Children's Services

CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

This qualification is part of the Community Services Training Package. It reflects the role of an educator in an early childhood education and care setting.  As an educator you will work within the requirements of the Education and Care Services National Regulations and the National Quality Standard.  Educators implement the approved learning framework, and support children’s wellbeing, learning and the children’s overall development.  Depending on the setting, educators may work under direct supervision or autonomously.

This qualification is for educators who will provide care for children from birth to five years of age in an Early Childhood Education and Care setting such as a Family Day Care Educator or in a Long Day Care Centre.  The Educators plan and implement programs that will enable children to learn through play in a safe and supported environment.  Educators work in partnership with families to provide individual care for their children.

Entry Requirements;

  • It is mandatory all students aged over 18 years are to obtain a Working with Vulnerable People Check to be cleared to work in an Early Childhood Education and Care setting.
  • Participate in an information and suitability processes which aims to ensure that each person has sufficient information to make an informed choice and starts at a level that is right for them for their literacy and numeracy level.

Career Opportunities

Students who complete CHC30113 – Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care may seek employment as an Educator in a regulated Early Childhood Education and Care setting.  Your employment as an educator may be in a long day care, outside school hours care, family day care, in home care. Successful completion of this qualification also enables you to seek work as a private nanny.

Study Pathways

Students who successfully complete the CHC30113 – Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care may wish to apply for further studies including the CHC50113 – Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care and Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) at UTAS.

Location, dates and times

SOUTH
Clarence Campus

On Campus Delivery

  • Next intake:  10 February 2020 – 4 December 2020
  • Duration:   38 weeks
    • Blended Program – 2 days per week of blended learning which includes on campus and online in Canvas, 1 day work placement
    • Full-time, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday – 9am to 3.30pm  (NB: Work placement days and the start and finish times may vary)
  • Information Session:  Wednesday, 27 November 2019, 10am OR 2pm  (Please allow 2 hours for this session)
    • Venue:  C1.03/04, C Block, Clarence Campus, 4a Bounty Street, Warrane
  • Contact us on 1300 655 307 to register your interest

NB: dates and times may be subject to change


 NORTH
Alanvale Campus

On Campus Delivery

  • Next intake: 22 July 2019 to 26 June 2020
  • Duration:   38 weeks
    • Blended Program – 2 days per week of blended learning which includes on campus and online in Canvas, 1 day work placement,
    • Full-time:  Monday, Tuesday, Thursday – 9am to 3.30pm  (NOTE: Work placement days, and the start and finish times may vary)
  • Contact us on 1300 655 307 to register your interest

Flexible Delivery

  • Rolling Intake
  • Duration:  38 weeks full-time, 2 days per week of structured flexible learning online in Canvas and 1 day work placement,
    (NB: Work placement days and the start and finish times may vary)
  • An appointment will be negotiated for the information and suitability session
  • Venue:  C Block Alanvale Campus, 54a Alanvale Rd, Newnham  (Please allow two hours for this session)

NB: dates and times may be subject to change


NORTH WEST
Devonport and Burnie Campus

On Campus Delivery

  • Next Intake:  10 February 2020 to 4 December 2020
  • Duration:  38 weeks
    • Blended Program – 2 days per week of blended learning which includes on campus and online in Canvas, 1 day work placement
    • Full-time, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday – 9am to 3.30pm
  • (NB: Work placement days and the start and finish times may vary)
  • Information Session:  Wednesday, 27 November 2019, 10am OR 2pm OR 6pm  (Please allow 2 hours for this session)
    • Burnie Venue:  Room C3.15, C Block, Burnie Campus, Mooreville Road, Burnie, OR
    • Devonport Venue:  Room A2.18, A Block, Devonport Campus, 20 Valley Road, Devonport
  •  Contact us on 1300 655 307 to register your interest

Flexible Delivery

  • Rolling Intake
  • Duration: 38 weeks full-time, 2 days per week of structured flexible learning online in Canvas and 1 day work placement,
    (NB: Work placement days and the start and finish times may vary)
  • Contact us on 1300 655 307 to register your interest

NB: dates and times may be subject to change


STATEWIDE

Trainees and Apprentices

  • Next intake: Rolling intake
  • Duration: 2 years part time from the commencement of the enrolment start date.

Self-Funded Educators

  • Next intake: Rolling intake
  • Duration: Duration: 2 years part time from the commencement of the enrolment start date.
  • An appointment will be negotiated for the information and suitability session.
  • Contact us on 1300 655 307 to register your interest

Learning Options

On Campus Delivery
Participation in timetabled workshops at TasTAFE and practical placement in an Early Childhood Education and Care setting.

  • Classroom/online – Canvas/Work Placement (combination of classroom/online – Canvas and there is a practical work placement required.)

Flexible Delivery
As an off campus student through the TasTAFE online learning platform, workshops, and individual learning support meetings with a teacher and a work placement in an early childhood education and care environment.

  • Online /Work placement (study units can be completed online – Canvas and there is a practical work placement required.)

Trainees, Apprentices and Self-Funded Educators
As a trainee, apprentice or a self-funded educator in an Early Childhood Education and Care setting will be working on the job.

