Course Description

By Australian law, every childcare worker in Australia must now have (at a minimum) this qualification.

Nearly 70% of child care centre providers have reported a difficulty in being able to find qualified staff*. The skills shortages affect all states and territories of Australia but are most prominent in NSW and QLD where there are simply not enough workers with the correct qualifications.

The CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care is recognised by the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). This means that you can take this qualification anywhere within Australia and work as an accredited child care worker. This course is suitable for those with some child care experience already, who may be seeking to formalise their knowledge. The course is also suitable for new entrants as it is direct-entry with no pre-requisite subjects.

Open Colleges has designed this course to cover all the comprehensive information you need to know, including safety, nutrition, legal considerations and children’s developmental needs. 

As well as this, there is a structured workplace learning component as part of the course. This is where you will get on-the-job training to make sure you have all the practical skills you need to be job ready.

*SOURCE: KARVELAS, Patricia: The Australian, Childcare reforms force three in four centres to lift fees. December 31, 2011. Page accessed November 1, 2012

By Australian law, every childcare worker in Australia must now have (at a minimum) this qualification.

Nearly 70% of child care centre providers have reported a difficulty in being able to find qualified staff*. The skills shortages affect all states and territories of Australia but are most prominent in NSW and QLD where there are simply not enough workers with the correct qualifications.

The CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care is recognised by the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). This means that you can take this qualification anywhere within Australia and work as an accredited child care worker. This course is suitable for those with some child care experience already, who may be seeking to formalise their knowledge. The course is also suitable for new entrants as it is direct-entry with no pre-requisite subjects.

Open Colleges has designed this course to cover all the comprehensive information you need to know, including safety, nutrition, legal considerations and children’s developmental needs. 

As well as this, there is a structured workplace learning component as part of the course. This is where you will get on-the-job training to make sure you have all the practical skills you need to be job ready.

*SOURCE: KARVELAS, Patricia: The Australian, Childcare reforms force three in four centres to lift fees. December 31, 2011. Page accessed November 1, 2012

Potential career outcomes

  • Early Childhood Educator
  • Family Day Care Educator
  • Mobile Service Educator
  • Occasional Care Educator
Course number E1049
Qualification name CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
Course duration Maximum 18 months
Delivery Method Online with Work Placement
Recognition Nationally Recognised Nationally Recognised Training
Assessments Case Studies, Interviews, Logbook, Portfolio, Projects, Quizzes, Short-Answer Questions, Workplace Assessments
Fee for service option awarded by
  • Open Colleges (Provider number: 90796)

By Australian law, every childcare worker in Australia must now have (at a minimum) this qualification.

Nearly 70% of child care centre providers have reported a difficulty in being able to find qualified staff*. The skills shortages affect all states and territories of Australia but are most prominent in NSW and QLD where there are simply not enough workers with the correct qualifications.

The CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care is recognised by the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). This means that you can take this qualification anywhere within Australia and work as an accredited child care worker. This course is suitable for those with some child care experience already, who may be seeking to formalise their knowledge. The course is also suitable for new entrants as it is direct-entry with no pre-requisite subjects.

Open Colleges has designed this course to cover all the comprehensive information you need to know, including safety, nutrition, legal considerations and children’s developmental needs. 

As well as this, there is a structured workplace learning component as part of the course. This is where you will get on-the-job training to make sure you have all the practical skills you need to be job ready.

*SOURCE: KARVELAS, Patricia: The Australian, Childcare reforms force three in four centres to lift fees. December 31, 2011. Page accessed November 1, 2012

Open Colleges may make changes to the course from time to time to reflect changes introduced to the relevant Training Package or other regulatory requirements. Please download to the course guide for current information about the course and its status.

Fee For Service Schedule

Module 1

  • Demonstrate an understanding of legislation and common law relevant to work role
  • Follow identified policies and practices
  • Work ethically
  • Recognise and respond when client rights and interests are not being protected

Module 2

  • Identify learning frameworks
  • Apply the learning framework

Module 3

  • Reflect on own cultural identity and biases
  • Identify and develop cultural competency
  • Research Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities
  • Support individual cultural identities
  • Create environments to support children’s cross-cultural understanding and relationships
  • Support the implementation of inclusive learning experiences
  • Support children in developing confidence and strength in personal and cultural identity

