Children's Services

CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care is part of the Community Services Training Package. It 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. Depending on the setting, educators may work under direct supervision or autonomously.

This qualification is for workers who generally work as part of a team to provide care for children 0 – 5 years. The workers use individual children’s profiles to develop appropriate programs that will assist children to achieve their developmental outcomes. Workers collaborate with families and are guided in their work by organisational policies and procedures.

You will learn about:

  • working as part of a team to provide care for children 0-12 years
  • using individual children’s profiles to develop appropriate programs that will assist children to achieve their development outcomes
  • working with families
  • be guided in work by organisational policies and procedures

To enrol in this program you will need:

  • to be involved in a suitability process
  • be able to satisfy a Department of Justice, Work With Children Check
  • to participate in work placement in a licensed early learning service

This qualification would suit:

  • people who are currently working in a licensed early childhood setting
  • people who would like to work in children’s services
  • people who are looking for a career change
  • people who enjoy working with children and parents

Career Opportunities

Depending on how you completed this training, further study or career options may include:

  • Full or part time work as a Children’s Services Worker in a centre, Family Day Carer, In Home Carer or Nanny
  • Full or part time training that leads to a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Occupations can include:

  • Early Childhood Educator
  • Playgroup Supervisor
  • Family Day Care Worker
  • Childhood Educator
  • Childhood Educator Assistant
  • Recreation Assistant
  • Mobil Assistant

Dates and Times

SOUTH
Clarence Campus

Campus based, and  Online (you do not need to be employed, but you do need to complete a Practical Placement component)

Information/Suitability – you must attend both an information and suitability session to be considered for the 2018 intake

  • Next Intake:  2018
  • Information Sessions:
    • Monday, 20 November 2017 – 2pm to 3.30pm
    • Venue: Room D1.04 Theatrette, Clarence  Campus, Bounty Street, Warrane
    • OR
    • Tuesday, 21 November 2017 – 5.30pm to 7pm
    • Venue: Room C1.03, C Block, Clarence  Campus, Bounty Street, Warrane
  • Suitability/Application process: Monday, 27 November 2017 – 9.30am to 12pm
    • Venue: Room C1.03/04/05, C Block, Clarence Campus, Bounty Street, Warrane
  • Contact us on 1300 655 307 to register your interest.

NORTH
Alanvale Campus

  • Next Intake:  2018
  • Information Sessions will be held in November 2017.
  • Venue:  C Block, Alanvale Campus, Alanvale Road, Newnham
  • Contact us on 1300 655 307  to register your interest.
  • The Team will contact you with further information.

Online/Flexible Delivery

  • Rolling Intake until 30 September 2017
  • Contact us on 1300 655 307 to register your interest.

To be eligible for the Flexible/Online delivery you need to:

  • Reside in the North/North-East region; and
  • Be working in the industry OR wish to change your career path; and
  • Be able to undertake either a weekly or block practical placement (to be negotiated); or
  • Live in an isolated area
  • Are in a caring role

NORTH WEST
Devonport and Burnie Campus

Information Sessions – you must attend an Information Session to be considered for the course

Full-time

  • Next Intake:  2018
  • Duration:  Full-time, 3 days per week – Tuesday, Thursday, Friday – 9am to 3pm
  • Information Sessions:   Wednesday, 22 November 2017 – 10am OR 2pm OR 6pm
    • Venue Burnie:   Room 3.15, C Block,  Burnie Campus, 41 – 43 Mooreville Road, Burnie
    • Venue Devonport:   Room A2.18, Devonport Campus,  20 Valley Road, Devonport
  • Contact us on 1300 655 307 to register your interest

Flexible Delivery/Online

  • Next Intake:  2018
  • Delivery:  Online and mixed mode Online & Workshops – to be determined upon enrolment
  • Contact us on 1300 655 307 to register your interest.

To be eligible for the flexible delivery (online) course you need to:

  • reside on the North West Coast, AND
  • be working in one field and wish to study in another, OR
  • live in an isolated area (difficult to get to campus), OR
  • have a disability (difficult to get to campus), OR
  • are in a caring role

Workplace

  • Intake:  6 February to 1 December 2017

Learning Options

This course is for people who are either not currently employed in the Children’s Services Sector and would like to gain the skills and knowledge. This course will enable you to work effectively with children and families in a range of settings. Learning options may include:

  • Off the job – participation in workshops and simulated children’s services settings at TasTAFE
  • Demonstrations – to show you how to do things
  • Online learning – an online space that connects you to other students and provides you with information and tools to guide your learning.
  • DVD s and videos – resources that give you additional information
  • Learning support – to provide you with individual support with your learning
  • Option of attending workshops – that provide you with background information, information from guest speakers and opportunities to engage in practical learning tasks

Suitability Process

Additional information regarding the Suitability process

  • Full-time (day) students must participate in a selection/suitability process that requires attendance at an Information & Suitability Session involving –
    • Completion of a suitability assessment booklet, that is a requirement for entry into our courses, which takes about 15-30 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.

Assessment Process

Throughout all assessments, Work Health & Safety procedures must be followed. Options for assessment may include:

  • Short written assessments – question and answer style tests
  • Projects – group or individual, may be practical or research based
  • Assignments – research topics and provide a written response
  • Practical – you will be observed doing tasks
  • Work samples – you will be asked to complete tasks on the job and collect examples of your work

If required, other assessment methods may be used for students (eg. verbal tests instead of short written tests)

Resources and Equipment

Students are required to contribute towards the cost of the following items:

  • Working with Vulnerable People Card
  • Resources for project work / practical work

Students are also encouraged to purchase:

  • appropriate clothing to wear on work placement, including non-slip shoes and sun safe clothing
  • recommended text books and learning guides, where applicable

Recognition

For further details please refer to www.tastafe.tas.edu.au/future/recognition/

Fees and Payments

For further details please refer to www.tastafe.tas.edu.au/future/fees-and-payments/

Are there any ‘Other Fees’?

Yes – $100
This may include Polo Top, USB, First Aid and specialised workshops/guest speakers

Pre-requisites

Full-time and Part-time (day) students must participate in a selection/suitability process.

Industry Expectations

Children’s Services students are expected to:

  • read and interpret workplace documents such as those relating to workplace health and safety and workplace policies and procedures
  • record information about children that is legible and accurate
  • read and understand theory materials
  • meet and greet parents and other clients
  • an ability to communicate well and work as part of a team to care for children
  • care for children’s routine, physical needs

Support is available to help students who may have difficulty meeting the above requirements. Some of these skills may be improved through the learning process.

Qualification Requirements

Course consists of 18 competencies consisting of 15 core units and 3 electives.

The choice of electives will be guided by the type of service delivery and the setting.   This course includes a period of work placement in the industry for experience.

The study program includes a variety of learning processes to encourage and improve the learning process.

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