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Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC30113)

Course summary

Studying a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care you will learn how to work within organisational policies and procedures, develop an understanding of how to use individual children’s profiles to plan activities and provide care and education to children, as well as the skills needed to facilitate leisure and play. Upon completion you will be qualified to work within the requirements of the Education and Care Services National Regulations, as well as the National Quality Standard. 

Course details

Course Type Qualification
Student Availability
  • - International
  • - Domestic
Fees www.cqu.edu.au/fees
Application Mode
  • Direct To University
How to Apply Please Enquire
Study Area
  • - Education and Humanities
  • - VET in Schools
Skill Area
  • - Child Care
AQF Level Level 3: Certificate III

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this course.

Student Outcomes, Career Opportunities and Occupations

Early Childhood Educator, Family Day Care Educator, School Aged Care Educator, Nanny.


Course Structures

Please select a Course Structure from the options below:

Course Structure - Continuing Students

Summary
This is the Course Structure for students who were admitted to their course before January 2017 and have not received a transition plan. 

Students may want to transition to the New Students Course Structure to access online resources instead of hard-copy resources. To transition to the New Students Course Structure, a transition plan must be discussed with teachers prior to enrolment.
Core Units
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
Elective Units
BSBWOR301 Organise personal work priorities and development
CHCECE006 Support behaviour of children and young people
CHCPRT003 Work collaboratively to maintain an environment safe for children and young people
Study Sequence
Enrol into units as per the order listed below.
For part-time study, enrol into one or two units at a time.
For full-time study, enrol into three or four units at a time.

CHCECE002, CHCECE004, HLTWHS001, CHCLEG001, CHCPRT001, CHCECE009, CHCECE010, CHCECE007, CHCECE011, CHCECE013, CHCECE006, CHCECE003, CHCECE005, CHCECE001, CHCDIV002, CHCPRT003, BSBWOR301.
Additional Information
To complete the unit HLTAID004 students will need to enrol into the Accredited Short Course ACC00078 - Short Course in First Aid for Education and Care with CQUniversity or complete the HLTAID004 with another Registered Training Organisation (RTO).

Course Structure - New & Transitioned Students

Summary
This is the Course Structure for new students who were admitted to their course after January 2017, and for those continuing students, admitted prior to January 2017, who have received a transition plan from their teacher. 

Continuing students who have not received a transition plan should refer to the Continuing Students Course Structure below. To transition to the New Students Course Structure, a transition plan must be discussed with teachers prior to enrolment. 
Children's Health and Safety
CHCECE002 Ensure the health and safety of children
CHCECE004 Promote and provide healthy food and drinks
CHCECE016 Establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment for children
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety
First Aid
To complete the unit HLTAID004 students will need to enrol into the Accredited Short Course ACC00078 - Short Course in First Aid for Education and Care with CQUniversity or complete the HLTAID004 with another Registered Training Organisation (RTO).
HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting
Workplace Effectiveness
CHCECE009 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
Play and Development
CHCECE006 Support behaviour of children and young people
CHCECE007 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children
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
Physical and Emotional Wellbeing
CHCECE003 Provide care for children
CHCECE005 Provide care for babies and toddlers
Community and Culture
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
CHCECE001 Develop cultural competence
2018 Study Sequence

Enrol into one cluster of units at a time as per the following order:

  1. Children's Health and Safety
  2. First Aid
  3. Workplace Effectiveness
  4. Play and Development
  5. Physical and Emotional Wellbeing
  6. Community and Culture

Course Assessment Information

Assessment Types
Written/Electronic Assessment
Practical Task
Third Party Verification
Project
RPL

Course Intakes

2018 On-campus

Timing
There are five course intakes for 2018, available in February, April, June, July and October.

Duration and dates
16 months part-time


Summary

This course is available to study on-campus at the following locations: 

CQUniversity Gladstone
Classes will commence on Wednesday, 7 February 2018 and will be held on Wednesdays at Leo Zussino Building (LZB), Training Room 4 from 9 am – 3 pm.

CQUniversity Mackay City
Classes will commence on Tuesday, 6 February 2018 and will be held on Tuesdays at Building 003, Floor 1, Room 11 from 9 am – 3 pm.

CQUniversity Rockhampton North
Classes will commence on Wednesday, 7 February 2018 and will be held on Wednesdays from 9 am – 3 pm.

Students must allow 30 hours per week for study and placement. 


2018 Online

Timing
There are eleven course intakes for 2018, available monthly from January to November.

Duration and dates
16 months part-time


Summary

This course is available online with teaching support available through email and telephone. Online students require self-motivation and must have 25 hours per week available for study and placement. 

Optional tutorial sessions are held through Zoom meetings each Monday evenings from 6 pm – 8 pm.

Additional, optional on-campus workshops are scheduled throughout the year and will be held for a total of 4 hours per week. Further details about optional on-campus workshops will be provided by teaching staff after enrolment. Workshops will be available at CQUniversity Rockhampton, CQUniversity Mackay and CQUniversity Gladstone. 


For individual class days and times for each intake please check the TAFE Timetable located here

Related Courses

Course code Course name Short Course
CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care No

Skilling Queenslanders for Work Initiative

Community organisations successful in their application with the Queensland Government have access to the Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative. This funding can assist students, who meet the eligibility criteria, apply for a place in their community organisation’s project. Further information about the initiative can be found at https://training.qld.gov.au/home/sqw

The following community organisations have a partnership agreement in place with CQUni, as the preferred Registered Training Organisation. This partnership gives these organisations the ability to recruit students within their community who meet the eligibility criteria set by the Department of Education and Training, and send through documentation to enable CQUni to process the pre-enrolments. 

They are:
Students currently studying or wanting to enquire about eligibility with the funding or for this course can contact the community organisation.

Third Party Services arrangement

Yeppoon State High School provides the following services on behalf of CQUniversity for this course:
  • Recruitment of senior students enrolled at Yeppoon State High School
  • Provision of educational or support services
  • Delivery of training and/or assessment
Senior students should email: the.principal@yeppoonshs.eq.edu.au

Practical Placement Information

Each unit in this course has a practical component. Students who are not already working in a regulated education and care service for example Kindergarten or Long Day Care centre must organise a voluntary work placement. Students who are already employed in a regulated education and care service, can use their existing work to fulfil practical requirements. 

All students will need to complete third party reports, practical assessment and a vocational placement logbook. These observations and reports will need to be signed off by a qualified supervisor with at a minimum, the same level qualification. Students will be required to complete a minimum of 120 hours of placement throughout the duration of the course. 

All students will need to hold a Blue Card prior to starting their practical work placement.  For more information on the 'Blue Card' visit - https://www.bluecard.qld.gov.au or phone: 1800 113 611. Students not currently working in the industry will need to organise a placement in consultation with teaching staff.

What else might I find useful?

Financial assistance with fees may be available through concessions or via ‘Time to Pay’ payment plan. This and other information such as student support, study and library assistance can be found at www.cqu.edu.au/current-student

Is what I already know taken into account?

Yes. Your history of study, skills and experience does matter. Consideration is given to your prior life and work experiences as well as formal and informal training. This may be applied using the national standard for Mutual Recognition or through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Documentary evidence will be requested.

Contact Us

To apply, or to find out more about this course, contact the Student Advice Team on 13 27 86.