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CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

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At Suzan Johnston Australia we are totally committed to producing the highest calibre of Child Care Educators – quality graduates that are dedicated and capable of providing the best possible standard of care for children, and who also have the potential and confidence to be future leaders and mentors to others within the industry.

CAREER OUTCOMES

The CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care will qualify you with a number of career options including:

  • Child care educator in a child care centre
  • Child care educator in a kindergarten/pre-school
  • Centre manager/director
  • Authorised supervisor
  • Group/team coordinator/leader
  • Program leader
  • Owner – child care centre or family day care
  • Manager – before/after school hours care program
  • Professional nanny within Australia or overseas
  • Play group supervisor
  • Agency relief staff/mobile educator
  • Educator within occasional care.

COURSE CONTENT

Our CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care is a highly comprehensive course, designed to build your existing skills and knowledge to an advanced level.

This course consists of 15 units of competency, which are delivered through a uniquely flexible, professional and highly supportive learning environment.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

  • You must hold a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care qualification (CHC30113 or CHC30121).
  • Evidence of a Covid-19 Vaccination is required to undertake practical placement in an early childhood and care setting.

Common Questions

Course Duration, Hours of Attendance & Study Mode

MODE OF STUDY:  ONSITE OR VIRTUAL DELIVERY

Our Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care is available via face-to-face and/or virtual learning.

You can choose whether to attend the class in-person at our training centre or study from home with our virtual classes.

 

COURSE DURATION & HOURS OF DELIVERY:

OPTION 1: WEEKLY CLASSES (1 Day per Week) – Fast Track Delivery

Duration: 9 months

Hours of Attendance: Thursdays 9.30 am – 2.30 pm

(Student support scheduled 2.30 pm – 4.00 pm)

 

OPTION 2: WEEKLY CLASSES (1 Day per Week) – Slower Delivery with study breaks at the end of each module

Duration: 17 months

Hours of Attendance: Thursdays 9.30 am – 2.30 pm

(Student support scheduled 2.30 pm – 4.00 pm)

 

OPTION 3: FORTNIGHTLY CLASSES (1 Day per Fortnight) – Weekend Delivery

Duration: 11 months

Hours of Attendance: Saturdays* 9.30 am – 2.30 pm

(Student support scheduled 2.30 pm – 4.00 pm)
*The majority of classes are scheduled every second Saturday (excluding public holidays)

 

OPTION 4: FLEXIBLE ON-SITE TRAINING AT YOUR WORKPLACE

Duration: 14 months

Hours of Attendance: One 2-hour class per month scheduled at a time that suits you (and your employer)

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

  • In addition to these scheduled class times, you will also be required to complete a regular homework each week (approximately 5 – 10  hours per week).
  • You will also need to complete a MINIMUM of 280 hours of practical placement (placement is usually scheduled a minimum of one day per week)
  • Learners who are employed as Educators within the industry can contribute any paid hours of employment towards meeting the practical placement requirements.
Course Fees & Enrolment

COURSE FEES – CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Self-Funded Course Fee $6,000.00 payable in instalments
Government Funded Course Fee $250.00
Government Funded & Concession Course Fee $50.00
JobTrainer/Government Funded Course Fee $50.00
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COURSE COMMENCEMENT DATES & ENROLMENT

If you would like to receive details on our forthcoming commencement dates, our enrolment procedures and/or if you would like clarification on your eligibility for Government Funding and/or JobTrainer; please contact us and we will send the required information to you promptly. Our team is here and you are welcome to give us a call on 9654 0999.

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Units of Study & Employment Outcomes

Our CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care course includes comprehensive classroom-based or virtual/online training in a wide range of subjects (a total of 15 Units of Competency).

The content of our CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care has been carefully developed with extensive industry input, ensuring graduates are all multi-skilled, meet/exceed current industry expectations and are extremely employable within the early childhood sector.

