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CHC30113

Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

This nationally recognised online course will equip you with the qualification needed to start your childcare career as an Education Assistant

Secure a support role, helping to care for children, babies and toddlers

Do you have great written and verbal communication skills, the ability to adapt to change and a passion for working with children? Begin your career in childcare with the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, completed online with Foundation Education.

According to the Job Outlook website, published by the Australian Government, employment for Education Aides has grown almost 50% over the past 10 years, and is expected to continue growing  strongly by November 2020*. A career in childcare provides you with the flexibility to fit work around your family life, study or other commitments, with 79.3% of Education Aides working on a part-time and casual basis*.

The Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care equips you with the knowledge and skills you need to support the implementation of an approved learning framework, and support children’s wellbeing, learning and development. This course equips you to work across a range of age groups by providing care for babies, toddlers and children and depending on the setting, you may work under direct supervision or autonomously.

As a graduate in Early Childhood Education and Care, you can work as a Child Care Assistant, Family Day Care Assistant, Education Assistant, Outside School Hours Aide or Pre-School Assistant. Many early childcare positions offer flexibility in shifts and hours, allowing you to find a work-life balance that suits your lifestyle.  If you are enthusiastic, motivated and committed to quality education, there is great career development potential for you. You can work your way up into a teaching position, or pursue further study and gain the qualification needed to work in a leadership position.

This nationally recognised course is delivered through a combination of online theory and practical work placement in a regulated childcare or education centre. Theory can be completed at your own pace through My eCampus, our innovative and interactive online learning platform. All course material and assignments are accessible wherever and whenever suits you. The practical component of the course exposes you to a real childcare environment, where you will work with children, and gain the experience and confidence to join this ever-growing industry.  Our dedicated Student Support team are available to assist you in your work placement application.

*Source: Joboutlook.gov.au   

Eligibility Requirements

Education
You will need to have completed year 10, or equivalent. Equivalency can be demonstrated by one of the following:

  • A qualification at Certificate II level or higher OR
  • 2 years of industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication.

Minimum Age
You will need to be at least 16 years old. If you are under 18 your enrolment form will need to be signed by a parent or guardian.

Residency Status
You will need to be a permanent Australian resident or equivalent.

Computer Requirements

In order to complete the on-line part of the course you will need regular access to the following:

Computer:       Laptop or desktop computer with working speakers or headphone points

Internet:          High speed internet such as Broadband or ADSL, T1/T2, fibre optic or cable

                        (Dial-up access will be significantly slower and is not recommended)

Windows :       Operating system – Windows XP or Vista 7 or above

          Internet Browser – Internet Explorer 7 or higher or the latest version of Google Chrome

MAC :              Operating system: OS X 10.4 or later

                        Internet Browser – latest version of Google Chrome

Software:         Flash, Adobe Reader, Microsoft Word (or Open Office which is free to download)

Qualification

Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Delivery

Online, combined with 120 hours of practical work placement available

Length

Up to 18 months

Study Load

18 months to complete 18 units of theory online, with 120 hours of practical work placement

Cost

Online, combined with 120 hours of practical work placement: Contact us on 1300 61 61 97 for course costs

Payment Options

Upfront Payment
Payment Plan

Course Outcomes

Once you’ve completed your Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, you’ll be able to provide assistance, support and care for babies, toddlers and children across a range of age groups. You could also work in the following positions:

Child Care Assistant

Provide care and supervision for children and implement each day’s activities and lesson plans.

Education Assistant

Assist staff in the day-to-day running of public and independent schools and community education settings, under supervision. 

Outside School Hours Aide

Support Educators with supervision and the daily running of outside school hours child care services.

Preschool Assistant

Provide assistance to Educators while they teach and care for children in preschool centres.  

Delivery Options and Length

Online, combined with 120 hours of practical work placement

Online, via My eCampus, combined with 120 hours of work placement with an allied health professional sourced by the student.

Up to: 18 months

Cost & Payment Options

Upfront Payment
Payment Plan

Your course fee includes the delivery and assessment of your qualification, your study materials (including all resources) and ongoing support from our Education Team.

Upfront payment All course costs can be paid in total via VISA/MasterCard or bank deposit.

Instalment plan Paid via a series of regular weekly or fortnightly instalments.

Course fees include course delivery and assessment, study materials and dedicated student support services. Please note this course does not qualify for assisted government funding.

Online, combined with 120 hours of practical work placement

Contact us on 1300 61 61 97 for course costs

Course Structure & Prerequisites

HLTWHS001

Participate in workplace health and safety
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required for workers to participate in safe work practices to ensure both their own health and safety and that of others. The unit applies to all workers who require knowledge of workplace health and safety (WHS) to carry out their own work, either under direct supervision or with some individual responsibility.

