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CHC30113 - Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Smart and Skilled

This course is on the NSW skills list. Students in NSW may be eligible for a Government subsidised price.

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Work Placement

This course has work placement. Check the requirements and FAQs for more information.

Course description

Are you an engaging, vital and responsible person who loves interacting with and empowering children? Then a childcare educator could be a great job for you.

Learn to work in a range of early childhood education settings within the requirements of the National Quality Standard, as well as adhering to the Education and Care Services National Regulations.

Gain experience and knowledge in supporting children’s wellbeing, learning and development, so you can work under direct supervision or autonomously in a variety of workplaces, including preschools, family day care, long day care or out-of-school hours care centres.

You will also find this course useful if you want to become a nanny, family day educator or operate a child minding service in a recreation centre or gym.

TAFEnow also has pathways into Diploma level early childhood courses that can take you into teaching and early childhood education degrees at a variety of universities.

Hear how to create a successful career in early childhood

Units of study

Group 1

All units must be completed

Unit Code Unit Name
CHCORG303C Participate in the work environment
CHCCS400C Work within a relevant legal and ethical framework
CHCECE009 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk

Group 2

All units must be completed

Unit Code Unit Name
CHCECE004 Promote and provide healthy food and drinks
HLTWHS001 Participate in work health and safety
CHCECE002 Ensure the health and safety of children
CHCECE012 Support children to connect with their world

Group 3

All units must be completed

Unit Code Unit Name
CHCECE003 Provide care for children
CHCECE005 Provide care for babies and toddlers
CHCECE001 / HLTHIR404D Develop cultural competence / Work effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people
CHCECE026 Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate education and care for children

Please note: The units CHCECE001 and HLTHIR404D are integrated and are completed together.

Group 4

All units must be completed

Unit Code Unit Name
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

Group 5

This unit must be completed face-to-face and is not delivered through TAFEnow. Your facilitator will provide information on how you can complete this unit through North Coast TAFE or an external provider.

Unit Code Unit Name
HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting
Requirements
  • During the Certificate III you are required to complete a minimum of 120 hours of work placement in a licensed and registered early childhood service.
  • Your workplacement will be organised by your Course Coordinator – Please do not approach the work place yourself
  • Please note, work placement for this course requires Working with Children Checks and Police clearances, according to state requirements. Consult the table on this Australian Government website for regulations in your state. If you need further advice on your individual status or suitability contact Legal Aid or Community Justice Centres on your state.
  • For Centrelink purposes you need to complete the course in 6 months to be considered full-time.
  • Students must also complete first aid unit HLTAID004 - Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting at their own expense. This unit is available at North Coast TAFE campuses and you can be advised when the classes are running. You can also make your own arrangements and provide us with evidence so we can process an RPL for course completion.
Frequently Asked Questions
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Generic FAQs
CHC30113 specific FAQs
Before gaining entry to a course, why do I need a Unique Student Identifier (USI)? How do I obtain one?
All students are required to have a USI, before their enrolment is confirmed. If you have not created your USI and are intending to study, you should create your free USI now. Get more information by visiting usi.gov.au. You will need to have proof of your identity to complete the process. Once you have a USI you will have a secure online record of your nationally recognised training which you can access anytime and anywhere. If you have any questions, or need assistance creating your USI, please contact TAFEnow by phone or chat.
What qualifications or experience are recommended to meet the course’s entry requirements?

No experience is necessary to study early childhood but a strong desire to work with children and their parents is necessary to succeed in this career.

Students must undergo a Working with Children Check (relevant to the state you live in) and possibly a police check for criminal background if the state you reside in requires this in order to work in this sector.

You must complete a minimum of 120 hours work placement in a registered education and care service as a requirement of this course.

A satisfactory level of general literacy, numeracy and physical fitness is also needed to enable you to read and understand the content, resources provided and cope with the physical demands of working with children.

Ability to be motivated, organised and committed to learning independently are required to support your success as a student.
At a minimum, what computer skills and software do I require for my course?

You don't have to be a computer whiz to succeed in online learning, but you should be comfortable typing, using the internet and email, chatting to your teachers or others online, reading course content online, using common software and performing other basic tasks.

