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Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Provided by  Open Colleges

Course Overview

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Looking to move into a supervisor or management within Early Childhood Education and Care? This course prepares you to establish a safe and healthy environment and design and evaluate programs for children.

Recognised by the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) this diploma will demonstrate to potential employers that you have achieved a certain level of training and study in the rewarding field of child care.

The diploma qualification opens up potential opportunities to take on supervisor or management roles in child care, preparing you to establish a safe and healthy environment, and design and evaluate programs and care routines for children.

This course prepares you to deal with a variety of complex issues with confidence and professionalism.

Course Quick Look

Awarded By:
Open Colleges
Study Mode:
Maximum 24 months
Nationally Recognised:


Work legally and ethically

  • Identify and respond to legal requirements
  • Identify and meet ethical responsibilities
  • Contribute to workplace improvements

Use an approved learning framework to guide practice

  • Identify learning frameworks
  • Apply the learning framework

Develop cultural competence

  • Reflect on own cultural identity and biases
  • Identify and develop cultural competency
  • Research Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities
  • Support individual cultural identities
  • Create environments to support children’s cross-cultural understanding and relationships
  • Support the implementation of inclusive learning experiences
  • Support children in developing confidence and strength in personal and cultural identity

Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety

  • Identify cultural safety issues in the workplace
  • Model cultural safety in own work
  • Develop strategies for improved cultural safety
  • Evaluate cultural safety strategies

Identify and respond to children and young people at risk

  • Implement work practices which support the protection of children and young people
  • Report indications of possible risk of harm
  • Apply ethical and nurturing practices in work with children and young people

Ensure the health and safety of children

  • Support each child’s health needs
  • Provide opportunities to meet each child’s need for sleep, rest and relaxation
  • Implement effective hygiene and health practices
  • Supervise children to ensure safety
  • Minimise risks
  • Contribute to the ongoing management of allergies
  • Contribute to the ongoing management of asthma

Provide care for babies and toddlers

  • Promote safe sleep
  • Provide positive nappy-changing and toileting experiences
  • Promote quality mealtime environments
  • Create a healthy and safe supporting environment
  • Develop relationships with babies and toddlers
  • Develop relationships with families

Provide care for children

  • Provide physical care
  • Promote physical activity
  • Adapt facilities to ensure access and participation
  • Help children with change
  • Settle new arrivals

Develop positive and respectful relationships with children

  • Communicate positively with children
  • Interact positively with children
  • Support and respect children
  • Maintain the dignity and rights of children

Promote and provide healthy food and drinks

  • Promote healthy eating
  • Plan food and drinks that are nutritious and appropriate for each child
  • Maintain food safety while carrying out food-handling activities

Analyse information to inform learning

  • Gather and document information about children
  • Monitor children’s learning and development
  • Use evidence to inform practice
  • Share information appropriatel

Foster the holistic development and wellbeing of the child in early childhood

  • Foster physical development
  • Foster social development
  • Foster emotional development
  • Foster cognitive development
  • Foster communication development
  • Foster an environment for holistic learning and development

Nurture creativity in children

  • Foster creativity through the physical environment
  • Foster creativity through the human environment
  • Foster creativity through a learning framework
  • Provide experiences
  • Evaluate experiences

Establish and implement plans for developing cooperative behaviour

  • Establish and apply limits and guidelines for behaviour
  • Identify and review behaviour as required
  • Develop a plan to guide a particular child’s behaviour where required
  • Implement and monitor behaviour plan

Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children

  • Promote inclusion
  • Respect diversity
  • Identify children with barriers to learning
  • Develop a plan for support and inclusion
  • Implement strategies to meet the child’s additional needs
  • Monitor and review strategies

Design and implement the curriculum to foster children's learning and development

  • Develop appropriate settings and environments
  • Design and implement curriculum in consultation with others
  • Design learning experiences to foster children’s learning and development
  • Implement learning experiences to foster children’s learning and development
  • Assess and evaluate planned and unplanned teaching and learning

Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate education and care for children

  • Provide families with opportunities to be involved in the service
  • Provide information to families about their child
  • Provide information to families about the service
  • Provide information about community services and resources

Promote children's agency

  • Establish a learning environment that reflects children’s interests
  • Provide opportunities that stimulate learning and development
  • Design, implement and evaluate learning experiences for children
  • Support children to participate
Maintain work health and safety

  • Contribute to workplace procedures for identifying hazards and controlling risks
  • Implement policies and procedures into work team processes
  • Support consultation, cooperation and communication

Embed sustainable practices in service operations

  • Develop a sustainability management plan
  • Support children to develop an understanding and respect for the natural environment
  • Support others in implementing sustainable practice
  • Embed sustainability into service policies and procedures

Establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment for children

  • Support each child’s health needs
  • Provide for each child’s comfort
  • Promote and implement effective hygiene practices
  • Take steps to control the spread of infectious diseases
  • Ensure adequate supervision of children
  • Take precaution to protect children from harm
  • Develop plans to effectively manage incidents and emergencies

Facilitate compliance in an education and care service

  • Interpret the National Quality Framework
  • Facilitate an organisation self- assessment
  • Facilitate the development of a quality improvement plan
  • Coordinate the service for a site visit

Lead the work team

  • Contribute to and promote effective work practices
  • Develop and implement staffing processes
  • Maintain professional approach to leading work team
  • Promote effective workplace relations
  • Evaluate plans
  • Review individual performance

Develop and implement policy

  • Research new policy initiatives
  • Draft policies
  • Test draft policies
  • Develop policy proposals
  • Implement and review policies

Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting

  • LTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting**
  • **Open Colleges does not provide this unit. You will need to provide a current Education and Care First Aid Certificate to satisfy competency for this unit.
Develop workplace policy and procedures for sustainability

  • Develop workplace sustainability policy
  • Communicate workplace sustainability policy
  • Implement workplace sustainability policy
  • Review workplace sustainability policy implementation

Comply with family day care administration requirements

  • Perform administration activities in line with legislative and organisational requirements
  • Record required information using appropriate forms
  • Follow organisational requirements for taxation and insurance

tend to daily functions in home based child care

  • Clarify and plan for daily functions related to the provision of care
  • Attend to agreed daily functions of home-based care
  • Respond to unexpected changes in home-based care
  • Review daily care functions

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