UNITS OF COMPETENCY – CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Core Units
BSBTWK502 Manage team effectiveness
CHCECE041 Maintain a safe and healthy environment for children
CHCECE042 Foster holistic early childhood learning, development and wellbeing
CHCECE043 Nurture creativity in children
CHCECE044 Facilitate compliance in a children’s education and care service
CHCECE045 Foster positive and respectful interactions and behaviour in children
CHCECE046 Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children
CHCECE047 Analyse information to inform children’s learning
CHCECE048 Plan and implement children’s education and care curriculum
CHCECE049 Embed environmental responsibility in service operations
CHCECE050 Work in partnership with children’s families
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice
Elective Units
CHCDIV003 Manage and promote diversity
CHCMGT003 Lead the work team
CHCECE053 Respond to grievances and complaints about the service

EMPLOYMENT OUTCOMES

The children’s services industry continues to experience enormous growth. For decades we have taken pride in the excellent job placement results graduates from our prestigious child care course have achieved.

As part of your course you will be introduced to Melbourne’s leading children’s services and nanny employment agencies. These agencies not only endorse our child care and nanny courses but also actively assist our students in finding suitable employment. Additionally, the contacts that you will make during your practical placement can often lead to a permanent job, with the majority of our students gaining employment with their placement host well BEFORE the completion of their child care studies.

Approximately 93% of our Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care graduates are successful in securing employment in children’s services roles!

STUDY PATHWAYS FOR GRADUATES

Studying the CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care can be a great stepping stone towards gaining a university qualification. Once you have achieved the Diploma qualification, you may be eligible to further your studies by obtaining recognition / credit transfer into one of the following Bachelor Degrees:

  • Bachelor of Early Childhood Education
  • Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary)
Practical Placement & the Learning Environment

PRACTICAL PLACEMENT

Our diploma in childcare will include extensive ‘hands-on’ practical placement within the children’s services industry. It is a requirement that all CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care students need to complete a MINIMUM of 280 hours of practical placement.

Your trainers will assist you to find a suitable placement host and will also be available to offer you continued support and encouragement whilst you complete this practical component. We will also visit you at your placement site to assess your practical skills and provide you with any additional support and mentoring where required.

Practical Placement is unpaid; however, it is possible as you progress through the course and become more experienced, that you may be offered paid employment within a child care centre. When employed within a child care centre, you can contribute your regular paid hours towards your Practical Placement hours.

If you are currently employed within a child care centre, you can complete your placement hours in your place of employment (whilst getting paid!).

The contacts our students make throughout their practical placement experience often lead to permanent full-time or part-time positions.

TRAINERS/DELIVERY METHODS

Learn from the best!

Our practical and interactive childcare classes are delivered within a relaxed and supportive learning environment. Suzan Johnston trainers are dedicated to teaching and have extensive industry skills and experience.

Our small class sizes ensure that our trainers can work closely with you to personalise your learning experience, providing you with the help and support you require every step of the way.

People with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Students can choose to attend either face-to-face classes (at our training centre) or virtually/online classes (study from home).

What are Virtual Classes? Live and interactive trainer-led learning experiences where you can hear and see your trainer delivering regularly scheduled lessons (in ‘real time’). During each lesson, you’ll be able to ask questions and participate in activities.  After each virtual class, your trainer will be available to further support you on your learning journey and answer any questions.

 

COVID SAFE MEASURES

The well-being of our team members and students remains our highest priority. Our “Keeping You Safe Whilst You Study Program” provides information on our practices to ensure the health and safety of our staff and students while you complete your early childhood course with us. For more information on our COVID safe measures; please visit the following link:

More information on our COVID practices (for students attending face-to-face delivery)
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Our Accreditation & More Information

ACCREDITATION AND RECOGNITION OF YOUR TRAINING

The Suzan Johnston Organization (Aust.) is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO Number 170).

Suzan Johnston Australia is approved to deliver the following Nationally Recognised Qualifications under the Australian Qualifications Framework:

  • CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
  • CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

All registered training providers (RTOs) across Australia will automatically recognise the above childcare qualifications issued by Suzan Johnston Australia through the process of national recognition.

AQTF COMPLIANCE

Suzan Johnston Australia complies with the Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF) Essential Conditions and Standards for Continuing Registration. Suzan Johnston Australia’s most recent registration audit was conducted by the VRQA (Victorian Registration Qualifications Authority) in December 2021.

