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Get ahead in Early Education & School Aged Care

Quality child care is in demand and the industry needs greater numbers of qualified children’s services workers. What this means for the qualified early childhood educator, is that employment prospects are excellent.
Employment opportunities are many and varied as the need for childcare, vacation care and after school care workers continues to increase.

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Children's Services Courses

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Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Bedford College is the leader in early childhood education and care training. Universities and employers agree that Bedford graduates set the benchmark by which early childhood education graduates are measured.

During our Early Childhood Education and Care course, Bedford students undertake almost twice the practicum hours of students from other training organisations. This means that they have loads of practical experience to back up the theoretical knowledge and skills that they learn at College. (See course structure below). Also, see Course Outcome below for information on career options for Early Childhood Education and Care graduates.

Note: Graduates who complete the ECEC (CHC50113) course have the qualification required to work in a childcare setting with children from 0-5 years old.

Course Structure

The courses consist of a number of competencies (units) which when packaged together provide participants with theoretical and practical knowledge which will enable them to carry out a range of tasks from introductory/intermediate levels (Cert III) to more advanced/management level functions (Diploma).

  • 4 days per week from 9am-3pm – at College (This course is offered at our Norwest Campus)
  • 1 day per week in a registered child care facility 
  • 2×2 week blocks in a Child Care Centre 

We can also make flexible part-time arrangements if you choose to study at a slower pace.

Core Subjects
  • CHCECE041 – Maintain a safe and healthy environment for children
  • CHCECE042 – Foster holistic early childhood learning, development and well being
  • 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 inclusions 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
Electives
  • CHCPOL002 – Develop and implement policy
  • BSBOPS502 – Manage business operational plans
  • BSBPEF502 – Develop and use emotional intelligence
Practicum Placement Requirement

Our Practicum Coordinator will assist students in locating a suitable practicum centre and will liaise with Centre Managers/Supervisors and monitor and assess students during practicum sessions.

  • 280 hours of work placement in a registered child care facility is mandatory for the diploma qualifications.
University Pathways

Students who successfully complete the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care course will receive automatic entry (with up to 1.5 years credit) into B.Early Childhood/Teaching degree at university and may also choose to undertake further study to include the B.Teaching (Primary Education).

See the University Pathways section for more information.

Please Note:
A Working With Children Check is a prerequisite for anyone working in child-related work. It involves a national criminal history check and review of findings of workplace misconduct.

Students wishing to enrol in an Early Childhood Education course should be aware that if you are unable to satisfy the requirements of the Working With Children Check you will be unable to obtain work in the childcare sector.

Course Code 1

CHC50121

Start Dates

February, April, July and October

Duration

6 Months

Prerequisite

Requires a prerequisite of Cert III in Early Childhood Education & Care

Units

15 Units
12 core units and 3 elective units

CRICOS Code (International Students)

107016C

CRICOS Duration (International Students)

6 Months

Course Offered At

Norwest & Online

Diploma of School Age Education and Care

Over the years, many Bedford Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) graduates have gone on to work in Out of School Hours (OOSH) or Vacation Care settings. With this in mind, the Diploma of School Age Education and Care course was added to our courses in 2015.

The Diploma of School Aged Education and Care provides participants with the qualification to work with children from 5 to 12 years old. This includes Out of School Hours (OOSH) – vacation care & before/after school care – child-minding facilities, gyms, cruise-ships, etc.

Course Structure

The courses consist of a number of competencies (units) which when packaged together provide participants with theoretical and practical knowledge which will enable them to carry out a range of tasks from introductory/intermediate levels (Cert III) to more advanced/management level functions (Diploma).

Children’s Services courses at Bedford are run differently than those at other training providers. The course format is as follows:

  • 3 days per week from 9am-3pm (This course is offered at our Norwest Campus)
  • 1 day per week in a registered child care facility
  • 2×2 week blocks in a Child Care Centre 

We can also make flexible part-time arrangements if you choose to study at a slower pace.

