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  • Objectives
    The Diploma of Children’s Services will equip you with comprehensive skills and knowledge to enter the children’s services sector as a Qualified Child Care Worker. The course encompasses health, education and sociological perspectives to prepare students for work in a range of environments. The Diploma of Children’s services covers caring for children, observing children and interpreting observations, participating in the work environment and responding to illnesses, accidents and emergencies. Diploma of Children’s Services students will be well prepared to enter employment at a senior level in childcare centres and before and after school care. Workers at this level have responsibility for the supervision of other staff and volunteers and in most States.
  • Entry requirements
    For non Year 12 applicants, the Diploma of Children’s Services requires you to be at least 18 years of age and to have been out of full time study for at least 12 months. There are no minimum tertiary entrance requirements for current Year 12 applicants. You will be expected to have suitable language, literacy, numeracy and communication skills needed to undertake the course. Applicants will be required to attend a course information session. An interview to appraise your ability to meet the selection criteria will be scheduled at this time. All successful applicants will be required to undertake a police check at their own expense to meet workplace regulatory requirements.
  • Academic Title
    Diploma of Children's Services
  • Course description
    Modules / Units of Competency
    There are a number of Modules / Units of Competency that form the Diploma of Children's Services . The Modules / Units of Competency and hours listed below are included in the current Gordon course structure and are subject to change.
    Title     Approx. Hours

    Identify And Respond To Children And Young People At Risk Of Harm     30
    Ensure Children’s Health And Safety     30
    Care For Children     70
    Respond To Illness, Accidents And Emergencies     30
    Work Within A Legal And Ethical Framework     50
    Support The Development Of Children In The Service     40
    Interact Effectively With Children     70
    Participate In Workplace Safety Procedures     30
    Participate In The Work Environment     40
    Deliver Services/activities To Stimulate Children’s Development And Enhance Their Leisure     20
    Develop An Understanding Of Children’s Interests And Developmental Needs     30
    Apply Basic First Aid/apply Advanced First Aid     30
    Care For Babies     40
    Work Effectively With Families In Caring For The Child     25
    Support The Rights And Safety Of Children Within Duty Of Care Requirements     50
    Establish, Manage And Monitor The Implementation Of A Safe And Healthy Environment     40
    Plan Care Routines     70
    Foster And Enhance Children’s Development Responsible Behaviour     40
    Foster And Enhance Children’s Social, Emotional And Psychological Development     100
    Foster And Enhance Children’s Cognitive And Language Development     100
    Establish And Implement Plans For Developing     40
    Plan The Inclusion Of Children With Additional Needs     40
    Manage Workplace Ohs Management System     40
    Design, Implement And Evaluate Programs Of The Service     170
    Arrange/organise Experiences Which Facilitate And Enhance Children’s Development     80
    Document Interpret And Use Information About Children     70
    Work In Partnership With Families To Care For Their Child     70
    Provide Experiences Which Facilitate Children’s Expressive Language Development     60
    Use Music As A Medium To Enhance Children’s Experience And Development     40
    Provide Experience Which Enhance Children’s Development And Learning     60
    Work Effectively With Culturally Diverse Clients     30
    Maintain An Effective Work Environment     50
    Implement And Promote Inclusive Policies And Practices     40
    Observe Children And Interpret Observations     40
    The Diploma of Children’s Services is a two-year course and is only offered full-time*. Student intakes are generally in February. Classroom attendance is approximately 25 hours per week.

    * Selected units may be available on a part time basis. To check availability please contact Course Information.

    Selection Criteria »
    If you apply to study the Diploma of Children’s Services you will be required to attend an interview.

    Diploma of Children’s Services applicants will be selected on the basis of:

    - Exit Year 12 – ENTER, completion of a Child Studies Application Form and an interview

    - Non Year 12 – completion of a Child Studies Application Form, completion of a Child Studies Entrance Test of thinking and reasoning (this will incur a fee) and an interview.

    Please note, the following weighting is applied:

    - Interview is worth 60%

    - VCE/testing is worth 40% of the process

    Diploma of Children’s Services applicants must demonstrate an ability to work effectively with young children and their families, previous experience, knowledge of and interest in childcare, sound communication and interpersonal skills and also organisational and presentation skills at the interview.

    Diploma of Children’s Services applicants who can demonstrate an understanding of the requirements of the industry and an appropriate level of skills and knowledge to work in the industry will be given preference.

    Links and options exist between various levels of study. Accredited pathways exist enabling students to move between courses within the Gordon and to other higher education institutions.

    Diploma of Children's Services

        * Qualified childcare worker room leader
        * Director, Child Care Centre
        * Second-in-charge, Child care Centre
        * Child development officer, Family Day Care

    Bachelor of Early Childhood Education
    Recognition of Prior Learning

    Recognition of prior learning (RPL) may be given for skills and knowledge gained through previous study or other relevant experience. For further information refer to the RPL brochure that can be found under Downloads & Forms.
    Gordon Institute Support Services

    The Gordon offers a range of support services to assist prospective students with course, career or fee advice. For enrolled students, the Gordon provides general education support, counselling and careers advisors, disability support services and an Indigenous Education Unit. The Gordon also offers an on-campus Student Residence for students living away from home. If you need assistance in any of these aspects please let a Gordon staff member know so that we can arrange assistance where appropriate.

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