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Under AQTF 2007, RTOs are required to collect and use data on quality indicators, which have been endorsed by the National Quality Council (NQC). The findings for 2020 for Suzan Johnston Australia are outlined in the report below:

Click Here for a copy of the Registering Body Report (2020 Learner Engagement & Employer Satisfaction)

SUZAN JOHNSTON POLICIES & STUDENT HANDBOOKS

Suzan Johnston Australia has a range of policies and procedures in place to ensure that people from a wide range of backgrounds have an opportunity to study with us. We provide opportunities for everyone to access and participate in learning and to achieve learning outcomes in a safe and positive learning environment. Policies and procedures not only outline the rights and responsibilities of students but also Suzan Johnston Australia’s responsibilities to students.

All our policies and procedures are detailed in our comprehensive Student Handbook.

STUDENT HANDBOOK – Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
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Frequently Asked Questions

Am I eligible for Skills First Government Funded Training?

Government Subsidised Training is available to all Australian/New Zealand Citizens or Permanent Residents who meet ALL of the following criteria:

  • Aged between 15 – 19 years on 1 January in the year of course commencement OR ANYONE (regardless of age) gaining a higher qualification than they already hold
  • Participating in and/or have enrolled to commence in LESS than two other government funded training courses in the year of course commencement (this includes courses listed in the Approved Foundation Skills List)
  • Have not already commenced two government funded courses at the same Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) level as the course they are seeking to enrol in now
  • Have a physical presence in Victoria and be able to attend face-to-face delivery at our Melbourne campus (Level 6, 246 Bourke Street, Melbourne) or participate in training via our virtual platform
  • Participating in a Skills First approved course (Skills First – Funded Course List)

Am I eligible for the JobTrainer Government Funding initiative?

Suzan Johnston Australia has been granted a limited number of JobTrainer places in 2022.

JobTrainer Funding is available to an individual who is enrolling in either our:

  • Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care or
  • Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

If you haven’t been eligible for government funding in the past, you may qualify for the JobTrainer funding initiative. To access JobTrainer funding, you will ONLY need to meet the following criteria:

  • be an Australian/New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • you must not have commenced another JobTrainer funded course previously

I’m considering commencing the virtual/online childcare diploma, and I’m wondering; can I change to face-to-face classes when the current COVID-19 situation improves?

We intend to continue to offer both face-to-face and virtual/online delivery of the child care classes. You will be able to swap between the different study modes upon arrangement (at no charge). The option to study our Diploma in Early Childhood either at our training facility or from home is here to stay. The choice will be yours.

How do Virtual Classes compare to other online child care courses?

Unlike traditional ‘online child care courses’, virtual training is similar to what you would experience in a face-to-face classroom.

Our virtual classes are scheduled regularly (either weekly or fortnightly) ensuring that you remain engaged and your learning remains ‘on-track’. During each live lesson you’ll be able to hear and see your trainer delivering the content to you and your classmates, and you’ll be able to ask questions and participate in activities etc. After each virtual/online class, your trainer will be available for the afternoon to offer support with your studies and answer any questions you may have.

It is our belief that the best learning outcomes for all Diploma of Early Childhood Education learners can only be achieved when training/assessment is conducted within a structured, supportive and interactive learning environment. This type of learning cannot be achieved by studying via traditional online methods where interaction with trainers is often limited and irregular.

Do I need any additional equipment to study the Diploma in child care online?

Importantly, you won’t need any additional equipment other than your home computer/laptop and of course access to the internet (earphones are optional).

Do I need to complete the Certificate III in Early Childhood before I enrol in the Diploma of Early Childhood?

Yes, the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care is now a prerequisite of the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.

Will I need to buy textbooks during my diploma of childcare course?

In addition to the childcare course fees, you will also be required to purchase online text books/resources (one for each unit of competency – $11.00 each). These resources will be made available to you as you complete your early childhood studies. You will also be required to pay an additional fee for first-aid training (approximately $110.00). Please contact us for more details.

Will I need to arrange my own Practical Placement during my diploma in childcare course?

Practical Placement is an important and mandatory component of all child care courses. Accordingly, we will assist you in finding and co-ordinating your practical placement. Over the past 28 years Suzan Johnston Australia has forged strong relationships within the children’s services industry and we have a network of child care centres who regularly (and very happily) host our students’ practical placements.

Learners who are already employed as educators within the industry can contribute any paid hours of employment towards meeting the practical placement requirements of their diploma of childcare.

Can I gain employment whilst I’m completing the Diploma of Early Childhood Course?