Core Subjects
  • BSBLDR523 – Lead and manage effective workplace relationships
  • CHCCCS007 – Develop and implement service programs
  • CHCDIV002 – Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
  • CHCLEG003 – Manage legal and ethical compliance
  • CHCPRT001 – Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
  • CHCDIV003 – Manage and promote diversity
  • CHCSAC006 – Support children to participate in school age care
  • CHCSAC007 – Develop and implement play and leisure experiences in school age care
  • CHCSAC008 – Work collaboratively and respectfully with school age children
  • CHCSAC010 – Foster holistic learning, development, and well-being for school age children
  • CHCPRP003 – Reflect on and improve own professional practice
  • HLTFSE007 – Oversee the day-to-day implementation of food safety in the workplace
  • HLTWHS003 – Maintain work health and safety
  • SISXDIS001 – Facilitate inclusion for people with a disability
  • HLTAID012 – Provide First Aid in an education and care setting
Electives
  • BSBOPS502 – Manage business operational plans
  • CHCPOL002 – Develop and implement policy
  • BSBSUS511 – Develop workplace policies and procedures for sustainability
  • CHCFAM002 – Use communication to build relationships
  • CHCMGT007 – Work effectively with the Board of an organisation
  • BSBPEF502 – Develop and use emotional intelligence
  • HLTFSE001 – Follow basic food safety practices
  • CHCDIS007 – Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability
Practicum Placement Requirement

Our Practicum Coordinator will assist students in locating a suitable practicum centre and will liaise with Centre Managers/Supervisors and monitor and assess students during practicum sessions.

  • 240 hours of work placement in a registered child care facility is mandatory for the diploma qualifications.
First Aid Course

‘HLTAID012 – ‘Provide first aid in an education and care setting’ is a mandatory unit. This unit is delivered at the College by a specialist first aid training company and is additional to the cost of the tuition fees. Students may undertake this unit externally if preferred.

Supervised Study Period

A FREE Supervised Study Period is offered to all students from Monday-Wednesday between 3pm and 4pm. This is the time when students can have one-on-one time with the teacher in order to discuss, revise, clarify or to catch up on missed work.

Our specialised training methods ensure that students are provided with exceptional skills and knowledge in both the theory and the practical components of the children’s services industry.

Course Outcomes
  • Responsible for the day-to-day running of before and after school care centre
  • Responsible for the day-to-day running of vacation care centre
  • Responsible for the day-to-day running of a children’s’ services setting including: cruise ships, resorts, crèches, etc.
  • Nanny/Au pair – National and International

Please Note:
A Working With Children Check is a prerequisite for anyone working in child-related work. It involves a national criminal history check and review of findings of workplace misconduct.

Students wishing to enrol in an Early Childhood Education course should be aware that if you are unable to satisfy the requirements of the Working With Children Check you will be unable to obtain work in the childcare sector.

Course Code 2

CHC50221

Start Dates

February, April, July and October

Duration

12 Months

Units

23 Units (subjects)

CRICOS Code (International Students)

107056F

CRICOS Duration (International Students)

12 Months

Course Offered At

Norwest & Online

Course Code 1

CHC50113 & CHC50213

Start Dates

February, April, July and October

Duration

44 Weeks

CRICOS Code (International Students)

081411K & 087912G

CRICOS Duration (International Students)

52 Weeks

Course Offered At

Glebe and Norwest

Certificate III in Early Education & Care

Graduates with a Certificate III in Early Education can work in a range of early childhood education settings. Career pathways involve working within the requirements of the Education and Care Services National Regulations and the National Quality Standard. Early Childhood workers support the implementation of an approved learning framework, and support children’s well-being, learning and development. Depending on the setting, educators may work under direct supervision or autonomously.

Course Structure
  • 4 days per week from 9am-3pm – at College (Available at our Norwest Campus)
  • 1 day per week in a registered child care facility 
  • 1×2 week blocks in a Child Care Centre 

We can also make flexible part-time arrangements if you choose to study at a slower pace.

Core Subjects
  • CHCECE030 – Support inclusion and diversity
  • CHCECE031 – Support children’s health, safety and well-being
  • CHCECE032 – Nurture babies and toddlers
  • CHCECE033 – Develop positive and respectful relationships with children
  • CHCECE034 – Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
  • CHCECE035 – Support the holistic learning and development of children
  • CHCECE036 – Provide experiences to support children’s play and learning
  • CHCECE037 – Support children to connect with the natural environment
  • CHCECE038 – Observe children to inform practice
  • CHCECE054 – Encourage understanding of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander People’s culture
  • CHCECE055 – Meet legal and ethical obligations in children’s education and care
  • CHCECE056 – Work effectively in children’s education and care
  • CHCPRT001 – Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
  • HLTAID012 – Provide First Aid in an education and care setting
  • HLTWHS001 – Participate in workplace health and safety
Electives
  • CHCDIV001 – Work with diverse people
  • HLTFSE001 – Follow basic food safety practices
Practicum Placement Requirement

Our Practicum Coordinator will assist students in locating a suitable practicum centre and will liaise with Centre Managers/Supervisors and monitor and assess students during practicum sessions.

