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.
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