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Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

National Course Code: CHC30113

TAFE NSW Course Number: CHC30113-01V02

Nominal Hours: 1449

Full Fee: $7,420
Max. Fee If Eligible For Subsidy: $1,930

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  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Government Subsidised
  • Traineeship

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If your course has been funded by Training Services NSW under Smart and Skilled, you may be contacted by a Training Services NSW representative to discuss your experience at OTEN.

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 childrens 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 Childrens 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

If you are seeking to enrol in a First Aid unit of competency you are advised that to complete the unit you must be able to perform basic life support skills, for example control bleeding and perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). If you have a disability that would prevent you from performing required basic life support skills you are advised that you will not be able to achieve the unit of competency.


Course Sample

Are you interested in working as an Early Childhood Educator?
This nationally recognised qualification is the legal minimum requirement you need as an Early Education and Care educator. You will learn from qualified Early Childhood Teachers with current skills, knowledge and links to industry.
A current Working with Children Check (WWCC) is required prior to applying for work placement. If you cannot obtain a WWCC you will be unable to complete this course.
Students must be reasonably fit to undertake work placement as tasks/activities associated with work placement may involve manual lifting and other physical activities.
This course includes the required First Aid unit (HLTAID004) for those working in Early Childhood. The 1 day practical assessment session for HLTAID004 will be completed onsite at TAFE Digital, Strathfield or you can enrol with another TAFE college or RTO (other fees and charges may apply). Elements of the First Aid practical assessment requires students to be physically able to perform CPR on the floor for a period of two (2) minutes, in multiple scenarios. If you have any concerns regarding your ability to complete these assessments, you must contact our team on 131 601.
A minimum of 120 hours of work placement is required to be completed in an Australian regulated child care environment with children aged 0-6 years. Work placement is experience in the workplace that formally contributes to the assessment process and is completed in two blocks of 60 hours (60hrs with children 0-23months and 60hrs with children 2-6 years). Students will need to be physically able to lift and assist young children during physical care routines and manually handle furniture and equipment. Student assessment during work placement consists of written tasks which need to be submitted for marking at the completion of each placement and direct performance observation by an assessor. Where an assessor is not available, you may be required to provide video evidence

To ensure you leave us with the most up to date qualification...

If during or after your enrolment, the course in which you are enrolled is updated in line with national industry standards, the Institute reserves the right to transition you into an alternate course. If this becomes necessary, the Institute will advise you of the change and the arrangements which will be available for you to complete your alternate course.

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

Credit (or recognition) for modules/units may be granted based on previous learning, studies, work and/or life experiences. Please discuss this with the teaching section when you enrol.


Many TAFE courses have a compulsory work placement component to assist you to apply your learning in a practical environment and you may be required to comply with some (or all) of the following.


Anyone in child-related work (including student placements and volunteers) MUST have a current Working with Children Check (students/volunteers free) in line with the Office of Children’s Guardian phase-in schedule and processes. Visit:


Generally work placements will only occur after there has been a reasonable amount of student/teacher contact and when the teacher is satisfied that you are ready to benefit from workplace learning and perform workplace duties. Your teacher can provide further information.


Before you commence any clinical placements in NSW Health facilities, you will be required to
• Meet NSW Health’s - Criminal Record Check requirements;
• Sign the NSW Health Code of Conduct form and any other forms, as required by NSW Health;
• Undertake Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination against Infectious Diseases and provide your Health Care Worker/Student Vaccination Record Card.

For specific information regarding NSW Health’s requirements, and access to the required forms, it is recommended that you visit their FAQs for students at:

4. AGED CARE WORK - Before you undertake any clinical placements in Aged Care Facilities you will be required to undertake a Federal Criminal Record Check. Visit:

STUDENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES - For more information visit: https://www.tafensw.edu.au/courses/rights-and-responsibilities/index.htm

All students are required to complete 120 hours of work placement in a regulated Child Care Service which caters for children aged between 0-6. You will be responsible for organising your placement/s and submitting the appropriate applications to OTEN Children's Services. A minimum of 80 hours of this Work Placement will need to be completed specifically with children 0-2 years of age. In all Work Placement settings, students must have a minimum Diploma trained staff member supervising them throughout the 120 hours.

Students need to be aware that Family Day Care can only be used as a Work Placement setting if the Family Day Carer supervising them holds a Diploma 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.

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

The above list includes units being offered at OTEN. If licensing in another state other than NSW is required, please check requirements with the relevant state.

You don't need to study what you already know! The skills, knowledge and experience you have gained from your previous learning, work experience and life in general may be taken into account.

To apply for recognition in one or more units you must clearly show that you have the equivalent and relevant skills, knowledge and experience of the unit or group of units.

For Credit transfer where you have completed previous studies either with TAFE NSW or with another tertiary provider complete the Enrolment Adjustment - Credit - Previous Studies form, and include any required evidence.

For Recognition of Prior Learning, attach your evidence to a completed Enrolment Adjustment – Credit – Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) form and submit for assessment.

Send your applications to:

Email: oten.recognitionhelp@tafensw.edu.au

Post: OTEN Recognition, 51 Wentworth Road, Strathfield NSW 2135

Keep a copy of all completed forms for your records.

To find out more about Credit and to help you with your application read the Credit e-Kit for Students.

Need more help? Contact the Recognition Help Desk

All materials are provided through the OLS. To complete the units in this qualification you will need a computer and be able to access email and the internet.

Computer requirements:
OS X ver 10.3
Windows 2000/XP

Supported Browsers:
Macintosh Windows
Safari 3.2 or higher Internet Explorer 7 or higher
Firefox 3 or higher Firefox 3 or higher

To use all the features of the learning resources you will need the following:
• Adobe Flash Player version 9 or higher to play activities
• Adobe Reader to open and read the .pdf documents
• WORD to open and submit assignments

OTEN cannot support other hardware or software.
OTEN will provide online learning materials in this qualification. This will include all resources
for this course, including the readings, activities, videos and useful links. Please note printed
resources are not available, though you are able to print the resources yourself if you choose to.
Successful completion of online quizzes, written assignments, projects and attendance for a minimum of 120 hour Work Placement at an approved regulated education and care service There are specific requirements in regards to the age groups and suitable settings for Work Placement, please contact the teaching section for further information.

Smart and Skilled Student Fees

The cost of this course will vary based on your eligibility for a Smart and Skilled Student Fee. Eligibility criteria can be found on the Smart and Skilled website or you can call us on 131 601 for further information and advice.

First qualification$1,600
Second qualification$1,930
Non-government subsidised fee$7,420

Trainees: From 2016 if you are starting a traineeship that is on the NSW Skills List, your Smart and Skilled fee for the whole qualification will not be more than $1,000.

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, applying for a deferral to your studies and if you are behind in payment of instalments.

When enrolling under a Smart and Skilled entitlement and where you are eligible for 100% credit from previous studies, your student fee contribution will be zero. However, you will be required to pay an administration fee for the production of your testamur.

For full details on TAFE NSW fees and money matters please visit our Paying for Your Course page.

To enrol in this course please click on the Enrol Now button. You may also enrol over the phone by calling TAFE Digital on 131 601.

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