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Course Description

The CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care is Australia’s latest child care course. This nationally accredited qualification is the current the minimum standard to work as a qualified child care assistant, and early childhood educator in a child care centre, long day care, or centre, or family day care.

Inspire’s online childcare course will give you the skills you need to be effective in educating and caring for young children in a range of early childhood education facilities and other settings.

During this child care course, you will gain a wide range of skills needed to be able to properly care for and educate young children and babies.  You’ll learn to provide care for babies, toddlers, and children, as well as promoting healthy eating and a safe and healthy environment.  You’ll also learn to develop positive relationships with children, and help support their holistic development through play, learning, and positive behaviours.

More broadly, you’ll learn how to work ethically and legally within a centre and approved learning framework, and learn to work with a diverse range of people, including indigenous Australians.

There are few jobs more rewarding than working with children – and watching then play, learn, and grow – so getting proper child are training is the perfect place to start.

Where Can the CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care Take Your Career?

This Cert III in Child Care is the most current nationally recognised and accredited child care course.  It is ideal for anyone seeking jobs in a school, educational institution, or education support setting, such as becoming a:

  • Early Childhood Educator
  • Child Care Assistant
  • Family Day Care Educator
  • Long Day Care Educator
  • Kindergarten, or Preschool Education
  • In-Home Child Care Provider
  • Playgroup Supervisor
  • Early Childhood Education Assistant
  • Nanny
  • Mobile Child Care Assistant
  • Other Individuals/Organisations that require a qualified Child Care

Inspire works with a range of reputable parties to market and recruit for national qualification and courses. Students of Inspire Education may be recruited by other parties under specific arrangements.

Course Details

Course Code:

Course Name:

CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Course Duration:

Expected Study Hours:

12 months Up to 1000 hours (including Vocational Placement)

Delivery Methods:

Commencement:

  • Online Self-Paced Learning
  • Online Workshop
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Course Delivery Options

Inspire Education (RTO# 32067) delivers this child care course online, through Mixed Mode Delivery, which means it will be self-paced and completed via distance education using Inspire’s online student portal.  Delivery includes face-to-face webinars, self-paced study, directed research and online learning and assessment materials and activities.

It is the most popular and effective method of delivery for this course. Students are able to complete their training from anywhere in Australia, from remote areas and small towns to major cities like Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane or Adelaide.

COVID-19 Safe Online Virtual Workshop Options are also available for the CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care. Stay safe at home during the pandemic as you attend workshops set in virtual classrooms. You may choose between the options below:

  • 1-Week Workshop – Set yourself up for success by attending a 5-day online child care course workshop with an expert trainer! During the workshop, you will undertake several of the core projects and requirements of this course, including analysing case studies and answering written questions
  • 2-Week Workshop – Breakthrough a huge portion of your course by attending two (2) 5-day online workshops. You will undertake more of the critical assessment tasks and projects, including more written questions and more case studies, plus everything in the 1-week workshop
  • 3-Week Workshop – Maximise your time and study in the most efficient way possible by attending three (3) 5-day online workshops. You will commence more case studies and written questions in the advanced workbooks, plus everything in the Week 1 and Week 2 workshops
  • 4-Week Workshop – Fast-track your training and gain your qualification by attending four (4), 5-day Online Cert III Child Care workshops. Go through your subjects with expert trainer guidance as you continue working on more case studies in the more advanced workbooks

The schedules are as follows:

WEEK 1 WEEK 2 WEEK 3 WEEK 4
Start End Start End Start End Start End
TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA

All online workshop delivery options come with up to 12 months self-paced online learning.

This allows students to work at their own pace and at times most convenient to them.

You will have up to 12 months to complete this course from your commencement date.

You will consolidate your skills and knowledge through undertaking a minimum of 120 hours of vocational placement in a regulated Child Care service (must be registered with ACECQA).

Please find our student policies and procedures on the Inspire Education student handbook by clicking here.

What Will You Learn in this Child Care Course?

This CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and care online child care course will prepare you for a rewarding career in the early childhood education and care.

You will learn critical skills and knowledge to be effective an child carer, and help care for and educate babies and young children in a range of community facilities and settings.

