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Make a positive contribution to the next generation

When you embark on a career in early childhood education you’ll be rewarded every day with the knowledge that you’re making a positive difference in the future of others. Our Certificate III will qualify you to work in early childhood education at the level of Educator’s Assistant as well as prepare you for further tertiary study. Delivered flexibly online, this Certificate III allows you to fit study around your work, family and personal commitments.

This nationally recognised course will lead to many exciting career opportunities allowing you to work as a professional in the Early Childhood Education profession.

This qualification reflects the role of workers in a range of early childhood education 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.

Topics include:

  • Work within a relevant legal and ethical framework
  • 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
  • Support behaviour of children
  • Support holistic development
  • Provide experiences to support children’s play and learning
  • Use information about children
  • Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
  • Work effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people
  • Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers
  • Provide emergency first aid response in an education and care setting
  • Participate in the work environment
  • Participate in workplace health and safety
  • Vocational placement

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LOCATION/S

Gold Coast - Southport

Key dates and info

DURATION

Blended: 1 year

Course details

COST

  • Full Fee $4,000
  • Subsidised $300 - $880
  • Concession $490

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Jamey Colthorpe

Have a positive impact on those around you

Whilst I have always been an empathetic and caring person, I gained a tremendous amount of insight and knowledge from my teachers, that further allowed me to connect on a deeper level with those in need. The confidence I drew from hearing the real world experiences from my teachers and those around me instilled a greater sense of belief within myself; that as an individual I can have a tremendous effect on the people around me. Completing this course and being around such amazing children has made me want to become a better person.

Jamey Colthorpe
Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Thank you

A thank you to all our amazing students. We are so glad you enjoyed your time with TAFE Queensland Gold Coast.

Course snapshot

Key dates

LOCATION START DATE DELIVERY
Gold Coast - Southport 3 Jul 2017 Blended

Entry requirements

TAFE Queensland Gold Coast requires the following entry requirements to be met:

  • For access and equity reasons, this course does not have any specific entry requirements (however see note below regarding Language, Literacy and Numeracy Testing).
  • If you hold a current Certificate III CHC30708, CHC30712 OR CHC30113 and/or work in the industry, you may be eligible for credit transfer or RPL. Anyone in this position MUST email the Team Coordinator margaret.pillinger@tafe.qld.edu.au or phone 5581 8880 prior to enrolling to determine your eligibility and your selection of units to complete.
  • To access Certificate 3 Guarantee funding for this course the prospective student must meet all the subsidy eligibility.
  • To access Second Chance funding for this course the prospective student must meet all the subsidy eligibility.
  • To access Fee-Free Year 12 funding for this course the prospective student must provide evidence that they have graduated Year 12 in the last 12 months. Therefore, if you would like to enrol in the course using this funding, you will need to provide a copy of your Year 12 certificate and meet all other Certificate 3 Guarantee subsidy eligibility.
  • To access Apprenticeship and Traineeship funding for this course please read further details here.
  • After enrolment, all applicants must complete a short quiz on Literacy and Numeracy levels using the Basic Key Skills Builder (BKSB) prior to orientation dates or prior to the first day of class.

Literacy and Numeracy
While this training package does not stipulate any entry requirements, students do need to have, or be able to attain, a level of literacy and numeracy skills that will enable them to gain the required skills and knowledge to complete their course and ultimately to work in their chosen field. TAFE Queensland Gold Coast is committed to ensuring that students receive training, assessment and support services that meet their individual needs. Therefore, before commencing their course, all TAFE Queensland Gold Coast students are required to participate in an Orientation session where they complete a set of literacy and numeracy tasks.  These tasks are designed to identify students at risk of not being able to complete their course due to their level of literacy and numeracy skills.

Students identified at risk of non-completion due to their literacy and/or numeracy skills are contacted confidentially by one of TAFE Queensland Gold Coast’s specialist Learning Support teachers. Recommendations may include participation in a foundation skills program focussing on literacy and numeracy skills or a course at a lower qualification level on the Australian Qualifications Framework prior to attempting their chosen course. Recommendations may also include use of the additional assistance available from the Learning Support Team throughout their course.

