Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Certificate III   NRT
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  • Early Childhood Education and Care course details

    Course description and aims

    Are you looking for a rewarding career that supports children's wellbeing, learning and development?

    This entry level course is aimed at workers in a range of early childhood education settings (working within the requirements of the Education and Care Services National Regulations and National Quality Standard) and will provide you with the knowledge, skills and experience to be job-ready. You will learn to support the implementation of an approved learning framework, and support childrens wellbeing, learning and development, while working under direct supervision or autonomously.

    For students seeking to complete a First Aid unit of competency as part of their program, you must be able to perform basic life support skills, for example control bleeding and perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). If you have a disability that would prevent you from performing required basic life support skills you are advised that you will not be able to achieve the unit of competency.

    Other Requirements


    Many TAFE courses have a compulsory work placement component to assist you to apply your learning in a practical environment and you may be required to comply with some (or all) of the following.


    Anyone in child-related work (including student placements and volunteers) MUST have a current Working with Children Check (students/volunteers free) in line with the Office of ChildrenÂ’s Guardian phase-in schedule and processes. Visit:


    Generally work placements will only occur after there has been a reasonable amount of student/teacher contact and when the teacher is satisfied that you are ready to benefit from workplace learning and perform workplace duties. Your teacher can provide further information.


    Before you commence any clinical placements in NSW Health facilities, you will be required to • Meet NSW Health’s - Criminal Record Check requirements; • Sign the NSW Health Code of Conduct form and any other forms, as required by NSW Health; • Undertake Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination against Infectious Diseases and provide your Health Care Worker/Student Vaccination Record Card.

    For specific information regarding NSW HealthÂ’s requirements, and access to the required forms, it is recommended that you visit their FAQs for students at: http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/careers/student_clearance/pages/default.aspx

    4. AGED CARE WORK - Before you undertake any clinical placements in Aged Care Facilities you will be required to undertake a Federal Criminal Record Check. Visit: http://www.afp.gov.au/what-we-do/police-checks/national-police-checks.aspx

    STUDENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES - For more information visit: https://www.tafensw.edu.au/courses/rights-and-responsibilities/index.htm

    Course outcomes and careers

    Recommended Pathways

    For more information about childhood education and care qualifications, the Australian Childrens 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


    Credit for Prior Learning
    If you already have skills and knowledge that are relevant to your course, you may be able to apply for credit through articulation, credit transfer or recognition of prior learning. To find out more about applying for credit follow this link


    This web page also provides information on how to use your existing TAFE NSW qualifications to undertake a higher level qualification at TAFE NSW (e.g. Cert II to Cert III, Cert III to Cert IV, Cert IV to Diploma, etc.)

    TAFE to University Many TAFE NSW courses offer you the opportunity to gain both vocational and university qualifications. To find out more about the pathways to higher education please follow this link


    Entry requirements

    There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

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    Course start:
    Wed 1 Feb 2017
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    About offering:

    This course is being offered as a traineeship.

    Traineeships combine both on the job training at your place of work, as well as off the job training with Sydney TAFE, so you can complete a nationally recognised qualification.

    Indicative timetable:

    Sydney TAFE allows trainees to commence their studies flexibly throughout the year.

    How to enrol or apply:

    If your employer has already signed you up as a trainee, you will be contacted by Sydney TAFE to complete your enrolment. You do not need to click on the Register button.

    If you are looking to become a trainee, or if you are an employer interested in traineeships for your workforce, click the Register button. A Sydney TAFE consultant will contact with you to provide more information about traineeships.

    Fee information:


    This course is government-subsidised, meaning you pay a portion (capped at $1,000) of the full course fee to Sydney TAFE and the government will pay the balance. However, you must meet certain eligibility criteria for this to apply.

    The fee category that will apply to you depends on your eligibility and your individual circumstances. Your fee and eligibility for concession/exemption will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process.

    For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit www.sydneytafe.edu.au/courses/smart-skilled.


    Instalment payment options are available for this course. For more information, see www.sydneytafe.edu.au/courses/fees-and-charges



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