Tillys College of Childcare is pretty unique! It’s the only training college in the Hunter and Newcastle areas which enables students to study within a working childcare centre, giving students the opportunity to gain hands on experience while they study.
We spoke to Donna MacIntyre (who, along with her husband founded Tillys) to find out a bit more about the College.
When and why was Tillys College of Childcare launched? Tillys CCC was launched in 2010 to ensure the quality of students being trained in the early childhood field. We were finding we were employing educators that did not have the hands on experience needed to work in a childcare centre.
What is it about gaining a Childcare qualification at Tillys that’s different from studying elsewhere? Small class sizes and the hands on experience that you can only get from a college located within a working childcare centre.
What qualifications can students gain? How long does it take? The Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care takes approximately 6 months to complete and the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care takes approximately 12 months to complete.
How many students do Tillys College take each year? This varies, we have two intakes of the Certificate III (February and July) and usually one intake of the Diploma in February each year.
What pre-requisites do students have to have to be accepted into Tillys College (entry requirements)? There are no entry requirements to study at Tillys CCC but students have to have an interest in working in the early childhood field.
What are the fees for students and are there any government or other subsidies for students? The fees can be found on our website - www.tillyschildcare.com.au
Are positions available for graduates after they have completed their training? A very large portion of our graduating students gain a position working within one of our childcare centres.
What are the personal qualities in your students that make them exceptional childcare workers? Students need to be interested in studying childcare and working in the early childhood field. They need to be motivated and work well as part of a team. Childcare workers deal with children and their families; therefore, excellent communication skills and patience are needed.
Does the college have to receive accreditation? Tillys CCC is audited by ASQA to ensure that we are meeting all the standards set out by ASQA. The childcare centre that the college is located at recently had its assessment and rating visit by DECS and received a rating of exceeding the National Quality Standards.