The Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care is an entry level qualification and the minimum legal requirement for every child care worker in Australia.
This qualification covers the fundamentals of early childhood development, education and care. Upon completion of the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care you will have the skills, knowledge and experience in supporting the health, safety and development of children and to plan activities to promote children’s learning through play.
Successful completion of the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care can lead to a range of potential career opportunities including Early Childhood Educator, Kindergarten Educator, Outside School Hours Educator Preschool Educator and Nanny.
The qualification consists of 18 units of competency that we have grouped into 6 clusters, each with unique learning outcomes. Each cluster contains a range of activities that you will need to complete, either in your own time or on placement/in your workplace including:
- Introductory eLearning modules
- Research and reflection tasks
- Online quizzes
- Workplace/placement assessments
Whether you are considering studying this childcare course via a virtual campus or through a workplace, our experienced and supportive trainers will be with you every step of the way. They are passionate about delivering quality child care courses and relevant learning opportunities to our learners.
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15 core and 3 electives = 18 units
Workplace and Virtual campus – 11 months
Workplace, Virtual campus
Practical Outcomes students who are not already employed in an early childhood education and care centre are required to undertake a minimum of 140 hours.
Practical Outcomes will assist you in organising your practical placement.
Government Funding & Fees
HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety
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
CHCECE001 Develop cultural competence
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
CHCECE013 Use information about children to inform practice
CHCECE011 Provide experiences to support children’s play and learning
CHCECE010 Support the holistic development of children in early childhood
BSBWOR301 Organise personal work priorities and development
CHCECE006 Support behaviour of children and young people
CHCECE012 Support children to connect with their world
How is the course delivered and assessed?
This course is designed to replicate the work that you will be doing in your role as an educator in early childhood care. We use a variety of assessment methods, and our trainers will work with you to develop an individual training and assessment plan that suits both your work and skills. Assessment includes; short answer questions, projects, workplace tasks and observations in the workplace. In order for us to assess your skills, you will be required to work with each age group during your course.
All learners will undertake a Language Literacy and Numeracy assessment using TAF5 Language, Literacy and Numeracy assessment. This assessment will take place prior to the learner commencing their first unit of the qualification as part of the Pre Training Review process. This is to identify the learners’ core language, literacy and numeracy skills of Learning, Reading, Writing, Oral Communication and Numeracy as stipulated in the Australian Core Skills Framework for study at AQF Level 3.
Learners must also complete a Course Requirement Form which provides information to the learner on common activities and tasks they will be required to undertake during their course, work placement and ongoing employment. This step helps to make learners aware of what will be expected of them to assist the learner making informed decisions.
The learner will also complete a SMF2 Self-Assessment Checklist by rating their current skills and knowledge against each element for all the units in a qualification as extensive, some, or little or no experience. This helps the trainer establish if there are any adjustments appropriate for the learner including potential RPL or Credit Transfer.
Do we provide recognition for prior learning?
We have an extensive recognition process. You will be provided with the opportunity to apply for recognition against any or all of the units in this course. As you progress through each of the key areas of learning other opportunities to apply for recognition will occur.
People with disabilities are encouraged to apply for courses with Practical Outcomes and we will provide you with relevant support and resources to meet your specific learning needs. Funding may also be available to support you. An extensive welfare program is available for all students which allows you to tap into support and resources necessary for learning and personal needs. If you feel like this could assist you then speak to your trainer and they will contact our welfare officer.
Who will be my trainer?
As you enrol, you will be provided with a qualified and skilled trainer that will support you through your entire course. The trainer will visit you in your workplace and provide you with individual training and assessment. Your trainer will also provide support to you via telephone and email. A workplace coach will also be allocated to you within the workplace. The workplace coach will mentor you through tasks and provide you with many opportunities to practice your skills.
Information regarding the cost for this course is included in the Student Pricing Schedule.
Issuing of qualifications
Students will be issued with a certificate of completion of all units of competency within a qualification. Statements of attainment will be issued for partial completion.
Further education pathways
- CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
- CHC40113 Certificate IV in School Age Education and Care
- CHC50213 Diploma of School Age Education and Care