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#1 Chazonator

Posted 03 July 2019 - 05:05 PM

Has anyone completed the above diploma online at all without having a cert 3 or experience in the field?
Just wondering how hard it would be especially with kids in school and at kinder and if having previous experience helped?
Did you study it through a tafe or private provider?
Did you organise your own placement or did they?

Would love to hear your experiences

#2 SeaPrincess

Posted 03 July 2019 - 05:37 PM

I had a quick look at 3 of the core units and 2 indicated that “Skills must be demonstrated in a regulated education and care service” and the third that “Skills must be demonstrated in the workplace.” The placement is essential to the attainment of the units, so I would highly recommend going with a provider that will arrange a placement.

Alternatively, I used to work for an RTO that had a partnership with an organisation that employed the trainees and had them in paid trainee work placements . Many secured employment with the placement organisations once they had completed their qualification. It was in aged care, but I’m sure there would be similar arrangements for child care somewhere.

#3 rileys-mum

Posted 03 July 2019 - 05:38 PM

It is a very intensive course.
You need to be sure that you want to work in Child Care if you have no experience - is the job really what you think the job is?

Depending upon which state you are in, it may be funded or subsidised by the state government.

I would also suggest playing an active role in your placement so that you can secure a placement and close to home. Having to travel long distances when not earning money can be stressful.

Quality private providers will be more flexible than TAFE

#4 Ragdoll01

Posted 03 July 2019 - 07:02 PM

I started at TAFE online (WA) last year & moved providers when they proved to be crap. I also went for the diploma without doing Cert 3, it's honestly easy just time consuming but if you're organised & make a list of what you need to accomplish (for your placement assessment) for each day that you're there then you'll be alright.

It'll be very hard w/ kids at TAFE, in my experience they were not the most flexible + their assessments were done haphazardly, almost like they had a page quota so they chucked a load of activities in there w/ no regard to whether they're age appropriate, I'd recommend going elsewhere - what I ended up doing was starting my placement & talking to the owner & getting recommendations for other providers. I'd say go your preferred centres & ask around.

W/ Tafe specifically - they asked us to list down 3 preferred centres for placement, mode of transport & address. They try to get you into those or find ones close to you. I switched providers & they asked me if I wanted to stay at the centre I was doing placement on for TAFE & they handled talking to the owner for me then.

#5 harryhoo

Posted 03 July 2019 - 09:01 PM

I completed my Diploma through OTEN, which is TAFE online. I enrolled through SEEK. I went straight to the diploma as 50 per cent of staff need a diploma or higher, so it's easier to hetva job.
I had a 2 year old when I started and had my second child halfway through. I ended up extending once, just as finding time to get study done was hard!!!
I found the course work pretty straight forward but time management wise it was a bit stressful. I was working at the same time, as you can get a job straight away as a room assistant.
I finished 2 years ago and work permanent part time at a preschool that I love. It's a challenging job at times snd the oay is crap, but it's very rewarding and even fun sometimes!

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