Children's Services

In-Service Programs for existing educators in an education and care environment or family day care

What is an In-Service Program?

In-Service Programs are designed specifically for educators who are currently working in an education and care environment or registering as a family day care educator.

Students are allocated a support teacher who will work with you and are the key contact during your learning journey. The TasTAFE teacher will make appointments to meet with you in your workplace, provide support via the phone and email and negotiate a training plan in consultation with you to guide your learning for the start and completion of the clusters you are enrolled in.

What qualifications are offered through the TasTAFE In-Service Program?

In-Service programs include the following qualifications:

  • CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education & Care
  • CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education & Care

Additional information about each qualification is included below.

To enrol in the in-service program you will need:

  • to be working as an educator in an Early Childhood Education and Care environment
  • to have completed an in-service application form
  • to complete an Suitability process
  • to be able to satisfy a Department of Justice, Working With Vulnerable People Check

Dates and Times

SOUTH
Clarence Campus

  • Rolling intake
  • Venue: Clarence Campus, 4a Bounty Street, Warrane
  • Contact us on 1300 655 307 to register your interest

NORTH
Alanvale Campus

  • Rolling intake
  • Venue: Alanvale Campus, 54a Alanvale Road, Newnham
  • Contact us on 1300 655 307 to register your interest

NORTHWEST
Devonport and Burnie Campus

  • Rolling intake
  • Venue:  Devonport Campus, 20 Valley Rd., Devonport
  • Venue: Burnie Campus, Mooreville Road, Burnie
  • Contact us on 1300 655 307 to register your interest

Information and Suitability Process

Additional information regarding the Suitability process

  • Students participate in a suitability session with a Teacher.
  • Suitability Session which involves the following:
    • Completion of a suitability assessment booklet, that is a requirement for entry into our courses to assess your literacy and numeracy and the support you may require for literacy and numeracy – which takes about 30-60 minutes; and
    • One-on-one interview with a teacher.
    • Completed in-service application form

Learning Options

The In-Service Programs are designed specifically for people who are working as an educator in an early childhood education and care environment or registering as a family day care educator. The in service program provides you with an opportunity to complete a qualification as an off campus student, flexibly. We understand that educators are busy and often do not have the time to attend timetabled classes. We provide In-Service students with all the learning and assessment resources needed to complete their studies via a blended-delivery mode.

Assessment Process

A range of assessment methods are used for each unit or cluster of units when assessing competence. Assessment methods used for the program include:

  • Written questions
  • Scenarios
  • Performance evidence portfolio (PEP)
  • Observation checklists
  • Third Party reports

Recognition

When you enrol at TasTAFE you can ask for recognition of prior learning. Over the course of your life you have gathered a wide range of skills, knowledge and experience. At your initial meeting with your teacher you will be able to discuss your current and previous employment, work experience, life experience and your formal and informal learning to see if your skills, knowledge and experience align with the units of competence for the qualification. Through the recognition of prior learning process if there are identified gaps in your skills and knowledge you will be provided with assessments to be completed to fill the gaps. This may be combination of a range of assessment methods which is listed above in the assessment process section.

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

Resources and Equipment

Early Childhood teachers supplies most of the resources and equipment needed by students in all courses. The following resources are in the library and available for students and teachers to loan.

  • Textbooks
  • DVD’s

Students may also purchase the following resource if they wish to have their own copy. However, copies of these are available for loan from the library.

  • Recommended text book The Early Childhood Educator for Certificate III, McGraw-Hill

Fees and Payments

CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
For further details on Fees and Payments please refer to www.tastafe.tas.edu.au/future/fees-and-payments/

CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
This course is eligible for a VET Student Loan
For further details on Fees and Payments please refer to www.tastafe.tas.edu.au/future/fees-and-payments/

Qualification Details

Below you will find specific information about each of the In-Service Programs.

CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education & 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 5 years of age in an early childhood education and care setting whether that is as a family day care educator or in a long day care center. 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.

CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education & Care

It reflects the role of early childhood educators who are responsible for designing and implementing curriculum in Early Childhood Education and Care services. In doing so they work to implement an approved learning framework within the requirements of the Education and Care Services National Regulations and the National Quality Standard. They may have responsibility for supervision of volunteers or other staff.

This qualification covers Educators who are responsible for developing and evaluating the program. Educators at this level have responsibility for the supervision of other staff and volunteers and in most States it is the highest qualification required at director or service manager level. In Tasmania it is the qualification required for a worker to be considered qualified for the purposes of licensing of the service.

Qualification Requirements

To achieve the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care a student must complete 18 units of competency consisting of 15 core units and 3 elective units.

To achieve the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care a student must complete 28 units of competency consisting of 23 core units and 5 elective units.

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