The Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care reflects the role of workers in a range of early childhood education settings who work within the requirements of the Education and Care Services National Regulations and the National Quality Standard.
To work in child care you must have, or be actively working towards, at least a Certificate III qualification.
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There are no formal entry requirements however sound language, literacy and numeracy skills combined with a moderate level of computer literacy skills are required. Your capacity to complete the assessment items within the specified timeframes is also necessary.
Applicants must be aged 18 years or above. In line with legal requirements, you will need to successfully complete a Working with Children Check before commencing any work placement. Applicants are responsible for associated costs.
If you’re thinking about studying, we offer a Skills Recognition Pathway aimed at evaluating your options and entitlements to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), Credit Transfer (CT), National Recognition (NR) or Recognition of Current Competency (RCC).
You may be able to reduce the time it takes to get your qualification based on the skills and knowledge you’ve gained through work and life experiences.
All applicants need to complete a Pre-Training interview to discuss suitability to the Course and any RPL arrangements prior to acceptance of an Enrolment application.
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The course is delivered through a blended learning approach including face-to-face classroom training, a variety of assessments, flexible self-study, and a practical work placement.
The standard duration of the course is 52 weeks (including Placement) however different schedules can be adopted to suit the learner cohort and reduce the course duration. You must be capable of completing the assessment items within the specified timeframes.
During the course, you are also required to complete a minimum of 120 hours of practical work placement in an early childhood setting to ensure they have the relevant practical skills and knowledge to work in the industry.
18 units of competency are required to complete this qualification, including 15 core units and 3 elective units.
Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
Develop cultural competence
Ensure the health and safety of children
Provide care for children
Promote and provide healthy food and drinks
Provide care for babies and toddlers
Develop positive and respectful relationships with children
Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
Work legally and ethically
Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting
Support the holistic development of children in early childhood
Provide experiences to support children’s play and learning
Use information about children to inform practice
Participate in workplace health and safety
Comply with family day care administration requirements
Support behaviour of children and young people
Support children to connect with their world
On successful completion of this course you will be awarded the CHC30113 – Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care which is a nationally recognised qualification.
Students who do not complete all units may be eligible for a Statement of Attainment for the partial completion of units within the Certificate.
Potential job roles in this qualification are:
- Early childhood educator
- Children’s services coordinator
- Family day care educator
- Recreation educator
- Childhood educator assistant
- Out of school hours care worker
Pathways provide ways into and connections between courses, starting at certificate level and right through to postgraduate study.
The units of competency achieved in this qualification may provide credit towards a range of other qualifications at Certificate III level and above, with many students continuing with their early childhood education and care knowledge and training and moving into more advanced areas of study as a natural progression.
After completing your Certificate III, you may be eligible to apply for particular higher education qualifications such as a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care or an Undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education and Care.
Our training is delivered by qualified early childhood education and care professionals who excel in their field of expertise. All trainers hold a minimum qualification of Certificate IV in Training & Assessment.
We offer the highest standards of knowledge and skills transfer, supported by up-to-date, relevant information on industry practices and protocols.