CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care St George & Sutherland Community College

CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Become an important part of children’s development and learning. This course aims to develop the skills and knowledge required for the roles of educators in early childhood education and care who work in regulated children’s education and care service in Australia. Educators support children’s well being and development in the context of an approved learning framework. Educators use a range of well developed skills and knowledge, using discretion and judgement when carrying out their work in the context of established policies and procedures. Depending on the setting, educators may work in long day care centres, family day care, pre-schools, or kindergartens. There are many opportunities for career growth within the early childhood education industry. 

What you will learn:

  • Australian Learning Framework
  • Children’s health, safety and wellbeing
  • Education and care for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers
  • Indigenous culture and nature
  • Children’s physical, mental and sensory development
  • How to use nature as an exploration space to play to form the basis of lasting interest, respect, and responsibility for nature and the environment
  • How to raise children as modern, considerate, and tolerant adults of the future within the cultural diversity of the country
  • First aid in a child care setting
  • Reporting children at risk

Employment opportunities with this qualification are:

  • Early Childhood Educator

What will you achieve from completing this course?

  • A nationally recognised CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
  • Skills & knowledge required to support the implementation of an approved learning framework
  • Skills to work in a team to provide support for the wellbeing, learning and development of children

What you need to know about this course:

  • New students are expected to attend a mandatory college orientation before course commencement. Orientation times and dates will be advised after enrolment.
  • Classes commence at the beginning of week 1 of each school term
  • Classes are not held during the school holidays
  • Students will be accepted into the class throughout the term
  • You will need to plan for approximately 5-8 hours a week at home to complete assessment tasks
  • Private Facebook groups are used to share resources and learning
  • Resources are provided by SGSCC
  • Student lounge available
  • WiFi is available

What resources do you need to study from home?

  • A computer with internet access
  • Email access
  • Facebook account

Course entry requirements:

  • There are no formal educational requirements for entry into this course
  • Recognition for units may be granted based on previous learning, studies, work and/or life experiences
  • Current National Police Check (arranged through SGSCC)
  • Complete an SGSCC English language, literacy and numeracy assessment to determine that the student has sufficient skills to successfully complete the course
  • Access to computer/internet
  • Facebook account for private class communication and access to learning resources (assistance creating an account can be arranged through SGSCC)
  • Note taking materials
  • Attend work placement (arranged by SGSCC) and be workplace assessed (minimum 160 hours)
  • Unique Student Identifier (can be arranged through SGSCC)

Do you need to complete any work placement hours?

  • Yes, you need to complete 160 hours (20 days) in an early childhood education centre that caters for children up to 6 years
  • You will work as a student (unpaid) during work placement
  • Before commencing your work placement you will need a ‘Working with Children’ check and a current National Criminal Record history check. The college can help you apply for this
  • SGSCC also offers a simulated learning environment

Will you need to sit for any exams?

  • No. This is a competency-based course
  • Tell us, then show us you understand and are able to implement the learning you have received
  • You will be required to complete competently assessment tasks for all 18 units of learning

Assessments are made up by a range of:

  • Case studies
  • Demonstration
  • Observations in the workplace
  • Portfolio of evidence
  • Presentation
  • Questions & answers
  • Research report

To be deemed competent:

  • You will receive clear assessment instructions
  • You must complete all assessments to a satisfactory standard as set by your trainer
  • These are assessed by your trainer
  • Opportunities will be provided for trainers to support students and to resubmit their assessments if required

When you have completed and been deemed competent you can:

  • Progress with SGSCC to CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support, or the CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.

Your course fees & payment options:

  • $1,930 (maximum Smart and Skilled student fee)
  • $3,000 (fee for those who are ineligible for Smart and Skilled)
  • Pay in full or interest-free monthly payment plan available
  • By Cash, EFTPOS, Visa or MasterCard

Delivery Overview:

  • Duration: 6 term course
  • Days: Monday and Tuesday 9.00am – 4.30pm
  • Units of Learning: 17
  • Requirements: 20 days of work placement on a Wednesday
  • Monthly Intake: Yes

Eligibility for “Skilling for Recovery” - Fee-Free nationally accredited training:

Skilling for Recovery is part of a matched funding commitment between the NSW and Australian governments under the JobTrainer Fund.

