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.
CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
Kick start your child care career with this entry-level course designed specifically for Aboriginal and 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.
According to the Australian Government's Job Outlook service, the child care industry is experiencing very strong growth. Qualified candidates are in high demand in this very large occupation with around 184,000 job openings expected over the next five years.
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.
Courses designed specifically for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students include intensive blocks of training on campus known as residential blocks. Funding support is available for students who need to travel away from their communities to cover necessities like travel, accommodation, and meals. To see if you're eligible contact our student support officers.
Our dedicated Indigenous Student Support Officers (ISSOs) provide tailored support designed to meet the unique needs of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. ISSOs can provide assistance with enrolment processes, Centrelink ABSTUDY enquiries, tutor support, referrals to other community service providers, enrolment into 'away from base' courses, and personal support.
The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete all core and 3 elective units from the list below. You will also be required to undertake 120 hours of vocational placement in an approved setting.
|UNIT CODE||UNIT NAME|
||Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety|
||Develop cultural competence|
||Ensure the health and safety of children|
||Provide care for children|
||Promote and provide healthy food and drinks|
||Provide care for babies and toddlers|
||Develop positive and respectful relationships with children|
||Use an approved learning framework to guide practice|
||Support the holistic development of children in early childhood|
||Provide experiences to support children's play and learning|
||Use information about children to inform practice|
||Work legally and ethically|
||Identify and respond to children and young people at risk|
||Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting|
||Participate in workplace health and safety|
Note: Not all electives are available at all campuses.
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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:
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:-
If 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:
You will be responsible for any costs associated with meeting these placement requirements.
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.
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.
This course is offered through RATEP ECEC providing students with face to face, online and teacher support throughout their qualification.
RATEP ECEC sites throughout the state provide early childhood training at the Certificate III and Diploma levels.
RATEP ECEC locations are as follows:
- Palm Island
- St George and surrounding regions
- Thursday Island and surrounding regions
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.
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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