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Career Commitment T&C's
This commitment enables Open Colleges students who do not achieve the objective specified during their enrolment (e.g. Enter the workforce, career change, promotion, learning new skills/hobby) within 6 months of completing their course, to receive a second Open Colleges course or module selected by Open Colleges of equal or lesser value for no additional course fee (the Commitment Course), in order to assist the student to gain additional training necessary to achieve their specified outcome.
The conditions of the commitment are:
The Commitment only applies to online courses offered by Open Colleges
The Commitment does not apply to face-to-face courses offered by the School of Health
It only applies to Australian domestic students.
The student must have successfully completed or graduated from their initial course within the maximum course duration
The commitment will only apply if the student has paid their course fees in full
If course pre-requisites and/or eligibility criteria apply for the Commitment Course, the student must meet these conditions to be enrolled in the Commitment Course
The commitment will only apply if the student has made reasonable efforts to achieve their specified objective during their course and within the 6 months’ post course completion. Open Colleges will assess and determine whether the student has made reasonable efforts based on evidence of effort provided by the student. Examples of this include:
Proof of job applications in an industry related to their course of study
Proof of applications within the same employer for promotion or other jobs related to their course of study
Students that enrol as a hobbyist will need to let us know what skills were not learned in their course (to help us close the skill gap)
To accept the commitment, the student must contact Open Colleges within 6 months after the date which is 6 months after completion date of the initial course, after which the commitment expires.
The commitment applies to any course of equal or lesser value. If the second course is more expensive the student will need to pay the difference in the course fees.
The offer is limited to one Commitment Course
The commitment is non-transferrable
The commitment is only valid for new enrolments after (July 3rd, 2017).
Open Colleges reserves the right to cease to offer the commitment at any time without notice, provided that the commitment will remain in place for any student enrolled prior to the commitment offer being cancelled.
Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
Build a solid career in education with the skills and knowledge you need to inspire and support children as a Childhood Educator in a classroom or community education setting, with Open Colleges’ CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.
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Potential career outcomes
Educator in a center-based service
Family Day Care Educator
Mobile Early Childhood Service Educator
Occasional Care Educator at a service operating an Early Childhood service at the same premises
Operator of a Family Day Care service
The CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care will prepare you for a future career in an early childhood setting, helping educators to provide a healthy, safe and caring environment for children. The course will give you the skills to communicate and work collaboratively with educators and colleagues, as well as to support the holistic wellbeing, health and safety of all children. You will master the skills that you need to effectively help children learn and become confident and involved learners. During your studies, you will also learn how to support children with behavioural issues.
The course will train you to navigate and comply with all the current legal and industry related requirements, policies and procedures. You will become adept at supporting planned education programs in early childhood settings, as well as assisting with the organisation of classrooms and community education centres.
During you journey through this course you will also have the opportunity to learn about the ‘Early Years Learning Framework’ and how you can support children in their development.
Why study this course?
The CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care offers the best of both worlds: the flexibility of online learning, with a practical 120 hours of work placement in a real classroom of your choosing, so you can practice and perfect what you learn.
The CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care is perfect for people who are wanting to start a career in early childhood settings, as well as for those who are already working in the area but who need to formalise their qualifications to take the next step in their career.
After enrolling in this course and completing the first module, you're eligible for a free one year membership to Early Childhood Australia (ECA), Australia's peak child care body, worth over $150!
This course involves work placement that currently needs to be undertaken in Australia. More information available in our FAQs
You will need to have completed year 10, or equivalent. Equivalency can be demonstrated by one of the following:
A qualification at Certificate II level or higher OR
2 years of industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication.
You will need to be at least 18 years old.
This course involves reading and undertaking a range of written assessments, as well as 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 you by Open Colleges.
You will need access to a computer and the internet and have basic computing skills. Minimum specifications for your computer are:
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.
Access to printer and associated software
Access to scanner and associated software
Digital imaging software
File compression software.
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)
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.
Connecting digital cameras and downloading and storing images.
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.
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 the course guide for current information about the course and its status.
Work legally and ethically
Identify and respond to legal requirements
Identify and meet ethical responsibilities
Contribute to workplace improvements
Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
Identify learning frameworks
Apply the learning framework
Develop cultural competence
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
Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
Identify cultural safety issues in the workplace
Model cultural safety in own work
Develop strategies for improved cultural safety
Evaluate cultural safety strategies
Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
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
Ensure the health and safety of children
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
Contribute to the ongoing management of allergies
Contribute to the ongoing management of asthma
Provide care for babies and toddlers
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
Provide care for children
Provide physical care
Promote physical activity
Adapt facilities to ensure access and participation
Help children with change
Settle new arrivals
Develop positive and respectful relationships with children
Communicate positively with children
Interact positively with children
Support and respect children
Maintain the dignity and rights of children
Promote and provide healthy food and drinks
Promote healthy eating
Plan food and drinks that are nutritious and appropriate for each child
Maintain food safety while carrying out food-handling activities
Support the holistic development of children in early childhood
Support physical development
Support social development
Support emotional development
Support cognitive development
Support communication development
Create an environment for holistic learning and development
Use information about children to inform practice
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
Provide experiences to support children's play and learning
Create an environment for play
Support children’s play and learning
Facilitate children’s play, learning and physical activity
Participate in work health and safety
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
BSBSUS301 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.
Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting
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.
