This qualification reflects the role of workers in a range of early childhood 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. Depending on the setting, educators may work under direct supervision or autonomously.
Under the Education and Care Services National Law (2011) the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) publishes lists of approved early childhood education and care qualifications and information regarding regulatory requirements here: www.acecqa.gov.au.
Employment may be sought in the following areas:
There are no due dates on assessment and no exams however all units have a three month expiry. There are 17 units in the Certificate III course, 15 core units and 2 electives units. All 2 electives must be completed as well as HLTAID012 Provide first aid in an education and care setting Certificate (a core unit). It takes 12-24 months to complete this program, however, the more time you allocate to study the quicker you can achieve your qualification.
A practical component is also required for the course, a minimum of 160 work placement hours and students are also required to complete additional workplace tasks for all units
Completion of on-the-job tasks in a Children’s Services setting is a compulsory requirement of this Qualification. This means that students must have access to a licensed Child Care Service on a regular basis. The on-the-job experience gives students the practical and hands-on skills required to achieve competency.
Students completing CHC30121 must complete a minimum of 160 work placement hours in a regulated early childhood education and care service, however students will more than likely complete more than 160 hours in total. Please note that certain units require that a task should be demonstrated a number of times, and over a period of time. During the 160 work placement hours students are assessed on their application of knowledge and skills.
Family Daycare students must complete a minimum of 12 hours work placement in a long day care service.
Students have the option of choosing their own First Aid provider to complete this qualification. We are partnered with B.L.S. First Aid Training, RTO: 3399 who deliver and assess this unit and offer a discounted price for Australian Institute of Early Childhood Studies ww.blsfirstaid.com.au
On successful completion of this Qualification students may progress in to the CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.