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If you are planning to embark on a career in child care, are looking to improve your current career or want to further your own personal development our framework ensures you will be getting the most out your studies.

Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

National Course Code | CHC30113
CRICOS Course Code | 095785J

Course Overview

As the entry-level qualification for the Early Childhood industry, our Child Care Courses provides students with a great foundation for a fulfilling career path.

Graduates will have extensive professional knowledge as well as the practical skills necessary to become a successful educator in either a centre-based service or in family day care. Students will also have the opportunity to continue their studies with the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.

The outcomes for this course are the achievement of knowledge, skills and attributes to fulfil the role of workers in a range of Early Childhood Education settings who work within the requirements of the Education and Care Services National Regulations and the National Quality Standard. They support the implementation of an approved learning framework, and support children’s wellbeing, learning and development.

This qualification reflects the role of educators in early childhood education and care who work according to the requirements of the National Quality Framework.

Our focus on practical learning makes sure our graduates are job-ready and our students love coming to class.

Interactive class activities, role plays and discussions will make sure you will be well prepared by the time you start your practical placement. You will also gain valuable on the job experience even before you graduate.

Quick Facts

QUALIFICATION ACHIEVED

CHC30113 – Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

CRICOS Course Code

095785J​

DURATION

Full Time 9 months
(3 Terms x 10 Weeks)

MODE

Classroom

JOB OUTCOMES

Long Day Care Worker
Family Day Care Worker
Occasional Care Worker
Qualified Nanny
Early Childhood Worker
Playgroup Supervisor

COURSE FEES

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Job Outcomes

The program outcomes for this course are:

  • Workers qualified at this level are primarily employed child care educators in an Early Learning Centre or Occasional Day centres in a centre-based role or as a Nanny.
  • A study pathway to the CHC50113 – Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.
  • Preparation for further study and vocational skills with development of study and research skills, language and literacy skills, communication skills, time management, planning and managing projects, interpersonal skills and the development of techniques. 

Additional outcomes include the attainment of a First Aid Certificate.

Modules

Nurturing Children
Nurturing Babies and Toddlers
First Aid (HLTAID004)
Work Placement #1

Units of Competency within the Course

Click here to download the Units of Competency for this course.

Entry Requirements - Skills, Knowledge and Experience

The learner group for this qualification are people wishing to gain a qualification in order to work with children in an approved ACECQA provider such as a registered Early Learning Centre, Occasional Day centre or as a Nanny. The learner group are those who require a structured, classroom based program with significant practical experience.

This is an entry level course and no previous skills or experience are necessary.

Entrants must have:

  • Successfully completed the Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) online test. Please note that if you are applying for more than one course with us, you will only need to complete the LLN online test once. Students returning to studies at ALG after a significant gap may be required to complete the LLN online test at the discretion of ALG. For more details on how to complete the online test, please refer to 8.Appendix_Language, Literacy, and Numeracy (LLN) Requirements Factsheet.

    The purpose of the LLN online test is to ensure that you have the LLN skills needed to undertake your course. It will also show how we can assist you in any areas where you may need help while studying with us.

  • Sufficient level of English proficiency in order to interact with and document client interactions, interpret documents, learner guides and assessment tools, prepare written reports and plans. For more information, please view our English Requirements Factsheet.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills in order to establish and manage professional networks and client relationships with clients of various ages and backgrounds.

The learners’ physical attributes may influence their ability to complete the training and assessment. Assessment and training requires students to be physically capable of performing personal childcare for children, lifting and cleaning. They must be able to sit on the floor or on small chairs and be able to squat or bend in order to get down to a child’s level.

Students need to be able to relate to children and their families, have a keen interest to assist children to learn, good problem solving skills, sound literacy and numeracy skills, enthusiastic, tactful, patient and a sense of humour.

The course is aimed at students 18 years of age and over as students under this age will not find work in approved child care centres in most states of Australia.

Amount of Training, Volume of learning, Mode of Study and Course Expectations

This program is timetabled for 600 hours over a course duration of 39 weeks This time is divided into both training (on campus and self-paced, distance) and assessment. Students will be required to attend the campus for 150 hours per term and engage in self-paced study of 50 hours per term. A term is typically 10 weeks.

