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Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

CHC30113

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Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care – CHC30113

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Course Overview

The Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care is the recognised qualification to become an entry-level Early Childhood Educator.

You'll learn key skills for working with young children, including how to:

  • Support children's play, learning, behaviour, and development
  • Provide for young children's wellbeing
  • Work effectively, legally, and ethically

Our trainers are all experienced Early Childhood Educators, who are up-to-date with current industry standards and practices. You'll graduate with the skills and knowledge to succeed and work appropriately in the Early Childhood sector.

This course can be delivered on campus, or as a Traineeship or School-based Apprenticeship.

Career Pathways

There is an increasing need for Early Childhood Educators in Victoria, particularly due to the introduction of 3-year-old Kindergarten. There are estimates that 6000+ Early Childhood Educators and teachers will be needed by 2029.

This course prepares you to work in the Early Childhood Education industry. Roles you may be eligible for include:

  • Early Childhood Educator
  • Outside School Hours Care Assistant
  • Playgroup Supervisor
  • Recreation Assistant
  • Family Daycare Worker
  • Nanny/Au Pair

Further Study

After graduating, you might like to undertake further study in the CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care and then progress onto further tertiary studies in the Bachelor of Education Early Childhood.

Course Dates & Times

Seymour - Wallis Street

Starts Wed 3rd July, 3 Days a week, 9am to 4pm / 2019

Starts Monday 3rd Feb (3 Days a Week), 9am-4pm /2020

Shepparton - Fryers Street

Starts Monday 3rd Feb (3 Days Mon, Tue, Wed), 9am-4pm /2020

Starts Monday 13th July (3 Days Mon, Tue, Wed), 9am-4pm /2020

Wangaratta - Docker Street

Starts Wed 3rd July, 3 Days a week, 9am to 4pm / 2019

Starts Monday 3rd Feb (3 Days Mon, Tue, Wed), 9am-4pm /2020

Starts Monday 13th July (3 Days Mon, Tue, Wed), 9am-4pm /2020

Fee Information

1. Subsidised Standard
$3,559.00
2. Subsidised Standard (Concession)
$712.00
3. Subsidised Trainee
$3,646.00
4. Subsidised Trainee (Concession)
$729.00
5. Full Fee
$6,362.00
Course Materials
$304.00

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Please note all fees and charges are correct at time of publication for 2020 and may change without notice.

Students will be invoiced for the components of the course that they are enrolled into for each year or semester.

Material fees cover costs associated with the following where applicable, and not limited to:

- Classroom activity consumables, handouts and booklets
- E-Learning resources and associated license access fees
- Excursions

Additionally some courses require students to purchase or supply text books, kits, tools, uniforms and personal protection equipment. Some specific materials may be purchased through the GOTAFE Bookshop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your course information session or during the pre-training review Interview.

Training package entry requirements

There are no training package entry requirements for this qualification.

GOTAFE preferred entry requirements

Before being accepted into the course you must:

  • Attend an interview
  • Undertake a Pre-training Review to document your previous work experience and qualifications and assess your suitability for the course
  • Complete a CSPA test to ensure you have the required language, literacy and numeracy levels required for the course
  • Please apply through an Apprenticeship Network Provider (australianapprenticeships.gov.au) with your employer to organise your apprenticeship/traineeship contract prior to applying for this course (Apprentices and trainees only)

Applicants must also supply:

  • a current and successful Police Check
  • a current Working with Children Check
Core Units
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
Elective Units
BSBWOR301
Organise personal work priorities and development
CHCDIV001
Work with diverse people
CHCECE006
Support behaviour of children and young people
CHCEDS031
Provide support to students with autism spectrum disorder

Assessment methods may include:

  • Presentations
  • Question and answer tasks
  • Case Studies and scenarios
  • Simulations
  • Projects
  • Demonstrations
  • Workplace observations
  • Self reflective tasks

Fiona Corish
Campus: Shepparton and Seymour

Sue Hewitt
Campus: Wangaratta

It is important that students commit to all course requirements, including study and assessments the student may need to complete outside their normal training sessions.

Students are encouraged to attend all face-to-face sessions and participate in any Workshops and/or Webinars.

Due to its demanding nature, this course requires high level of commitment. If you are considering undertaking the course you should be able to commit to at least 6 hours of self-directed learning per week to:

  • Review content
  • Undertake readings and research in preparation to underrating assessments

This is in addition to time required for undertaking assessment requirements and preparing for practical placement.

Learners undertake a practical component which requires them to complete workplace demonstration in two separate Early Childhood settings over a period of 25 days totaling a minimum of 160 hours and a maximum of 200 hours.

On campus students attend classes 3 days a week over a 10-12 month period.

Student Based Apprentices complete the course over a 2 to 3 year period and attend the workplace one day per week.

Students undertaking the course as Trainees work full time in an early childhood setting and complete the course over a 12 month period.

Learners undertake a practical component which requires them to complete workplace demonstration in two separate Early Childhood settings over a period of 25 days totaling a minimum of 160 hours and a maximum of 200 hours.

If you need any further clarification of the information provided please contact one of our client service officers on 1300 468 233 who can assist you or click Enquire Now.

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you may access a wide range of academic support services to assist you to meet the academic challenges of your course from our Learning Support Unit.

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you will be welcome to access a variety of non-academic support services from the Student Welfare Unit. These services are designed to best support you to successfully complete your course.

Services include on campus supports and remote supports

  • Counselling
  • employment information
  • careers
  • activities etc.

Learn more about support services

Refer to the Student Handbook for information regarding Learner’s Rights Student Handbook.

Further information is provided at course induction.

Please note: Eligible individuals who wish to access a government subsidised place, must participate in a Pre-training Review. This will consider your:

  • Aspirations/career goals
  • Educational attainment and capability
  • Literacy and numeracy skills
  • Suitability for Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer

Enrolment in general public entry courses will require a selection interview. Please call 1300 468 233 to enquire further.

Skills Recognition is an assessment only process that may result in credits towards a part or full qualification. There is no formal training involved, although you may choose to complete further training as a result of the assessment process.

You can apply for Skills Recognition before you enrol in the qualification you are seeking. You can apply for Skills Recognition through one or both of the following processes:

  • Credit Transfer for formal training that might be equivalent to a new qualification or partial qualification
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for people who have relevant and current skills and knowledge that they have gained through non-formal or informal learning i.e. work or life experience.

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