Minimum specifications for your computer are:

  • Microsoft Windows XP, or later, or Mac OS X or above
  • Microsoft Office or equivalent
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Adobe Flash Player
  • Up-to-date internet browser

You may also need access to:

  • A printer/scanner to print and scan documents for uploading.
  • A smart phone/digital video to video practical tasks for some courses
Will I need to buy any text books or other equipment for this course?

No – there are a huge range of resources available in the online course environment.

Access to the internet is needed to get the most from your resources – there are a lot of websites, You Tube clips and short videos that are included in the resources.

There will also be access via the internet to resources specific to disability available through the TAFE library system.
How will I contact TAFEnow if I’m having a problem? How long will it take to get a response?
If you are having trouble accessing your course resources or navigating the TAFEnow website after enrolling, you should contact one of our Customer Help Officers on 1300 823 366. They are available Monday to Thursday 8am to 8pm and 8am to 5pm on Fridays.
If your query is specific to a unit you are studying and requires a subject matter expert, you should contact your unit facilitator. Their contact details are located on every unit. You should make contact via email. If you require over the phone support and appointment can be requested.
Does this course have a pathway into higher level courses and degrees?
TAFEnow has pathways into diploma level early childhood and education courses. Completion of your Diploma provides credit into teaching and early childhood education degrees at a variety of universities.
Is there tutor support available after hours?
TAFEnow has teamed up with the national service YourTutor to offer students live online help with things like essay and report writing, study skills and referencing. You can make contact with a tutor from 3pm to 11pm Sunday to Friday, via your Moodle course page or drop off a writing file and receive feedback in less than 24 hours. Watch this short, informative video for more information.
This service is additional to the specific subject help that your unit facilitator can provide.
Are there any other requirements?
Students are required to complete the unit HLTAID004 – Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting. This unit may be completed at your local TAFE campus or at any RTO convenient to you. This cost of this unit is not included in your course fee. You are required to source and pay for this training yourself. Please check with us before you enrol as it is essential you complete the correct unit to course complete. You will need to forward evidence of completion of this unit to us.
How will I access extra course resources or talk to a librarian?
If you want make contact with a TAFEnow librarian to access further course resources, go to tafenow.com.au/library-ask-us. Then type in your reference query. A librarian on chat will show you how to search the library catalogue and how to use our specialised subject guides to find extra information for assessments.
Can I get Recognition of Prior Learning?

If you are already employed in an education and care service you may be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) to be applied to some assessment events. This depends on the type of work you do, how recently the work has been undertaken and for how long. To apply for RPL you will need specific evidence to support your RPL application.

Please be aware that RPL is not granted until after enrolment. It is then assessed by your TAFEnow assessor/teacher in conjunction with your workplace supervisor. For more information see our Work Placement Guide here.
How will I send in my assessment tasks?
Once you enrol you will work from the learning platform of our website. Your course information will tell you what assessment events you are required to and provide instructions on how to upload them so your assessor gets them. If you are asked to send video or audio evidence for an assessment you can upload it to YouTube, Vimeo or DropBox and just upload the URL to the course website so we know where to look.
Is work placement a requirement of this course?
There is a minimum requirement of 120 hours in a registered education and care service required as part of the course. Your work placement co-ordinator will help you organise this work placement to ensure it meets course requirements and your personal needs. If you are working in an education and care service you may be able to complete your work placement at your place of employment.
What happens if I fail a unit or an assessment event? What is TAFEnow’s re-submission policy?
Your teacher/assessor will provide feedback on your assessment event and will let you know if you have met the requirements. If you have not met the requirements, you will have one extra attempt to resubmit your assessment and get it to the required standard to become competent in this unit. If you do not succeed in your second attempt a fee may be charged for an assessor to mark your third submission.
Are there many jobs arising from this qualification?
Currently there are 128,400 people employed in this occupation across Australia and demand and future job prospects are in the highest band, according to Jobs Outlook. Students with qualifications are much more likely to get a start in the sector than those without.
Can I transfer to a campus class if I struggle online?
Before considering a change it is best to discuss your options with TAFEnow’s Educational Support Officers who may be able to arrange additional support for your studies. If your course is available at an NC TAFE campus you may be able to transfer. Please contact the customer contact centre.
What will this course qualify me to do and what type of jobs will I be able to get?

Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care is a nationally recognised and accredited qualification in the education and care sector. It is the minimum requirement for employment in an education and care service.

