Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Nationally Recognised Training

Program Code                                                                            CHC30113

CRICOS Course Code                                                                097758G

Course Duration                                                                    52 weeks (including 30 weeks of internal training, 6 weeks of vocational placement,                                                                                                                                                                     4 weeks catch up class, reassessment, additional placement (if required), and 12 weeks holidays).

Delivery Mode                                                                            Face to face training

Campus Location and Delivery Site                                      337-339 La Trobe Street, 338 Queen Street, Melbourne 3000

Course Description

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.

Under the Education and Care Services National Law (2011) the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) publish lists of approved early childhood education and care qualifications and information regarding regulatory requirements here: www.acecqa.gov.au.

Students completing this course will gain credit transfer of up to some 13 units in the CHC50113 – Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care offered by GBCA.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must satisfy all requirements as below:

Academic requirement:

  • Satisfactorily completed Australian year 11 or equivalent level of study

Language requirements:

  • Minimum of IELTS 5.5 or equivalent, or
  • Successfully complete the GBCA ELICOS program: English for Academic Purposes 1 (EAP1)

All students must undertake National Police Check and Working with Children Check before commencing work placement.

Vocational Placement Requirements

Before commencing vocational placement, all students must undertake National Police Check and Working with Children Check and complete the theory and practical components of the unit: HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting.

Students are required to complete at least 120 hours of work placement as part of course requirements.

GBCA has signed agreements with prospective employers to offer the work placement opportunities for its students. A list of these prospective employers will be provided to assist you in finding work placement. Work placements will be arranged by the GBCA Work Placement Coordinator in conjunction with the student and GBCA trainers.

The Fair Work Act 2009, under the definition of Vocational Placement in section 12 outlines the rules restricting unpaid work. The Fair Work Ombudsman provides a clear explanation of these rules in the Internships, Vocational Placements & Unpaid Work Fact Sheet.

Students are required to discuss with the GBCA work placement coordinator if they wish to make their own work placement arrangement.

Due to the requirement to complete vocational placement, a final outcome for each unit would not be provided until the relevant component of vocational placement had been completed.

Course Structure

Unit Code Unit Name
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
CHCECE021 Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children
BSBWOR301 Organise personal work priorities and development
CHCECE012 Support children to connect with their world

Assessment Methods

A variety of assessment methods will be used throughout the course, including: short questions, case studies, simulations, project, third party observation during work placement, work place observation, portfolio.

Intake Dates

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