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The most important years of a child’s development occur before they reach the age of five and what they learn during that time will impact their entire lives. 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.

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:

  • Working within a relevant legal and ethical framework
  • Cultural competence
  • Ensuring the health and safety of children
  • Providing care for children, babies and toddlers
  • Promoting and providing healthy food and drinks
  • Developing positive and respectful relationships with children
  • Using an approved learning framework to guide practice
  • Supporting the behaviour of children and young people
  • Supporting the holistic development of children
  • Providing experiences to support children's play and learning
  • Using information about children to inform practice
  • Identifying and responding to children and young people at risk
  • Working effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people
  • Working effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers
  • Providing an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting
  • Participating effectively in the work environment
  • Participating in workplace health and safety

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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 $880
  • Concession $490

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07 5581 8300

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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 29 Jan 2018 Blended

Entry requirements

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

  • To access Certificate 3 Guarantee 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.
  • For access and equity reasons, this course does not have any specific entry requirements (however see note below regarding Language, Literacy and Numeracy Testing).
  • 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 able to attain a Blue Card for placement (application completed in the first week of class). Potential students should check if they are ineligible for a Blue Card by reading about disqualified persons here: http://www.bluecard.qld.gov.au/‚Äč

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

This course is supported by online resources. Students must possess:

  • computer skills including being able to operate a personal computer and printer, create and manage basic files, navigate a learning management system, perform basic tasks such as word processing, sending and receiving emails with attachments, uploading and downloading documents and using web based search engines.
  • a computer with access to the Internet and an email account; and
  • Microsoft Word or Office for Mac (or an alternative word processing program on their computer).

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)

Students who live nearby to TAFE Queensland Gold Coast may be able to utilise the library facilities at Coomera or Southport during library opening hours. To confirm opening times, please call 07 5581 8300.

For vocational placement the student will need to have:

  • Professional clothing
  • Enclosed shoes
  • Wide brimmed hat

Timetable

This course is offered full-time with on-campus study, combined with online activities, student-directed online learning, and 120 hours of vocational placement.  This is equivalent to a full-time study load of approximately 28-30 hours per week.

The standard teaching week is Monday and Friday from 9.00am-3.00pm at Southport.  Students will be provided with 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).   Additionally, students are expected to complete approximately 14 hours a week in teacher-directed readings, research, activities and assessment work online.

Classes are conducted:

  • On campus (teacher-facilitated learning)
  • Teacher-directed (online learning, webinars and recommended readings suggested as homework tasks)
  • Student-directed (online reading, research and assessment work)
  • Mandatory vocational placement to a minimum of 120 hours is required.

Placement

Vocational placement: There is some flexibility available on this if required.  The day, hours, and start and finish times, is able to be negotiated with the vocational placement provider, but must add up to 120 hours prior to completion.

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
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety Core
BSBWOR301 Organise personal work priorities and development Elective
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety Core
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically Core

Disclaimer

Not all electives available at all campuses

What are my payment options?

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, call us on 07 5581 8300. We're here to help.

$4,000

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$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

Work options range from:

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

Job prospects

  • Outside School Hours Care Coordinator
  • Early Childhood Education and Care Educator
  • Resort Care
  • Family Day Care Coordinator
  • Nanny
  • Certified Supervisor (Educator)

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

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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

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

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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 15 August 2017

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