The Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and care is a practically oriented course, which enables graduates to work in the childcare industry. This qualification covers workers who use organizational policies, procedures and individual children’s profiles to plan activities and provide care to children, facilitating their leisure and play and enabling them to achieve their developmental outcomes.
Depending on the setting, workers may work under direct supervision or autonomously and may have the limited supervisory responsibilities of volunteers. Graduates of Certificate III have the option to continue into the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.
Classroom training typically takes place over 12 months with 46 weekly sessions, a two week break at end of year and supported by regular tutorials to assist students in completion of assessments. If students are working in a suitable environment they may undertake distance learning, with periodic support sessions. This option however can result in the course taking longer to complete.
The course may be completed over a period of 6 months and a maximum of 18 months, according to the method of delivery, progression rate of student and learner's needs. Typically students who are not able to regularly attend face to face classroom session can take longer to complete units.
This is a suggested course study plan. Australian City College offers a variety of elective and alternate units. For more information about your study options and units, discuss with your lecturer prior to enrolling.
Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
Ensure the health and safety of children
Participate in work health and safety
Work with Aboriginal and or Torres Strait islander
Promote and provide healthy food and drinks
Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting
Provide care for children
Provide care for babies and toddlers
Develop positive and respectful relationships with children
Support the holistic development of children in early childhood
Provide experiences to support children's play and learning
Use information about children to inform practice
Develop cultural competence
Work legally and ethically
Organise work priorities and development
Work with diverse people
Support chidlren to connect with their world