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Offering Info

Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

  • National Course Code: CHC30113
  • TAFE NSW code: CHC30113-01V03-20OTE-002

Location – TAFE Digital (Traineeship)

Study Type

Online

Course Start Date

01 Jan 2020

Study Commitment

31 Hours per week

Duration

1 Year

  • 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.

To successfully complete this course, you will need:

  • access to a computer and internet for some research activities and completion of some assessments.
  • a reliable internet connection
  • hold a current NSW Working with Children Check prior to commencing the traineeship. If you cannot obtain a WWCC you will be unable to acquire a traineeship position in an Early Childhood service.
  • be reasonably, physically fit to undertake the traineeship as the tasks and activities associated may involve manual lifting and other physical activities

This course includes the required First Aid unit (HLTAID004) for those working in Early Childhood. The one (1) day practical assessment session for HLTAID004 will be completed onsite at TAFE Digital, Strathfield.

If you are unable to attend at Strathfield, you can enrol to do the First Aid unit with another TAFE NSW campus and you will need to notify us so we can arrange payment for the course. The First Aid practical assessment requires students to be physically able to perform CPR on the floor for a period of six (6) minutes, in multiple scenarios.

Work Placement is a requirement of this course. You will need to complete:

  • a minimum of 120 hours work placement in an Australian regulated early education and care service, which will be well covered by the traineeship

The trainee?s work in the service is experience that formally contributes to the assessment process and consists of written tasks which need to be submitted for marking and direct observation of skills. Feedback and guidance is given to the student throughout the traineeship on their performance via work place assessor visits. If the trainee's employment is in a remote location, or an area without an available assessor, the trainee will be required to submit video evidence documenting their on-the-job performance.

TRAINEES ONLY

Before you can start a traineeship, you first need to find an employer in the industry you're interested in that will support you through your studies. You and your employer should contact an Apprenticeship Network Provider (ANP) and tell them you're interested in studying at TAFE NSW. The ANP will help you and your employer to complete a Training Contract. Once you have a Training Contract, we will help you, your employer and the ANP to complete a Training Plan Proposal. Once you have both these documents, the ANP will lodge them with State Training Services, who will provide further advice about next steps.

Find out more: https://www.training.nsw.gov.au/apprenticeships_traineeships/index.html

INFORMATION SESSIONS

There are no information sessions currently scheduled for this course.

STUDY COMMITMENT

This is an online course. You will need to complete approximately 25 hours of online study, each week, for your enrolment duration of 1 year. You can increase the hours of online study per week to complete the course sooner.

You can also expect to complete approximately 7 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including private study, assignment preparation, participation in webinars and forums, practise of skills, work experience and research.

IS THIS COURSE RIGHT FOR YOU?

This course offering is designed for people who:

  • want to start a career as a trainee in an Early Childhood Service working with children 0 ? 6 years
  • are employed as a trainee with an Early Childhood Education and Care service
  • are seeking a career change or to return to work. A traineeship is also suited to new entrants to the Early Childhood profession

SERVICES AND STUDY SUPPORT

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

  • learning delivered by qualified Early Childhood Teachers with current skills, knowledge and links to industry
  • all trainees are closely monitored and supported by the Trainee Teacher
  • individual teachers are assigned to trainees to offer face to face visits and assessor visit support
  • regular contact is scheduled with all Trainee employers/workplace supervisors to ensure best learning outcomes for trainees
  • inactive trainees (and their employers) are formally informed of their need to be actively engaged in the course

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

An individual training plan will be provided when you enrol in this course. Your plan will outline the recommended study timetable and detail your units and assessments.

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?

This training is subsidised by the NSW government under Smart and Skilled. The student fee you will need to pay, will be determined according to your personal circumstances and eligibility for a subsidised place, you may also be eligible for a concession fee, fee exemption or fee free scholarship. Payment by instalments is available.

You may continue with an enrolment into this course if you are not eligible for subsidised training, however the full training fee will be applicable. There are conditions to enrolment if you are a Temporary Visa Holder. To discuss your visa status and eligibility to enrol please phone 131 241.

For further information on fees and charges please see https://www.tafensw.edu.au/get-started-at-tafe-nsw/fees-information

Please ensure you also read and understand the associated fee policies and conditions related to withdrawal from a course, applying for a refund of fees and applying for a deferral to your studies.

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

Before you can start a traineeship, you first need to find an employer in the industry you're interested in that will support you through your studies. You and your employer should contact an Apprenticeship Network Provider (ANP) and tell them you're interested in studying at TAFE NSW.
The ANP will help you and your employer to complete a Training Contract. Once you have a Training Contract, we will help you, your employer and the ANP to complete a Training Plan Proposal. Once you have both these documents, the ANP will lodge them with State Training Services, who will provide further advice about next steps.

Find out more: https://www.training.nsw.gov.au/apprenticeships_traineeships/index.html

For further information or assistance, call 131 601.

Find out more about Applying and Enrolling

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

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

Early childhood educator

Whether you're a school leaver, an aspiring apprentice, looking to kickstart a career, or you're upskilling, reskilling, or re-training, there's a TAFE NSW course to give you the skills you need for the job you want.

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TAFE DIGITAL
Phone 131 601

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