experience, can progress to management level.
At Bass Coast campus this course is offered full-time over a minimum of two years. The length of the course will depend on the applicant’s current qualifications and experience. Students attend classes for up to two days/week and undertake either paid employment or unpaid work placement in a children’s services workplace for the remainder of the week. The course has a placement requirement of 560 hours over the two years of the course. Students working in a childcare setting may use this experience to meet the placement requirements. The course commences in February 2009.
Completion of selected modules from the Certificate III in Children’s Services is a prerequisite for this course. People with substantial industry experience may be eligible for some credit and are encouraged to discuss their application with the course teacher.
Application and Selection Procedure
To apply, please contact the campus directly. Applicants will be interviewed and asked 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. Applicants currently employed in the childcare industry will be considered favourably.
Information sessions will be held at the campus on the corner of White and South Dudley Roads, Wonthaggi.
In 2009 and 2010 the following programme is offered:
CHCCN11C Establish, manage and monitor the implementation of a safe and healthy environment
CHCCN8B Plan care routines
CHCFC2C Foster and enhance children’s development
CHCFC5C Foster and enhance children’s cognitive and language development
CHCPR2C Arrange/organise experiences which facilitate and enhance children’s development
CHCPR9C Document, interpret and use information about children
CHCRF11B Work in partnership with families to care for the child
CHCCS405A Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers
CHCIC11B Implement and promote inclusive policies and practices
CHCFC6C Provide experiences which facilitate children’s expressive development
CHCFC8A Provide experiences which enhance children’s development and learning
CHCFC7C Use music as a medium to enhance children’s experiences and development
CHCCHILD2C Support the rights and safety of children within duty of care requirements
CHCFC3C Foster and enhance children’s social emotional and psychological development
CHCIC10C Establish and implement plans for developing responsible behaviour
CHCIC12C Plan the inclusion of children with additional needs
CHCPR10C Design, implement and evaluate programs of the service
CHCOHS501A Manage workplace OHS management systems
CHCORG11B Lead and develop others
CHCORG11B Maintain an effective work environment
In addition, students undertake 560 hours of supervised practical placement in a children’s services setting over two years. Placement 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.
Supervisory roles in child care centres, occasional care centres, kindergartens, family day programmes, before and after school care and school holiday programmes.
Extra studies may be completed to gain an Advanced Diploma. Graduates may apply for studies and gain credits into early childhood courses at universities.
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.