It takes a village to raise a child. Once upon a time the village was a place of proximity - grandmas knitting, granddads projects, aunties pavlova, mums chickens, handmade dolls, long summer nights - learning happened everywhere! The village was a clever place.
Todays online village can leave us nostalgic for the past. We know that skills, knowledge, creativity and adaptability will be central in the economy of the future and Early Childhood Educators must be that tangible link between theory and practice by aligning teaching with the arts and the environment. Early Childhood Education (ECE) is essentially a creative craft.
ECE’s need to be grounded in pedagogy and their own personal adult learning journey, skill acquisition, creative exploration and impulse/desire to be an educator. A village of ECE’s without ‘creative skills’ is not a clever village - ECE's must activate creative spaces and experiences for children as the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) curriculum emerges in their practice.
Nestled within the Abbotsford Convent creative and education precinct, we utilise a Rudolf Steiner philosophy and a play based curriculum to facilitate learning and purposeful enriching play in Early Childhood Education.
This qualification is the entry level qualification to any accredited childcare service including Family Day Care, Centre Based care, and occasional care program.
Occupational titles may include:
Child care worker/ assistant
Family day care worker
Outside school hours care assistant
Watch the below video and see why quality educators matter! Play your part. Become an extraordinary Early Childhood Educator!
We are looking for exceptional people to be part of this wondrous community and become Early Childhood Educators.
Are you the 'right fit' for this course?
Students who get the most from our course have some of the following in common.
Are driven and success oriented - have had successful careers in other fields.
Are creative thinkers, artists and creators - open to learning new skills.
Are looking into alternative employment opportunities following the birth of a child - the ability to work with or near own children is attractive.
Are exceptionally engaged parents - a career in parenting makes sense.
Value social justice and want to contribute to society.
Think deeply about our children and the society they will inherent.
Are open to alternative education and parenting.
To be an ECE you must have that extra gift and passion to work with children - you must really want it! We take many steps to ensure you are undertaking this course for the right reasons and to ensure you are suitable for this course.
Our pre enrolment process is designed to ensure 'no surprises' and you get maximum benefit from us.
Our pre enrolment process includes:
Watch the video! This is a values based video demonstrating the day in the life of an ECE. This is rewarding and hard work and not for everyone. If you like what you see we are happy to chat further.
Give us a ring on 90361504. We will have a chat about our course content, fees, your time commitments, academic preferences, eligibility for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) or Credit Transfer (CT), as well as any support we can provide to ensure your success. During this conversation we will commence a 'pre training review' designed to ensure you have the suitable Language, literacy and Numeracy, can make the time commitments, that the course aligns with your carer trajectory, and you know what you are getting into. We don't want you to sign into something you cannot commit to or won't find rewarding!
Attend a face to face meeting. During this meeting we will complete the 'pre training review' including a Language Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) assessment. Our course is tailored for mature students with LLN level of ACSF 3 or above. Essentially, this is a year 10 or above level English, correct use of capitalisation, understanding of context, ie formal vs informal language etc. If you find reading pleasurable (who has time!) and can write a letter then you should breeze through!
At this point we will discuss our fees and charges and you will receive an agreement outlining refunds/ withdrawals and consumer protections.
Ok, I'm interested but how much time do I need?
You will need to put aside 1 weekday to participate in workshop activities.
You will need to put aside 1 weekday to participate in work placement activities (to a total of 120 hours).
You will need to attend a 3 hour workshop every Saturday over 12 months.
Students will develop an individual learning plan based on a deep and abiding personal interest – anything from the arts to animal husbandry and natural sciences – an approach called project-based learning. Subjects for study are then "contextualised" around that area of interest.
The certificate III will complete 6 months of scheduled classes. Students may take longer to complete depending on their placement arrangement. Part-Time students will be able to halve the weekly commitment but double the course duration.
Weekly workshop content includes:
1.5 hour lecture on defined topics from the units of competency
1.5 hour tutorial that explores the topics from lecture
1.5 hour workshop being - nature pedagogy (body, self and world)
1.5 hour workshop belonging - storytelling, movement and imagination (soul life)
1.5 hour workshop becoming - pedagogy of things (curriculum of making play objects - transformation)
The course is structured around a flipped classroom model where students will be expected to complete reading and homework activities as well as complete a major assessment project in their own time.
