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Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

  • National Course Code: CHC30113
  • TAFE NSW code: CHC30113-01V03-20KCL-020

Location – Kingscliff

Study Type

Full Time

Course Start Date

Enquire Now

Study Commitment

31 Hours per week

Duration

24 Weeks

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Traineeship Allowed
  • This training is subsidised by the NSW Government

Course Details

Take your first step into the world of early childhood as a childcare support worker with the nationally accredited Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care. You will learn to provide safe, nurturing, meaningful and inclusive education and care for children in a fun and playful setting.

LEARN NEW SKILLS

Through theory and practical course work, you will learn to:

  • Care for babies and children and ensure their health and safety
  • Promote good nutrition and positive meal experiences
  • Use an approved learning framework
  • Support holistic development through play and learning
  • Identify and respond to children at risk
  • Perform emergency first aid
  • Promote cultural competence

DEVELOP YOUR TALENT

Through this course you will build on your:

  • Outstanding professionalism
  • Passion for early education
  • Communication and interpersonal skills

ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS

Completing the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care will equip you with:

  • A nationally recognised qualification that meets the legal requirement to work as an Early Childhood Educator
  • A First Aid certificate
  • A study pathway to advance your career

GROW YOUR CAREER

Deepen your skills and knowledge to expand your career options with a:

  • Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
  • Certificate IV and Diploma of School Age Care
  • Certificate III or IV in Education Support

Complete the Diploma to move directly into university to become an early childhood teacher:

  • Bachelor of Education Early Childhood - at TAFE NSW

INDUSTRY DEMAND

The number of children using long day care has increased by 18% since 2012, and this trend will continue to 2021.

As consumer demand grows, so does the demand for teachers qualified at degree level. This Certificate III qualification is a great first step toward a long and rewarding career in the industry.

When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledge and skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

TAFE NSW offers the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care as either a traineeship or non-traineeship, so you cancreate the career you want.

** Non-traineeship **

There are no entry requirements for non-trainees. You can enrol in this course now.

** Traineeship **

To be eligible for this course you must:

  • Be employed inthe childcare sector as this course is delivered in the workplace
  • Have a signedtraineeship contract

Thinking about a traineeship? Enquire today.

COURSE SUCCESS REQUIREMENTS

During your study, you will need to meet specific requirements that are necessary for you to complete your course work and be successful.

You will need to meet the following success requirements to be able to undertake work placement within industry. Your teacher will let you know when you need to provide evidence of:

  • Working with Children Check (WWCC)
  • Vaccination and health screenings
  • Any additional evidence your work placement provider requires

LICENSING REQUIREMENTS

Under the Education and Care Services National Law (2011), the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) publishes lists of approved early childhood education and care qualifications and information regarding regulatory requirements here: www.acecqa.gov.au.

WORK PLACEMENT

Work placement provides you with opportunities to practise responding to situations and circumstances that cannot be replicated in a learning or simulated environment. Work placement strengthens your training and supports continued learning and assessment in the workplace.

During your course, you will undertake a mandatory 120 hours of work placement with a suitable industry employer.

TAFE Digital students: You are responsible for arranging your own work placement. Our SkillsTeam can offer support and guidance to assist you.

Campus-based students: TAFE NSW will arrange your work placement with a suitable industry employer.

Decisions on where you will be placed are guided through a nomination process of your preferred centre and your personal circumstances.

Work placement generally only begins once you have had significant contact with your teacher and they are satisfied that you are ready to benefit from on-the-job industry learning.

IS THIS COURSE RIGHT FOR YOU?

To be prepared for this course, it is recommended that you have:

  • A sound ability to read, write and speak English
  • A basic ability to apply numeracy
  • A strong sense of professionalism
  • A strong work ethic
  • Patience and dedication
  • A passion for early childhood education

** Physical ability **

You must also have a reasonable level of fitness and flexibility to carry out:

  • Manual lifting
  • First aid responses including performing CPR while kneeling on the floor

Certain aspects of assessment rely on your physical ability to perform two minutes of uninterrupted CPR on an adult and infant manikin at floor level, and respond to an emergency situation where there may be risk to life.

If you are unable to meet the physical requirements, you will not be able to successfully complete this course.

If you need help preparing for study, contact us about your options.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

With 130 locations across the state, TAFE NSW tailors qualifications to meet the needs of the local community and specific student groups (like apprentices, fast-tracked and online students). To make sure this course is the right fit for you, we will need you to demonstrate that you can meet the additional requirements below.

To be enrolled in this course, you need to be able to provide evidence that you are:
-This course requires a mandatory workplacement of a minimum 120 hours. Students:

  • Undertake a work placement - TAFE NSW will arrange a workplacement for those not already employed in an education and care setting

Eligibility for work placement:
Before commencement of workplacement experience, students will require a valid Working with Children Check (WWCC) for work within NSW. The WWCC can be for volunteers (if you are undertaking an unpaid work placement or volunteer work) otherwise you will need to have a valid WWCC for those undertaking paid work.

Prior to students undertaking any work placements or volunteer work that has been organised as part of the requirements of the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, the WWCC is to be verified through the Office of the Children's Guardian by TAFE NSW and stored on the students file.

