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Early Childhood Education & Care

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CERTIFICATE III IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION & CARE

The Certificate III in Early Childhood Education & Care qualifies you to work as an Early Childhood Educator. With more and more child care centres opening up to meet the demands of working families,
there are many employment opportunities for a qualified Early Childhood Educator.

 

Get your Cert. III in Early Childhood Education & Care and kick start your career!

With this accredited course in Early Childhood Education and Care, you will acquire the knowledge, skills and
experience to be job-ready. You will gain working knowledge of child development, care giving and programming for children aged 0-5. This course requires a work placement which will be organised by yourself or your college.

What you will learn 

  • Children’s health and safety

  • Workplace practices

  • Working with children

  • Emergency first aid

  • Care for children

  • Culture and diversity

  • Health, safety and quality

  • Childhood development

  • Foster learning in children

Course Duration: 45 weeks - 1 year incl. 120 hours of work placement

Child Care Career - Tasks & Responsibilities

The Cert. III in Early Childhood Education & Care allows you to work as an Early Childhood Educator / Childcare Worker. A  Qualified Child Care Worker usually supports the implementation of an approved learning framework, and supports children's wellbeing, learning and development. Depending on the setting, Early Childcare Educators may work under direct supervision or autonomously.

Occupations

  • Early Childhood Educator / Childcare Worker

 

DIPLOMA OF EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION & CARE

The Diploma of Early Childhood Education & Care reflects the role of Early Childhood Educators who are responsible for designing and implementing curriculum in Early Childhood Education and Care services. The Early Childhood Educator works to implement an approved learning framework within the requirements of the Education and Care Services National Regulations and the National Quality Standard.

To achieve this qualification students are required to undertake supervised practical placement in relevant child care settings. 

Some of our colleges have established pathways for their Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care graduates. Successful students are able to enter the related University Bachelor (Bachelor of Education - Early Childhood, Bachelor of Education - Primary OR Bachelor of Child & Family Studies), with academic credit awarded in recognition of their studies and the opportunity to go straight into second year for this program. The level of academic credit recognition and details of exemptions awarded to individual students will be granted according to the arrangements specified in the Statement of Academic Credit. Please contact us to find out which colleges have an established pathway program.

Core Units 

  • Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety

  • Develop cultural competence 

  • Ensure the health and safety of children 

  • Provide care for children 

  • Promote and provide healthy food and drinks 

  • Provide care for babies and toddlers 

  • Develop positive and respectful relationships with children 

  • Use an approved learning framework to guide practice 

  • Establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment for children 

  • Foster the holistic development and wellbeing of the child in early childhood 

  • Nurture creativity in children 

  • Facilitate compliance in an education and care services

  • Establish and implement plans for developing cooperative behaviour 

  • Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children 

  • Promote children’s agency 

  • Analyse information to inform learning 

  • Design and implement the curriculum to foster children’s learning and development 

  • Embed sustainable practices in service operations 

  • Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate education and care for children 

  • Work legally and ethically 

  • Identify and respond to children and young people at risk 

  • Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting

  • Maintain work health and safety

Elective Units

  • Work with diverse people 

  • Reflect on and improve own professional practice 

  • Support the holistic development of children in early childhood 

  • Use information about children to inform practice 

  • Organise personal work priorities and development

Course Duration: 1 year OR 2 years (depending on college) incl. 240 hours of work placement

 

Early Childhood Educator (Diploma) - Tasks & Responsibilities

Depending on the organisation, an Early Childhood Educator may have responsibility for the supervision of volunteers or other employees in a range of child care facilities such as day care centres, creches and early learning centres.

 

During the Diploma of Early Childhood Education & Care, you will learn how to establish a safe and healthy environment, design, implement, coordinate and evaluate a variety of programs and care routines for children along with a number of other key skills and abilities that will be immediately applicable and relevant to Senior roles in active and dynamic child care environments.

Occupations

  • Childcare Worker

  • Early Childhood Educator

  • Childcare Teamleader

  • Manager of a Childcare Centre

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