Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Course Code

CHC30113

Duration

1 year -2 years

About the Qualification

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.

This qualification covers the fundamentals of early childhood development, education and care. Upon completion of the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, you will have the skills, knowledge and experience to plan experiences to promote children’s learning through play.

The purpose of this course is to guide students to become competent as early childhood educators. The role of educators in early childhood education and care sector involves working with children to plan activities and provide care to children, facilitating their leisure and play and enabling them to achieve their developmental outcomes. Depending on the setting, workers 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. For more information regarding specific subjects with this training course contact us at info@auschs.edu.au.


Prerequisites

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification.

However, a pre-enrolment process to establish suitability to undertake the course and to determine support requirements will be conducted, which will include a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) assessment.

You will need to be reasonably physically fit as the role may involve a variety of tasks that require a reasonable amount of physical activity, such as personal care of children, lifting, cleaning and other physically demanding activities.

NSW MINISTRY OF HEALTH WORK PLACEMENT REQUIREMENTS AND ADVICE

National Criminal Record Check

Before you undertake clinical work placement in a NSW Health facility you will be required to undertake a Criminal Record Check (CRC) to obtain a National Police Certificate, either through a state or territory police service or through the Australian Federal Police. If you have any criminal records, you will be subject to a risk assessment and must obtain an authority to undertake clinical placements from the NSW Ministry of Health, Corporate Governance and Risk Management Branch. You will only be exempt from undertaking a CRC if you are under 18 years of age at the commencement of your course.

COMMUNITY AND CHILDREN’S SERVICES WORK PLACEMENT REQUIREMENTS AND ADVICE

NSW Working with Children Check

Depending on the organisation’s work placement policy and procedures, you may also be required to complete a NSW Working with Children Check.

For more information visit the NSW Commission for Children and Young People website at: http://www.kids.nsw.gov.au.

This course is only delivered at the workplace


Course Duration

Course Duration - 1 year -2 years

Typically this training course requires between 1 year -2 years to complete, determined by your own special circumstances and also the mode of study which you select. For example, if you were to do this program online and routinely allocate time and energy to complete the activities and assignments every week you may finish the course well ahead of the time.


Qualification Level

Certificate III

Career Opportunities

  • Early Learning Educator
  • Nanny
  • Kindergarten Assistant
  • Outside School Hours Care Educator
  • Playgroup Supervisor
  • Family Day Care Educator
  • Early Childhood Educator

Study Mode

Work-based


Assessment

Assessment Methods


A variety of assessment methods are available and can be used to assess a unit of competency, these could include:

  • Questioning Checklist- Theory/questioning assessments are delivered in the classroom environment during the assessment visit, in the form of short questions and answers and/or Multiple choice, these are to be completed by the Student.
  • Projects- these are issued to the student on completion of the training session. The Student may be asked to gather a Portfolio of documents or evidence from the workplace; or, research a topic or area of study prior to the Assessment visit. If the task asked the student to demonstrate to the Assessor a topic or area of study, this will be conducted during the assessment session.
  • Practical Demonstrations- these are to be conducted by the Trainer/Assessor through observing the student completes the required tasks consistently and continuously in the various workplace relevant situations.
  • Workplace Supervisor Report- this report is to be completed by the workplace supervisor, its purpose is to verify that the Student can demonstrate a particular skill or applies relevant knowledge consistently and continuously in various situations. This is used as supplementary evidence.

The format for delivery of the assessment

At the Assessment session, the Assessor will:

  • Meet with the student at the workplace and review, discuss and mark the completed Projects. Any areas that were not satisfactorily completed will be reviewed, and the student will be asked to repeat that section until it is satisfactorily completed. The Trainer/Assessor is to record these details on the Assessment Summary sheet.
  • Have the Student complete the Questioning Checklist
  • Have the Student complete the Practical Demonstrations in the presence of the Assessor.
  • Complete and confirm the Workplace Supervisor Report with Supervisor
  • Confirm details of next training session including time, date and attendees
  • Completion of the Assessment requires the Trainer/Assessor to:
  • Ensure the Assessment Kit has been marked
  • Complete the Assessment Summary
  • Ensure the Assessment decision and all feedback has been reviewed with the Student and the Workplace Supervisor
  • Obtain signatures of all parties
  • Update the training plan with supervisors and introduce the new Unit(s) of the next session
  • Ensure all paperwork is completed for return to the RTO’s administration office.

At the end of the theory/training session:

  • The assessment kit is issued to the student:
  • The Student may be asked by the Trainer or Assessor to complete certain projects in the time interval between the issuance and the next scheduled contact.
  • Issue the Workplace Supervisor Report (if applicable for workplace training) to the workplace supervisor, asking them to complete the document before the next scheduled visit

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Recognition is available (on application) to students with prior skills, experience, knowledge or qualifications obtained from formal studies or training, in a related area. Recognition may reduce the duration of your studies.

RPL is available for each Unit of Competency-based on relevant workplace experience, formal training, or other expertise.

RPL is conducted through assessment only pathway

To apply for RPL, please contact info@auschs.edu.au to gain further information.


Simulated Work Environment

If a simulated work environment is required, it will be achieved by using suitable facilities, equipment and resources including individualised plans and equipment outlined in the plan, modelling of industry operating conditions, including presence of problem-solving activities and organisational policies, procedures and protocols.