  • 160 hours of work placement in a registered child care facility is mandatory for the Cert III qualification.
First Aid Course

‘HLTAID012 – ‘Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting’ is a mandatory unit in all early childhood education courses. This unit is delivered at the College by a specialist first aid training company and is additional to the cost of the tuition fees. Students may undertake this unit externally if preferred.

Supervised Study Period

A FREE Supervised Study Period is offered to all students from Monday-Wednesday between 3pm and 4pm. This is the time when students can have one-on-one time with the teacher in order to discuss, revise, clarify or to catch up on missed work.

Our specialised training methods ensure that students are provided with exceptional skills and knowledge in both the theory and the practical components of the children’s services industry.

Course Outcomes

Depending on the setting, educators may work under direct supervision or autonomously. Graduates will be qualified to work as:

  • Early Childhood Educator Assistant
  • Outside School Hours (OOSH) Care Assistant
  • Playgroup Supervisor
  • Recreation Assistant
  • Family Day Care Worker
  • Nanny/Au Pair (National and International)
  • Mobile Assistant

Please Note:
A Working With Children Check is a prerequisite for anyone working in child-related work. It involves a national criminal history check and review of findings of workplace misconduct.

Students wishing to enrol in an Early Childhood Education course should be aware that if you are unable to satisfy the requirements of the Working With Children Check you will be unable to obtain work in the childcare sector.

Course Code 2

CHC30121

Start Dates

February, April, July and October

Duration

6 Months

Units

17 Units (subjects)
15 core units and 2 elective units

CRICOS Code (International Students)

107017B

CRICOS Duration (International Students)

6 Months

Course Offered At

Norwest & Online

Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Bedford College is the leader in early childhood education and care training. Universities and employers agree that Bedford graduates set the benchmark by which early childhood education graduates are measured.

During our Early Childhood Education and Care course, Bedford students undertake almost twice the practicum hours of students from other training organisations. This means that they have loads of practical experience to back up the theoretical knowledge and skills that they learn at College. (See course structure below). Also, see Course Outcome below for information on career options for Early Childhood Education and Care graduates.

Note: Graduates who complete the ECEC (CHC50113) course have the qualification required to work in a childcare setting with children from 0-5 years old.

Course Structure

The courses consist of a number of competencies (units) which when packaged together provide participants with theoretical and practical knowledge which will enable them to carry out a range of tasks from introductory/intermediate levels (Cert III) to more advanced/management level functions (Diploma).

  • 4 days per week from 9am-3pm – at College (This course is offered at our Norwest Campus)
  • 1 day per week in a registered child care facility 
  • 2×2 week blocks in a Child Care Centre 

We can also make flexible part-time arrangements if you choose to study at a slower pace.

Core Subjects
  • CHCECE041 – Maintain a safe and healthy environment for children
  • CHCECE042 – Foster holistic early childhood learning, development and well being
  • 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 inclusions 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
Electives
  • CHCPOL002 – Develop and implement policy
  • BSBOPS502 – Manage business operational plans
  • BSBPEF502 – Develop and use emotional intelligence
Practicum Placement Requirement

Our Practicum Coordinator will assist students in locating a suitable practicum centre and will liaise with Centre Managers/Supervisors and monitor and assess students during practicum sessions.

  • 280 hours of work placement in a registered child care facility is mandatory for the diploma qualifications.
University Pathways

Students who successfully complete the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care course will receive automatic entry (with up to 1.5 years credit) into B.Early Childhood/Teaching degree at university and may also choose to undertake further study to include the B.Teaching (Primary Education).

See the University Pathways section for more information.

Please Note:
A Working With Children Check is a prerequisite for anyone working in child-related work. It involves a national criminal history check and review of findings of workplace misconduct.

Students wishing to enrol in an Early Childhood Education course should be aware that if you are unable to satisfy the requirements of the Working With Children Check you will be unable to obtain work in the childcare sector.