Any student who withdraws prior to commencement of study is entitled to a full refund. Further periods of penalty-free withdrawal often apply, but differ between payment type, so please check your relevant refund policy for further details.  Please note that students are also able to transfer from one course to another within the first two weeks of study without  penalty but transferring as early as possible will provide the student with the best opportunity to be successful in their alternative course.

Blue Card for Vocational Placement
Students must be eligible for a Working with Children check or state equivalent (commonly known in Queensland as a Blue Card) 1800 113 611 or http://www.bluecard.qld.gov.au

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
For RPL enquiries please contact the RPL Team at rplcoordinator.goldcoast@tafe.qld.edu.au

Location/s

Gold Coast - Southport
91-99 Scarborough Street
Southport QLD 4215

Resources required

Students will require a computer with internet access and an email account. Students will be required to access online content as part of this course.

Technical Specifications
Prospective students must have the following computer technical specifications before they can access the course materials and participate in the learning program:

  • Minimum screen resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels
  • Windows PC or Apple Mac - please note: portable devices (smartphones, iPads, tablets, slates) do not necessarily support all the features of Connect, our Learning Management System, and may not work properly for submitting assessments
  • Computer running a minimum of Windows 7 or Apple Macintosh OSX 10.8
  • Connect has been designed to function on these minimum browser versions: Google Chrome (latest) (highly recommended for students), Firefox (latest), Safari (latest), Internet Explorer 10 - older versions of browsers may not correctly display information
  • ADSL or Cable Broadband is highly recommended
  • Audio playback enabled on your computer (many activities use audio interaction)
  • Students may require a headset with the capacity to listen and talk back (USB connection headsets are known to give superior sound quality)

Timetable

Learning is conducted via blended delivery including:

  • Guided learning - (Online teacher facilitation)
  • Six timetabled workshops per year – February, April, June, August, October, November
  • Access to a tutorial class for further support at Southport from 9.00am-3.00pm on Wednesday (Level 2, Room 210) or Thursday (Level 2, Room 212).
  • Regular Webinars - Teacher will advise when these occur
  • Self-directed learning - (Student's responsibility - usually occurs outside of online teacher facilitation)
  • Workplace delivery (on the job learning/vocational placement, two visits per term - 120 hours vocational placement required)

This program is scheduled over 12 months with approximately 3 hours per week teacher-directed online facilitation. To complete the course in this time it would be expected that participants would study for approximately 10-25 hours per week (including teacher-directed and self-directed learning via the online learning management system).

Students who do not hold a current HLTAID004 Provide First Aid Certificate will need to attend the First Aid class on Friday 11 August 2017 from 9.00am-3.00pm at Southport, Level 4, Room 413.
Students who do hold a current HLTAID004 Provide First Aid Certificate will not need to enrol into this class.

Various methods of assessment include:

Direct
This involves the assessor directly observing the candidate performing the tasks which facilitates a decision of competent or not yet competent.

For example:

  • an assessor attends a day care centre and observes a candidate changing a nappy on a baby
  • an assessor asks a candidate why they chose particular resources and equipment for setting up a play area for 4-5 year olds.

Indirect
This involves evidence which supports the candidate being able to perform a task.

For example:

  • a finished product created by the candidate - portfolio, resource, poster
  • a written assessment piece responding to specific knowledge questions.

Third Party Evidence
Also referred to as supplementary evidence, provided by Early Childhood Education professionals/supervisors in the vocational placement setting, another important means for assessors to make a judgement about the candidate’s competence.

Competency Conversation
For example: asking the candidate to explain their understanding of the Early Years Learning Framework and how this is evidenced in their work.

Workplace Documents
For example, rosters and timesheets, minutes of staff meetings, position descriptions.

Video and Photos
For example, a video of a candidate changing a nappy or teaching a child to learn a new song.

Placement

Vocational Placement
Students are required to complete 120 hours of vocational placement throughout the 12 months.

Units

To achieve this qualification the student must demonstrate competency in 18 units, 15 core and 3 electives.