Organisations that agree to offer work placements for students must also be provided with the student's WWCC and reminded of their obligation to check the validity of the provided WWCC.
Total Work Placement Hours: minimum 120 hours of work as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of units of competency

To successfully complete this course, you will be over the age of 18, must provide a NSW WWCC number and may also need to obtain a volunteer blue card if their placement is to be held in Queensland. You can apply online for your WWCC.Kids Guardian NSW or Service NSW http://www.kidsguardian.nsw.gov.au/child-safe-organisations/working-with-children-check

INFORMATION SESSIONS

There are no information sessions currently scheduled for this course.

STUDY COMMITMENT

This is a full-time blended course. You will need to attend approximately 11.8 hours of class, over 5 days a week, for 24 weeks. As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 19.2 hours of other study per week.

You may also be required to complete approximately 6.3 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including assessment preperation, research and readings.

Students are required to attend TAFE classes on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays, 9am-3pm, from 3 February 2020 at Kingscliff Campus during term time. Attendance in playsession is required on either Wednesday or Thursday 8.30am-2.30pm, from 3 February 2020 at Kingscliff Campus during term time.

IS THIS COURSE RIGHT FOR YOU?

Our goal throughout the enrolment pathway is to connect you to the right course to enable you to achieve the right outcomes for you.
A day working in an early childhood service or school age education and care service involves supporting children's wellbeing, learning and development through play and leisure. If you are passionate about supporting children's growth and about your own career progression this course will help you to reach your goals.
Important aspects to consider for working effectively within this job role include:

  • Are you patient?
  • Do you have good communication skills - both verbal and written?
  • Are you energetic and passionate about children?
  • Are you able to work well within a team environment?
  • Are you professional and ethical?
    These attributes will support you in this role.

SERVICES AND STUDY SUPPORT

There are additional learning and study tools available for this course, including:

  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Student Support and Services
  • Accessibility and Disability Services
  • Personal Counselling
  • Vocational Counselling
  • Learning Support
  • International Student Support
  • Scholarships

We offer student services and study support to ensure you can achieve your goals. Learn about TAFE NSW Student Services

As a TAFE NSW student in this course, you will have access to:

  • LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com)
  • Studiosity - online access to a real life tutor
  • Easy computing online short courses
  • Access to local TAFE libraries
  • Accessibility and Disability Support Services
  • Access to Read&Write learning support software at TAFE and at home

To keep you safe while studying, some of our face to face classes may be replaced with online or connected learning. We have also modified our face to face classes to meet physical distancing requirements and increased cleaning on campus. As restrictions ease, the way you attend your class may change again. If work placement and the demonstration of practical skills are requirements of your course, due to the impacts of COVID 19 there may be a delay or modification in being able to undertake these aspects of your course in the planned timeframe. Be assured, we'll keep you informed every step of the way.

This course is currently scheduled on Monday, Tuesday and Friday 9.00am to 3.00pm, Wednesday and Thursday from 8.30am to 2.30pm. This timetable may change and will be confirmed by your teacher.

SMART AND SKILLED FEES

This course is government-subsidised, meaning you pay a portion of the full course fee to TAFE NSW and the NSW Government will pay the balance. However, you must meet certain eligibility criteria for this to apply.

Depending on your previous qualifications and experience, your fee may be less than the maximum fee quoted. Your actual fee and eligibility for concession/exemption will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process. Payment plans are available through TAFE NSW for Smart and Skilled eligible qualifications.

For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit Are You Eligible?

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

You will need to provide for yourself the following resources which you will keep when you complete your study:
HLTAID004 Provide first aid students will need to purchase the TAFE first aid book at a cost of $25

READ BEFORE YOU ENROL

Learn about TAFE NSW Fees

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RECOGNITION

Recognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce your course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.

Learn about Recognition at TAFE NSW Recognition

Enquire now for Semester 2 2020 and be notified when enrolments open.

TAFE NSW is open for business so to find out more information on this course including when it will start and how it will be delivered (face-to-face, in a virtual classroom, self-paced, online or a mixture), submit an online enquiry by clicking the Enquire Now button on this page. You can also call 131 601 during business hours* to chat with a member of our friendly customer service team.

* Our customer service team are available from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm AEST.

Core Units
Number Title
CHCECE001 Develop cultural competence
CHCECE007 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children
CHCECE002 Ensure the health and safety of children
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
CHCECE004 Promote and provide healthy food and drinks
HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting
CHCECE005 Provide care for babies and toddlers
CHCECE003 Provide care for children
CHCECE011 Provide experiences to support children's play and learning
CHCECE010 Support the holistic development of children in early childhood
CHCECE009 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
CHCECE013 Use information about children to inform practice
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
Elective Units
Number Title
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
CHCEDS004 Contribute to organisation and management of classroom or centre
CHCECE012 Support children to connect with their world
BSBWOR301 Organise personal work priorities and development
CHCECE006 Support behaviour of children and young people
CHCECE026 Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate education and care for children

Note: Not all elective units listed may be available to study, please enquire for more information.

Early childhood educator

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Course Location

Kingscliff
Cudgen Road, Kingscliff
Phone 131 601

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