CERTIFICATE III IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND CARE
The Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care is delivered part-time over a period of 1 – 2 years. Students may need to participate in some out of hours sessions throughout the year (depending on course requirements). There is a cooling- off period of 21 days for this course.
We deliver the majority of course components for the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care on site. However, students must also continue their study off-site to ensure they gain full understanding of the content. Students spend three contact hours per month with the trainer.
Most of our students currently work in Early Childhood Education and Care, engaged in a Traineeship or Apprenticeship. Those not working in the industry must complete hours within a registered service (as per training package assessment conditions).
There are no formal entry requirements for this course. However, prior working knowledge of the industry is beneficial.
Students who have successfully completed year 12 should have a pass mark in English or an ability to demonstrate English language proficiency on enrolment. Students who have not completed year 12 can take demonstrate English language proficiency by taking a language, literacy and numeracy test. We will provide and assess this test. Mature age or alternative entry will be assessed by the college on inquiry.
To achieve the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care – CHC30113, students must complete 18 units of competency, made up of:
- 15 core units
- 3 elective units
DURATION AND SCHEDULING
There are 2 options for delivery of the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care:
- Workplace delivery
- Blended flexible options including RPL where appropriate and by application.
Both modes of learning are structured over a 1 – 2 year period, as per the Australian Qualifications Framework volume of learning indicators. A minimum of 1200 hours study is required to allow for sufficient understanding and application of the required skills and knowledge.
The learner must complete the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care within an early childhood education and care setting and the learner will be either an employee or volunteer. It is the responsibility of the learner to source work placement. The training package specifies 120 hours within an early childhood education and care setting.
We use competency-based assessment for all assessment activities. Students prove competency with demonstrations of written knowledge and practical skills. We take timelines into consideration for practical skills and students must meet the criteria as deemed industry competent by the assessor.
MODES OF DELIVERY
Formative evidence will be assessed in the form of an Assessment Task Portfolio. The Assessment Task Portfolio uses several assessment tools to accommodate the student’s individual needs. The assessment types include:
- Written Questioning
- Practical Observation
- Research Case
- Studies Portfolio
- Reflective Journal
- Third Party reports
- Recognition of Prior Learning
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
CHCECE001 Develop cultural competence
CHCECE002 Ensure 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
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety
HLTAID012 Provide first aid response in an education and care setting *
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
CHCECE006 Support behaviour of children and young people
CHCECE012 Support children to connect to their world
BSBWOR301 Organise personal work priorities and development
*HLTAID012: Provide first aid response in an education and care setting unit is NOT delivered by Building Futures Education; students must organise and complete this unit via an external provider. A certified copy of the statement of attainment must be provided to Building Futures Education. This may incur additional costs depending on student funding.
Refer to the Training Package – Qualification Packaging Rules for further information.
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Students who need counselling or support should discuss the matter with their trainer. Where possible, the trainer will help. Alternatively, However, the trainer will refer the student to the Director of Studies, or the student may wish to contact the relevant organisation directly. Support services are free.
UNIQUE STUDENT IDENTIFIER (USI)
From 1st January 2015, we can be prevented from issuing you with a Nationally Recognised VET Qualification or statement of attainment when you complete your course if you do not have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). In addition, we are required to include your USI in the data we submit to NCVER.
Your USI (Unique Student Identifier) is your individual education number for life. It also creates an online record of your Australian training achievements.
You need a USI if you are:
- undertaking Nationally Recognised Training
- a higher education student seeking Commonwealth financial assistance (eg a HECS-HELP loan)
- a higher education student graduating in 2023 or beyond.
Follow the link below for everything you need to know about creating, finding, managing and sharing your USI.
The Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care costs $3240.
The cost includes:
- all materials
- all assessment activities
- support throughout your course
We may offer reductions for students who are eligible for user choice funding.
Eligible students may be able to receive Certificate 3 Guarantee -funded by the Queensland Government – for more information click here.
Building Futures Education will issue a receipt for any amount paid. We keep the money in a trust account with a recognised banking institution until such time as they are due to Building Futures Education.
We invoice for enrolment fees, where the client is a company, no later than the start date of the course (unless the company makes alternate arrangements). Students who enrol within 30 days of the course commencement date will be invoiced with a due date of course commencement.
We will issue monthly statements to each student with outstanding accounts. Invoices will also be rendered to students for textbooks and reference books supplied where the costs of such books are not included in the course fees (where applicable). Statements will be issued monthly for any outstanding accounts.
We will issue receipts only on request unless the payment is from a student. In accordance with our Refund Policy, we act on refund requests within 14 days.