Did you know MercyCare Early Learning offers staff opportunity to complete a paid-for Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care while they work? MercyCare Early Learning Area Manager Fiona Cousins answers questions about the program.
Q: Who is eligible for the MercyCare Diploma Traineeship program?
A: Any ofour Early Learning staff who have completed their Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care can apply. As long as they meet the criteria, MercyCare covers the cost of their traineeship.
Q: What are the benefits of working whilst completing a diploma?
A: There are so many benefits! They are able to complete all their training whilst on the job, which of course they are getting paid for. They are also given time to meet with their trainer during work hours to discuss assessments. Trainers are also able to watch them on the job to complete learning assessments. MercyCare room leaders also lend their experience and knowledge to act as mentors.
Q: Why should early learning professionals go for their diploma?
A: It is a great way to further your early learning career. It gives you the qualifications to move into a Room Leader role where you are able to develop an educational program that meets the individual needs of the children and provide a curriculum that meets the diverse needs of the children and families in our community. There is also opportunity to mentor other educators in their own development and growth. Of course, a Room Leader position also comes with a pay increase and there are many opportunities to progress within MercyCare’s 14 Early Learning Services.
Q: How does a Cert III count towards a Diploma?
A: When you have your Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care certain modules are credited towards your Diploma so you are able to complete the Diploma in a shorter amount of time.
Q: How long is the course?
A: A Diploma is 36 months full time and 54 months part time. A Diploma gives our educators a better understanding of the Early Years Learning Framework including programs, regulations, assessment and rating process, as well as touching on how to be a Centre Manager for those that want to take their career that way. The Diploma allows an educator to increase their skill set and knowledge to provide a program for the children that will assist in their development and relationships with others.
Q: What’s in it for MercyCare?
A: The Diploma allows MercyCare to provide opportunities for its staff to develop their skills and grow their career. It also allows us to provide an exceptional service with highly skilled staff with quality of care to our families and our community.