CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

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Become a qualified educator in the early childhood field.

The course has been designed in consultation with industry and includes both theory and hands-on learning. Topics covered include Children’s Health and Safety, Play and Development, Physical and Emotion wellbeing, Culture and Community and First Aid.

Please note: this course is not currently scheduled for the first half of 2022, so enrolment is not possible at this time. It is likely that courses will resume in the future - if you are interested in attending a future course, please let us know using the 'Enquire now' button below.

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Course description

Become a qualified educator in the early childhood field.

It is now mandatory for all workers in the field of Early Childhood Education and Care to have the Certificate III as a minimum qualification.

The course has been designed in consultation with industry and includes both theory and hands-on learning. Topics covered include Children’s Health and Safety, Play and Development, Physical and Emotion wellbeing, Culture and Community and First Aid.

The learning experience is enhanced with weekly sessions delivered by our experienced trainers and assessors using a variety of resources and learning activities such as, participation in Supported Play groups for hands on experience.

For more information download the course information booklet(PDF, 3MB)

Work placement/industry experience

160 hours of work placement is required in this course, organised by Living & Learning Nillumbik.

You will complete placement over 3 blocks, hours and days depending on availability.

A current working with children check, and COVID vaccination is required.

We work with over 20 early childhood services across the region for student placements and professional networks.  Our relationship with these early childhood services helps us to provide training that is relevant and up-to-date, promotes best practice, and also creates employment opportunities for graduates.

Our placement model offers maximum support for our learners with a balance of theoretical learning and the practical application of your knowledge in industry. Assessors will also visit you a number of times in the workplace providing further training and assessment.

Practical Placement can also be an effective pathway into employment – over 95% of our students are offered employment before completing the course. 

Course dates, hours and location

Course delivery: Tuesdays and Thursdays - face to face delivery plus additional self-paced study hours
Workshop times: 9.15am - 3.15pm
Location: Living & Learning Nillumbik's new RTO Training Site, 905 Main Road, Eltham 3095 

 

Fees

Cost: From $70.00*

*see Fee Schedule(PDF, 543KB) and Statement of Fees(PDF, 221KB) for more information. 

Government-subsidised fee

If you are a permanent Resident and/or Australian Citizen/New Zealand Citizen and not enrolled in mainstream secondary school you are eligible for a government subsidised fee. 

Concession fee
This fee is available to:

  • Commonwealth Health Care Card holders, and their dependant children and dependant spouses
  • Pensioner Concession Card holders, and their dependant children and dependant spouses
  • Veteran's Gold Card holders (but not their dependants).
  • Please note: if under 17 years of age and disengaged from school, participants will need to obtain an official Transition from School Form for us to sight.

If you are eligible, please select the concession fee when enrolling and click "calculate discount". You will also need to present your concession card at one of our centres prior to the start of the course in order to be eligible for a concession fee.  

For non-eligible individuals, the full fee will apply.

Withdrawals and refunds

Refer to our Fees, charges and refunds policy for information about withdrawals and refunds in our government-subsidised and Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses.  

Prerequisites

You must:

  • be at least 18 years of age
  • have a current Working with Children Check (or be in the process of obtaining)
  • have achieved the required scores in a Language, Literacy and Numeracy review
  • complete a Pre Training Review 

As per Victorian Government guidelines, all staff working in the early childhood sector will need to have their first COVID vaccination by 18/10/2021 and to be fully vaccinated by 29/11/2021 (unless a medical exemption applies) - this will be required by students in order to undertake mandatory work placement.

You may be required to provide a National Police Check (with no disclosable outcomes) to be able to participate in work placement and to apply for future employment opportunities. You should be physically fit, enjoy being with children, have patience, understanding, energy, adaptability and a willingness to take responsibility. You'll also need a good level of digital literacy.

How to enrol

Applications for enrolment can be processed using our online system.

Enrol now

If the course you are interested in is not listed, it may be booked out or not yet open for enrolment. Please contact us using the 'Enquire now' button at the top of the page to find out about future courses.

If you are a concession card holder you will need to present your concession card at one of our centres prior to the start of the course in order to be eligible for the concession fee.

 

Living & Learning Nillumbik acknowledges the support of Nillumbik Shire Council in providing these services. Tuition subsidies are provided through Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding under the Skills First program for eligible learners in Vocational Education & Training (VET) qualifications.

Living & Learning Nillumbik is committed to providing a positive, inclusive and supportive learning environment for everybody.  People will not be discriminated against on the basis of age, gender, location, culture or disability in access to our programs and services, and we encourage participation by individuals with a disability.