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CHC30121

Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (Family Day Care)

Begin a meaningful career as an early childhood educator with specialist skills in Family Day Care, and make the most of the opportunities in this growing field.

Gain valuable skills in early childhood education with the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (Family Day Care)

Do you thrive on working with children? If you’d like to equip yourself with the qualifications required to work in a range of childhood education settings—including Family Day Care—this new course will provide the framework you need.  

The Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (Family Day Care) is a foundation course and an ideal entry point to begin a career as a childhood educator. Your studies will cover the administrative tasks required to manage family day care operations; the care and nurturing of babies, toddlers and children; planning, implementation and evaluation of educational programs; strategies for supporting childhood health, safety and wellbeing; and much more.

With this course, you have the opportunity to become qualified for a variety of roles including Family Day Care Educator, Kindergarten Assistant, Childcare Assistant and Early Childhood Educator. There is a high demand for qualified workers across kindergartens, pre-schools, long day care centres and family day care, with no shortage of opportunities in this field. 

If you’d like to continue to build your career and complete the CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care is a mandatory minimum requirement.   

Delivered online, with 160 hours of practical assessment work in a regulated children’s education and care service in Australia, the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care enables you to be qualified just 18 months from the date you commence your studies.  

If you’d like to begin a pathway that will give you the opportunity to work with children every day and make a real difference to their lives—as well as your own—our new Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (Family Day Care) is the foundation you need. 

The CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (Family Day Care) is a Nationally Recognised course.

Course Outcomes

The CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (Family Day Care) will equip you for a number of fulfilling roles in early childhood education, with the inclusion of specialist skills needed in a Family Day Care setting. Below are just some of the roles you will be qualified for on the completion of your Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (Family Day Care).

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Family Day Care Educator

As a Family Day Care Educator, you will provide individualised education and care to small groups of children (no more than 4 children under school age) in your own home. You may also care for 3 additional school age children who attend family day care outside of school hours. Family day care offers children from birth to 12 years of age a safe education and care option in small groups of up to 7 children, traditionally in a home or family learning environment.

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Kindergarten Assistant

As a Kindergarten Assistant, you’ll be working in a childhood education environment that is tailored to helping prepare children for prep. You’ll support children with play-based learning and help them to expand their physical abilities, build their confidence and enhance their social skills. Kindergartens usually operate during school hours each school term, and many offer programs for 6 hours a day, 5 days a fortnight during each school term.  

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Childcare Assistant

A Childcare Assistant provides care and structured learning to children, usually in a day care centre. As a Childcare Assistant, you’ll provide a caring, non-judgemental and supportive environment for all children and their families. You’ll supervise children as they learn and play, provide comfort and reassurance, plan stimulating activities, and keep children clean and safe.  

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Early Childhood Educator

An Early Childhood Educator, also referred to as a Childcare Worker, is responsible for the care and early education of babies and young children. They work in a range of settings, including kindergartens, childcare centres, community centres or schools. As an Early Childhood Educator, you’ll support the implementation of an approved learning framework, and support children's wellbeing, learning and development. Depending on the setting, educators may work under direct supervision or on their own within a team. 

Course snapshot
Qualification

Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (Family Day Care)

Delivery structure

Theoretical Elements: 

Study the theoretical elements of this course anywhere and anytime through our online learning platform. 

Practical Elements: 

For mandatory work placement (160 hours), students must have access to a regulated education and care service provider in Australia, with an appropriate range of work tasks and ratios of children, AND access to a qualified supervisor (i.e. a person who holds a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care or equivalent).

Duration

Up to 18 months

Study load
  • 160 hours of practical work assessment.
  • 17 course units to complete.
  • Complete 1 unit of competency every 4.5 weeks to graduate in 18 months.
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Delivery Structure

Studying the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (Family Day Care) with Foundation Education is flexible and can be tailored to suit your needs. The course is broken down into two parts:

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1. Theoretical

Study the theoretical elements of this course, anywhere and anytime through our online learning platform.

Components

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17 course units to complete.
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Completed online, at your own pace.

Resources Required

For the online part of the course, you’ll need regular access to:

Computer: Laptop or desktop computer with working speakers or headphone points.

Internet: High-speed internet such as Broadband or ADSL, T1/T2, fibre optic (Dial-up access is not recommended).

Windows: Operating system – Windows 8 or above.

MAC: Operating system - OS X 10.14 Mojave or later.

Internet Browser: Google Chrome, or Microsoft Internet Explorer 11.

Software: Flash, Adobe Reader, Microsoft Word (or Open Office which is free to download).

Office Equipment:  Printer and scanner to print and upload some of your assessments.

Mobile Phone with video capability or Video Camera: Some assessments in your course may require you to take and submit videos of you undertaking tasks for assessment.

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2. Work Placement

For mandatory work placement (160 hours), students must have access to a regulated education and care service provider in Australia, with an appropriate range of work tasks and ratios of children, AND access to a qualified supervisor (i.e. a person who holds a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care or equivalent). 

Components

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Students must apply for their Working with Children Check at course commencement.
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Where required, we may assist you in organising a work placement location of your choosing.  

Units

Achieve your qualification by completing the following units of competency:

Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (Family Day Care)

Cost & Payment

You can pay for your course upfront via VISA/MasterCard or a bank deposit. Alternatively, we offer instalment plans that can be paid over several weeks or fortnights.

Your course fee includes

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Delivery and assessment of your qualification

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Study materials (including all resources)

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Ongoing support from our Education Team

We offer two payment methods

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Full fee upfront

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Instalment plans

For more information about the course costs, please call us on 1300 616 197.

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