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Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Course Code: CHC30113

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Childcare is a fantastic profession! Working with children is not only fun, but challenging and rewarding at the same time. Training in the CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care is the first step toward making a significant difference for our future generations.

What Will You Learn in this Course?

The Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care course is designed to ensure you have the skills you need to begin your career in the childcare sector. It’s also an excellent option for experienced childcare professionals to formalise their experience with a nationally recognised and accredited qualification.

During your childcare training, you will learn how to care for and interact with babies and children, ensuring their needs and interests are fulfilled. As part of your training, you’ll get practical experience that will help you develop the confidence to support young people with their developmental needs through play and learning experiences.

As part of the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, you’ll also gain knowledge about how to ensure the health and safety of children in your care (including the application of first aid) and work effectively with families to provide the best care for their child.

This Early Childhood Education and Care qualification will give you the skills you need to pursue roles like:

  • ✔ Early Childhood Educator
  • ✔ Playgroup Supervisor
  • ✔ Family Day Care Worker
  • ✔ Childhood Educator
  • ✔ Childhood Educator Assistant
  • ✔ Nanny
  • ✔ Mobile Assistant

Course Units

The CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care consists of 18 units – 15 core units and 3 electives. As a nationally recognised and nationally accredited course, the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care is designed to give you a strong start to your journey as a childcare professional.

CHC30113 Core Units

CHCLEG001 – Work legally and ethically
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
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
CHCDIV002 – Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety

CHC30113 Elective Units

CHCECE006 – Support behaviour of children and young people
CHCECE016 – Establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment for children
CHCDIV001 – Work with diverse people

Course Delivery

How is the course delivered?

This course is delivered through Mixed Mode Delivery, which includes face-to-face webinars, self-paced study, directed research, online learning, assessment materials and activities. This is especially suitable for anyone wishing to upskill and expand their opportunities while still keeping up with work or personal commitments. We used a range of specially developed online resources and support services to help you successfully gain your qualification. Online learning is an extremely popular and effective method of learning which will allow you to study from anywhere in Australia.

How long will I have to finish my course?

You will have up to 12 months from your start date to complete your Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care qualification.

How much time should I spend on my course per week?

It is expected to take about 1000 hours of study to complete this course, depending on your existing knowledge and experience. Upon enrolment, you will complete a Personal Learning Plan Evaluation to determine your existing skill and knowledge level that is relevant to this qualification. Upon completion of the evaluation, you will be given a training plan where you will be assigned one of the following cohorts:

  • Beginner – limited knowledge or skill and no recent related industry experience. Study hours is up to 1000 hours.
  • Intermediate – moderate prior knowledge and skill with limited recent related industry experience. Study hours is up to 780 hours.
  • Advanced – extensive knowledge and skill with recent related industry work experience of one year or more. This includes candidates holding superseded versions, skills sets, or units from CHC08 or CHC Training Package.  Study hours is up to 520 hours.
  • Expert – consists of individuals with current industry experience of 2 or more years and extensive knowledge and skill. These candidates are recommended to undertake a full recognition pathway. This includes candidates holding CHC30712 Certificate III in Children’s Services who are currently working in the child care sector. Study hours is up to 460 hours.

How will I be assessed?

The Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care course will be assessed through Case Study (may include simulated scenarios, portfolio, reports, displays, work samples, role plays, and presentations), Projects or Product based methods, Written Questions, Practicum—Skills Logbook, and Credit Transfer.

Support & Resources

To support you in your studies, Reach Community College will provide:

  • ✔ Access to a student account in the LMS for submission
  • ✔ Learning Materials and Assessment Workbooks
  • ✔ Simulations, where applicable
  • ✔ Basic assessment and diagnostic tools such as forms, records, inventories, checklists and surveys
  • ✔ Sample individual education plans (IEP), diagnostic reports, and other assessment and diagnostic materials
  • ✔ WHS industry guides and other relevant organisation policy, protocols and procedures
  • ✔ Information about accreditation standards
  • ✔ Templates for completing Project Documents

You will need to make sure you have access to:

  • ✔ A computer with Internet access through Google Chrome
  • ✔ MS Word, MS PowerPoint or equivalent applications
  • ✔ Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • ✔ A video recording device
  • ✔ Audio recording device (where necessary)

Entry Requirements

It is recommended that students:

  • ✔ Are 18 years or older
  • ✔ Have sound language and literacy skills (at least Year 10 English, or equivalent)
  • ✔ Have basic computer skills

Students are also required to:

  • ✔ Obtain a Unique Student Identifier (USI)
  • ✔ Provide a valid ID with picture and signature
  • ✔ Undertake a Language, Literacy and Numeracy Evaluation
  • ✔ Undertake a Personal Learning Plan Evaluation before accessing the course materials and commencing studies

Students are provided with a Personal Learning Plan with Cohort explanation and learning pathway. This is uploaded in their student account prior to commencing.

Vocational Placements

The Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care course required completion of specified competency standards and assessment requirements in a workplace between a minimum of 120 hours and up to 240 hours of vocational placement with an approved accredited service provider.

You will need to initiate contact with a registered and regulated  Early Childhood Education and Care facility to address the Vocational Placement Requirements.

Study Pathways

You can complement your CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care training with additional qualifications such as:

  • • CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
  • • CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support

Recognition of Prior Learning/Current Competence (RPL/RCC)

If you have existing work experience in Child Care and wish to formalise this knowledge, Reach Community College offers Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) as part of this course. The RPL process begins after enrolment and is available to any students who can present evidence of competency for any units included in this qualification.

For policies on refunds, extensions, other fees, complaints, appeals, replacement certificates or statements of attainment, please see the Reach Community College Student Handbook.