Module 4

  • Reflect an awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and cultures in work practices
  • Reflect an awareness of own and other cultural realities in work practices
  • Communicate effectively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • Reflect cultural safety in workplace and professional relationships
  • Work in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities

 

Module 5

  • Implement work practices which support the protection of children and young people
  • Report indications of possible risk of harm
  • Apply ethical and nurturing practices in work with children and young people

Module 6

  • Support each child’s health needs
  • Provide opportunities to meet each child’s need for sleep, rest and relaxation
  • Implement effective hygiene and health practices
  • Supervise children to ensure safety
  • Minimise risks
  • Contribute to the ongoing management of allergies
  • Contribute to the ongoing management of asthma

Module 7

  • Promote safe sleep
  • Provide positive nappy-changing and toileting experiences
  • Promote quality mealtime environments
  • Create a healthy and safe supporting environment
  • Develop relationships with babies and toddlers
  • Develop relationships with families

Module 8

  • Provide physical care
  • Promote physical activity
  • Adapt facilities to ensure access and participation
  • Help children with change
  • Settle new arrivals

Module 9

  • Communicate positively with children
  • Interact positively with children
  • Support and respect children
  • Maintain the dignity and rights of children

Module 10

  • Promote healthy eating
  • Plan food and drinks that are nutritious and appropriate for each child
  • Maintain food safety while carrying out food-handling activities

Module 11

  • Support physical development
  • Support social development
  • Support emotional development
  • Support cognitive development
  • Support communication development
  • Create an environment for holistic learning and development

Module 12

  • Gather information about the child through observation
  • Gather information about the child from secondary sources
  • Record observations appropriately
  • Use observations and information collected to contribute to program planning

Module 13

  • Create a stimulating positive and developmentally appropriate environment to foster development play and learning
  • Actively guide and encourage children to undertake a variety of developmentally appropriate activities
  • Facilitate children's play learning and physical activity

Module 14

  • Follow safe work practices
  • Implement safe work practices
  • Contribute to safe work practices in the workplace
  • Reflect on own safe work practices

Module 15: Electives

Choice of 3 electives

Choice of three electives:

  • CHCPRT003 Work collaboratively to maintain an environment safe for children and young people*
  • CHCECE006 Support behaviour of children and young people
  • CHCECE012 Support children to connect with their world
  • CHCECE014 Comply with family day care administration requirements
  • CHCECE015 Attend to daily functions in home based child care
  • CHCORG303C Participate effectively in the work environment
  • BSBSUS301A Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices 

​​*This unit requires 120 hours of work placement in a child protection service. You should only select this elective if you are currently employed in a child protection service.

HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting**

**Open Colleges does not provide this unit. You will need to provide a current Education and Care First Aid Certificate
to satisfy competency for this unit.

Education

There are no formal education entry requirements for this course.

Minimum Age

You will need to be at least 18 years old

English

This course involves reading learner guides and undertaking a range of written assessments and engaging in online forums and discussions. Furthermore, the delivery mode relies on the extensive use of written communication. As such, entry to the course requires the successful completion of English to Year 10 level.

If you haven't successfully completed English at Year 10 level, you can demonstrate equivalency through one of the following:

  • Successful completion of a Nationally Recognised Training qualification at Certificate II level or higher; or
  • 2 years relevant industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication

Open Colleges recognises that not all people are able to read, write and perform calculations to the same standard. See the Language, Literacy and Numeracy Considerations section for more information on tools, resources and support services provided to by Open Colleges.

Computing

You will need access to a computer and the internet and have basic computing skills. Minimum specifications for your computer are:

All users:

  • Microsoft Office 2010 or equivalent
  • Broadband internet connection
  • 2GB of RAM
  • CD-ROM or DVD drive
  • Adobe Reader XI or equivalent
  • Adobe Flash Player 10 or higher.
  • Printer and associated software
  • Scanner and associated software
  • Digital imaging software
  • File compression software.

Windows users:

  • Microsoft Windows 7 or higher (Windows 8 recommended)
  • 1 Ghz or faster processer (2GHz recommended)

Mac OS users:

  • Mac OSX v10.5 or higher (Mac OSX v10.6 recommended)
  • 1 Ghz or faster processer (2GHz recommended)

Skills

To successfully complete this course, you will require basic computing skills. This includes:

  • Creating, saving and editing Microsoft Office documents
  • Accessing and searching the internet
  • Downloading and saving documents from websites
  • Uploading documents through websites
  • Participating in online discussions
  • Compressing image files.