Reading activities will be available online and will be accompanied with short answer questions and multiple choice assessments. Students will have access to google classroom where they can complete course work and engage with other students in an online environment. Google classroom is a place to submit assessments, track progress, ask, and respond to questions from academic peers and college staff.
There are 6 modules to complete this course. Each module is delivered in one month. Assessment can take longer depending on the nature of your work placement.
Modules consist of 5 assessment activities. You will need to demonstrate sufficient competence in all 5 assessments to pass the module.
Assessment 1 - complete workbook activities
Assessment 2 - attend 90% of classes
Assessment 3 - focus child activities (completed during placement)
Assessment 4 - EYLF programming (stemming from focus child observations and workplace reports during placement)
Assessment 5 - Complete your major project. (see below)
Allow up to 9 months to complete this course. Duration can be shorter depending on Recognition of Prior Learning or Credit Transfer.
This course has been structured around a play based curriculum that promotes practical hands on approach to recognising that children learn through play.
Students can commence this course at any time. You can enrol in the first class of the month of enrolment and will continue until completion of all 6 modules.
What is a focus child?
A focus child is a child that you will observe closely throughout your work experience activities. By focussing on a single child rather than on all children at your centre, you will be able to effectively, plan, monitor, implement and review your education activities.
You will work closely with 3 focus children. Of the 3 children, one child must be 0-12 months, one child must be between 1-3 years of age, and one child that is 3+ years of age.
What is Work Placement?
Work placement can be paid or voluntary. We have voluntary agreements and insurance in place to clarify your rights and expectations. During placement you will engage with 3 focus children and our assessment activities will centre around the developmental needs and interests of these children. Your assessor will visit you once per month during placement to conduct an observation assessment. We will also collect information from the worksite and speak with your supervisor to assist form judgement of competence.
What is a Major Project?
Major projects can vary and will be negotiated with your college mentor within the first 6 weeks of commencement. Projects will take the whole course to complete and will seek to express a deep and abiding personal interest in Early Childhood in creative and dramatic ways. Students will be encouraged to develop and extend their own gifts and talents for their major project - for example, musical, craft, artistic, engineering, design and aesthetic construction, multimedia and writing skills.
Some examples of a major project could include:
Making puppets, building the theatre, scripting the story and directing a group performance piece with reference to nature
Composing music, creating lyrics, making percussion instruments and creating a seasonal circle experience with movement and dance, in a team, where each person has a specific role.
Designing and making high quality natural toys that will be relevant to child’s developmental ‘epochs’
Telling a range of stories for different ages and needs with poetry (at least 3) through artistic means and inspired by nature, that encourages audience participation
The criteria for major projects is as follows:
The project must express early childhood as related to the framework, in a publicly accessible format (ie, publication, performance, experience piece)
The project must utilise creative expression (puppetry, music, song, poetry, movement, woodwork, craft, multimedia etc)
The project must be presented to the college and student bodies for review/assessment
Major projects will be communicated and monitored with college mentors. Students will be given time to extend on and complete major projects during the 3 workshops. For example, whilst attending a workshop of ‘nature pedagogy’ a student would be encouraged to think about and develop their major project from the insight this discipline brings.
As song and movement are vital ‘instruments’ for all early childhood educators, all workshops and classes will have dedicated time for movement and song. Students will gain confidence in expressing themselves through voice and gesture/movement.
Upon successful completion of this course Consultants will gain:
CHC30113 Certificate III Early Childhood Education and Care
There are no prerequisites qualifications for entry into this course.
Students will need to successfully pass the following selection criteria to study this course
Victorian Working with Children's Check
National Police Check
Pass a Language and Literacy test of ACSF Level 3 (equivalent to Year 10 English)
Attend pre enrollment interview and demonstrate a genuine desire to work in the industry.
Who should attend:
Anyone who is passionate about working with children and is seeking to enter this exciting sector. Students seeking additional know how to set themselves up in Family Day Care are supported via our link with Ignite Minds family day care.
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People with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
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