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Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

National Course Code: CHC30113

TAFE NSW Course Number: CHC30113-01V03

Nominal Hours: 614

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

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  • Government Subsidised
  • Traineeship

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Take your first step into the world of early childhood as a childcare support worker with the nationally accredited Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care. You will learn to provide safe, nurturing, meaningful and inclusive education and care for children in a fun and playful setting.


Through theory and practical course work, you will learn to:

- Care for babies and children and ensure their health and safety
- Promote good nutrition and positive meal experiences
- Use an approved learning framework
- Support holistic development through play and learning
- Identify and respond to children at risk
- Perform emergency first aid
- Promote cultural competence


Through this course you will build on your:

- Outstanding professionalism
- Passion for early education
- Communication and interpersonal skills

Take your first step into the world of early childhood as a childc

Completing the Certificate II in Early Childhood Education and Care will equip you with:

- A nationally recognised qualification that meets the legal requirement to work as an Early Childhood Educator
- A First Aid certificate
- A study pathway to advance your career


Deepen your skills and knowledge to expand your career options with a:

- Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
- Certificate IV and Diploma of School Age Care
- Certificate III or IV in Education Support

Complete the Diploma to move directly into university to become an early childhood teacher:

- Bachelor of Education Early Childhood - at TAFE NSW


The number of children using long day care has increased by 18% since 2012, and this trend will continue to 2021.

As consumer demand grows, so does the demand for teachers qualified at degree level. This Certificate III qualification is a great first step toward a long and rewarding career in the industry.


Course Sample


There are no information sessions currently scheduled for this course.


This is an online course. You will need to complete approximately 16 hours of online study, each week, for your enrolment duration of 18 months.
You can increase the hours of online study per week to complete the course sooner.

You can also expect to complete approximately 5 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including private study, assignment preparation, participation in webinars and forums, practise of skills, work experience and research.

For the First Aid Unit HLTAID004 Students will attend a 1 day practical session at 51 Wentworth Rd. Strathfield NSW from 8.30am – 5pm. The session will involve:
- theory revision
- demonstration and assessment of practical skills:
- operation of a defibrillator
- asthma puffers
- response to emergency scenarios including bandaging
- written test

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 Training Package entry requirements for this course.


To be eligible for this course you must:

**Work placement**

Be able to undertake a compulsory work placement component of 120 hours to help you to apply your learning in a practical environment.
If you chose to studying online at TAFE Digital, you need to organize your own placement, however TAFE NSW will support you through the process.

**Other requirements**

- Have a current Working with Children Check. This is free for students. [Apply for your check]( https://www.kidsguardian.nsw.gov.au/child-safe-organisations/working-with-children-check)
- Be adequately fit and flexible to carry out:
- Tasks associated with the work including manual lifting
- First aid responses including performing CPR while kneeling on the floor

**Important to know**

- Most students who enrol in this course are over 18 years of age. However, if you are under 18 years of age, you will need signed consent from your parents or guardians for certain written course agreements
- You may be required to provide evidence of vaccinations depending on the early childhood centre where you complete your work placement

Are there any additional entry requirements?

A number of courses may require prospective students to provide additional information such as documentation, an expression of interest, evidence that you are already employed as an apprentice, or preferred prior study (or equivalent).

To successfully complete this course, you will need:
- access to a computer and internet for some research activities and completion of assessments. You will require a reliable internet connection.
- all students must hold a current NSW Working with Children Check (or equivalent for other states) prior to being approved for work placement.
- you need to be reasonably, physically fit to undertake the work placement as the tasks and activities associated may involve manual lifting and other physical activities. This course includes the required First Aid unit (HLTAID004) for those working in Early Childhood. The one (1) day practical assessment session for HLTAID004 will be completed onsite at TAFE Digital, Strathfield. If you are unable to attend at Strathfield you can enrol to do the First Aid unit with another NSW TAFE college and you will need to notify us so we can arrange payment for the course. The First Aid practical assessment requires students to be physically able to perform CPR on the floor for a period of six (6) minutes, in multiple scenarios.

Work Placement is a requirement of this course. You will need to complete:
- a minimum of 120hours work placement in an Australian regulated early education and care service.
- if the student's work placement is in a remote location, or an area without an available assessor, the student will be required to submit Video Evidence documenting their work placement performance.
- students will need to be physically able to lift and assist young children during physical care routines and manually handle furniture and equipment.
- during the 120 hours work placement there are specified elements of particular units which must be assessed. Student assessment during work placement consists of direct observation and written tasks which need to be submitted for marking at the completion of each placement, (feedback is given to the student during work placement on these tasks).

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.


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: [acecqa.gov.au](https://www.acecqa.gov.au/).

**Work Health and Safety units**

Work health and safety units are contextualised to the WorkCover NSW legislation.

**First Aid**

The Safe Work Australia National WHS Model Code of Practice for First Aid in the Workplace.

[Safe Work](https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/first-aid) references the nationally endorsed first aid units of competency from the HLT Training Package. It also sets the requirements for refresher courses for first aid and CPR.

In addition, training providers implement their training programs in line with the Australian Resuscitation Council guidelines for education and training (Guideline 10). These guidelines are available online at the [Australian Resuscitation Council website](http://www.resus.org.au/).


To be prepared for this course, it is recommended that you have:

- A sound ability to read, write and speak English
- A basic ability to apply numeracy

If you need support in preparation for study, contact us about your options.

Early childhood educator

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
CHCECE004 Promote and provide healthy food and drinks
CHCECE012 Support children to connect with their world
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety
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
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

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 131 601.

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 and applying for a deferral to your studies.

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.

Applying with us is easy, though the exact process does depend on your course and any prerequisites that go with it. Be sure to read all course information carefully to make sure it is the right qualification, location and study type for you. As you progress through the application and enrolment process you will be prompted to provide additional information.

For further information or assistance, call 131 601.

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