The amount of training component is estimated at 80% of the students overall learning (480 hours) and the remaining 20% (120 hours) is attributed to assessment. If required, students have the option to further extend their training hours with additional catch up classes, study groups and resits as published in the timetable.

The volume of learning refers to the total amount of time that a student would be expected to dedicate to successful completion of the course. It includes the structured part of the course as defined above, as well as the self-study, research and practicing of skills that a student would do in their own time. The total Volume of Learning is estimated at 1000 hours (600 structured hours and 400 unstructured). Some students may find that they need more study time and others will find that they can achieve the required level of knowledge and skills in less time than this estimate.

Training and Assessment

Your training will occur on campus and within the workplace.

Your classroom learning will take place in a dedicated simulation lab. This means your classroom will have similar toys, educational and physical resources to those you will find in an Early Education and Care centre.

In your classes you can expect to sing, dance, engage in roleplays, create art and craft and simulate learning activities that you will then put into practice in the workplace. You will gain knowledge about how children learn and develop and use this knowledge to plan for their education and care.

In addition, you will be required to undertake self-paced learning and submit a written assessment kit online. A number of practical and skills based assessments will be undertaken in class.

A first aid course is also part of this qualification.

Work Placement

A 150 hour work placement will be undertaken in your last term of study. In this work placement you will be learning and practicing the skills you will be able to use in your own workplace. In order to successfully complete this component of your study, you will have to have a successful supervisor report, work place visit from a trainer and assessor and also submit a competent work placement log book.

For the purposes of work placement, students need to be aware that some centres may be open between 7:00am to 7:00pm, and students may be required to complete early or late shifts.

Training Locations

Your training will occur on campus and within the workplace.

Please refer to course timetable for the campus locations.

Student Support

The primary learning support comes from Student Services or the training and assessment team.

Student Advisors offer support throughout a learner’s studies and can help with the following information:

  • Support services
  • LLN services (in collaboration with the Training and Assessment team)
  • Legal services
  • Emergency and health services
  • Facilities and resources;
  • Complaints and appeals processes
  • Deferments

Additional sources of student services information available includes:

  • Student Services Booklet
  • ALG Student Handbook
  • Online Student Centres – found on our websites
  • Plus a variety of individual factsheets, flyers or electronic messages
Student Requirements
  • All students are required to bring their own laptop or tablet device to participate in all theory classes. They are not provided for students. Refer to the BYOD Policy in the student handbook.
  • Students may be required to provide a clear and current national police check prior to the start of their work placement if the work place employer requests one. The costs for a national police check is the responsibility of the student and not included in course fees.
  • Working with Children Check (WWCC): Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care and the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care students are required to have a current and valid Working with Children Check (WWCC) before the start of your work placement. More information about how to obtain a WWC will be provided on Induction Day. The student is required to cover the cost of obtaining the WWCC if any.
  • It is recommended that learners have the following immunisations: hepatitis B, diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, measles, mumps, rubella and varicella (Chickenpox).
  • 4Life College provides learners on work placement with 2 polo shirts. Whilst on work placement students are required to provide at their cost, and wear, navy or black slacks/ trousers/skirt and enclosed flat soled shoes (not sports runners).
  • To maximise the chance of a student successfully completing their training, ALG attempts to identify any support individual learners need prior to their enrollment or commencement. Some of the ways to identify learning needs is to ask all prospective students to self-assess. So prior to enrolling please ensure i) you can meet all course requirements (listed in this course overview) ii) you nominate any learning needs they have prior to enrollment either by contacting us or on your application/enrolment forms  and iii) consider booking a trial lesson if you have any doubts the course may not be suitable for you from an educational, cultural or other reason. Please refer to Section A3 of the student handbook for details.
Timetable
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Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

National Course Code | CHC50113
CRICOS Course Code | 095786G

Course Overview

For students who would like to take the next step in their Child Care career, this nationally recognised qualification is the perfect opportunity to build on the existing skills and knowledge acquired in the Certificate III.

