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Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

  • National Course Code: CHC30113
  • TAFE NSW code: CHC30113-01V03-20NIR-143

Location – Nirimba

Study Type

Blended

Course Start Date

Anytime

Study Commitment

19.7 Hours per week

Duration

38 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

Take your first step into the world of early childhood as a childc ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS

Completing the Certificate II 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.

There are no Training Package entry requirements for this course.

TAFE NSW REQUIREMENTS

To be eligible for this course you must:

Work placement

Be able to undertake a compulsory work placement component of 120 hours to help you to apply your learning in a practical environment. If you chose to studying online at TAFE Digital, you need to organize your own placement, however TAFE NSW will support you through the process.

Other requirements

  • Have a current Working with Children Check. This is free for students. Apply for your check
  • Be adequately fit and flexible to carry out:
    • Tasks associated with the work including manual lifting
    • First aid responses including performing CPR while kneeling on the floor

Important to know

  • Most students who enrol in this course are over 18 years of age. However, if you are under 18 years of age, you will need signed consent from your parents or guardians for certain written course agreements
  • You may be required to provide evidence of vaccinations depending on the early childhood centre where you complete your work placement

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.

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: acecqa.gov.au.

Work Health and Safety units

Work health and safety units are contextualised to the WorkCover NSW legislation.

First Aid

The Safe Work Australia National WHS Model Code of Practice for First Aid in the Workplace.

Safe Work references the nationally endorsed first aid units of competency from the HLT Training Package. It also sets the requirements for refresher courses for first aid and CPR.

In addition, training providers implement their training programs in line with the Australian Resuscitation Council guidelines for education and training (Guideline 10). These guidelines are available online at the Australian Resuscitation Council website.

BE PREPARED

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

If you need support in preparation for study, contact us about your options.

There are no entry requirements specified for this qualification listed on the national register. TAFE NSW entry requirements:

  • Complete a 'Working with Children Check'- Anyone engaging in child-related work (including student placements and volunteers) MUST have a current Working with Children Check (students/volunteers free). Visit: https://www.kidsguardian.nsw.gov.au/child-safe-organisations/working-with-children-check https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/apply-working-children-check.
  • Be physically fit to undertake tasks associated with the work placement (such as manual lifting)
  • Be physically fit to undertake first aid responses including performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) while kneeling on the floor.
  • Follow TAFE NSW policy and procedures, adhering to NSW law when enrolling students under the age of 17- https://www.tafensw.edu.au/study/pathways/school-to-tafe. Students under 18 years of age will require signed consent from their parents or guardians for certain course written agreements.
  • First Aid- complete HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting which will include a mandatory eight-hour face to face session. For students who are unable to attend a TAFE NSW campus to complete the unit they will need to obtain a statement of attainment for HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting with another RTO and provide evidence of this. Student?s fee will be reduced accordingly on enrolment or submission of their statement once a credit transfer has been completed.

Work Placements Student will be required to complete 120 hours of compulsory work placement in an Australian regulated education and care service in order to complete this qualification.

INFORMATION SESSIONS

There are no information sessions currently scheduled for this course.

STUDY COMMITMENT

This is a Flexible/Blended course. You will need to attend approximately 1.3 hours of Face to Face class for 38 weeks. As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 18.4 hours of other study per week. You may also be required to complete approximately 3.9 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including private study, assignment preparation, work experience and research.

IS THIS COURSE RIGHT FOR YOU? This qualification 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. They support the implementation of an approved learning framework and support children?s wellbeing, learning and development. Depending on the setting, educators may work under direct supervision or autonomously. 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. To achieve this qualification, the candidate must have completed at least 120 hours of work as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of the units of competency.

SERVICES AND STUDY SUPPORT TAFE NSW provides the following services to ensure a supported and successful learning environment for all students:

  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Student Support and Services
  • Accessibility and Disability Services

The training package expects all students studying the Certificate III in ECEC to participate in a minimum of 120 hours during the course at a licensed early childhood setting with 0-6 year old children. Where the student is not completing work placement in their own workplace TAFE NSW will organise the students work placement to take place over the duration of the course ensuring all required placement hours are met. For trainees this will only apply for centres that do not have the correct requirements (e.g. children aged 0-5 yrs.) All students will be provided with a TAFE NSW work placement handbook outlining their code of conduct and responsibilities while in the workplace as well as an assessment document outlining the tasks to be completed and demonstrated in order to pass the work placement.

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

This is a flexible/blended delivery course - students will predominantly work independently online whilst attending some workshops. Workshops will be held in the evenings or Saturdays and students will be notified in advance.

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: Please note students must have access to Computer, Internet and a printer. Also it is advisable to have access to reference books.

READ BEFORE YOU ENROL

Learn about TAFE NSW Fees

Learn about TAFE NSW Payment/Funding

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

Incidental Cost
  • Student Association - $20.00

ENQUIRE NOW:

Enrolling with us is easy, though the exact process does depend on your course and any prerequisites that go with it. Be sure to read all course information carefully to make sure it is the right qualification, location and study type for you. Enrol and pay online via our secure payment gateway to secure your place. As you progress through the enrolment process you will be prompted to provide additional information.

A Unique Student Identifier is required prior to enrolment. To apply for your USI visit www.usi.gov.au. If you cannot remember your USI or if you have forgotten you have one, please visit the USI Website for assistance in retrieving your USI. Please advise TAFE NSW your USI number at the time of enrolment.

For further information or assistance, call 131 870.

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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
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

Nirimba
Eastern Road, Quakers Hill
Phone 131 601

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