On successful completion of this course you can work under direct supervision or autonomously in a variety of education and care services, including preschools, family day care, long day care or out-of-school hours and vacation care services. . You will also find this course useful if you want to become a nanny, or operate a child minding service in a recreation centre or gym.
If I do a course with TAFEnow, can I get an extension on my visa?
You must apply for a visa extension directly with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. TAFEnow can provide you with a Confirmation of Enrolment (COE) once you’ve enrolled in a course as proof of your student status, but is unable to assist with your visa application.
What if I need a full-time course?
Completion of this course in 6 months is considered full-time participation. On enrolment, please let our Customer Help team know that you need to study full-time. They will adjust the time frame of your enrolment to reflect a full-time study load and can then provide you with a Confirmation of Enrolment form for Centrelink.
How much time should I study this course for each week (on average) to complete in the required time?
This course will take the average learner 10 hours a week to complete over 18 months, based on 42 weeks of participation. Included in these hours is work placement of 120 hours in a registered education and care service. If you have industry experience and knowledge you may find you complete more rapidly in a shorter time frame.
What if English is not my first language?
If English is not your first language and you did not comp-lete the lasr two years of secondary education in English, you are required to provide evidence of English language competency before enrollinh into the course. Examples of appropriate evidence are listed below:
  • IELTS - Overall score of 5.5
  • TOEFL - One of the following:
    • 530 (paper)
    • 197 (computer)
    • 71 (internet)
  • Evidence of 12 months in English-speaking employment - Testimonial or statutory decleration
I’m currently living overseas, is it okay for me to do this course?
Yes, however work placement hours that are required for completion of this qualification would need to be completed within Australia.
Course Fees

Concession Fee
$240.00

More Information

This training is subsidised by the NSW Government and eligibility criteria apply.
There may be limited government-subsidised places available.
You need to live or work in NSW and receive one or more of the following eligible Commonwealth benefits or allowances at the time you enrol.

You may be eligible if you receive:

  • Age Pension
  • Austudy
  • Carer Payment
  • Disability Support Pension (second or subsequent course enrolment per year)
  • Exceptional Circumstances Relief Payment
  • Family Tax Benefit Part A (maximum rate)
  • Farm Household Allowance
  • Newstart Allowance
  • Parenting Payment (Single)
  • Sickness Allowance
  • Special Benefit
  • Veterans' Affairs Payments
  • Veterans' Children Education Scheme
  • Widow Allowance
  • Widow Pension (including Widow 'B' Pension)
  • Wife Pension
  • Youth Allowance
To complete your enrolment, you must provide your Centrelink Reference Number (CRN) so that your eligibility for a concession can be validated. In some circumstances, you may need to fill in the Concession Fee application or provide documentation to support your application. (Your documentation may be provided via the Centrelink Express Plus Mobile App.)

Contact us:
  • to find out if you are eligible for a concession fee.
  • for a personal fee assessment.
  • to discuss payment options and loans available to you.


Course prices, charges, and study modes are subject to change without notice and may vary annually.


Subsidised Student Fee
$1600.00 - $1930.00

More Information

This training is subsidised by the NSW Government and eligibility criteria apply.
The fee you pay will vary depending on your personal circumstances and eligibility for a subsidised place, a Fee-Free Scholarship, a concession or an exemption.
There may be limited government-subsidised places available.
If you do not gain a subsidised place, you may be able to enrol and pay the full fee.

Contact us:

  • to find out if you are eligible for a subsidised place.
  • for a personal fee assessment.
  • to discuss payment options and loans available to you.

Course prices, charges, and study modes are subject to change without notice and may vary annually.


Fee Free Scholarship
$0.00

More Information

The NSW Government is offering Fee-Free Scholarships to support people aged 15 - 30 with their training under Smart and Skilled.

Eligible students will be exempt from paying their course fee for qualifications from Certificate I to Certificate IV, including apprenticeship and traineeships courses with up to 50,000 scholarships per year across NSW.