UNIT CODE DESCRIPTION TYPE
CHCECE001 Develop cultural competence Core
CHCECE002 Ensure the health and safety of children Core
CHCECE003 Provide care for children Core
CHCECE004 Promote and provide healthy food and drinks Core
CHCECE005 Provide care for babies and toddlers Core
CHCECE006 Support behaviour of children and young people Elective
CHCECE007 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children Core
CHCECE009 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice Core
CHCECE010 Support the holistic development of children in early childhood Core
CHCECE011 Provide experiences to support children's play and learning Core
CHCECE013 Use information about children to inform practice Core
CHCECE026 Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate education and care for children Elective
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk Core
HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting Core
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety Core
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically Core
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety Core
BSBWOR301 Organise personal work priorities and development Elective

Disclaimer

Not all electives available at all campuses

The cost for those accessing Second Chance funding is $300.00.

$4,000

FULL FEE

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$300 - $880

SUBSIDISED

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$490

CONCESSION

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Payment Plan

If you have difficulty paying the full cost of a course up front you might be eligible for a payment plan. This will allow you to pay for your course in instalments, rather than one upfront payment at the time of enrolment.

Subsidised

The Queensland Government will offset the cost of study for eligible students. You will still need to pay for a portion of your study costs. The amount above is what you will need to pay.

Certificate 3 Guarantee

You can receive a subsidy towards one certificate III qualification from a list of eligible courses. The amount provided depends on the demand for skilled workers in your chosen industry.

You're eligible for the Certificate 3 Guarantee if you:

  • are 15 years or older and no longer in school
  • live in Queensland full time
  • are an Australian or New Zealand citizen, permanent resident, or temporary resident with the necessary visa or work permits
  • and don't currently have (or are enrolled in) a certificate 3 or higher level qualification.

Give us a call to find out more.

If you're a Queensland resident, have just finished year 12 and are keen to start your studies within the next calendar year, you might be eligible to study fee free!

The Queensland government has identified a number of industries with a high demand for trained workers. To help fill these gaps, they will pay the full cost of a number of certificate III qualifications in high-priority study areas under the Certificate 3 Guarantee and User Choice programs. We want school leavers to gain the important skills and training they need before starting their university studies or careers - debt-free. For more info, check out the Training Queensland website, or call TAFE Queensland Gold Coast on 13 72 48.

Concession

You are eligible for the concession price of a course if you are eligible for subsidised training, and are listed on an Australian Government Low Income Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card, if you are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, you hold a Department of Veterans' Affairs Pensioner Concession Card, or if you have a disability.

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Payment options explained

No matter what your circumstances, TAFE Queensland Gold Coast has a payment option to suit you. If you are unsure of what's right for you, or just want someone to talk it over with, call us on 07 5581 8300. We're here to help.

Additional Costs

There are no additional costs to study this course.

Outcome

Articulates into CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.

Job prospects

  • Outside School Hours Care Worker
  • Family Day Care Worker
  • Resort Care
  • Nanny
  • Homecare and After School Care
  • Early Childhood Education and Care Educator\'s Assistant

Jamey Colthorpe

Have a positive impact on those around you

Whilst I have always been an empathetic and caring person, I gained a tremendous amount of insight and knowledge from my teachers, that further allowed me to connect on a deeper level with those in need. The confidence I drew from hearing the real world experiences from my teachers and those around me instilled a greater sense of belief within myself; that as an individual I can have a tremendous effect on the people around me. Completing this course and being around such amazing children has made me want to become a better person.

Jamey Colthorpe
Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Enrol now

You're ready if you have:

  • checked your important dates (under the course details tab)
  • checked you meet the entry requirements (under the course details tab)
  • checked your course costs and know which payment option is right for you
    (under the costs tab)
  • Read the student rules and refund policy
  • Created your Unique Student Identifier and can provide this code to TAFE Queensland

All done? Then you're ready to Enrol now

All done? Then head to the link below to complete your enrolment:
tafegoldcoast.edu.au/study-with-us/enrolment-fees/enrol

Orientation

8.30am-3.00pm on Wednesday 28 June 2017 at Southport, Level 1 (Ground Floor), Room 109

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Note: All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolments.

Last updated on 23 June 2017

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