Course Code 1

CHC50121

Start Dates

February, April, July and October

Duration

6 Months

Prerequisite

Requires a prerequisite of Cert III in Early Childhood Education & Care

Units

15 Units
12 core units and 3 elective units

CRICOS Code (International Students)

107016C

CRICOS Duration (International Students)

6 Months

Course Offered At

Norwest & Online

Diploma of School Age Education and Care

Diploma of School Age Education and Care

Over the years, many Bedford Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) graduates have gone on to work in Out of School Hours (OOSH) or Vacation Care settings. With this in mind, the Diploma of School Age Education and Care course was added to our courses in 2015.

The Diploma of School Aged Education and Care provides participants with the qualification to work with children from 5 to 12 years old. This includes Out of School Hours (OOSH) – vacation care & before/after school care – child-minding facilities, gyms, cruise-ships, etc.

Course Structure

The courses consist of a number of competencies (units) which when packaged together provide participants with theoretical and practical knowledge which will enable them to carry out a range of tasks from introductory/intermediate levels (Cert III) to more advanced/management level functions (Diploma).

Children’s Services courses at Bedford are run differently than those at other training providers. The course format is as follows:

  • 3 days per week from 9am-3pm (This course is offered at our Norwest Campus)
  • 1 day per week in a registered child care facility
  • 2×2 week blocks in a Child Care Centre 

We can also make flexible part-time arrangements if you choose to study at a slower pace.

Core Subjects
  • BSBLDR523 – Lead and manage effective workplace relationships
  • CHCCCS007 – Develop and implement service programs
  • CHCDIV002 – Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
  • CHCLEG003 – Manage legal and ethical compliance
  • CHCPRT001 – Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
  • CHCDIV003 – Manage and promote diversity
  • CHCSAC006 – Support children to participate in school age care
  • CHCSAC007 – Develop and implement play and leisure experiences in school age care
  • CHCSAC008 – Work collaboratively and respectfully with school age children
  • CHCSAC010 – Foster holistic learning, development, and well-being for school age children
  • CHCPRP003 – Reflect on and improve own professional practice
  • HLTFSE007 – Oversee the day-to-day implementation of food safety in the workplace
  • HLTWHS003 – Maintain work health and safety
  • SISXDIS001 – Facilitate inclusion for people with a disability
  • HLTAID012 – Provide First Aid in an education and care setting
Electives
  • BSBOPS502 – Manage business operational plans
  • CHCPOL002 – Develop and implement policy
  • BSBSUS511 – Develop workplace policies and procedures for sustainability
  • CHCFAM002 – Use communication to build relationships
  • CHCMGT007 – Work effectively with the Board of an organisation
  • BSBPEF502 – Develop and use emotional intelligence
  • HLTFSE001 – Follow basic food safety practices
  • CHCDIS007 – Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability
Practicum Placement Requirement

Our Practicum Coordinator will assist students in locating a suitable practicum centre and will liaise with Centre Managers/Supervisors and monitor and assess students during practicum sessions.

  • 240 hours of work placement in a registered child care facility is mandatory for the diploma qualifications.
First Aid Course

‘HLTAID012 – ‘Provide first aid in an education and care setting’ is a mandatory unit. This unit is delivered at the College by a specialist first aid training company and is additional to the cost of the tuition fees. Students may undertake this unit externally if preferred.

Supervised Study Period

A FREE Supervised Study Period is offered to all students from Monday-Wednesday between 3pm and 4pm. This is the time when students can have one-on-one time with the teacher in order to discuss, revise, clarify or to catch up on missed work.

Our specialised training methods ensure that students are provided with exceptional skills and knowledge in both the theory and the practical components of the children’s services industry.

Course Outcomes
  • Responsible for the day-to-day running of before and after school care centre
  • Responsible for the day-to-day running of vacation care centre
  • Responsible for the day-to-day running of a children’s’ services setting including: cruise ships, resorts, crèches, etc.
  • Nanny/Au pair – National and International

Please Note:
A Working With Children Check is a prerequisite for anyone working in child-related work. It involves a national criminal history check and review of findings of workplace misconduct.

Students wishing to enrol in an Early Childhood Education course should be aware that if you are unable to satisfy the requirements of the Working With Children Check you will be unable to obtain work in the childcare sector.

