Children’s Education and Care Training Package Development

SkillsIQ, at the direction of the Children’s Education and Care Industry Reference Committee (IRC) and a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), is undertaking an update of the Training Package Products in the Children’s Education and Care sector. These include qualifications relating to Early Childhood Education, School Age Care and Education Support.

This update will address the outcomes of the ASQA strategic review and update the Training Package Products to response to the Case for Change findings. It will also action input received in response to the Children's Education and Care consultation paper and ensure revised Products reflect current industry skills needs. 

Background

This review continues on from previous work regarding the 2015 Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) strategic review, Training for early childhood education and care in Australia. The ASQA findings and broader issues relate to the Children’s Education and Care Qualifications and Units of Competency contained in the CHC Training Package.

The following six Qualifications and associated 65 Units of Competency in the Children’s Education and Care Sector are currently under review: 

  • CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
  • CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
  • CHC40113 Certificate IV in School Age Education and Care
  • CHC50213 Diploma of School Aged Education and Care
  • CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support
  • CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support.

We thank everyone who has submitted material and attended workshops to inform this project to date. The following key issues emerged in the Draft 1 consultation phase of the project.

  • Certificate III as an Entry Requirement for the Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care
  • The needs of regional and remote communities
  • Strengthening alignment and pathways with job outcomes in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
  • Updating of terminology to align to current language, frameworks and social changes
  • The scope of work roles, particularly in the Education Support area
  • Family Day Care and Outside of School Hours roles
  • The role of an Educational Leader
  • Consideration of recommendations from the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence and the Federal Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
  • Addressing these issues has extended the time required to prepare the Draft 2 material. 

    Project Governance 

    This project is being directed by the Children's Educate and Care IRC. The membership of this IRC is as follows:



    Further information is being provided of the IRC by the Children's Education and Care Technical Advisory Committee. membership of the TAC is as follows: 

    Project Status - Draft 2 Consultation

    The national consultation process for Draft 2 material has currently been extended to 9th September 2019.

    It is envisaged that a third and final draft of the Training Package Products will be released following consideration of the feedback gained during the consultation period for the Draft 2 material.

    The Early Childhood Education and Care Draft 2 Qualifications and Units of Competency are available on the SkillsIQ feedback forum here.

    The School Age Care (SAC) Draft 2 Qualifications and Units of Competency are available on the SkillsIQ feedback forum here.

    The Certificate II in Children's Education Services Draft 1 Qualification and Units of Competency are available on the SkillsIQ feedback forum here.

    The Education Support Draft 2 Qualifications and Units of Competency are available on the SkillsIQ feedback forum here.

    Consultation Activities 

    Briefing webinars were held in December 2018. Please click here to access the Powerpoint presentation slides used in the webinars. For responses to "Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) raised in the webinar please click here.

    Workshops relating to Early Childhood Education and Care were held throughout February 2019. The powerpoint slides used at the workshops can be viewed here.

    Two webinars will be held to brief stakeholders on the recently uploaded Education Support Training Package products. To register, click on the links below:

    Wednesday 21st August 2019, 1:00pm to 2:30pm

    Thursday 22nd August 2019, 11:00am to 12:30pm

    Project Timings 

    Figure 1: Stages of Training Package Product development.




    Further Information

    For further information, please contact Marianne Wehby on (02) 9392 8100 or Marianne.Wehby@skillsiq.com.au