You may be eligible if you:

  • meet the Smart and Skilled personal and program eligibility rules. Find out using the Eligibility Checker.
  • are aged between 15 and 30 years old when you start training.
  • want to study a Smart and Skilled subsidised Certificate I, Certificate II, Certificate III or Certificate IV level qualification on the NSW Skills List, including those qualifications that support apprenticeships and traineeships.
  • are either a Commonwealth Welfare recipient, a dependent of a Commonwealth Welfare recipient OR either currently or previously in out-of-home care.
Contact us:
  • to find out if you are eligible for a Fee-Free Scholarship.
  • for a personal fee assessment.
  • to discuss payment options and loans available to you for any other course costs.
Course prices, charges, and study modes are subject to change without notice and may vary annually.


Exemption
$0.00

More Information

An exemption is where no course fee is charged to the student. For exemptions, the government-subsidises the total cost of the course fee for the qualification. There may be other additional costs, such as textbooks that you need to pay.

You may be eligible for an exemption from the course fee if you:

  • are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander (through descent, self-identification or community identification).
  • meet the Smart and Skilled disability criteria, (proof of a disability support pension or documentary evidence from an appropriate medical professional is required).
  • are the recognised dependent of disability support pension recipient.
Contact us:
  • to find out if you are eligible for a course fee exemption.
  • for a personal fee assessment.
  • to discuss payment options and loans available to you for any additional costs.
Course prices, charges, and study modes are subject to change without notice and may vary annually.


Fee for Service
$2480.00

More Information

There are no fee exemptions, concessions or subsidies available for this price. You are required to contribute to the full cost of your course. Your tuition fee includes all essential study materials.
Extra study resources may be available to enhance your learning and will attract an additional charge.
You may also be eligible for a VET Student Loan for some Diploma and Advanced Diploma level courses.
Contact us:

  • for a personal fee assessment.
  • to discuss payment options and loans available to you.
Course prices, charges, and study modes are subject to change without notice and may vary annually.


QLD User Choice Apprentices & Trainees
$982.40

More Information

This training is subsidised by the Queensland Government.  You may receive a subsidy towards this training if you:

  • have entered into a Training Contract for this training
  • work in Queensland
  • are registered on DELTA with a commencement date or recommencement date on or after 1 July 2010.

You will still need to pay for a portion of your training costs.  The amount indicated is what you will need to pay.

Course prices, charges, and study modes are subject to change without notice and may vary annually.


QLD User Choice Apprentices & Trainees Concession
$392.96

More Information

This training is subsidised by the Queensland Government.  You may receive a subsidy towards this training if you:

  • have entered into a Training Contract for this training
  • work in Queensland
  • are registered on DELTA with a commencement date or recommencement date on or after 1 July 2010.

To receive a concession you
  • are under 17 at the end of February in the year in which the training commences,
  • are not a school and have not completed year 12
  • hold a Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card issued under Commonwealth law, or is the partner or a dependant of a person who holds a Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card, and is named on the card
  • have an official form under Commonwealth law confirming that you, your partner or the person of whom the participant is a dependant, is entitled to concessions under a Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card.
  • are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person.

You will still need to pay for a portion of your training costs.  The amount indicated is what you will need to pay.

Course prices, charges, and study modes are subject to change without notice and may vary annually.


Your government subsidised fee, and your eligibility for concessions, exemptions and scholarships, are all calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process. The 2017 subsidised fees indicated on this page are indicative only and based on 2016 fees. The state government may make some small changes to fees and subsidies for 2017 enrolments and we will update our site if and when that happens.
Industry Insights

The Department of Employment’s Employment Outlook to November 2018 (2014) indicates that employment in child care services is projected to grow by 21,600 (or 21.8 %) between 2013 and 2018.

The Productivity Commission anticipated that ‘in addition to the current enrolment level, around 45,000 new and existing educators and over 1000 extra early childhood teachers will require training’.

The Community Services and Health Industry Skills Council (2014b) indicated there was a national shortage of child care educators, especially those with a diploma-level qualification in 2013. Projections indicated that, in order to meet the new requirements of the National Quality Framework and increased demand for services, the number of child care educators employed in Australia would need to increase by 15,500 (13%) between 2012 and 2017. It is anticipated that these shortages are likely to persist in the immediate future.

Trends

FEMALE
REGISTERED CARE PROVIDERS
CHILDREN ENROLLED
PROJECTED GROWTH
2013-2018

Source: 'Early Childhood Education 2013 Report' Australian Government – Australian Skills Quality Authority - ASQA

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At a glance

Course Code: CHC30113
Course Duration: 18 months
Units: 18
Recognition: Nationally
Cost: $2,480
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