Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care


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Starting in August 2024

Classes: Wednesday and Friday

Times: 9:15 am 3:15 pm

Places still available. Please phone reception on 9842 6726 or email aarthi.prakash@pineslearning.com.au for more information or to organise an interview.

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Course Details

This qualification is delivered over 1108 hours, including 180 hours of practical placement. Participants enrolled in this course will have up to 32 weeks (excluding School holidays). Participants will be required to undertake 5-10 hrs/per week self-study to complete the course requirements.

The course duration may vary for individual students based on their current academic and work experience. All students will be assessed on an individual basis for their ability to meet the course requirements within an extended or reduced timeframe.

This qualification will be delivered using a combination of theoretical delivery and other student participation methods. This will include classroom sessions, directed self-study, skills training, self-paced learning, in class assessments which includes role plays and supervised practical placement experience in a registered long day care and kindergarten to build on participant’s knowledge and skills on-the-job.

The Training and Assessment ensure that students have adequate time to learn the topics and opportunities for reinforcement to complete and submit tasks required for assessment purposes.

A variety of presentation types may include eLearning resources and classroom-style delivery for those students’ requiring assistance. Such methods are well suited to present fundamental and theoretical knowledge.

The effectiveness of the training sessions involving student participation is encouraged, including class sizes from 6 to 12 students. These restrictions will maximise trainer/student interaction during training.

1/520 Blackburn Road, Doncaster East, Victoria and Practical Placement location as negotiated.

Occupational titles may include

  • family day care carer
  • early childhood education assistant
  • kindergarten assistant
  • before and after school carer

Students who complete this course may wish to continue their education into such courses as:

  • CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

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. Educators support children’s wellbeing, and development in the context of an approved learning framework. They 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.

Entry to this qualification is open to individuals who may:

  • Mothers returning to work but still have children attending school.
  • Students with an ESL background
  • Students with little or no post school education
  • Students seeking a career change

Pines Learning requires that students:

  • Complete a language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) assessment to demonstrate that they have the required level of LLN skills required by the course.
  • Able to demonstrate confident interpersonal and communication skills, as determined during pre-enrolment conversations and/or reviews.
  • Applicants must also have an interest in working in this field, to be determined during a pre-training review with the RTO.
  • Are willing and physically able to complete a work placement for 160-180 hours at a regulated education and care service

General Requirements:

  • Proficiency in both oral and written English is required.

Physical requirement

  • As an early childhood educator, the student is required to undertake tasks that involve bending, lifting, repetitious movements, carrying heavy objects and children. Also required is the ability to work both indoors and outdoors. The student is required to have the physical fitness to safely carry out these tasks.

Technology Requirements

Students are required to have access to a computer with internet access. Students are required to have basic computer skills such as email management and electronic documentation management. It is necessary that students are able to work with learning portal (Moodle). A digital literacy questionnaire is required to be completed to assess the technology requirement

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is available and all students are offered the opportunity to participate in RPL upon enrolment. RPL is generally recommended where individuals have been working in a relevant job role for at least 2 years, however any student can also self-elect to undertake RPL.

The RPL model used by Pines Learning is a guided and supported process that relies on the candidate’s ability to demonstrate their competence by answering verbal questions from an assessor, providing referees and, where possible, having their practical skills assessed in the workplace.

Applications can be made for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). These will be assessed according to the Pines Learning policy to determine if and how much advanced standing will be granted.

Pines Learning recognises AQF qualifications and Statements of Attainment issued by any other Registered Training Organisation in Australia. Students may request total credit for a whole unit or qualification based on study in an identical unit or qualification at another institution.

Suitable documentation such as a Statement of Attainment/ Transcript of results must be provided when applying for Credit Transfer. Applications can be made for Credit Transfer (CT) prior to enrolment.

Assessments will be conducted to determine the student learning outcomes and to finalise the achievement of the competency-based learning outcomes. Assessments may include written tasks, case study/scenarios, projects, role plays, practical skills observation and on the job role environment / practical placement tasks.

All assessments will be undertaken in accordance with the Pines learning Assessment policy. Students will be advised of the assessment requirements at the beginning of each unit. Individual Unit outlines also contain assessment information. As this is a competency-based qualification, assessment continues throughout until the participant either achieves competency in the assessment tasks or a further training need is identified and addressed.

To achieve this qualification, the learner must have completed at least 180 hours of work placement as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of the Units of Competency.

Pines Learning takes the responsibility to find practical placements and will negotiate with individual providers and ensure an agreement is in place. For security reasons, students cannot undertake their practical work placements without a valid agreement between Pines Learning and the Placement Providers.

Students who wish to use their current place of work if relevant to the course, must discuss with the Pines learning course coordinator and provide evidence of current work as per our placement process. An Agreement will be sent to the facility after negotiating with the Placement Provider.

This qualification requires successful completion of 17 units comprised of fifteen (15) core units and two (2) Elective Units as specified in the CHC Community Services and HLT Health Training Packages

Core units

  • CHCECE030 Support inclusion and diversity
  • CHCECE031   Support children’s health, safety and wellbeing
  • CHCECE032   Nurture babies and toddlers
  • CHCECE033   Develop positive and respectful relationships with children
  • CHCECE034   Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
  • CHCECE035   Support the holistic learning and development of children
  • CHCECE036   Provide experiences to support children’s play and learning
  • CHCECE037   Support children to connect with the natural environment
  • CHCECE038   Observe children to inform practice
  • CHCECE054   Encourage understanding of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples’ cultures
  • CHCECE055   Meet legal and ethical obligations in children’s education and care
  • CHCECE056   Work effectively in children’s education and care
  • CHCPRT001   Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
  • HLTAID012    Provide First Aid in an education and care setting
  • HLTWHS001  Participate in workplace health and safety

Elective units

  • CHCDIV001    Work with diverse people
  • HLTFSE001     Follow basic food safety practices

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This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. Eligibility criteria applies.

Reconnect program is also available to assist eligible applicants overcome barriers to engage in education and training and provides support into further study of employment pathways.