Skilling for Recovery is a key component of the State’s COVID-19 Recovery Plan.

Skilling for Recovery will help job seekers (including school leavers) reskill, retrain and redeploy the workforce to industries where there are skills shortages and emerging employment opportunities.

Skilling for Recovery offers Fee Free training places to eligible students and funded courses.

Student Eligibility:

If you meet the following criteria you may be eligible to enrol at SGSCC under Skilling for Recovery and receive fee-free accredited training: You must meet all of the following criteria:

  • 15 years old and over; and
  • No longer in secondary education, and
  • Live or work in NSW; and
  • Australian or New Zealand citizen, Australian Permanent Resident or a Humanitarian Visa Holder or a partner visa holder whose sponsor is a humanitarian visa holder.

And meet one of the following:

  • Aged 16 to 24 at commencement of training, regardless of employment status, including Year 12 school leavers, or
  • A person who is a recipient of a Commonwealth Government welfare benefit, or
  • An unemployed person (you do not need to be in receipt of any Commonwealth benefits or registered with Centrelink), or
  • A veteran and their partner, or
  • A person who is currently employed undertaking a specified full or part qualification in the areas such as Aged Care, Digital Skills, Disability Care, Childcare, Training and Education (TAE).
  • An employed person who is expected to become unemployed who falls into one of the following categories:
  • Stood down/ furloughed employee
  • Person who has been employed for 6 months or less
  • Low skilled/ unskilled employee
  • Workers in declining industries

See definition below for further detail.

Definition of an employed person who is ‘expected to become unemployed'

Skilling for Recovery primarily seeks to help unemployed people to re-train or for young people to start their career, but it will also support people expected to become unemployed. This can cover instances such as: companies in declining industries, people whose employment is conditional on immediately undertaking work relevant training, and workers who have been stood down or furloughed.

Below are definitions for each of the four categories:

  • Stood down/ furloughed employee: Employee that has been stood down or an employee that is at risk of becoming unemployed and requires upskilling or reskilling for a new role and employment elsewhere.
  • Person starting a job (employed for 6 months or less): employed on condition of receiving training to build capacity and capability for the job role. This would be within the first 6 months of employment.
  • Low skilled/unskilled employee: Existing employee, with or without relevant skills or previous qualification up to Certificate III, that requires training to upskill to secure ongoing employment or future employment
  • Workers in declining industries: Workers at any company in an agreed declining industry (e.g. international travel industry) who require upskilling/reskilling for redeployment.

SGSCC will advise you on course availability as well as the evidence requirements to validate your eligibility.

All Skilling for Recovery enrolments must occur no later than 31 December 2022.

See Skilling for Recovery page for further information.

Time for you to enrol:

  • The WorkSkills team are available to take your enquiry or enrolment on 02 8543 7412 during business hours
  • At the Jannali Office Reception (Mon-Fri 9am to 5pm)

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Assessments are made against units of competency from the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care CHC30121.
  • Organise personal work priorities (BSBPEF301)
  • Encourage understanding of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples' cultures (CHCECE054)
  • Provide First Aid in an education and care setting (HLTAID012)
  • Nurture babies and toddlers (CHCECE032)
  • Support children to connect with the natural environment (CHCECE037)
  • Work effectively in children's education and care (CHCECE056)
  • Observe children to inform practice (CHCECE038)
  • Meet legal and ethical obligations in children's education and care (CHCECE055)
  • Participate in workplace health and safety (HLTWHS001)
  • Provide experiences to support children's play and learning (CHCECE036)
  • Support inclusion and diversity (CHCECE030)
  • Use an approved learning framework to guide practice (CHCECE034)
  • Work with diverse people (CHCDIV001)
  • Support children's health, safety and wellbeing (CHCECE031)
  • Develop positive and respectful relationships with children (CHCECE033)
  • Support the holistic learning and development of children (CHCECE035)
  • Identify and respond to children and young people at risk (CHCPRT001)