COURSE OVERVIEW

This qualification reflects the role of early childhood educators who are responsible for designing and implementing curriculum in early childhood education and care services. In doing so they work to implement an approved learning framework within the requirements of the Education and Care Services National Regulations and the National Quality Standard.

They may have responsibility for supervision of volunteers or other staff.

Learners may be:

  • Existing childcare workers wanting to increase their formal care skills and knowledge as they relate to their area of employment
  • Persons seeking a career change to work with children and babies
  • Unemployed persons seeking employment in child care in particular within childcare facilities

 

Physical requirements

Students will need to be reasonably physically fit to undertake the work placement as the tasks and activities associated with the work placement may involve manual lifting and other physical activities.

 

KEY LEARNING OUTCOMES AND SKILLS

This course will train you in key areas of early childhood education, from providing care for children to managing a childcare facility.

You’ll develop skills to help enhance children’s creativity, development and well-being in a child care setting, how to support children’s development with learning and play plus much more.

CAREER PATHWAYS

Pathways include but not limited to:

  • Group Leader in a Childcare Centre
  • Child Development Worker
  • Children’s Services Manager
  • Centre Coordinator/Supervisor
  • Centre Director/Manager

 

DELIVERY METHODS

Delivered in a classroom setting

Assessment methods vary and may include written assignments, knowledge tests, research tasks, projects, case studies, observations and role plays/demonstrations

Work-Placement: During the course you are required to complete a minimum of 240 hours of work placement in a licensed and registered early childhood service. Students can find their own placement. Mint Training and the Host Employer must have an agreement before the placement can be commenced.

Mint Training may assist students to secure a work placement.

During your placement a Mint Training assessor will visit you on a number of occasions to observe you performing some of your tasks.

Please Note: There are a number of statutory checks required by workplaces, such as a Working with Children Check and/or Police Checks. Consult the table on the Australian Government website for regulations.

Resources

  • Students are required to bring a note-pad to every training session and may bring their own Laptop / Computer Tablet.
  • Students are required to wear appropriate clothing for work-placement (such as closed shoes, shirts, pants – please do NOT wear t-shirts, jeans and other fancy clothing).
  • Mint Training will provide you with all other resources, Wi-Fi internet connection and are included in the course fee.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

RPL allows students to gain recognition of skills and knowledge they have achieved through on the job training, formal or informal education and life experience. Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis. A comprehensive RPL assessment tool will need to be completed and each unit will be addressed individually.

Credit Transfer (CT)

Students may be able to shorten the length of their chosen qualification by taking into account previous studies. Mint Training recognises Australian registered training organisations for credit transfers. Credit Transfers will be granted upon the receipt of sufficient evidence to support the application.

Entry Requirements

  • Students must be 18 years of age on commencement of the course
  • A minimum IELTS score of 5.5 or equivalent
  • Satisfactory completion of Australian Year 12 (or equivalent)
  • Student must obtain a ‘Working with Children Check’

Fees

Please refer to Fees & Charges.

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Please see Student Handbook and Prospectus (for International Students) for  information related to the terms and conditions and RTO obligations.

Please call 1300 130 432 if you are having issues accessing this information.

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COURSE UNITS

Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety (Core)
Develop cultural competence (Core)
Ensure the health and safety of children (Core)
Provide care for children (Core)
Promote and provide healthy food and drinks (Core)
Provide care for babies and toddlers (Core)
Develop positive and respectful relationships with children (Core)
Use an approved learning framework to guide practice (Core)
Establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment for children (Core)
Foster the holistic development and wellbeing of the child in early childhood (Core)
Nurture creativity in children (Core)
Facilitate compliance in an education and care service (Core)
Establish and implement plans for developing cooperative behaviour (Core)
Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children (Core)
Promote children's agency (Core)
Analyse information to inform learning (Core)
Design and implement the curriculum to foster children's learning and development (Core)
Embed sustainable practices in service operations (Core)
Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate education and care for children (Core)
Work legally and ethically (Core)
Identify and respond to children and young people at risk (Core)
Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting (Core)
Participate in workplace health and safety (Core)
Lead the work team (Elective)
Provide leadership across the organisation (Elective)
Develop and implement policy (Elective)
Undertake research activities Research and apply evidence to practice (Elective)
Reflect on and improve own professional practice (Elective)
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