Post-school VET – Early Childhood Education and Care

This qualification is recognised as the entry-level qualification for employment in the Child Care industry and would suit students who are interested in a career in the industry or part-time work while undertaking further study.

 

The qualification reflects the role of workers in a range of early childhood education settings who work within the requirements of the Education and Care Services National Regulations and the National Quality Standard. They support the implementation of an approved learning framework, and support children’s wellbeing, learning and development. Depending on the setting, educators may work under direct supervision or autonomously.

This course is available to students who have successfully completed all Units of Competency in the 360 hour Early Childhood Education and Care course as part of their HSC studies.

This industry requires students to have:

  • Current immunisation and vaccination records
  • National Police check
  • Working with children check (for students 18 years and over)
Qualification

CHC30113 – Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Course Duration and Attendance

This is a 100 hour course that runs over six weeks after the HSC exams have finished and prior to the end of the school year. To meet the requirements of the course you will need to:

    • Participate in 6 face to face workshops which will be held from 8.30am to 3.30pm at Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College, 17 Comer St Burwood. Workshop dates are as follows:
      • Orientation Workshop. Thursday 8 November 8.30am – 12.30pm
      • Week 1: Tuesday 13 November
      • Week 2: Tuesday 20 November
      • Week 3: Tuesday 27 November
      • Week 4: Tuesday 4 December
      • Week 5: Tuesday 11 December
      • Week 6: Tuesday 18 December
    • Complete 55 hours of online course work in your own time (approx. 9 hours per week).
    • Complete 5 days of work placement in a child care centre. Dates and centre locations will need to be approved by the school. NB – Students who are completing a school based traineeship do not have to do extra work placement. They will complete this requirement by continuing to work with their current employer.
Entry Requirements, Credit Transfer (CT) and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

To enrol in this course you must have completed the 360 hour Early Childhood Education and Care course for the Higher School Certificate including the units that are listed in the “Units of Competency” section below. You will be given Credit Transfer for these units.

If you have completed other training, either through your part-time work, TAFE or other school VET courses, or through experience gained in other ways you can also apply for RPL.

You will need to provide evidence of your achievement prior to commencing the course so that it can be considered in developing your training plan.

Units of Competency

To be eligible for this qualification you must successfully complete 18 Units of Competency: 15 core and 3 elective. These units will be delivered as follows:

Post-school VET course:

  • CHCECE001 Develop cultural competence (CORE)
  • CHCDIV002 Work with diverse people
  • CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically (CORE)
  • CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety (CORE)

Credit transfer for units completed while at school for the HSC:

  • HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety (CORE)
  • CHCECE002 Ensure the health and safety of children (CORE)
  • CHCECE026 Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate education and care for children
  • CHCECE009 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice (CORE)
  • CHCECE004 Promote and provide healthy food and drinks (CORE)
  • CHCECE003 Provide care for children (CORE)
  • CHCECE010 Support the holistic development of children in early childhood (CORE)
  • CHCECE005 Provide care for babies and toddlers (CORE)
  • CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk  (CORE)
  • HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting  (CORE)
  • CHCECE011 Provide experiences to support children’s play and learning  (CORE)
  • CHCECE013 Use information about children to inform practice  (CORE)
  • CHCECE012 Support children to connect with their world
  • CHCECE007 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children  (CORE)

Speak to the course coordinator if you believe you may hold other Units of Competency that could be considered for credit towards the qualification.

Work Placement

During this course, students will complete 5 days work placement – usually 1 day per week over 5 weeks. This is in addition to the 3 weeks students have completed while at school (a total of 4 weeks for the full qualification). Days worked as part of a School Based Traineeship satisfy these requirements.

Click here for the information you need about arranging your work placement.

Assessment

This course is competency based and the student’s performance is recognised against a prescribed industry standard. Assessment strategies may include:

  • Observation
  • Student demonstration
  • Questioning
  • Written tasks
  • Tests

Students are given a number of opportunities to demonstrate competence across the range of competency standards covered by this course.

Costs

The fee for this course is $500. For students who are eligible for Smart and Skilled funding the estimated fee is about 20% lower (see notes below). ATSI students or students on welfare benefits are exempt from paying the fee.

Smart and Skilled funding:

  • As the student fee is set by the NSW Government the actual fee for individual students depends on a number of circumstances and will be confirmed after you apply.
  • The estimated fee may be less if you have completed further Units of Competency that count for Credit Transfer or RPL under this program.
  • Depending on evidence provided, some students are exempt from paying the fee or may receive further reductions. This includes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, students with a disability and students who are welfare recipients.
  • It’s important to note also, that this will count as your first Certificate III qualification completed post-school. If you then decide to do another qualification that is subsidised under Smart and Skilled you will pay a slightly higher student fee. However, if you enrol in a Diploma, an Advanced Diploma or, in some cases, a Certificate IV qualification, you may be eligible for a VET FEE-HELP loan.
Other Course Requirements / Equipment / What to Wear

Equipment: All students must have a fully charged laptop in good working order (not a tablet). It is recommended that students also bring a charger. 

What to Wear: Students should wear clothing that is appropriate to working the industry, including closed in shoes. School uniform is not required.

Further Study
  • Diploma in Early Childhood
  • Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary)
Career Information

Job Roles

Following a successful outcome, relevant job roles may include a career as a: childcare assistant, family day carer, nanny or kindergarten assistant.

Duties and Tasks

Early childhood teachers may perform the following tasks:

  • Plan activities using a variety of materials and equipment to develop good coordination, social skills, creativity, self-expression and an interest in learning
  • Promote language development and self-confidence through storytelling, drama, music and discussions
  • Help to organise and participate in excursions to enhance learning experiences
  • Encourage children to question and explore the world in which they live
  • Observe children to evaluate and record their progress and to detect signs of developmental disorders, ill health or emotional disturbance
  • Work with guidance officers, speech pathologists and psychologists to assist children with special needs
  • Help integrate children with special needs into mainstream classes
  • Promote health and safety concepts and social interaction with other children
  • Promote awareness and appreciation of diversity in multicultural societies
  • Attend to sick children and those in need of first aid
  • Comfort children who are hurt or distressed
  • Assist children with their toileting and t with parents and other educators
  • Discuss the aims of the education programme with parents
  • Participate in community activities and parent/staff committees
  • Supervise and work with student teachers and trainee childcare workers.

Personal Attributes

  • Able to relate to children and their families
  • A keen desire to teach children
  • Willing to learn
  • Good problem-solving skills
  • Sound literacy and numeracy skills
  • High-level planning and organisational skills
  • Enthusiastic, tactful, patient and a sense of humour
  • Prepared to work outside of school hours.

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