Work Placement

As part of this course, you are required to undertake 120 hours of Structured Workplace Learning in a registered child care facility, supervised by a qualified staff member. AUSCHS can provide assistance for the same.

There are a number of statutory checks required by workplaces, such as a Working with Children Check. These may vary by state. In addition, individual workplaces may impose additional requirements on students undertaking work placement. You will be responsible for the costs of any such checks or requirements. Please contact us to know details on the individual statutory requirements for your state or territory.

It’s the student’s responsibility to find a suitable work placement for the course.

The successful completion of work placement hours as advised in the assessment conditions of the units is required to complete this course. A Statement of Attainment will be issued for the completed units for the units completed which don’t require a work placement. (Please refer to training.gov.au to review assessment conditions of the units or ask your Trainer)

 

You will also need to complete a First Aid Certificate to demonstrate competency for HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting at your own cost prior to undertaking your work placement.

Hours breakdown for a work placement:-

30 hours – Birth-2 years – Babies
30 hours – 2-3 years – Toddler
60 hours – 3-5 years – Preschool

 


Education and Support Services

In accordance with the requirements of Standards for RTOs 2015, the following support is available to learners:

Language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) advice. The ACSF informs the identification and description of underpinning English language, literacy and numeracy features and requirements within competency standards. LLN requirements of participants will be assessed using LLN assessment form completed upon enrolment. LLN needs of Learners will be taken into consideration in the delivery and assessment of this qualification.

The following processes will be applied for students

  • Learning and assessment materials are written in plain English.
  • Delivery modes are negotiated to meet the needs of a diverse range of learners.
  • Entry to courses is in accordance with equal opportunity legislation, anti-discrimination legislation.

Support strategies include:

  • Identifying requirements (such as literacy, numeracy, English language or physical capabilities) learners would need to complete each course and if necessary, referring them to specialist services prior to enrolling in the course.
  • Developing strategies to make support available where gaps are identified.
  • Assistive technology
  • Additional tutorials

Reasonable Adjustment

Reasonable adjustment is the process of adjusting our intended methods of learning and assessment to accommodate the unique requirements of our clients yet remaining within the constraints of the training package whilst still applying the principles of assessment.

The following processes will be applied for students

  • Learning and assessment materials are written in plain English.
  • Delivery methods are negotiated to meet the needs of a diverse range of learners.
  • Entry to courses is in accordance with equal opportunity legislation, anti-discrimination legislation.

Reasonable Adjustment is a key strategy in achieving this outcome. Adjustments are made to the learning environment to ensure equal opportunity without imposing unjustifiable hardship on the Australian College of Higher Studies or compromising the integrity of the Qualification Standards.

Reasonable Adjustment should be catered for without compromising assessment conditions. For example, the Trainer/Assessor should withdraw from assessment to protect privacy, confidentiality and potentially company security concerns. In this instance, Reasonable Adjustment needs to be applied i.e. using a different form of Assessment or a simulated environment.

We are committed to assisting all of our clients where within our capacity to complete the course. To ensure we understand where we can assist we ask our students to self-identify any areas that we can assist them in. Our options and approach to English language literacy have been raised earlier.

Obviously, the trainer/assessor can make their own observations as to how they can modify our assessment process to meet the needs of our students. In the case of this course, possible areas of Reasonable Adjustment include: Shorter more frequent sessions for people with attention issues, the use of colour paper or tinted transparencies to assist those with dyslexia. In general, the student will know what form of reasonable adjustment suits their needs address these options with the student but ensure the needs of the Training Package are met, any requests for Reasonable Adjustment that cannot immediately be accommodated should be discussed with the CEO, and where we cannot accommodate the request, we will refer the Student onto a suitable organisation.

The RTO has incorporated a separate comment section for Reasonable Adjustments into each form of Assessment and in all of its assessment tools, or reasonable adjustments can be made as notes in the general comment sections.


Articulation

After completing this course you could receive credit into the CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care. Contact us for more information.


Course Units

Total number of units = 18
15 core units plus
3 elective units

Elective units must be relevant to the work environment and the qualification, maintain the integrity of the AQF alignment and contribute to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome.

Core Units

CHCCS400C 

Work within a relevant legal and ethical framework

CHCLEG001

Work legally and ethically

CHCDIV002

Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety

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

CHCECE007 

Develop positive and respectful relationships with children

CHCECE009 

Use an approved learning framework to guide practice

CHCECE010 

Support the holistic development of children in early childhood

CHCECE011 

Provide experiences to support children’s play and learning

CHCECE013 

Use information about children to inform practice

CHCPRT001 

Identify and respond to children and young people at risk

HLTAID004  

Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting

HLTWHS001

Participate in workplace health and safety

Elective Units

CHCDIV001

Work with diverse people

CHCECE006 

Support behaviour of children and young people

CHCECE017  

Foster the holistic development and wellbeing of the child in early childhood

BSBINN301

Promote innovation in a team environment


Course Fees

Fee for Service

$5005

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Enrolment Documents

Pre Enrolment Information Pack

Pre Enrolment Information Pack - PDF 936.09 KB

Certificate III LLN Skills Assessment

Certificate III LLN Skills Assessment - PDF 294.03 KB

Fee for Service Enrolment Form

Fee for Service Enrolment Form - PDF 768.51 KB

Student Handbook

Student Handbook - PDF 1.00 MB

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