CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Course Description

This qualification in Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care 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. Educators who complete a Cert III in Childcare use a range of well-developed skills and knowledge using discretion and judgment when carrying out their work in the context of established policies and procedures. Depending on the setting, educators may work under direct supervision or autonomously.

CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care is delivered as a combination of classroom training and practical placement to give you hands-on experience. You will be able to gain first-hand experience across a range of early childhood education environments and age groups (babies, toddlers and childhood) to prepare you for success in the early childhood industry.

In this course, you will develop the skills to :

  • Nurture and support the development of children in play and learning
  • Develop positive and respectful relationships with children
  • Support inclusion and diversity
  • Provide first aid in an education and care setting
  • Use approved learning frameworks
  • Identify and respond to risks

Children in their early years need constant support. Infants, toddlers and young children are beginning to learn more about the world around them, to form attachments and relationships with family and friends, to develop their own unique personality that will carry them through the rest of their lives. This is why early childhood development is so critical to children during their formative years. High-quality training is critical to safeguard the well-being and success of the next generation of Australians. As an Early Childhood professional, you will be at the forefront of this, and your Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care qualification will be an important part of your transition into a hugely rewarding career. Working in the early childhood industry as an Educator will bring you a fun, exciting, and challenging career where you will enjoy lots of variety and no day is the same!

CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care is delivered as a combination of classroom training and practical placement to give you hands-on experience

Target students :

Target groups for the CHC30121 – Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care are students who are :

  • Seeking to pursue a career in Early Childhood Education and Care sector
  • Seeking to enter a new sector.
  • Seeking a pathway to higher level qualifications

Job Prospects:

The certificate III in early childhood education and care will see graduates ready for employment as :

  • Educator in a centre-based service
  • Assistant Educators in a Preschool or Kindergarten program
  • Family Day Care Educator
  • Mobile Early Childhood Service Educator
  • Occasional Care Educator at a service operating an Early Childhood service at the same premises
  • The operator of a Family Day Care service
  • Playgroup educator
  • In-home care educator

Upon completion, students should be comfortable and confident to work with children and well-versed to working in the field of early childcare, ready to gain employment in their applicable fields. Talk to us and let our team help to kickstart your career!

Delivery Locations:

The course is delivered face to face at the Australian Training Centre:

South Granville Campus , Unit 8, 40-44 Wellington Road , South Granville, NSW, 2142

Parramatta Campus unit 10 & 11 Level 3 48-50 George Street Parramatta, NSW, 2150.

Program Duration:

You will have up to 12 months starting from your commencement date to complete this Self-Paced blended course. Students can enrol anytime during the year under this delivery method.

Entry Requirements:

Individuals will need to complete and clear a Working with Children Check

ATC enrolment process is designed to ensure students enrol into a suitable qualification and includes :

  • A suitability discussion to affirm students’ needs and desired outcomes
  • A Language, Literacy and Numeracy Test (LLN) to ensure students have the basic skills necessary for completion of course

Course Intake:

The blended delivery of this qualification runs all throughout the year. This allows you to enrol and start your course straight away or on your preferred commencement date.

Students are required to –

  • Obtain a Unique Student Identifier (USI)
  • Provide a valid ID with his/her picture and signature
  • Undertake a Language, Literacy and Numeracy Evaluation
  • Undertake a Personal Learning Plan Evaluation before accessing the course materials and commencing studies; and Obtain a positive National Criminal History check

Vocational Placement:

Units within this qualification require students to complete 160 hours work placement in a regulated early childhood education and care service within Australia. These hours may be completed as part of the student’s paid employment or as an unpaid practicum. ATC assessors will visit the workplace to assess students on the job throughout the qualification.

Qualification Pathway

Graduates of this qualification may continue their study and undertake the following :

CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

The certificate III in childcare opens up a range of possibilities for those who successfully obtain the qualification.

On completion of completing the early childhood certificate III, you can gain credit into the CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care to continue your education career

Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning

Credit transfer (CT) is defined in the AQF as follows :

  • Credit transfer is a process that provides students with agreed and consistent credit outcomes for components of a qualification based on identified equivalence in content and learning outcomes between matched qualifications.

Recognition of prior learning (RPL) is defined in the AQF as follows :

  • Recognition of prior learning is an assessment process that involves assessment of an individual’s relevant prior learning (including formal, informal and non-formal learning) to determine the credit outcomes of an individual application for credit.

This is underpinned by the AQF definition of credit as follows :

  • Credit is the value assigned for the recognition of equivalence in content and learning outcomes between different types of learning and/or qualifications.
  • Credit reduces the amount of learning required to achieve a qualification and may be through credit transfer, articulation, recognition of prior learning or advanced standing.

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If you would like to apply for CT or RPL, please contact us.

How You Will Be Assessed

Assessment (including recognition of prior learning) must :

  • Meet the requirements of the relevant training package or accredited course, and
  • Be conducted in accordance with the principles of assessment and the rules of evidence, and
  • Meet workplace and, where relevant, regulatory requirements.

For this course assessment will entail the following :

  • Written assessment and/or verbal assessments;
  • Practical simulation and group role play;
  • Independent and/or group research and class presentation;
  • Work placements practical skills and observation by the assessor

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