This qualification is recognised entry-level qualifications for employment in the Community Services industry. The course would suit students who are interested in either a career in Education, the Child-care Industry or part-time work while undertaking further study. Students may also wish to complete this course for general interest.
This qualification reflects the role of workers in a range of early childhood education settings who work within the requirements of the Education and Care Services National Regulations and the National Quality Standard. They 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 autonomously.
This industry requires students to have:
- Current immunisation records
- Police check
- Working with children check
Available at these schools
- Students undertaking a 240 or 360 hour course will be eligible to achieve a Statement of Attainment towards Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.
The following patterns of study are possible (availability will be confirmed by the school):
- 240 hour course that runs over 2 years
- 360 hour course that runs over 2 years
- an additional 120 hour Specialisation Study for students in the 240 hour course
There is no 120 hour course available towards the Early Childhood Education and Care qualification
To complete this qualification, an additional 100 hour course will be available during Term 4 of Year 12, post HSC exams
This is a Board Endorsed Course and therefore no HSC examination. It cannot be counted towards an ATAR.
NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) requires students to complete a minimum of 35 hours of work placement for the 240 hour course and 120 hours as part of the 360 hour course.
Three units delivered in the 240 hour course require assessment during 120 hours in the workplace. Therefore, all students in the 240hr course are required to complete 120hrs of work placement (3 x 40hr weeks).
Work placement is a mandatory component of the course and must be completed prior to the HSC exam.
Days worked as part of a School Based Traineeship satisfy both this NESA and the assessment requirements.
A course fee is generally charged by schools to cover consumable materials. Your school will provide further advice.
This course is competency based and the student’s performance is recognised against a prescribed industry standard. Assessment strategies may include:
- Student demonstration
- Written tasks
Students are given a number of opportunities to demonstrate competence across the range of competency standards covered by this course.
Recognition of Prior Learning
You may be entitled to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning. If you have completed any training, either through your part-time work, TAFE or other school VET courses you have completed recently, or through experience gained in other ways you can apply for RPL. You should talk to your School VET Coordinator, Careers Adviser or course teacher for further information.
Units of competency
To be eligible for this qualification you must successfully complete: 18 units, 15 core, 3 elective.
Participate in workplace health and safety
Ensure the health and safety of children
Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
Provide care for children *
Support the holistic development of children in early childhood *
Provide care for babies and toddlers *
Promote and provide healthy food and drinks
Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting
Provide experiences to support children’s play and learning
Use information about children to inform practice
Develop positive and respectful relationships with children
Develop cultural competence
Work legally and ethically
Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
Electives may include:
(Your school will confirm which electives will be delivered.)
Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate education and care for children
Support children to connect with their world
Work with diverse people
Following a successful outcome, relevant job roles may include a career as a: childcare assistant, family day carer, nanny or kindergarten assistant.
Duties and Tasks
Early childhood teachers may perform the following tasks:
- Plan activities using a variety of materials and equipment to develop good coordination, social skills, creativity, self-expression and an interest in learning
- Promote language development and self-confidence through storytelling, drama, music and discussions
- Help to organise and participate in excursions to enhance learning experiences
- Encourage children to question and explore the world in which they live
- Observe children to evaluate and record their progress and to detect signs of developmental disorders, ill health or emotional disturbance
- Work with guidance officers, speech pathologists and psychologists to assist children with special needs
- Help integrate children with special needs into mainstream classes
- Promote health and safety concepts and social interaction with other children
- Promote awareness and appreciation of diversity in multicultural societies
- Attend to sick children and those in need of first aid
- Comfort children who are hurt or distressed
- Assist children with their toileting and t with parents and other educators
- Discuss the aims of the education programme with parents
- Participate in community activities and parent/staff committees
- Supervise and work with student teachers and trainee childcare workers.
- Able to relate to children and their families
- A keen desire to teach children
- Willing to learn
- Good problem-solving skills
- Sound literacy and numeracy skills
- High-level planning and organisational skills
- Enthusiastic, tactful, patient and a sense of humour
- Prepared to work outside of school hours
- Diploma in Early Childhood
- Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary)
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