INTERNATIONAL

Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

CRICOS Code: 111782H
National Code: CHC50121


Description

Further your career in early childhood education by gaining the skills and knowledge to become a team leader, director or educational leader in a range of education settings. Learn about cultural competence, health and safety, food and drink, respectful relationships, learning frameworks, holistic development, compliance, nurturing creativity, curriculum and workplace safety. • The Fee Free TAFE allocation for this course has been exhausted for Semester 1 2024. Additional Fee Free TAFE places may be available in future semesters, subject to changes in TAFE SA’s Fee Free TAFE course list and changes to the Fee Free TAFE policy.

Duration (incl. holidays)
Semester(s)
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52 weeks
2
40 weeks
Child Care Educator
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Study Load
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Note:

Some classes may be held in the evening.


Course Admission Requirements
(for International Applications)

  • Academic IELTS score of 6.5 overall with 6.0 in reading and writing and 6.5 in speaking and listening or equivalent.
  • Satisfactory completion of Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.

Work Placement Duration:   280 hours

The Vocational Placement hours will be across all semesters of this course, and, depending on the location, likely be for up to 7 hours per day. Some students may be required to do more than the required hours if they cannot achieve competency (a pass grade) in the 280 hours. The Vocational Placement will be within an early childhood regulated education service which will be organised by TAFE SA staff. Prior to work placement, international students will be required to apply for and successfully receive the South Australian Department of Human Services Screening: Working with Children Check. International students will be required to pay for their own screenings and checks. Students will also be required to purchase a name badge for $10.

Course Notes

  • International students seeking admission into the packaged offer of the Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care and the Bachelor of
    Early Childhood Education (Honours) are required to meet the English Language (IELTS) requirements of the Bachelor program before
    commending the TAFE SA award. Language requirements of this program can be found on the UniSA program website - https://
    study.unisa.edu.au/degrees/bachelor-of-early-childhood-education-honour
  • Students seeking a package from Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care to the Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care and the Bachelor of
    Early Childhood Education (Honours) are required to meet the English Language (IELTS) requirements of the Bachelor program before commending the TAFE SA Certificate III.
  • *UniSA packages only available from January intake.

Fees

These course fees are for international students only.

Duration
Tuition Fees
Incidental Fees*
Semester 1
AUD $6850
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Semester 2
AUD $6850
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Fee Totals
AUD $13700
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Total Course Cost
AUD $13700

* International students will be required to pay for their own screenings and checks. Students will also be required to purchase a name badge for $10.

Note: TAFE SA course and other fees/costs are subject to regular increases and are reviewed annually. TAFE SA accepts applications for courses commencing beyond the year advertised and tuition and other fees/costs for these years will be higher. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary.

Overseas Students Health Cover

All overseas students are required to have Overseas Students Health Cover (OSHC) insurance for the entire duration of the course. The health cover rate will vary depending on the personal circumstances and duration of stay in Australia. Read more about Overseas Students Health Cover.

  • Employment Outcomes

    Team leader, assistant director, director, educational leader.

    Note: Completion of a TAFE SA course does not guarantee an employment outcome. Formal requirements other than educational qualifications (eg licensing, professional registration), may apply to some occupations.

    Qualifications & Skills Covered

    Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC50121)
    This qualification covers cultural competence, health and safety, food and drink, respectful relationships, learning frameworks, holistic development, compliance, nurturing creativity, curriculum and workplace safety. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 12 core units and 3 elective units.

    93%*
    of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.
    88%*
    of TAFE SA graduates would recommend their training.



    * 2021 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of elective units you will be enrolled into depends on the campus you attend, and the qualification packaging rules described on www.training.gov.au.

    Not all elective units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.

    Core

    Name Nominal Hours
    Analyse information to inform children’s learning 75
    Embed environmental responsibility in service operations 73
    Facilitate compliance in a children’s education and care service 110
    Foster holistic early childhood learning, development and wellbeing 200
    Foster positive and respectful interactions and behaviour in children 60
    Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children 65
    Maintain a safe and healthy environment for children 55
    Manage team effectiveness 60
    Nurture creativity in children 80
    Plan and implement children’s education and care curriculum 180
    Reflect on and improve own professional practice 120
    Work in partnership with children’s families 70

    Elective

    Name Nominal Hours
    Develop and implement policy 90
    Meet community information needs 70
    Respond to grievances and complaints about the service 40
  • If your goal is to achieve a bachelor degree in your chosen field of study, TAFE SA offers two different types of pathway to university - a University Packaged Program or Credit Transfer.


    A University Packaged Program allows you to select the course and the university you wish to study at, before commencing your studies at TAFE SA.


    This course is available as a University Packaged Program. This allows students to accept a joint packaged offer with a local South Australian University, and upon successful completion of TAFE SA qualification, the student is eligible for a guaranteed entry into a nominated University Program. Find out more about University Packaged Programs.


    The table below shows current packages available for this course.


    Institution Course Indicative Package Cost
    Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Honours) AUD$150,950
  • Studying at TAFE SA is one of the easiest pathways towards a University Degree. Credit Transfer is the formal recognition that parts of a TAFE SA course are equivalent in content and level to parts of some University courses. Below are the Credit Transfer details for this course. View all TAFE SA Credit Transfer Agreements

    University University Course Details
    Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Honours)

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