Our reputation and our success in producing quality and well-trained diploma educators is second to none. As a result the majority of our diploma in childcare students are able to gain ongoing part-time or casual employment as a result of their practical placement (whilst they are still completing their studies). Any paid hours of employment can be contributed towards meeting the practical placement requirements of their diploma of childcare.

Does the diploma of childcare course include exams?

Our child care courses do not include any scary or stressful exams. Assessments generally involve completing a range of relevant and interesting exercises/activities. You will also be observed and assessed performing your duties within the workplace (during your practical placement).

Do you offer on-site training in the workplace for educators who wish to undertake or upgrade to the diploma in childcare?

Yes! For educators who have current and ongoing employment (full-time or part-time) at a centre and who want to either gain a qualification or further their studies, we can come to you! This flexible training option can be either delivered face-to-face at your centre (at a time that suits you) or you can also enrol in our online/virtual classes. For educators with previous qualifications and experience, your course will be fully-customised to reflect your previous studies and/or industry experience (with credit transfer and/or RPL available to eligible learners).

What are the career opportunities for students who graduate with a Suzan Johnston diploma in child care?

Based on our industry feedback, it is anticipated that the child care industry will continue to experience enormous and unprecedented growth and expansion in 2022 and beyond. Accordingly, industry demand for quality educators (who hold a Diploma of Early Childhood qualification) will continue to exceed supply.

Our Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care has been designed to empower learners with the highest calibre of skills and knowledge. With our highly respected qualification, our diploma graduates can gain employment in a wide variety of roles including Child Care Educator (within either a child care centre or kindergarten) through to roles as a Centre Manager/Director/Owner.

Once I have enrolled in the Diploma in Early Childhood Education, what kind of training delivery can I expect? How much homework is involved?

With our Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, you can choose between face-to-face delivery (classroom based) or studying our Diploma in Childcare online (with our virtual classes). Your attendance of scheduled classes is important as every lesson is packed full with important information, dynamic discussions, hands-on practical exercises, role-plays, games and activities. In addition to the scheduled training sessions, this childcare course requires you to spend between 5 – 10 hours per week on assigned homework tasks.

Am I eligible to enrol in a government funded child care course?

Both our classroom-based and online CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care are approved for Skills First and JobTrainer government funding, so if you are eligible, you may only have to pay a small portion of the course fee (whilst the government subsidises the rest).
Working out if you are eligible for a government subsidised child care course can be a little confusing, so let one of our friendly consultants clarify this with you over the phone – it will only take a minute!

Are there any Entry Requirements for the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care?

Prior to your enrolment in our Diploma child care course you will be required to attend a pre-training interview and complete a language, literacy and numeracy assessment. These entry requirements are designed to assist us in determining your suitability for the course and to assist with the planning of any learning support requirements.

You must also hold a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care qualification (CHC30113 or CHC30121) and have evidence of a Covid-19 Vaccination is required to undertake practical placement in an early childhood and care setting.

What study pathways are available to me after I finish the CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care?

Should you decide to further your studies after completing the Diploma of Early Childhood, you may transition to a higher-level child care qualification with credits into a Bachelor’s degree at university.

How do I enrol in the CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care?

If you would like to proceed with your enrolment in our Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, please contact us on 9654 0999 so the relevant Online Enrolment Package can be forwarded to you.

Why are the Suzan Johnston child care courses different to any another RTO or TAFE courses?

  • Suzan Johnston Australia is one of Melbourne’s most trusted and respected training institutions (established since 1959) and have been delivering the accredited child care course in Melbourne since 1994
  • Our child care trainers are exceptional and inspirational professionals, who deliver every training session with passion and dedication
  • Our classroom-based and online classes are uniquely friendly, interactive and personalised
  • Our student’s individual training needs are respected and valued
  • Suzan Johnston Australia has the reputation of delivering child care and nanny courses that are of the highest quality
  • Graduates from our exclusive children’s services courses are multi-skilled and have a wide range of employment opportunities
  • Our diploma of childcare graduates are known to be quality professionals who are respected within the industry and actively sought after by employers Australia wide
  • The Suzan Johnston Training Organization is committed to producing childcare educators who are truly dedicated and capable of providing the best possible standard of care for children
  • Approximately 97% of our Diploma in Early Childhood course graduates are successful in finding employment within 3 – 4 weeks of course completion!

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