If you pay your course fees up-front in full, you’ll benefit from a discount. When you pay in full, we don’t have to spend extra money on administration for tasks such as payment plan processing. Instead, we get to pass this saving onto you in the form of a discount.
zipMoney Payment Plan
If you need a little more flexibility in your finances, and want to pay off your course fees over a longer period of time, we can assist by organising zipMoney to pay your course fees directly to us on your behalf, and you pay this loan back to ZipMoney over a period of agreed time with them. zipMoney provides you flexible options of selecting a 24, 36 or 48 months interest-free* payment plan (dependant on which course you are enrolling into) to suit your lifestyle, giving you more flexibility than ever before.
Pay for your course in weekly or fortnightly instalments. By paying in instalments, you can schedule your payments around your regular outgoings and get ahead without breaking the bank. Open Colleges payment plans are interest-free.
Claire has over 15 years’ experience in Childcare and holds a Diploma of Early Child Education and Care. She recently completed her Certificate IV in Training and Assessment online with Open Colleges and understands the pressures of juggling family, full time work and online study. For the last six years she has enjoyed the life of a Family Day Care Educator, attending Bush Playgroups and library playgroups with the children in her care. Claire is a passionate advocate for Family Day Care and is looking forward to sharing her experience and knowledge with students.
Eliana has over 25 years of experience within the Early Childhood Education industry. She has successfully undertaken senior roles within Long-Day Childcare Centres and in Out of School Hours Care services, having served in Directorial roles for some 15 years.
Eliana is passionate about the industry and equally so about helping students reach their potential, whether they be an Early Childhood student or someone who is interested in becoming a part of the next generation of Early Childhood Education Professionals.
Georgina has over 25 years’ experience in Early Childhood Education.
Throughout her years, she has occupied a variety of roles, including University Supervisor, owner/operator of her own early childhood service and teaching the Certificate III and Diploma of Early Childhood with Open Colleges over the last 5 years.
As a tertiary qualified Early Childhood Educator, she is committed to delivering a high-quality service for children, families and staff. Her passions include inclusivity – particularly working with children with additional needs, and mentoring others about the value of the early years for young children.
Jessica has worked with a diverse range of children from birth up to 14 years of age across a wide range of services. Jessica’s traditional work has been supplemented with substantial experience as an Inclusion support worker for children with additional needs. After completing her Certificate IV in Training & Assessment, she decided to pass on her skills and knowledge to future educators. Jessica has just over 4 years hands on experience in both classroom facilitation and online learning in a Senior Training Role. Jessica believes that, as an educator, there are always areas in which to grow and learn more.
Kim has been in the ECEC industry for several years and has most recently come back to NSW after living in South Australia and working as an Early Childhood Teacher for the South Australian Department of Education. During this time with the DECD South Australia, Kim’s service went through the accreditation process, achieving an ‘Exceeding’ rating. Kim has worked at an RTO in NSW for many years prior to her time in South Australia assisting students studying the Cert III and Diploma of ECEC. Kim has an abundance of experience in both VET and Early Childhood Education.
Lyndal holds a Bachelor of Teaching as well as a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. She has over 15 years’ experience working with educators, children and families and in early childhood education, and has also continuously furthered her qualifications and professional development. Throughout her career Lyndal has undertaken numerous roles. Most recently she worked as an educational leader and mentor in services- up skilling early childhood educators in curriculum planning and working with the Early Years Learning Framework.
Michaela has 26 years of industry experience, both local and international and has extensive experience working with children 0-12 years. Previously working in Preschools, Kindergartens, Early Learning Centres. Being appointed Co-ordinator for an After School and Vacation Centre, and as a Director for two Childcare Centres has also increased Michaela’s knowledge of the sector. Michaela has experience in consulting and assisting with Assessment and Rating in centres. Michaela has a passion for the Early Childhood Education sector.
Her formal qualifications include an Associate Diploma in Social Services and Child Studies, a Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood), Certificate IV Training and Assessment and an Address Adult Language, Literacy and Numeracy Skills.
Nadia has a Master of Teaching (birth to five), Bachelor of Arts, Diploma of Community Services Work and Certificate IV in Training & Assessment. She has worked all roles in long day care, from Certificate III Educator to Educational Leader and Director.
Nadia enjoys working in the birth to two classroom and her teaching philosophy is inspired by Forest Kindergartens, Steiner and the Reggio Emilia approach.
Nadia used to be a Learning Support Officer at Open Colleges and as a Trainer she’s excited to share her passion for early childhood education with students.
Opilla has been working in the Early Childhood Industry for 23 years working in variety of services in both the Illawarra and Sydney including setting up new services, family grouped and aged grouped centres. She has worked with all age groups preferring to work with the babies and toddlers, although these age groups are very challenging. She found them the most rewarding seeing them learn and develop forming bonds and attachment with their peers and educators.
Throughout these years, Opilla has seen many changes, beliefs and theories on how children learn and develop throughout their lives she has experience in being room leader in all rooms, 2IC, working with and being a part of projects with academics from Macquarie University throughout her working life. In 2014 she decided to pass on her passion and love of the industry, gaining her Certificate IV in assessment and training and began teaching Certificate III and Diploma in Children Services to International students and domestic students.
Tricia has been involved in the childcare industry for the past 25 years and has extensive experience working in a range of different early childhood education and care services including Long Day Care, both private and corporate, as a Director and Approved Provider, Family Day Care as support Coordinator and Early Childhood consultant and OOSH/OSHC services as a Coordinator and Compliance Officer.
Tricia holds an Advanced Diploma of Children’s Services and a Certificate IV in Training & Assessment.
Victoria has had many years in early childhood education. She holds a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and near completion of Bachelor of Education (Birth to Five Years).
Victoria is passionate about early childhood education and volunteers regularly assisting children living on the margins with education programmes and support.
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 completing your course.
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.
During your placement an Open Colleges workplace assessor will visit you to observe you performing some of your tasks.
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