Course Code 2

CHC50221

Start Dates

February, April, July and October

Duration

12 Months

Units

23 Units (subjects)

CRICOS Code (International Students)

107056F

CRICOS Duration (International Students)

12 Months

Course Offered At

Norwest & Online

Course Code 1

CHC50113 & CHC50213

Start Dates

February, April, July and October

Duration

44 Weeks

CRICOS Code (International Students)

081411K & 087912G

CRICOS Duration (International Students)

52 Weeks

Course Offered At

Glebe and Norwest

Certificate III in Early Education & Care

Certificate III in Early Education & Care

Graduates with a Certificate III in Early Education can work in a range of early childhood education settings. Career pathways involve working within the requirements of the Education and Care Services National Regulations and the National Quality Standard. Early Childhood workers support the implementation of an approved learning framework, and support children’s well-being, learning and development. Depending on the setting, educators may work under direct supervision or autonomously.

Course Structure
  • 4 days per week from 9am-3pm – at College (Available at our Norwest Campus)
  • 1 day per week in a registered child care facility 
  • 1×2 week blocks in a Child Care Centre 

We can also make flexible part-time arrangements if you choose to study at a slower pace.

Core Subjects
  • CHCECE030 – Support inclusion and diversity
  • CHCECE031 – Support children’s health, safety and well-being
  • CHCECE032 – Nurture babies and toddlers
  • CHCECE033 – Develop positive and respectful relationships with children
  • CHCECE034 – Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
  • CHCECE035 – Support the holistic learning and development of children
  • CHCECE036 – Provide experiences to support children’s play and learning
  • CHCECE037 – Support children to connect with the natural environment
  • CHCECE038 – Observe children to inform practice
  • CHCECE054 – Encourage understanding of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander People’s culture
  • CHCECE055 – Meet legal and ethical obligations in children’s education and care
  • CHCECE056 – Work effectively in children’s education and care
  • CHCPRT001 – Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
  • HLTAID012 – Provide First Aid in an education and care setting
  • HLTWHS001 – Participate in workplace health and safety
Electives
  • CHCDIV001 – Work with diverse people
  • HLTFSE001 – Follow basic food safety practices
Practicum Placement Requirement

Our Practicum Coordinator will assist students in locating a suitable practicum centre and will liaise with Centre Managers/Supervisors and monitor and assess students during practicum sessions.

  • 160 hours of work placement in a registered child care facility is mandatory for the Cert III qualification.
First Aid Course

‘HLTAID012 – ‘Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting’ is a mandatory unit in all early childhood education courses. This unit is delivered at the College by a specialist first aid training company and is additional to the cost of the tuition fees. Students may undertake this unit externally if preferred.

Supervised Study Period

A FREE Supervised Study Period is offered to all students from Monday-Wednesday between 3pm and 4pm. This is the time when students can have one-on-one time with the teacher in order to discuss, revise, clarify or to catch up on missed work.

Our specialised training methods ensure that students are provided with exceptional skills and knowledge in both the theory and the practical components of the children’s services industry.

Course Outcomes

Depending on the setting, educators may work under direct supervision or autonomously. Graduates will be qualified to work as:

  • Early Childhood Educator Assistant
  • Outside School Hours (OOSH) Care Assistant
  • Playgroup Supervisor
  • Recreation Assistant
  • Family Day Care Worker
  • Nanny/Au Pair (National and International)
  • Mobile Assistant

Please Note:
A Working With Children Check is a prerequisite for anyone working in child-related work. It involves a national criminal history check and review of findings of workplace misconduct.

Students wishing to enrol in an Early Childhood Education course should be aware that if you are unable to satisfy the requirements of the Working With Children Check you will be unable to obtain work in the childcare sector.

Course Code 2

CHC30121

Start Dates

February, April, July and October

Duration

6 Months

Units

17 Units (subjects)
15 core units and 2 elective units

CRICOS Code (International Students)

107017B

CRICOS Duration (International Students)

6 Months

Course Offered At

Norwest & Online

Career Pathways
  • Authorised supervisor – Early Childhood Education (Child Care) Centre
  • Children’s Services Coordinator
  • Centre Manager – Early Childhood Education (Child Care) Centre
  • Director – Early Childhood Education (Child Care) Centre
  • Early Childhood Educator
  • Children’s Adviser
  • Program Leader
  • Project Coordinator
  • Children’s Service Director/Manager
  • Child Development Worker
Related Industry Sectors
  • Early Learning Centres
  • Family Day Care
  • Vacation Care
  • Out of School Hours Care

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