There are no entry requirements for this course, however it is recommended you have the ability to read and comprehend text and use the process of planning, drafting and proofreading to produce written reports and assignments.
Age: The Education and Care Services National Regulations require family day care educators to be 18 years of age. Educators working in a centre-based service under 18 years must be supervised. Course applicants should be 17 years or older.
Working with Children check (Blue Card): Volunteers and trainee students who work with children and young people must hold a current blue card as this work falls into the category of regulated employment. Blue cards for volunteers and trainee students are valid for three years and there is no application fee, unless the trainee student is a paid employee. A volunteer or trainee student must not commence regulated child-related work until they hold a valid blue card.
Immunisation: Students should be aware that all children service educators may be exposed to diseases that are preventable by vaccination. To manage the risk to educators, services may require the completion of a vaccination record or full immunisation.
Resources are online so access to a computer with reliable Internet connection is required. Students should purchase a USB drive and stationary items such as pens and paper.
When you have enrolled, you will be granted access to our online learning platform. The learning environment has the assessment tasks and all the information for each unit of competency in the qualification. If you wish, you can purchase a suggested text book that provides information relevant to each of the competencies studied. As this is blended delivery you can participate in scheduled classes, study groups or access individual support via email and telephone. If you need further help, you can make an individual appointment to meet with your teacher.
Students generally complete this course within a 12-month period but as this program is delivered through a blended mode, an individual timetable and study plan will be discussed with your teacher. Attend an information session for further details. Students are required to successfully complete 15 core and 3 elective units to be eligible to graduate. Contact your local campus today.
Cairns Campus: The course is delivered as face to face classes over 4-5 days per week, scheduled Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday (9:00am - 2:45pm), Thursday (10:30am - 4:15pm) including one day placement (Friday) at an Early Childhood Education Care Service, over a 12-month duration. Students can enrol at any time in the next cluster offered.
Townsville (Aitkenvale): This course is delivered as mixed mode with face to face classes scheduled Wednesdays and Fridays (9:30am - 2:30pm), Vocational Placement on Mondays in a regulated Early Childhood Education and Care Service, plus tutorials on Tuesday mornings (9:30am - 12:30pm). Students will also access online resources.
Dates: 2017: Refer to attached flyer for your nearest campus.
Times: 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Room: Cairns J block room 1.02; and Townsville (Aitkenvale) Room 2.01
At the information sessions it will be determined if student will do course in the classroom or externally. Students need to book into these information sessions by phoning Client Services on 1300 656 959. If interested in attending the Information Sessions at other campus locations please refer to Information Session flyer below in "Relevant Documents".
Atherton, Innisfail, Ingham, Mount Isa, Bowen, Burdekin, Cannonvale and Charters Towers campuses: Scheduled visits will be confirmed by the teacher.
External studies: The course is delivered over 12 months as a standard time frame for most students to complete this qualification through our online Learning Management System. Students enrol into a cluster of two, three, or four units over the 12 months, each cluster has a study period of 14 weeks and 20 weeks to complete cluster from time of enrolment. External students must be within our TAFE Queensland North geographical footprint in order for teachers to complete workplace observations. Delivery sites by arrangement.
Students who are currently not working in the Early Childhood Education and Care sector are required to complete 120 hours of vocational placement for this program.