Physical

Students will need to be reasonably physically fit to undertake the work placement as the tasks and activities associated with the work placement may involve manual lifting and other physical activities.

Language, Literacy and Numeracy

Our free online assessment tool can help give you an idea of the language, literacy and numeracy skills needed to study a VET course. This tool can also help you determine your learning level and help you plan your future studies.

You can access the Language, Literacy and Numeracy tool here.

After enrolling in this course and completing the first two modules, you're eligible for a FREE one year membership to Early Childhood Australia (ECA), Australia's peak child care body, worth over $150! Open Colleges
 

The course contains a minimum of 120 hours of work placement

Your Work Placement will need to be conducted in a registered child care facility, supervised by a qualified staff member. You will also need to secure your own Work Placement, however Open Colleges can provide advice and direction through our Work Placement Support Team.

There are a number of statutory checks required by workplaces, such as a Working with Children Check. These may vary by state. In addition, individual workplaces may impose additional requirements on students undertaking work placement. You will be responsible for the costs of any such checks or requirements. Please see the Workplace Assessment Guide for details on the individual statutory requirements for your state or territory.

You will also need to complete a First Aid Certificate to demonstrate competency for HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting at your own cost prior to undertaking your work placement.

Your work placement will need to be completed in Australia, and you will be responsible for the costs of any travel, accommodation, statutory checks or other requirements related to your work placement. 

Angie Bailison

Angie has been working in early childhood education and care services throughout Australia and overseas for nearly 20 years. Angie has seven years’ experience as a lecturer in early childhood education and care at TAFE. She regularly facilitates education workshops for parents with young children and has been published in parenting magazines. She has an Associate Diploma in Social Science, Certificate IV in Training & Assessment & Parent Education Leadership Training Certificate.

Diana Penson

Diana Penson started her teaching career as a graduate of Sydney Day Nursery Teachers' College and Mitchell College of Advanced Education. She taught in a number of preschools, infant and primary schools whilst completing her Bachelor's degree. In recognition of her work operating a mobile preschool for isolated regions, the NSW Department of School Education awarded Diana a full-time scholarship to undertake post graduate studies in Early Childhood Special Education. On completion, Diana was commissioned to undertake a pilot program to identify and set up programs for young children requiring specialist assistance. The program flourished and grew from one location to eight locations within a major NSW regional area. This experience led Diana into the training of adults and workplace assessment. In addition to tutoring students in our Certificate III in Children's Services and Diploma of Children's Services since 2005, Diana has also lectured at universities and written content for a range of vocational courses.

Karen Hey

Karen has been working in early childhood education and care services for the past 18 years. During this time she has worked as an educator’s assistant, EC teacher, director, area manager and educational leader. Most recently Karen has worked in RTOs supporting Certificate III students and Diploma students to fulfil their study journey. Karen now looks forward to supporting her Open Colleges students to achieve their necessary qualifications, as well as supporting the growth of their passion to educate and care for children in an early childhood setting.

Rhonda Wilson

Having worked in the area of early childhood care and education for nearly 30 years, Rhonda is a genuine expert in her discipline.

She has been a preschool teacher and TAFE lecturer, and has extensive experience of working with disadvantaged communities. To support her practical experience, Rhonda has a Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood) and both Bachelor and Master of Education degrees. She is also a qualified workplace trainer and assessor, as well as a workplace health and safety officer.

Rhonda currently works as a prep teacher in addition to being a trainer and workplace assessor for Open Colleges where she was named Tutor of the Year in 2007.

Rimpreet Bedi

Rimpreet holds a Bachelor of Education as well as a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. She has over 7 years’ experience working with children, families and educators in early childhood education, and has also continuously furthered her qualifications and professional development. Throughout her career she has undertaken numerous roles. Most recently she worked as a trainer and assessor in early childhood education and care. Rimpreet enjoys mentoring students and is passionate about her work helping students progress along their learning journey.

Victoria Potts

With over 15 years' experience in children's services Victoria brings a wealth of industry knowledge to her role at Open Colleges. She holds a Diploma of Children’s Services and has worked at several long day care centres in Sydney. Victoria has successfully run her own home based care service where she was licensed to care for five children per day in her home. She has also had many years of experience in assisting students both as a trainer and assessor for work placement, as well as face-to-face classroom teaching with students studying for their qualifications in children’s services.

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