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CHC30113 CERTIFICATE III in Early Childhood Education & Care




52 weeks (Incl Holidays)

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Domestic Students

Course Overview:

This qualification reflects the role of workers in a range of early childhood education settings who work within the requirements of the Education and Care Services National Regulations and the National Quality Standard. They support the implementation of an approved learning framework, and support children’s wellbeing, learning and development. Depending on the setting, educators may work under direct supervision or autonomously.

Course Duration:

  • Training weeks: 40 weeks
  • Holiday weeks: 12 weeks
  • Total duration: 52 weeks

Course Structure:

Total number of units = 18 (15 cores units and 3 elective units)

CHCECE009 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice (Core)
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically (Core)
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety (Core)
CHCECE001 Develop cultural competence (Core)
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people (Elective)
CHCECE002 Ensure the health and safety of children (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)
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety (Core)
CHCECE003 Provide care for children (Core)
CHCECE004 Promote and provide healthy food and drinks (Core)
CHCECE005 Provide care for babies and toddlers (Core)
CHCECE010 Support the holistic development of children in early childhood (Core)
CHCECE011 Provide experience to support children’s play and learning (Core)
CHCECE013 Use information about children to inform practice (Core)
CHCECE007 Develop positive and respectful relations with children (Core)
CHCECE006 Support behavior of children and young people (Elective)
CHCECE012 Support children to connect with their world (Elective)

Work Placement:
Minimum of 120 hours required as per the regulations – generally a single block or one/two days per week – completed towards the end of the qualification. The placement is usually completed in a long day care centre.

Practicum Requirements: 120hours

  • 30 hours – Birth-2 years
  • 30 hours – 2-3 years
  • 60 hours – 3-5 years

Entry Requirements:

  • Successfully complete a Language, Literacy & Numeracy (LLN) test OR submit copy of Year 12 Certificate
  • 18 years & above
  • A current Working with Children Check
  • Ability to use & operate a computer / laptop.
  • Knowledge of basic use of office applications
  •  May require to attend an interview (face to face / phone / skype)
  •  Students may also need to have access to a computer & internet services outside class hours

Career Pathways:

The Certificate III qualification provides for employment in the following roles:

  • Assistant Educator in long day care
  • Assistant Educator in child care centres
  • Assistant Educator in a Kindergarten or preschool program
  • Assistant Educator in occasional care
  • Family Day Care Educator
  • Other education based employers may accept this qualification, such as working as tutor, education support staff or as teacher aides.

This qualification may provide a pathway into: CHC50113 Diploma of Early childhood education and care.

Work Based Training (WBT)

The Work placement is a practicum and must be undertaken in a real childcare workplace, where learner will gain experience of working in current industry environment and access to National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Care.  The student may already be in suitable employment or alternatively a suitable practical placement will be provided.  Work based training placements are designed to ensure that all required hours specified in unit are covered to further strengthen their skills.
All students need to be employed or volunteering in an ACECQA approved early childhood service to complete the practical components of their qualification. The Trainer Assessor will support you to arrange this placement if you don’t already have one. Students must have a current Working with Children Check prior to starting placement.
A logbook will be issued and each student will be required to complete a minimum 120 hours.  This is recorded in the logbook issued to students and signed by the immediate supervisor of the business operation. The work placement will be spread over the duration of the qualification.

  • 30 hours – Birth-2 years
  • 30 hours – 2-3 years
  • 60 hours – 3-5 years

Actual hours completed is dependent on student capability.
Prior to placing students into a workplace Federation Academy will assess the suitability of the Childcare centre for work-based training.  This is to ensure that the workplace has the assessment conditions, as specified in the training package, necessary for students to effectively demonstrate the required skills.
In the event the workplace does not meet all of the requirements for assessment purposes Federation Academy will make alternative assessment arrangements with the student.
Once a workplace is deemed appropriate a formal agreement will be entered into with the establishment.  This involves the business operation accepting Federation Academy student/s for work placement. The formal agreement will specify the number of hours the student is required to complete, the type of shifts available along with the guidelines relevant to employer, student and Federation Academy.  Formal guidelines are developed to ensure all unit and course requirements are addressed.
Students undertaking practical placement in a workplace will follow timing and uniform requirements according to the workplace’s standards.

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