This qualification reflects the role of educators in early childhood education and care who work in regulated children’s education and care services in Australia. They support children’s wellbeing and development in the context of an approved learning framework. Educators use a range of well-developed skills and knowledge using discretion and judgment when carrying out their work in the context of established policies and procedures. They may work independently or under the guidance of others, though in some contexts that guidance may not be on-site.
Early childhood educators work in long daycare centres, family daycare, pre-schools or kindergartens.
To achieve this qualification, the individual must have completed a total of at least 160 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.
Employment outcomes resulting from the completion of this course may include the following roles:
|Support inclusion and diversity
|Support children’s health, safety and wellbeing
|Nurture babies and toddlers
|Develop positive and respectful relationships with children
|Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
|Support the holistic learning and development of children
|Provide experiences to support children’s play and learning
|Support children to connect with the natural environment
|Observe children to inform practice
|Encourage understanding of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples’ culture
|Meet legal and ethical obligations in children’s education and care
|Work effectively in children’s education and care
|Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
|Provide first aid in an education and care setting
|Participate in workplace health and safety
|Organise personal work priorities
|Work with diverse people