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: 4 term course
  • Days: Monday and Tuesday 9.00am – 4.30pm
  • Units of Learning: 18
  • Requirements: 16 days of work placement on a Wednesday
  • Monthly Intake: Yes

Eligibility for Subsided Training under the Smart & Skilled Training Program:

This training is subsidised by the NSW Government under the Smart & Skilled Training Program. To be eligible you must be

  • an Australian Citizen/Perm Resident/NZ citizen/humanitarian visa holder
  • aged 15 years or older, and
  • live or work in New South Wales, and
  • no longer be at school or equivalent

See Smart & Skilled page for further information.

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

Skilling for Recovery is a NSW Government initiative to deliver JobTrainer funding in NSW. It provides free certificate, diploma and short course training to eligible applicants. If you meet the Smart & Skilled Program eligibility above and one of the following you could complete this course fee free:

  • Unemployed (with or without a benefit); or
  • At risk of unemployment; or
  • 17-24 years old (employed or not)

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)