Early Childhood Education and Care – Extension 2022

This course enables interested students to complete the entry-level qualification for employment in the Child Care industry and would suit students who are interested in a pursuing a career and further study in the industry post school. As courses have been updated, students interested in undertaking a Diploma post school are strongly advised that the completion of the current Certificate III is paramount to gaining recognition for their school studies.

Students need to be undertaking and successfully complete all Units of Competency in the 360 hour Early Childhood Education and Care course as part of their HSC studies to be eligible for enrolment in this course.

This industry requires students to have:

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


CHC30113 – Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Course Duration and Workshop Dates

This is a 100 hour course that, in 2022, will run concurrently with the HSC course and conclude by early Term 4.

To meet the requirements of the course students need to:

    • Undertake Canvas course work, completing a miinimum 55 hours of online course work in your own time.
    • Participate in a minimum 5 workshops which will be held both through Zoom and face-to-face.
      • Face-to-face workshops at Southern Cross Catholic College, 17 Comer St Burwood (if possible – depending on NSW Health regulations)
      • Dates TBA
      • Complete up to 4 days of work placement in a child care centre. Dates and centre locations will need to be approved by the school. (see Work Placement section below)
    • 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. (NB. This requirement will be confirmed and explained by your teacher, depending on COVID-19 restrictions.)

Entry Requirements, Credit Transfer (CT) and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

To enrol in this course you must be enrolled in 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 as .

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 achievements outside your current school course prior to commencing the extension 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:

Extension 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 for units completed at school for the HSC:

  • HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety (CORE)
  • CHCECE002 Ensure the health and safety of children (CORE)
  • 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)
  • CHCECE007 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children  (CORE)
  • CHCECE012 Support children to connect with their world
  • CHCECE026 Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate education and care for children

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

(NB. This requirement will be confirmed and explained by your teacher at the first workshop and will depend on relevant COVID-19 restrictions.)

During this course, students may need to complete up to 4 days of work placement in addition to the 3 weeks students have completed while at school (up to a total of 4 weeks for the full qualification). Days worked as part of a School Based Traineeship satisfy these requirements. Trainees will continue their work during this time and do not have to do extra work placement.

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


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.

  • an administration fee of $310 is payable to complete enrolment in the course (not
    payable by SBTs)
Other Course Requirements / Equipment / What to Wear

Equipment: When attending face-to-face workshops, 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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This page was last updated on 31 August 2021.