18 - 24 Months Self Paced
Workplace Traineeships, Online Learning, Classroom Courses
METS trainers will inspire you to create a safe and inclusive environment in early childhood education and care services. This nationally- recognised course includes 12 core units and 3 electives.
This qualification will give you knowledge for supporting and leading children’s learning and development, health and wellbeing, along with designing, planning, implementing and evaluating educational programs and practices, that meet the requirements of the National Quality Framework (NQF), which includes the National Law and Regulations, National Quality Standard, the assessment and rating process and national learning frameworks. It will also prepare you for working with community members and external agencies.
The Education and Care Services National Regulations state under Section 126: Centre-based services – The qualification requirements for educators at centre-based services for children preschool age or under are – at least 50 per cent of the educators who are required to meet the relevant educator to child ratios for the service must have, or be actively working towards, at least an approved diploma level education and care qualification. Section 128: Family Day Care Co-ordinator qualifications state: A family day care co-ordinator must have an approved diploma level education and care qualification.
While enjoying the combination of online study as well as practical workplace experience, this course will prepare you for your role and responsibilities as a diploma level educator.
To achieve this qualification, the individual must have completed a total of least 280 hours of work in a regulated children’s education and care service in Australia as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of units of competency. The total number of hours may be applied collectively across all units of competency that include the requirement for workplace hours.
Entry to this qualification is open to individuals who:
Students are required to:
CHCDIV003 – Manage and promote diversity
BSBHRM413 – Support the learning and development of teams and individuals
BSBPEF502 – Develop and use emotional intelligence
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
BSBTWK502 – Manage team effectiveness
CHCPRP003 – Reflect on and improve own professional practice
Education pathways after completing CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care:
• CHC50313 Diploma of Child, Youth and Family Intervention
• CHC62015 Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management
• Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)
To be eligible to commence a traineeship, a participant must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident working full or part time (minimum 15 hours). The participant must have the support of their employer, an accredited RTO (such as METS) and an Australian Apprenticeship Centre.
Finding a traineeship is similar to finding any job. You’ll need to network with employers and job recruitment agencies and market yourself within your chosen sector.
If a participant is ineligible for a traineeship due to their employment status (casual, part-time working under 15 hours etc.), they can still complete the course as a Fee for Service Student.
If a participant is ineligible for a traineeship due to their residency status, they can in some cases still complete the qualification Self-Funded, however visa restrictions do apply. It is best to speak to your immigration officer and/or us regarding your eligibility.
Depending on the unit of study, you will complete both theory and practical based assessments to achieve competency in your qualification. Assessments may include short answer, project work, case students and reflection logs.
Yes. Under certain circumstances your traineeship can be extended, however this process can take some time and applying for an extension should be considered as a last resort. You should speak to us and/or your Australian Apprenticeship Centre if you are considering applying for an extension.