You will develop extensive skills and understanding of pedagogical practices and in depth knowledge to plan and implement an approved curriculum. From all of this, you will also gain the confidence to lead a team.

The Diploma will support students with the skills to implement an approved learning framework, and support children’s wellbeing, learning and development. This qualification reflects the role of educators in early childhood education and care who work according to the requirements of the National Quality Framework.

Educators at this level are responsible for designing and implementing curriculum that meets the requirements of an approved learning framework and for maintaining compliance in other areas of service operations.

Quick Facts

QUALIFICATION ACHIEVED

CHC50113 – Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

CRICOS Course Code

095786G

DURATION

Full Time 24 months
(8 Terms x 10 Weeks)

MODE

Classroom

JOB OUTCOMES

Early Childhood Educator
Family Day Care Educator
Occasional Care Educator
Centre Director
Educational Leader
Room Leader
Nominated Supervisor
Second in Charge/ Certified Supervisor

COURSE FEES

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Job Outcomes

The program outcomes for this course are:

  • Workers qualified at a Diploma level are primarily employed child care educators in Early Learning Centre or Occasional Day centres in a room leader or management role. They could also be employed as a Nanny.
  • A Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care in addition to the Diploma qualification.
  • Preparation for further study and vocational skills with development of study and research skills, language and literacy skills, communication skills, time management, planning and managing projects, interpersonal skills and the development of techniques.

Additional outcomes include the attainment of a First Aid Certificate.

    Modules

    Nurturing Children
    Nurturing Babies and Toddlers
    First Aid (HLTAID004)
    Work Placement #1
    Development
    Curriculum Design
    Working with Children and Families & Health and Safety
    Work Placement #2
    Work Placement #3

    Units of Competency within the Course

    Click here to download the Units of Competency for this course.

    Entry Requirements - Skills, Knowledge and Experience

    The learner group for this qualification are people wishing to gain a qualification in order to work with children in an approved ACECQA provider such as a registered Early Learning Centre, Occasional Day centre or as a Nanny. The learner group for this course are those who require a structured, classroom based program with significant practical experience.

    This is an entry level course and no previous skills or experience are necessary.

    Entrants must have:

    • Successfully completed the Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) online test. Please note that if you are applying for more than one course with us, you will only need to complete the LLN online test once. Students returning to studies at ALG after a significant gap may be required to complete the LLN online test at the discretion of ALG. For more details on how to complete the online test, please refer to 8.Appendix_Language, Literacy, and Numeracy (LLN) Requirements Factsheet.

      The purpose of the LLN online test is to ensure that you have the LLN skills needed to undertake your course. It will also show how we can assist you in any areas where you may need help while studying with us.

    • Sufficient level of English proficiency in order to interact with and document client interactions, interpret documents, learner guides and assessment tools, prepare written reports and plans. For more information, please view our English Requirements Factsheet.
    • Good communication and interpersonal skills in order to establish and manage professional networks and client relationships with clients of various ages and backgrounds.

    The learners’ physical attributes may influence their ability to complete the training and assessment. Assessment and training requires students to be physically capable of performing personal childcare for children, lifting and cleaning. They must be able to sit on the floor or on small chairs and be able to squat or bend in order to get down to a child’s level.

    Students need to be able to relate to children and their families, have a keen interest to assist children to learn, good problem solving skills, sound literacy and numeracy skills, enthusiastic, tactful, patient and a sense of humour.

    The course is aimed at students 18 years of age and over as students under this age will not find work in approved child care centres in most states of Australia.

    Amount of Training, Volume of learning, Mode of Study and Course Expectations

    This program is timetabled for 1600 hours over a course duration of 104 weeks. This time is divided into both training (on campus and self-paced) and assessment. Students will be required to attend the campus for 150 hours per term and engage in self-paced study of 50 hours per term. A term is typically 10 weeks.

    The amount of training component is estimated at 80% of the students overall learning (1280 hours) and the remaining 20% (320 hours) is attributed to assessment. If required, students have the option to further extend their training hours with additional catch up classes, study groups and resits as published in the timetable.

