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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
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, however completion of Year 10 or equivalent is recommended and sound literacy and numeracy skills.

Applicants should be aware that all early childhood educators require a Suitability Card (Blue Card) and complete a minimum of 120 hours of Vocational Placement in the industry for the duration of 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
Rockhampton North Study Sequence
Students are to start from the Children’s Health and Safety unit group before completing other unit groups. No new on campus enrolments are to be processed after 21 February 2017 for Term 1 2017 or 8 August for Term 2 2017.

Term 1 2017 enrolment dates:
  • Children’s Health and Safety: 7th February - 28th March and 18th April – 25th April (enrol by 3 February 2017)
  • Workplace Effectiveness: 2 May - 20 June 2017 (enrol by 28 April 2017)
  • Play and Development: 11 July 2017 - 12 September 2017 and 3 October - 17 October 2017 (enrol by 7 July 2017)
  • Physical and Emotional Wellbeing: 24 October 2017 - 28 November 2017 (enrol by 20 October 2017)
  • Community and Culture: 6 February 2018 - 27 March 2018 (enrol by 2 February 2018).
Term 2 2017 enrolment dates:
  • Children’s Health and Safety: 11 July  2017 - 12 September 2017 and 3 October 2017  – 10 October 2017 (enrol by 7 July 2017)
  • Workplace Effectiveness: 17 October 2017 - 5 December 2017 (enrol by 13 October 2017)
  • Play and Development: 13 February 2018 - 27 March 2018 and 17 April 2018  - 22 May 2018 (enrol by 9 February 2018)
  • Physical and Emotional wellbeing: 29 May 2018 - 26 June 2018 and 17 July 2018 – 24 July 2018 (enrol by 25 May 2018)
  • Community and Culture: 31 July 2018 - 18 September 2018 (enrol by 27 July 2018).
Students can enrol into the Distance Education version of the units to catch-up with the on campus Study Sequence if they’ve missed the enrolment cut-off dates stated above.
Mackay City Study Sequence
  • Workplace Effectiveness: 26 April & 10 May (enrol by 24 April 2017).
  • Play and Development: 12 & 26 July (enrol by 11 July 2017).
  • Physical and Emotional Wellbeing: 30 August (enrol by 29 August 2017).
  • Community and Culture: 4 & 25 October (enrol by 3 October 2017).
Distance Education Study Sequence
Enrol into all units from one unit group in the order listed above. 

Course Availabilities

Distance Education

Timing
Enrolments are taken throughout the year on a continuous basis.

Duration and dates
1 year full time or 2 years part time

Load
Eighteen (18) units - fifteen (15) core and three (3) electives.

Notes

Distance students require strong self-motivation and must have 4-6 hours per week available for study for each unit. This course is self paced so students must have sound literacy and numeracy skills. This course is delivered by distance education so students must have access to a computer and the internet. Students are allocated 13 weeks from enrolment to complete each unit.


There is a Practical Placement required for this course. Please see the More Details tab.

CQUniversity Rockhampton North

Timing
There are two intakes for this course. One intake for Term 1 2017 and one intake for Term 2 2017.

Duration and dates
1 year full time or 2 years part time

Load
Eighteen (18) units must be successfully completed - Fifteen (15) core and three (3) electives

Notes

Students following the New Students Course Structure will attend classes on Tuesdays from 9.30 am – 2.30 pm at Building 10, Room G.19.
Students following the Continuing Students Course Structure will attend classes on Tuesdays from 9.30 am – 2.30 pm at Building 33, Room 2.19.

There is a Practical Placement required for this course. Please see the More Details tab.

CQUniversity Gladstone Marina

Timing
Enrolments are taken throughout the year on a continuous basis.

Duration and dates
1 year full time or 2 years part time

Load
Eighteen (18) units must be successfully completed - Fifteen (15) core and three (3) electives

Notes

All students will attend classes on Wednesdays from 9 am – 1 pm at Leo Zussino Building, Training Room 4. 

There is a Practical Placement required for this course. Please see the More Details tab.

CQUniversity Mackay City

Timing
Enrolments are taken throughout the year on a continuous basis.

Duration and dates
1 year full time or 2 years part time

Load
Eighteen (18) units must be successfully completed - Fifteen (15) core and three (3) electives

Notes

Classes will be held from 9.30 am - 11.30 am at Building 3, Room 1.11. Q&A sessions and Workshops are held weekly on Mondays from 3.30pm – 4.30pm via Zoom.

There is a Practical Placement required for this course. Please see the More Details tab.

Related Courses

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

Practical Placement Information

120 hours of practical placement in the early childhood industry is required for this course.

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.

Blue Card Requirement

Applicants should be aware that all child care educators need a Suitability Card (Blue Card) to be employed in the industry. For more information on the 'Blue Card' go to: https://www.bluecard.qld.gov.au or phone: 1800113611.

Students not currently working in the Education and Care industry will be required to complete vocational placement in a relevant industry area, as part of their study. 

Contact Us

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