Our early childhood education and care course will teach you a range of skills designed to help you give young children the best start in life possible.  You’ll learn how to ensure children’s health and safety, promote healthy eating,  work effectively using learning and ethical frameworks, and to support the physical and emotional well being of children.

This online cert III child care course will also teach you ways to provide experiences that support their play and learning, use an approved learning framework, and help the holistic development of children in early childhood.  Furthermore, you will learn how to identify and respond to children at risk, work with diverse people, develop cultural competence, and promote cultural safety for Indigenous Australians.

Life is too short… so why not start a career doing what you LOVE?  Get qualified with first-class child care training, today!

Entry Requirements

There are no formal prerequisites required to enter this qualification. However, it is preferred that students:

  • Are 18 years or older
  • Have sound language and literacy skills (at least Year 10 English and Math, or equivalent)
  • Have basic computer skills

Students are also required to:

  • Obtain a Unique Student Identifier (USI)
  • Provide a valid ID with his/her picture and signature
  • Undertake a Language, Literacy and Numeracy Evaluation
  • Undertake a Personal Learning Plan Evaluation before accessing the course materials and commencing studies
  • Obtain a positive National Criminal History Check
  • Obtain eligibility for relevant Working with Children Check (state-based)

All students considering a self-paced online course should give consideration to the following prior to enrolment:

  • Ability to access any required technologies
  • Information technology skills in accessing and using online programs
  • Experience and self-motivation to learn on their own
  • Competing pressures, such as work and family commitments, that may impact self-paced study time

Take our “Online Study Readiness Survey” to do a self-assessment! Visit the Inspire FAQ page for more info.

Qualification Pathways

Australia’s newest accredited early child care course, the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care – CHC30113 supersedes the older Certificate III in Children’s Services – CHC30712 qualification.

The CHC30113 early childhood education course is suitable for anyone looking to begin or formalise their education in the children’s services industry, and seeking entry level employment in the child care industry.

After completing this course, learners can continue their child care studies with the CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care. The Diploma qualification is suitable to pursue roles as a group leader, family day care coordinator or centre manager.

Once enrolled in this course you may also consider additional training to compliment your child care skills:

Course Units

The CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care is comprised of 15 core units, and 3 electives. This early childhood education course includes elective units which have been carefully selected to ensure they meet the needs of a wide range of child care professionals.

Unit Clustering: Inspire Education has clustered the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC30113) into just 6 easy-to-follow theory workbooks and 1 practical skills journal – this is to help you complete your course faster by reducing duplicate content and assessing any learning objectives that overlap across units just once!

Core Units:

CHCLEG001 – Work legally and ethically
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
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
CHCDIV002 – Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety

Elective Units:

CHCECE006 – Support behaviour of children and young people
CHCECE016 – Establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment for children
CHCDIV001 – Work with diverse people

*The HLTAID004: Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting unit is NOT delivered by Inspire Education, students must organise the completion of this unit via an external provider.

Units from the CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care are now included in the CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care qualification. This means you can now enrol directly into the Diploma qualification if you wish to work in the child care industry at a supervisor or manager level. Alternatively, you can complete the Certificate III qualification separately and apply for credit for those units if you wish to continue on to Diploma training at a later date.

Resources Provided by Inspire

To support your studies Inspire will provide:

  • Access to a student account in the Learning Management System (LMS) for submission
  • Learning Materials and Assessment Workbooks
  • Simulations, where applicable
  • Templates for completing Project Documents

Resources Supplied by the Student

To complete your studies you will need to have access to:

  • Computer with:
    • Internet access through Google Chrome
    • MS Word, MS PowerPoint, or equivalent applications
    • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Printer and scanner for use of template documents
  • Webcam and headset (for online workshops)
  • Video recording equipment (e.g. mobile phone or video recorder) to record role-play activities
  • At least one (1) volunteer for the assessment tasks

Course Outline & Structure

Inspire Education has adopted a “clustered” approach to our Cert III in Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC30113) course. This means we have divided our courses into just seven workbooks (instead of 18 separate units). This means you will have only seven workbooks to submit to complete your course! By using this “holistic” approach our students are able to study at a good pace because information is not duplicated.

