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  • CHC30113

Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

For Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students
At a glance

At a glance

Kick start your career with this entry-level course that will set you up with the foundation skills you need to succeed as an assistant childcare worker.

JOB PROSPECTS
  • Out of School Hours Care Assistant
  • Family Day Care Provider
  • Early Childhood Education and Care Assistant
  • Early Childhood Education and Care Worker
COURSE OUTCOME

CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

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Course overview

Course overview

Kick start your child care career with this entry-level course designed specifically for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students. This qualification is the minimum requirement for early childhood settings in Australia and will set you up with the foundation skills to get ahead. The number of early childhood roles is expected to grow steadily in Australia and employers are seeking qualified staff for roles across a wide range of settings.

This course covers a number of core skills including how to plan, implement and evaluate educational early childhood programs, support health meal times for children, and foster individual development. You will also learn how to comply with legal and industry requirements. Our highly-experienced team of industry professionals will provide you with one-on-one guidance in simulated working environments to give you the foundations you need to enter the sector.

Successful completion of this course will allow you to confidently seek employment in a range of entry-level early childhood education and care roles as well as equip you to complete further studies in this field.

Units

The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete all core and 3 elective units from the list below.

UNIT CODE UNIT NAME
CHCDIV002
Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
CHCECE001
Develop cultural competence
CHCECE002
Ensure the health and safety of children
CHCECE003
Provide care for children
CHCECE004
Promote and provide healthy food and drinks
CHCECE005
Provide care for babies and toddlers
CHCECE007
Develop positive and respectful relationships with children
CHCECE009
Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
CHCECE010
Support the holistic development of children in early childhood
CHCECE011
Provide experiences to support children's play and learning
CHCECE013
Use information about children to inform practice
CHCLEG001
Work legally and ethically
CHCPRT001
Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
HLTAID004
Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting
HLTWHS001
Participate in workplace health and safety
VPC120
Vocational placement

Note: Not all electives are available at all campuses.

UNIT CODE UNIT NAME
BSBWOR301
Organise personal work priorities and development
CHCECE006
Support behaviour of children and young people
CHCECE026
Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate education and care for children

Note: Not all electives are available at all campuses.

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Ways to study

Ways to study

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University pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas may give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

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  • James Cook University
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Southern Queensland
Payment options

Payment options

No matter what your circumstances, TAFE Queensland has a payment option to suit you. If you are unsure of what's right for you, get in touch. We're here to help.

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Applying for a course does not guarantee you a place in that course. Your place is only guaranteed once you enrol into units. Enrolling means that you are committing yourself to study, and to paying the associated fees. The tuition fees and applicable charges are required to be paid at enrolment or by scheduled instalment dates either by yourself, a nominated third party (e.g. your employer), or as identified within a contract for delivery of TAFE Queensland training.

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Important Information
Important Information

Important Information


Selection criteria

You must be Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander as this training product has been developed specifically for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people in support of equity policy for post compulsory education.

You will also need to:

  • attend an interview to determine your literacy and numeracy skills levels;
  • complete a Criminal History Check (yellow card); and
  • obtain a Blue Card (working with children check)

 

Vocational placement

If you are not currently employed or volunteering in industry, during your course you will be required to complete vocational placement so you can start practising your new skills in a real-world environment. You’ll be required to work shifts determined by your placement provider, and these can include early mornings or late nights, any day of the week, including public holidays. TAFE Queensland may be able to assist in arranging suitable placements.

Completing placement is compulsory, and you will be expected to manage family and work commitments in order to complete your shifts. You are required to complete 120 hours of placement to satisfy this component of your qualification.

Please note: prior to placement you will need to complete the following:-

  • a Criminal History Check (yellow card); and
  • obtain a Blue Card (working with children check)

If your police check identifies that you have a criminal history or you are unable to obtain a Blue Card, you may be disqualified from being eligible to undertake placement and assessment, which would affect your course outcomes. If you think this might impact you, please speak to the relevant Vocational Placement Coordinator for further information.

It is also recommended that all students should undertake screening for vaccination against the following Queensland Health Mandatory vaccination requirements such as:

  • MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella)
  • Influenza
  • Varicella zoster virus (chicken pox)
  • Pertussis (whooping cough)
  • Hepatitis B

You will be responsible for any costs associated with meeting these placement requirements.

Resources required

It is recommended that you have access to a reliable internet connection to access TAFE Queensland's online learning system Connect, and a computer with up-to-date software, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player. This equipment and software is available for use at all TAFE Queensland locations.

You will be provided with a recommended reading list and/or required textbooks during orientation or at the start of each unit. The purchase of these resources may incur additional costs, or you may be able to borrow them from the TAFE Queensland library network.

You are also required to have access to a reliable USB for assessment and resource collation during residential block attendances.

Need to know

You are required to attend compulsory face to face residential block training. The dates for your residential block training will be provided upon commencement of your course.  To enable your attendance at residential block training, you will need to be registered with ABSTUDY.

If you are currently employed in an Early Childhood Education and Care Service, you will need to discuss your residential block release dates with your employer, to make sure you are available to attend the compulsory residential blocks.   

Please note: in addition to the above, you are also required to complete your own study each week to ensure you progress successfully through your course. Further information will be provided at the commencement of your course.

Assessment Methods

Skill and knowledge assessments are an essential step in progressing through your course. You may be assessed in a number of ways while you are studying at TAFE Queensland, including observation, written assessment, questioning, portfolios, work samples, third-party feedback, and through recognition of prior learning. Read more about assessment methods.

Disclaimer

All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolment numbers. Timetable information is subject to change prior to commencement and/or during the duration of your course.

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How to apply

How to apply

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and credit transfers


Fast track your way to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. Getting recognition for the skills you've gained from the workplace or previous learning means less study time for you, and getting the paper to prove you're qualified a whole lot sooner. We can assess your skills, directly apply credits from previous successful study, and give you advanced standing in your course.

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If you have read and understood the student rules, refund policy, understand your fees and payment options, have a Unique Student Identifier (USI) and checked you meet the entry requirements and selection criteria for this course, you're ready to get started.

University pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas may give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

Learn more about university pathways
  • James Cook University
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Southern Queensland