  • Workplace (On the job training and assessment)

Assessment Process

Assessments are designed to help you demonstrate your skills and knowledge. They allow us to confirm you can perform to the standard required in the workplace, to meet all of the requirements of the course.

Examples of assessments for this course may include:

  • Written questions
  • Scenarios
  • Performance Tasks
  • Observation checklists
  • Third party Reports

Recognition of Prior Learning

It makes sense that you should be recognised for the things you already know how to do. TasTAFE can assess your skills and knowledge based on your previous education, work history or life experience. This may help you gain your qualification a whole lot faster.

For further details please refer to our Recognition of Prior Learning page.

Fees and Payments

For further fee and payment information visit our Fees and Payment page.

What will I need to bring?

Students will need to provide the following items:

  • Folder
  • Paper
  • Pens
  • USB

Are there ‘other’ costs?

A TasTAFE polo top is required for work placements ($45) and a Working with Vulnerable People registration ($19).

Essential Requirements

There are no essential entry requirements for this course.

Work Placements, Licensing and Other Requirements

TasTAFE teachers will arrange work placement for all students. All students will participate in at least 120 hours of work placement in at least one regulated education and care environment.  It is mandatory all students aged over 18 years are to obtain a Working with Vulnerable People Check to be cleared to work and or participate in work placement in an Early Childhood Education and Care setting.

The units which require compulsory work placement in this qualification are:

  • CHCECE003 Provide Care for Children
  • CHCECE005 Provide Care for Babies and Toddlers
  • CHCECE007 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children
  • CHCECE010 Support the holistic development of children in early childhood

On Campus and Flexible Delivery

These units have 120 hours of work placement attached to them.   However, 120 hours of work placement for the qualification is the minimum requirement – units can be delivered concurrently.   Work placement enables students to meet the 120 hour requirement for CHCECE003 Provide Care for Children, CHCECE005 Provide Care for Babies and Toddlers and CHCECE010 Support the holistic development of children in early childhood and CHCECE007 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children.  Additional work placement is timetabled to ensure students have adequate time to complete the assessment requirements in the workplace and cover instances where they are unable to attend work placement hours.

Should a student complete less than the required 120 hours of work placement, a competent result cannot be awarded for the unit/s

Trainees, apprentices and self-funded working Educators

These units have 120 hours of work placement attached to them.   However, 120 hours of work placement for the qualification is the minimum requirement – units can be delivered concurrently.

Trainees, apprentice’s and self-funded students and working educators are working employees in a regulated education and care setting.   Work placement enables students to meet the 120 hour requirement for CHCECE003 Provide Care for Children, CHCECE005 Provide Care for Babies and Toddlers and CHCECE010 Support the holistic development of children in early childhood and CHCECE007 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children.   The work placement includes their paid working hours which contributes to their on the job learning.

Should a student complete less than the required 120 hours of work placement, a competent result cannot be awarded for the unit/s.

Desirable Skills and Attributes

The following skills and attributes will be useful to students studying this course:

  • Ability to move around quickly to respond to children’s needs and safety requirements.
  • Ability to recall information and report with accuracy.
  • Ability to read, write and understand documents such as reports, policies, procedures and observation records.
  • Ability to stand, lift, bend, twist and reach (this may be for long periods of time).
  • Ability to deliver clear and audible verbal instructions.
  • Ability to listen to others and give full attention, taking time to understand and asking questions as appropriate (active listening).
  • Ability to model appropriate social and non-verbal behaviour.
  • Ability to be responsible for the health and safety of others.
  • Ability to perform basic mathematical functions for measuring medications, infant formula and chemicals.
  • Ability to demonstrate good interpersonal skills and communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently or as part of a team.
  • Ability to engage with children during indoor and outdoor play.
  • Ability to change nappies, and clean up bodily fluids.

Suitability

Community and Children’s Services use an information and suitability processes which aims to ensure that each person has sufficient information to make an informed choice and starts at a level that is right for them for their literacy and numeracy level.

On campus students, flexible delivery students will need to participate in an information and suitability process that requires attendance at an Information and Suitability Session. Which involves the following;

    • Completion of a suitability assessment booklet, that is a requirement for entry into our courses, which takes about 30-60 minutes; and
    • One-on-one interview with a teacher.

Support is available to help candidates who have literacy/numeracy difficulties and must be advised to us, prior to attending the session, so that teaching staff are aware and able to assist on the day.

Within 21-28 days a Letter of Offer will be sent to successful candidates or a Letter of Offer to an alternative course, if unable to place into desired qualification.

Student Support

TasTAFE’s enrolment and orientation process provides information about our resources, services and support. Further details relating to Student Support Services are available at our Student Support Services page.

Outcome

CHC30113 – Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care will receive a certificate for the completion of all the 18 units required for the qualification.

Students who wish to exit prior to completing their full qualification will be issued with a Statement of Attainment for partial completion of their qualification for the units they have achieved a (CP) competency or (RCP) Recognition of Current Competency result.

Qualification Requirements

To achieve a CHC30113 – Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, 18 units must be successfully completed. These include fifteen core units and three electives. Electives are selected based on industry and/or employer consultation.

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