You will complete a Personal Learning Plan Evaluation as part of your enrolment. You will then be provided with a training plan that identifies your Cohort, taking into account your existing level of relevant knowledge and skills. The amount of training and support required for each learner will vary on these 4 Cohorts:

  • Beginner (Full Study Model) – Limited relevant knowledge or skill in the competence contained in this qualification. No recent related industry experience. Study hours is up to 1000 hours
  • Intermediate (Partial Study Model) – Moderate relevant knowledge and skill with limited recent related industry experience. Study hours is up to 780 hours
  • Advanced (Partial Recognition Pathway) – Extensive relevant knowledge and skill with recent related industry work experience of 1 year or more. Study hours is up to 520 hours
  • Expert (Assessment only) – Current industry experience of 2 or more years and extensive relevant knowledge and skill. These candidates are recommended to undertake a full recognition pathway. Study hours is up to 460 hours

Expected Study Hours: This child care course has an expected study time of up to 1000 hours (including the Vocational Placement), however students can work at their own pace and complete the course faster if they like.

Assessment Methods

Assessment is conducted using a combination of Questioning (e.g. written/oral questions, interviews, self-evaluation, and questionnaires), Product-based Methods (e.g. reports, displays, work samples, role plays. Presentations, and outputs), Portfolio (e.g. written documents, photographs, videos, and logbooks), Direct Observation (e.g. assessment in real-time in the workplace or in a simulated off-the-job situation that reflects the workplace), Third-Party Evidence (e.g. observation, skills workbook, workplace assessment workbook, logbook, third-party reports), and Direct Credit

Vocational Placement Component In This Child Care Course

To successfully complete your Cert III in Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC30113) qualification, you will need to initiate contact with a registered Early Education & Care facility (must be registered with ACECQA) to complete workplace-based experience (minimum 120 hours and maximum 240 hours). This will help you solidify your practical experience and skills in working with children and allow you to demonstrate your practical competencies in a real workplace. The vocational placement is the only way to demonstrate all necessary skills and abilities and is required to complete the course.

To view what is required by your Vocational Placement Provider, click here >> Vocational Placement FAQs

The Vocational Placement Provider must provide access to:

  • An approved and registered Child Care Service workplace
  • A supervisor
  • National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Care
  • Relevant approved learning framework under the National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Care
  • Access to service policies and procedures
  • Materials and equipment to facilitate play and leisure
  • Cleaning equipment and materials
  • Access to a diverse range of children and parents
    • Gender
    • Race and culture (including Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander children)
    • Age
    • Interests and preferences
    • Social context and lifestyle
    • Communication style
    • Personality
    • Length of time attending service/child care
  • Appropriate opportunities for the following age groups:
    • For infants:
      • Objects to explore by mouth, swinging toys, rattles, toys to encourage sensory exploration, poke, squeeze, push along the floor
      • Outdoor play
    • For 3 to 5-year olds:
      • Opportunities to develop fine motor skills, such as puzzles, peg boards, beads to string, construction sets, crayons, brushes, scissors
      • Opportunities through indoor and outdoor play to practise large muscle and fundamental movement skills, such as running, jumping, throwing and catching a ball, dancing, and cycling
  • A range of experiences in the childcare centre, including:
    • Formally organised activities
    • Time and place for unplanned interaction
    • Meetings
    • Traveling
    • Walks
    • Setting up environment/venue

Note: Students are required to complete a Police Check, Blue Card or Working With Children Check, and additional manual handling training prior to commencing their vocational placement at their chosen facility. Any costs will be shouldered by the student. For students planning to do their vocational placement, the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) recommends immunisation for hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and influenza.

Certification Requirements

Under the Education and Care Services National Law (2011) the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) has set minimum training standards for all educators who are directly working with children in Birth to Preschool age Long Day Care centres. Educators must hold or be working towards an approved Certificate III level education and care qualification (or higher).  All Family Day Care educators must also hold or be working towards an approved Certificate III level education and care qualification (or higher).

Recognition Of Prior Learning (RPL)

RPL is offered to any Learner who can provide evidence of competency for the units offered in the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care course. See the RPL Guide for more information on this process and how to apply.

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