CHC30113 – Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
This qualification is for people who want to work as an early childhood educator in a centre-based service and family day care. This is the nationally regulated entry level qualification for working in early childhood education and care.
You will learn how to use a national learning framework, regulations and quality standards to support the education and care of children from birth to school age. You will be able to facilitate play and ensure children’s health and safety while supporting their learning and well-being.
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
There are no entry requirements for this qualification.
Applications must have Reading and Writing ability in English equivalent to year 10.
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Career Opportunities/Vocational Outcomes
Include but not limited to Child care assistant, Playgroup supervisor ,Family day care worker, Child care worker,* Outside school hours care assistant,* Recreation assistant, Nanny, Mobile assistant (Early Childhood Education and Care)
* Some jurisdictions may require CHC41212 Certificate IV in Children’s Services (Outside school hours care) for these work roles
The course is self paced, which allows students to be able to complete the course in their own time frame.
Students have 12 months to complete the course and it is estimated at:
20x hours per week = 12 months
40x hours per week = 6 months
This course is a Self Paced Online course, which means courses and enrolments commence daily.
This course is delivered through an online learning system students complete self pace via correspondence.
Students may be required to complete written and oral exams, participate in simulated activities, complete assignments, presentations, vocational projects and role plays. This course required students to complete hours on the job, which can be done as a volunteer or paid work.
All students are required to complete 180 hours of work placement in a regulated Child Care Service which caters for children aged between 0-6.
This must be done in the following format:
- A minimum of 50 hours of this Work Placement will need to be completed specifically with children 0-2 years of age.
- 50 hours between 2-3 years of age
- 60 hours 3-5 years of age and the remaining 20 hours can be made up from any age 0-5 years.
All must be done in a Work Place setting, students must have a suitably qualified person supervising them throughout the 180 hours at all times.
- Students need to be aware that Family Day Care can only be used as a Work Place setting if the Family Day Carer supervising is suitably qualified and there are at least 3 different children aged 0-2 and 3 different children aged 2-6 enrolled on the same day.
- School Aged Care settings are not accepted as Work Placement settings for this course.
You will be given a Logbook and third party observation check list with a series of items to be witness while in the workplace.This will be required to be signed off during your time in the centre by a suitably qualified person. You will be required to complete a portfolio of evidence, logbook, and journal throughout your work experience.
Some workplaces may require you to have insurance in place prior to commencing any practical. In this instance we have a company who offers Training Insurance at a very cheap rate they can be found here Volunteer Work Experience Insurance at own cost.
Statutory checks may apply. These differ from state to state and course to course. Many governments charge fees to issue these Certificates however sometimes these are free when working as a volunteer.
National Criminal Record Check Prior to commencing work placement, students will be required to undertake a Criminal Record Check (CRC) to obtain a National Police Certificate.
Working with Children Checks are now mandatory in most States and Territories in Australia. The requirement for suitability checks for staff and volunteers working with children and young people varies greatly across the nation. The following information and internet sites, are a guide to obtaining information on police clearances and checks. Remember that child care workers need to fulfil the checking and clearance requirements of the State in which they are working as there are no checks required on a national basis.
|Australian Capital Territory
||The ACT government released a discussion paper for the creation of a screening scheme that stipulates minimum standards for broadly identified child-related occupations and activities. It was proposed that this could be the function of a Commissioner for Children and Young People as outlined in the Position Paper: For a proposed Australian Capital Territory Commissioner for Children and Young People from the ACT Chief Minister’s Department, 2004. Criminal history check application forms are covered by the ACT Police Department.At present there are no legal statutes that require people working with children to undergo a police check, although individual organisations may have their own policies in this regard.
|New South Wales
||The NSW Commission for Children and Young People is responsible for the Working with Children Check, which covers police checks but only in relation to child related offences. Police Clearances are required to clear the worker for all other offences.. This checklist aims to create workplaces where children are safe and protected, and where the people who work with children are appropriately screened.
The Working With Children Check consists of three elements:
- Building Child-safe and Child-friendly organisations
- Excluding people with convictions for violence and serious sex crimes against children
• Background checking for preferred applicants for primary child-related employment.
||The Northern Territory Government has released draft legislation for the creation of a screening scheme that stipulates minimum standards for broadly identified child-related occupations and activities. The Police Department provides information on criminal history checks.At present there are no legal statutes that require people working with children to undergo a police check, although individual organisations may have their own policies in this regard.
||The Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian (Queensland) is responsible for the blue card (criminal history checks) for people wanting to commence employment or volunteer work with children, and covers police checks.
||Obtaining criminal history reports is embedded in the Children’s Protection Act (Section 8B). Further information is available at the South Australian Department for Families and Communities.A National Police Certificate Application Form is available on the website of the South Australian Police Department.
||The Commissioner for Children Tasmania released a consultation paper discussing proposals for the government to introduce policies and procedures for Tasmanian organisations to screen individuals who seek to work with children in a voluntary or paid capacity. Criminal history record checks are provided by the Tasmanian Police Department.At present there are no legal statutes that require people working with children to undergo a police check, although individual organisations may have their own policies in this regard.
||The Victorian Parliament has enacted the Working with Children Check to provide a screening process for individuals who seek to work with children in a voluntary or paid capacity. The new procedures are now in place. The Victorian Police provides a service to individuals and organisations in Victoria wishing to obtain national police certificates for employment, voluntary work and occupation related licensing or registration purposes. Criminal history record checks are provided by the Police Department..
||A Working with Children Check is a new criminal record check that is compulsory for people who carry out child-related work in Western Australia. Working with Children Checks are very different from a National Police Check conducted by the WA Police, which many employers may currently require of their employees or volunteers.
NOTE: HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care is not included however students that cannot complete a HLTAID004 can complete HLTAID003 Provide first aid course instead as well as completing our online theory for HLTAID004 and receive credit towards the HLTAID004 unit. All the first aid training will be completed at own cost with an independent provider.
Course cost $1599.00, payments are made in line with our fee policy found in our Terms and Conditions and Student Handbook in relation to fees in advance.
Sand Goanna Institute will ensure that fees paid in advance of course delivery shall be protected by having such funds entered into SGI’s accounts as “Unearned Income,” which may not be drawn upon until such time as delivery has commenced. Sand Goanna Institute has a Set Fee Structure for all of its training courses which consists of a Maximum of $1000.00 Enrolment and a $500.00 commencement fee, allowing the final amount to be paid at completion.
Recognition of Prior Learning
Participants with previous training and/or experience may apply for RPL. Participants, who have completed courses with equivalent / matching learning outcomes, will be granted credit transfer.
Qualifications are issued by Sand Goanna Institute RTO: 32143 and are nationally recognised throughout Australia under the (AQF) Australian Qualification Frameworks.
To achieve a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, the qualification packaging rules requires completion of 18 units:
· all 15 core units
· 3 elective units:
||Work within a relevant legal and ethical framework
||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
||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
||Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
||Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting-NOT included see cost section.
||Participate in work health and safety
||Work effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people
|| Participate effectively in the work environment
|Work collaboratively to maintain an environment safe for children and young people
Support behaviour of children and young people
||Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers
For additional unit information and assessment requirements please visit www.training.gov.au or click on the unit name to be directed.