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. 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.

Please note, 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.

Career Opportunities

This course may lead to the following career opportunities:

  • Long Day Carer
  • Outside School Hours Carer
  • Family Day Carer
  • In-home Carer
  • Nanny

Study Pathways

This course may be a pathway to further study. Related courses include:

Location, Dates and Times

SOUTH
Clarence Campus

Flexible Delivery

  • Next intake:  12 February – December 2019.
  • Duration: 37 weeks, full-time, 3 days per week – online and 1 day work placement
  • Contact us on 1300 655 307 to register your interest

Rolling Intake

  • Students who are employed in the industry can commence at any time of the year

NORTH
Alanvale Campus

On Campus Delivery

  • Next Intake:  15 February 2019 to 7 December 2019.
  • Duration:  : 37 weeks, full-time – 2 days per week on campus, 1 day a week online and 1 day work placement – Monday & Tuesday – 9am to 3pm and Friday – 8.30am -5pm Work Placement

Flexible Delivery

  • Next Intake:  15 February 2019 to 7 December 2019.
  • Duration:  37 weeks, full-time – 3 days a week online and 1 day work placement

Rolling Intake

  • Students who are employed in the industry can commence at any time of the year
  • Contact us on 1300 655 307 to register your interest

NORTH WEST
Devonport and Burnie Campus

On Campus Delivery

  • Next Intake:  12 February – 7 December 2019.
  • Duration:  37 weeks, full-time – 3 days a week on campus and 1 day work placement

Flexible Delivery

  • Next Intake:  15 February – 7 December 2019.
  • Duration:  37 weeks, full-time – 2 days a week on campus, 1 day online and 1 day work placement

Rolling Intake

  • Students who are employed in the industry can commence at any time of the year

Information Sessions:

  • Wednesday, 23 January 2019, 10am OR 2pm OR 6pm
    • 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
  • Please allow approximately 1/2 hour to hear about the course.  You will have an opportunity to ask any questions at the session.  You will then be invited to stay and sit the application.
  • Contact us on 1300 655 307 to register your interest

Application Sessions:

  • Wednesday, 23 January 2019 –  10.30am OR 2.30pm OR 6.30pm
    • 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
  • This will take approximately 1/2 hour to 45 minutes to complete.  Please bring Resume, copies of transcripts and a pen.

STATEWIDE
Trainees and Apprentices

  • Rolling intake
  • Duration: 3 years part time from the commencement of the enrolment start date.

Attendance Options

  • Full time (Full time course are a minimum of 12 hours per week)
  • Part-Time

Learning Options

This course may be delivered via the following study modes:

  • Classroom/Work Placement – participation in timetabled classes at TasTAFE and practical placement in an Early Childhood Education and Care setting.
  • Classroom/Online/Work Placement
  • Online/Workshops/Work Placement
  • Workplace

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 evidence portfolio
  • 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 www.tastafe.tas.edu.au/future/recognition

Fees and Payments

For fee and payment information relating to TasTAFE qualifications, please refer to www.tastafe.tas.edu.au/future/fees-and-payments/

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
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. Additional work placement is timetabled to ensure students have adequate time to complete the assessment requirements in the workplace and to 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 employed 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 employed students should be working within 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.  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

Prospective students participate in an information and suitability process that requires attendance at Information and Suitability Sessions. These ensure that each person has sufficient information to make an informed choice about their course selection. The sessions involve:

    • Completion of a suitability assessment booklet, a requirement for entry into the course, 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. Please advise if you require support prior to attending the session, so that teaching staff are available 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 we are unable to place you into your 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 here https://www.tastafe.tas.edu.au/current/student-support/

Outcome

CHC30113 – Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.

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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