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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:

Standard Course Structure

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. 
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 - On-campus only

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

  1. Children's Health and Safety (February Intake)
  2. First Aid (Any Intake)
  3. Workplace Effectiveness (April Intake)
  4. Play and Development (June Intake)
  5. Physical and Emotional Wellbeing (October Intake)
  6. Community and Culture (2019 Intake)

Course Assessment Information

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

Course Intakes

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 on-campus workshops are held at CQUniversity Rockhampton North campus throughout the year on Mondays (excluding public holidays) from 3.30pm - 5.30pm and 6pm - 8pm in Building 33 Room 1.28 (33/1.28).  


On-campus

Timing
Various course intakes are available, which are specific to each CQUniversity campus.

Duration and dates
16 months part-time


Summary

Students must allow 30 hours per week for study and placement.  This course is available to study on-campus at the following locations, excluding School Holiday periods: 

CQUniversity Gladstone - Intakes in February, April, June and October
Classes will be held on a Wednesday at Leo Zussino Building (LZB), Childcare room G25 from 9 am – 3 pm for the below clusters.
  • June Intake:  Play and Development Cluster
  • October Intake:  Physical and Emotional Wellbeing Cluster

CQUniversity Mackay City - Intakes in February, April, June, July and October
Classes will be held on a Wednesday in Building 3/2.28 via video conference to Rockhampton North Campus from 9am - 3pm for the below clusters.
  • June Intake:  Play and Development Cluster
  • July Intake:  Children's Health and SafetyCluster
  • October Intake:  Workplace Effectiveness Cluster
  • October Intake:  Physical and Emotional Wellbeing Cluster

CQUniversity Rockhampton North- Intakes in February, April, June, July and October
Classes will be held on a Wednesday at Building 32/1.39 from 9am - 3pm for the below clusters.
  • July Intake:  Children's Health and Safety Cluster
  • October Intake:  Workplace Effectiveness Cluster
Classes will be held on a Tuesday in Building 10/1.32 from 9am - 3pm for the below cluster.
  • July Intake:  Community and Culture Cluster

Classes will be held on a Wednesday in Building 10/1.32 from 9am - 3pm for the below cluster.

  • October Intake:  Physical and Emotional Wellbeing Cluster


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.