Diploma of Children's Services
If you would like a warm and meaningful career, watching and helping children grow and develop, with the ability to both assist and supervise in a Child Care environment, the Diploma of Children's Services is the qualification to do. Please note, due to new legislation, before you can enrol in the Diploma of Children's Services you are required to have completed your Certificate III in Children's Services first.
By doing the Diploma of Children's Services, you are maximising the role you can play within a child care or day care centre to include supervisory tasks. This enables you to play a deeper and more meaningful role in children's lives and also greatly increases your chances of employment. Although the minimum industry standard qualification to work in a child care centre is the Certificate III, many child care centres will favour an applicant who also possesses the Diploma.
Because childcare is listed as a 'critical skill' in Australia, there's a very good chance that you will be able to find a government-funded placement if you search hard enough. By searching, you may need to contact several education providers that offer the Diploma and simply call and ask them if they have any 'funded placements under the productivity placement program'.
Alternatively, the Diploma of Children's Services is a Centrelink approved course and thus, there are several financial benefits and study support supplements that you should be able to get such as 'Austudy', the 'Pension Education Supplement' and others, some of which are listed below.
By studying your Childcare Diploma online or by correspondence (with distance education), you have the flexibility to start whenever you want and work through the course at your own pace. You'll be assigned to a tutor that you can refer to and contact whenever you need help with the study load. Best of all, you can continue earning an income or staying at home looking after the kids while you study.
Diploma of Children's Services, CHC50908
Course Code: CHC50908
Qualification: Diploma of Children's Services
Accreditation: This is a nationally recognised, government-accredited course
Study time: When studying online or by correspondence, you may be given up to 3 years to complete your Diploma
Study method: Online, by correspondence or, on campus
Prerequisites / Requirements: You must have completed your Certificate III in Childrens Services
Enrolment dates: By studying online, you can enrol and start now!
Study Support: When you study online, you have private phone and email tutoring support whenever you need help
Financial Support: The Diploma of Childrens Services is Centrelink approved and you may be eligible to receive ongoing study support benefits while you study this course from home. If you are a single parent, on a carers pension, disability pension and several others, you should be eligible for the pension education supplement. You should also ask Centrelink about the Education Entry Payment and the Temporary Supplement to Education Entry Payment ($1158 combined, as an upfront payment). If you're on NewStart Allowance, you should be able to claim the Education Entry Payment and the Temporary Supplement. To find out if you're eligible for Centrelink payments, call 13 24 90 and ask about the above payments.
Pathways to further study: After completing the Diploma of Childrens Services, you may wish to go on and complete a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood), Bachelor of Early Childhood (Primary Education), Bachelor of Early Childhood (Secondary Education). These teaching degrees will enable you to teach in a kindergarten, as well as teaching primary school children and secondary school children, depending on which degree you choose. Usually a degree in Early Childhood will qualify you for either primary or secondary school teaching (depending on your specialisation) and you will automatically be qualified to teach in a kindergarten.
Cricos Approved: Yes, international students may study this course
Austudy Approved: Yes, Diploma of Childrens Services is Centrelink 'Austudy' approved
Productivity Placement Program Funding: Yes, but you may need to contact several providers before you find a funded or subsidised placement.
Who will benefit from this course:
- Those looking for a career in child care centre as either a child care worker / assistant or child care centre supervisor
- Those looking to establish their own child care centre
- Those wanting to gain a pathway into a Bachelor of Early Childhood Degree
- Those already working in childcare and would like to take on a more supervisory role or perhaps even start their own childcare centre from home
- Stay-at-home mum's with kids who are looking for a career which fits in with their childrens pre-schooling or schooling hours
Diploma of Children's Services (Early Childhood Education and Care) Subjects:
CHCRF511A: Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate care for children
CHCCN511A: Establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment for children
CHCFC502A: Foster physical development in early childhood
CHCFC503A: Foster social development in early childhood
CHCFC504A: Support emotional and psychological development in early childhood
CHCFC505A: Foster cognitive development in early childhood
CHCFC506A: Foster children’s language and communication development
CHCFC507A: Use music to enhance children’s experience and development
CHCFC508A: Foster children’s aesthetic and creative development
CHCPR502D: Organise experiences to facilitate and enhance children’s development
CHCPR509A: Gather, interpret and use information about children
CHCPR510A: Design, implement and evaluate programs and care routines of the service
CHCIC510A: Establish and implement plans for developing cooperative behaviour
CHCIC512A: Plan and implement inclusion of children with additional needs
CHCIC511A: Implement and promote inclusive policies and practices in children’s services
CHCORG506C: Coordinate the work environment
CHCIC501A: Manage children’s services workplace practice to address regulations and quality assurance
HLTIR404B: Work effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people
Diploma of Childrens Services FAQ's:
-I didn't finish high school and have no qualifications, can I study this course?
As long as you've completed your Certificate III, there are no pre-requisites / requirements to study this course. By studying online or by correspondence, you're able to enrol and start your course immediately.
What does the work placement involve?
When you study your Diploma of Children's Services, you are required to do a 'work placement'. This involves you
going into a Child Care Centre or Day Care Centre and gaining practical experience there for approximately 200-300 hours. With some education providers, don't need to
complete all your work placement hours together, you can stretch it out and do for example, a few hours a week or whatever
suits your schedule. Doing your work placement gives you the opportunity to put the theory subjects you study into practice.
Depending on where you complete your Diploma, some education providers will ask you to find your own work placement and
others will organise it for you. It is worth asking each education provider, before you enrol, how they handle the
'work placement' and if they charge you any additional costs.
-If I study this course online, do I receive the exact same qualification that I would receive if I studied on campus?
Yes, you will receive the exact same qualification regardless of how you study it.
-How long do I have to finish this course when I study online or via correspondence?
Up to 3 years, depending on which course provider you study with. You are usually able to apply for extension if you have a valid reason why you weren't able to finish it within the specified time-frame. Considering this course takes many people less than 12 months, 3 years is an extreme amount of time and you shouldn't require much longer.
-Are there exams?
No, when you study via distance there are written assessments which you need to submit with your Diploma of Children's Services.