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This certificate is an essential qualification* that ensures you develop the skills and knowledge you need to commence working in the Australian childcare industry, providing care for children from birth up to 12 years old.
Early childhood services play an important role in nurturing the development of all infants and children attending childcare. Educators support the implementation of approved learning frameworks, and assist in supporting children’s wellbeing, learning and development. Depending on the setting, you may work under direct supervision or autonomously.
Much of your time during this program will be spent within children's services, watching and learning from other professionals. Once you graduate, you can work in pre-school centres, long day care, family day care centres and more - or you may choose to further your knowledge and study our Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care or the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) degree.
You can study this program as a traineeship or as an on-campus program. Note that traineeship eligibility requires that you are employed as a trainee within the Early Childhood Care sector, and that you and your employer are able to enter into a training agreement.
* To work within the early childhood sector, a Certificate III is the minimum qualification required by Australian law.
The course content below provides all possible units related to the course. If the course has various streams, the units you are required to study will depend on your chosen stream.
The application method varies depending on your circumstances, please visit our TAFE application page for further information.
For information in relation to the University and students rights and responsibilities please refer to the VET Information Guide.
Applicants need to demonstrate the literacy and numeracy skills required to undertake this course through a test as part of the application process. The test will be conducted through Federation College prior to commencement of training. Feedback will be provided to the applicant on their results and types of support, if necessary, available to them.
The application method varies depending on your circumstances, please visit our How to apply page for further information.
VTAC application: No
Direct application: Yes
Federation University code: HWW
National course code: CHC30113
There are no formal entry requirements for this program.
There are no formal entry requirements for this program.
All applicants are required to
Please note the Police Check and Working With Children Check (WWCC) will be at your own expense.
If enrolling as a Trainee, all Trainees must have a signed training contract between employer and trainee lodged with an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN). Information on Government employment incentives/subsidies and wages is also available from AASN's.
Fees are subject to change annually.
Fees are payable at the time of enrolment. In addition your program may require you to purchase books and materials. Some of these costs may be payable on enrolment day.
For further information regarding these costs, please view 2020 Indicative Course Fees (pdf, 756kb) for tuition and materials fees payable to FedUni.
Indicative government-subsidised and full-fee course fees are shown on this document, and should be read in conjunction with the information on the TAFE fees website.
Eligible applicants/students accessing government-subsidised training under the 'Skills First Program' need to be aware enrolling in a qualification may affect their ability to access future government-subsidised training.
For further information please refer to the Fees, charges and eligibility on the TAFE fees website.
You could be eligible for government subsidised study at Federation University Australia through the TAFE eligibility exemptions.
If you have been deemed ineligible for a government subsidised place because you have a higher qualification or have commenced two qualifications at the same level you may be eligible to enrol in a government subsidised place with a TAFE eligibility exemption. Please refer to the TAFE fees website or contact the course coordinator
Please note: A limited number of TAFE eligibility exemptions are available so contact us now to secure your place for 2020.Other study costs
Students must provide personal stationery, including a USB and lanyard. Students will also need to buy textbooks and Federation University branded polo shirts for wear during placement.
If what you have learned at work, from other programs, courses, from life experience or training provided at work is relevant to this program, you may be entitled to gain subject credits or exemptions. The University is obliged to recognise the AQF qualifications and statements of attainment issued by other registered training organisations. For further details contact Federation University on 1800 333 864.
Successful completion of this program provides a direct pathway into the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care with credit transfers available for the following 12 units:
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
CHCECE001 Develop cultural competence
CHCECE002 Ensure the health and safety of children
CHCECE003 Provide care for children
CHCECE004 Promote and provide health food and drinks
CHCECE005 Provide care for babies and toddlers
CHCECE007 Develop positive and respectful relationships withchildren
CHCECE009 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people atrisk
HLTHIR404D Work effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people
HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting
HLTHIR403 Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers
Following the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care , a further pathway with up to one year credit into a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary) at Federation University Australia.
FedUni arranges 5 weeks (2 blocks) of work placement on behalf of students.
A range of student services are available at most campuses. For further information on these services or for course information, please contact us on 1800 333 864.
The commencement of all programs is subject to available funding and enrolment quotas.
All information contained in this program overview including the availability of programs and fees, is correct at the time of being published, however the University reserves the right to alter any program, procedure or fee. Students should check for any amendment prior to enrolment.
CRICOS Provider No.00103D.
Please note: This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.
National RTO Code: 4909.