    The volume of learning refers to the total amount of time that a student would be expected to dedicate to successful completion of the course. It includes the structured part of the course as defined above, as well as the self-study, research and practicing of skills that a student would do in their own time. The total Volume of Learning is estimated at 2400 hours (1600 structured hours and 800 unstructured). Some students may find that they need more study time and others will find that they can achieve the required level of knowledge and skills in less time than this estimate.

    Training and Assessment

    Your classroom learning will take place in a dedicated simulation lab. This means your classroom will have similar toys, educational and physical resources to those you will find in a child care facility.

    In your classes you can expect to sing, dance, engage in roleplays, create art and craft and simulate learning activities that you will then put into practice in the workplace. You will learn how to write professional observations around children’s learning and development and use these to plan a curriculum that is relevant to individual children, you will gain skills in engaging in critical reflection, you will begin the journey towards becoming the leader of a team of educators and you will have gain current knowledge of how to ensure that a child care centre is complaint in meeting the Regulations and the National Quality Standards.

    In addition, you will be required to undertake self-paced learning and submit a written assessment kit online. A number of practical and skills based assessments will be undertaken in class.

    A first aid course is also part of this qualification.

    Work Placement

    450 hours of work placement will be undertaken during your studies. In this work placement you will be learning and practicing the skills you will be able to use in your own workplace. In order to successfully complete this component of your study, you will have to have a competent supervisor report, work place visit from a trainer and assessor and also submit a competent work placement log book.

    For the purposes of work placement, students need to be aware that some centres may be open between 7:00am to 7:00pm, and students may be required to complete early or late shifts.

    Training Locations

    Your training will occur on campus and within the workplace. The work placement can be arranged by the College, or you may be able to nominate your own workplace (subject to approval). If the College is arranging your work placement, we will endeavour to find a workplace which is close to your campus (subject to availability).

    Campus Locations

    Your training will occur on campus and within the workplace.

    Please refer to course timetable for the campus locations.

    Student Support

    The primary learning support comes from Student Services or the training and assessment team.

    Student Advisors offer support throughout a learner’s studies and can help with the following information:

    • Support services
    • LLN services (in collaboration with the Training and Assessment team)
    • Legal services
    • Emergency and health services
    • Facilities and resources
    • Complaints and appeals processes
    • Deferments

    Additional sources of student services information available includes:

    • Student Services Booklet
    • ALG Student Handbook
    • Online Student Centres – found on our websites
    • Plus a variety of individual factsheets, flyers or electronic messages
    Student Requirements
    • All students are required to bring their own laptop or tablet device to participate in all theory classes. They are not provided for students. All students are required to bring their own laptop or tablet device to participate in all theory classes. They are not provided for students. Refer to BYOD Policy in the student handbook.
    • Students may be required to provide a clear and current national police check prior to the start of their work placement if the work place employer requests one. The costs for a national police check is the responsibility of the student and not included in course fees.
    • Working with Children Check (WWCC): Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care and Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care students are required to have a current and valid Working with Children Check (WWCC) before the start of your work placement. More information about how to obtain a WWC will be provided on Induction Day. The student is required to cover the cost of obtaining the WWCC if any.
    • It is recommended that learners have the following immunisations: hepatitis B, diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, measles, mumps, rubella and varicella (Chickenpox).
    • Uniform: 4Life College provides learners on work placement with 2 polo shirts. Whilst on work placement students are required to provide at their cost, and wear, navy or black slacks/ trousers/skirt and enclosed flat soled shoes (not sports runners).
    • To maximise the chance of a student successfully completing their training, ALG attempts to identify any support individual learners need prior to their enrollment or commencement. Some of the ways to identify learning needs is to ask all prospective students to self-assess. So prior to enrolling please ensure i) you can meet all course requirements (listed in this course overview) ii) you nominate any learning needs they have prior to enrollment either by contacting us or on your application/enrolment forms  and iii) consider booking a trial lesson if you have any doubts the course may not be suitable for you from an educational, cultural or other reason. Please refer to Section A3 of the student handbook for details.
    Timetable

    Click here to download the Timetable for this course.