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Key details

Duration

1 year/s

This course is delivered over a period of 6 to 12 months. The length of time to complete this qualification will depend on the location, study mode and selected units. Refer to the relevant course information flyer for further information.

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Locations

Alice Springs, Casuarina, Katherine, Remote
Not available to international students.

Course code

CHC30121

Overview

This qualification reflects the role of educators in early childhood education and care who work in regulated children's education and care services in Australia. They support children's wellbeing, and development in the context of an approved learning framework. Educators use a range of well-developed skills and knowledge using discretion and judgment when carrying out their work in the context of established policies and procedures. They may work independently or under the guidance of others, though in some contexts that guidance may not be on-site.

Early childhood educators work in long day care centres, family day care, pre-schools or kindergartens.

To achieve this qualification, the individual must have completed a total of least 160 hours of work in a regulated children's education and care service in Australia as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of units of competency. The total number of hours may be applied collectively across all units of competency that include the requirement for workplace hours.

A working with children clearance `Ochre Card' from SAFE NT will be required.

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. (/i>

Career opportunities

Possible occupations relevant to this qualification include:

  • Early childhood educator
  • Nanny
  • Outside school hours educator
  • Home based educator
  • Support worker
  • Preschool assistant

Credit transfers and advanced standing

Skill recognition

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

RPL is the acknowledgement of a person's skills and knowledge acquired through previous training, work or life experience, which may be used to grant status or credit in a subject regardless of how and where they were attained, including overseas.This can include skills from:

  • Previous study excluding courses at another VET/TAFE institution, but including courses at school or college, through adult education classes or training programs at work;
  • Work experience (including both work that is paid and unpaid); and/or
  • Life experience (for example leisure pursuits or voluntary work).

RPL is a form of assessment. It is used to determine whether a person has acquired, through formal or informal learning, the skills and experience consistent with the stated competency standards that comprise a qualification. RPL is not time referenced, so there are no parameters on how or when the skills are acquired. However, the skills that have been acquired through life experience etc., must be current and must match the elements and performance criteria contained in the individual unit.

Students seeking RPL need to indicate this on their enrolment form at the time of enrolment.

For further information please refer to the Applicant's Guide to the Recognition of Prior Learning or contact Student Central on 1800 061 963 (free call) or email Student.Central@cdu.edu.au.

Credit Transfer

Charles Darwin University as a Registered Training Organisation recognises the Australian Qualifications Framework qualifications and Statement of Attainments issued by any other Australian Registered Training Organisation.

Students are encouraged to submit any requests for credit from previous studies at the time of enrolment, to ensure they are not enrolling in units they may not need to undertake.

In order to apply for exemption/credit transfer from units completed at another training organisation, you will need to complete an Application for Exemption Form available from any campus, centre, or team, or a copy of the form can be obtained from the web.

Your completed Application for Exemption form together with attached documentary evidence (certified copy of Qualification/Statement of Attainment) to support your request for exemption/credit transfer should be submitted directly to the University either in person or by mail. Requests without documentary evidence will not be processed and will be returned to students. There are no fees attached to Credit Transfers.

Pathways

VET to Higher Education Pathway Mapping for completed Awards in the same field or discipline.

Further training pathways from CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care include but are not limited to CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.

Fees

2022 indicative course fees: This course is free for eligible students who receive an NT Domestic supported place or $11,980.00 for domestic full fee places. Actual fees will vary according to your choice of units.

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What will I study?

To achieve CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, a total of seventeen (17) units of competency must be completed comprising fifteen (15) Core and two (2) Elective units as detailed in the packaging rules and listed below.

Course structure

The total nominal hours for the sequence listed below is 1198.
 

CodeModule/Unit of CompetencyHours
Core units of competency
CHCECE030Support inclusion and diversity63
CHCECE031Support children's health, safety and wellbeing160
CHCECE032Nurture babies and toddlers108
CHCECE033Develop positive and respectful relationships with children100
CHCECE034Use an approved learning framework to guide practice80
CHCECE035Support the holistic learning and development of children100
CHCECE036Provide experiences to support children's play and learning75
CHCECE037Support children to connect with the natural environment50
CHCECE038Observe children to inform practice40
CHCECE054Encourage understanding of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples' cultures55
CHCECE055Meet legal and ethical obligations in children's education and care60
CHCECE056Work effectively in children's education and care65
CHCPRT001Identify and respond to children and young people at risk40
HLTAID012Provide First Aid in an education and care setting22
HLTWHS001Participate in workplace health and safety20
 Total nominal hours for core units1038
Elective units of competency (Select two)
CHCDIV001Work with diverse people40
CHCPRP003Reflect on and improve own professional practice120
 Total nominal hours for elective units160
 Total nominal hours for the qualification1198

 

Entry requirements

Admission criteria

There are no mandatory entry requirements for this qualification. However, applicants who wish to commence this course need to have the required skills and knowledge to undertake the qualification at this level, e.g. completion of Year 10 or equivalent and a general command of spoken and written English to be able to meet industry standards for communication. 

Everyone employed or volunteering in child-related work is required by law to hold an Ochre Card. It will, therefore, be a mandatory requirement to hold an Ochre card in order to complete any work placement. If you have not yet obtained an Ochre card, please contact SAFENT.

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Course details

Accreditation

This is a current, nationally accredited qualification from the CHC Community Services Training Package.

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Away from base

AFB: This is an approved Away From Base (AFB) 'mixed-mode' course.For further information about AFB see www.cdu.edu.au/afb

Employability skills

Employability Skills are embedded in the training and assessment of national training package qualifications. Information on the Employability Skills relevant to your qualification can be obtained by visiting this website and keying in the national code for the qualification: training.gov.au

Location and study mode

Delivery at all locations is subject to sufficient demand and resources.

Locations: Alice Springs, Casuarina, Katherine, Remote

Study Mode: On campus, online, both

Subject to demand other locations and modes may become available throughout the year.

Additional information

Sector
Vocational Education & Training
Industry groups
COMMUNITY SERVICES, HEALTH AND EDUCATION
Occupation types
Child Care Worker
Area of study
Education

Contact details

Email:Student.Central@cdu.edu.au. Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call).

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