CHC30113 - Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Students must attend a 30 minute one on one mentoring session every fortnight.  During mentoring sessions students will gain feedback on progress and be supported in completing any assessment activities.

All students will complete 1 practical assessment each month which is counted towards their portfolio.  The practical assessment is designed to provide students with skills in facilitating a 'story circle'.

What is a 'story circle'? 

A story circle is an integrated activity that occurs in most early learning centres at some point every day.  A story circle is flexible as it is based on the needs and interests of the children in care, and includes an 'intentional teaching' component where teachers provide activities to explore and extend upon individual and group skills, goals and interests.  Monthly assessment for OLA story circle will include:

  • Presenting a story (video or audio file upload)
  • Learning a song (video or audio file upload)
  • Developing an art/craft activity (this will be taught via video and students will upload photos and videos of their work for assessment)
  • Nature and Environment (photo or video upload with story/explanation)

NOTE Work experience placement will be on hold during COVID 19 lockdown restrictions.  Work experience placement will resume/commence when safe to do so.  Any delays in completing the required hours may delay issuing the final qualification award.

Course details

Being a leader in Early Childhood Education is more than being gifted with children.  Leadership is that sweet spot between authority, mentor and coach. Leadership is intuitive, playful and authentic.  Leaders in education cannot merely focus on what they do but must be aware of who they are becoming.

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
  • Playgroup supervisor
  • Family day care worker
  • Outside school hours care assistant
  • Recreation assistant
  • Nanny

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.

Course Cost

Rates are worked out on $7.37 per nominal hour.  Students can purchase and pay for each month as they progress through the course to avoid large upfront fees.

 Full fee paying $6,470.86
* Eligible Government Subsidised Place $1,202.96
* Eligible Government Subsidised Concession

*Delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government Funding - Click here to check your eligibility.

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.

    Ok, I'm interested but how much time do I need?

    1. You will need to put aside Monday evenings between 7:30 and 9:30 to participate in workshop activities.
    2. You will need to put aside 1 weekday to participate in work placement activities (to a total of 120 hours). 
    3. You will need to attend the 3 hour 'heart spaces' 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 X 1 month modules plus 12 months of heart spaces workshops.  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:

    • 2 hour workshop on defined topics from the units of competency (Monday 7:00-9:00)
    • 30 minute fortnightly individual support session  (Mondays)
    • 3 hours pedagogical workshop - heart spaces (Saturday)
    • Story Circle activities (monthly assessments)

      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. 
      1. Modules consist of 5 assessment activities.  You will need to demonstrate sufficient competence in all 5 assessments to pass the module.
        1. Assessment 1 - complete workbook activities
        2. Assessment 2 - attend 90% of classes
        3. Assessment 3 - focus child activities (completed during placement)
        4. Assessment 4 - EYLF programming (stemming from focus child observations and workplace reports during placement)
        5. 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 Portfolio?

        Students will be encouraged to develop and extend their own gifts and talents and find expression within their portfolio - for example, musical, craft, artistic, engineering, design and aesthetic construction, multimedia and writing skills.

        The portfolio will be built each month and be assessed in the following ways:

        Students will demonstrate their developing skills for a daily 'story circle' which includes song, story, craft and nature activities.

        Students will complete a group presentation at the end of each term of Heart Spaces.  Over the 12 months students will present

        • Story
        • Song
        • Sculpture
        • Shadow Theatre

        Learning Outcomes:

        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.

        Entry Requirements

        • 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.

        Support Services:

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        People with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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