CHCECE002

Ensure the health and safety of children
This unit describes the skills and knowledge to ensure the health and safety of children. This unit applies to educators working in a variety of education and care services.

CHCPRT001

Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to support and protect children and young people who are at risk of harm. This work occurs within legislative and policy frameworks and carries a duty of care responsibility. This unit applies to workers in a range of job roles providing services to children and young people including in community services and health contexts. The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand standards and industry codes of practice.

CHCECE007

Develop positive and respectful relationships with children
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required by educators working with children to ensure they can develop and maintain effective relationships and promote positive behaviour. This unit applies to educators who work with children in a range of education and care service settings. The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand standards and industry codes of practice.

CHCECE003

Provide care for children
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to ensure children’s physical and emotional well-being is maintained and their self-sufficiency is nurtured. This unit applies to people who work with children in a range of early education and care services. The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand standards and industry codes of practice.

CHCECE005

Provide care for babies and toddlers
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required by educators working with babies and toddlers to ensure that the children’s physical and emotional wellbeing is maintained. This unit applies to work with babies and toddlers from birth to 24 months in a range of early education and care contexts. The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand standards and industry codes of practice.

CHCECE004

Promote and provide healthy food and drinks
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to promote healthy eating and ensure that food and drinks provided are nutritious, appropriate for each child and prepared in a safe and hygienic manner. This unit applies to educators working in a range of education and care services. The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand standards and industry codes of practice

CHCECE021

Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to support the inclusion of all children and to work with relevant others to plan and implement support strategies where required. This unit applies to educators working in a range of education and care services. The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand standards and industry codes of practice.

CHCECE001

Develop cultural competence
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work towards cultural competency and to support participation of all children and families in children’s services. This support includes contributing to children’s understanding and acceptance of all cultures. This unit applies to educators working in a range of education and care services. The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand standards and industry codes of practice.

CHCDIV002

Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
The unit describes the skills and knowledge required to identify Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety issues in the workplace, model cultural safety in own work practice, and develop strategies to enhance cultural safety. This unit applies to people working in a broad range of roles including those involved in direct client service, program planning, development and evaluation contexts.

CHCECE009

Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to enable educators to provide children with opportunities to maximise their potential and develop a foundation for future success. This unit applies to educators working in a range of education and care services. The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand standards and industry codes of practice.

CHCLEG001

Work legally and ethically
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to identify and work within the legal and ethical frameworks that apply to an individual job role. This unit applies to community services and health workers who play a proactive role in identifying and meeting their legal and ethical responsibilities.

CHCECE010

Support the holistic development of children in early childhood
This unit describes the skills and knowledge to support and recognise the interrelationship between the physical, social, emotional, cognitive and communication development of children from birth to 6 years of age.

CHCECE011

Provide experiences to support children’s play and learning
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to support children’s play and learning. This unit applies to educators working in a range of education and care services. The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand standards and industry codes of practice.

CHCECE013

Use information about children to inform practice
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to gather information about children through observation and other sources as a basis to inform program-planning cycles and to share with children and their families. This unit applies to educators working in a range of education and care services. The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand standards and industry codes of practice.

CHCECE006

Support behaviour of children and young people
This unit describes the skills and knowledge to apply strategies to guide responsible behaviour of children and young people in a safe and supportive environment. The unit applies to workers in a range of community service contexts.

CHCDIV001

Work with diverse people
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work respectfully with people from diverse social and cultural groups and situations, including Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.

* HLTAID004

Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to provide a first aid response to infants, children and adults. The unit applies to educators and support staff working within an education and care setting who are required to respond to a first aid emergency, including asthmatic and anaphylactic emergencies. This unit of competency may contribute towards approved first aid, asthma and anaphylaxis training under the Education and Care Services National Law, and the Education and Care Services National Regulations (2011). Specific licensing requirements, including requirements for refresher training, should be obtained from the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) and/or relevant state/territory Work Health and Safety Regulatory Authority. *This course contains a core unit, HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting, which must be completed through an external RTO. Foundation Education has an agreement in place with Red Cross Australia (RTOID 3605) which allows students to receive training for this unit at a reduced price. Red Cross Australia is a third party training provider who conduct training and assessment services on behalf of Foundation Education. Please note that the cost of this external training is not included in any of your course fees. Upon completion, you will need to submit a copy of your first aid certificate in order for us to process a Credit Transfer against this unit on your student record. If you have chosen your own third party provider, you must submit a certified copy of your certificate. If you have undertaken training with Red Cross Australia, you must forward Foundation Education the email you receive which contains the electronic copy of your certificate.

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Recognition of Prior Learning

Given that some students may already be able to demonstrate their competence in some units, a recognition of prior learning (RPL) assessment process may be available to students to recognise skills and knowledge that may have been gained through formal and informal training and/or learning, work experience and life experience. 

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