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Certificate III in Childcare

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NSW Government Smart & Skilled – Subsidised Childcare Course

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See the criteria for eligibility below

Learn at your own pace, in your own time (online, self-paced)

Gain a nationally recognised qualification to jump-start your future

Partially or Fully Subsidised by the NSW Government for approved NSW residents

FUNDING IS STRICTLY LIMITED – FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED

Am I eligible for subsidised (fee-free) training?

Are you 15 years old or over?

Are you no longer at school?

Are you living or working in NSW?

Are you an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, humanitarian visa holder or New Zealand citizen?

If you answered ‘Yes’ to all four questions above, you may be eligible for fee-free Smart and Skilled training.


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CHC30121

Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

What Does The Course Cover?

  Work within current legal and ethical frameworks
Work in collaboration with families and the community
Support the holistic development of children
Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
Support inclusion and diversity in early childhood services

Who is eligible to join this course?

Overseas Students Policy

This course is not available to students on an Overseas Student Visa.

As defined in the ESOS Act 2000, ‘Overseas students’ are not eligible to apply to enrol in this nationally recognised course, nor are they eligible for certification.

Please refer to the Enrolment Terms and Conditions.

Have a question about this course?

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Career Options

If you want a career in making a difference in children’s lives and are passionate about childcare, education and support, then gaining one of Australian Colleges Nationally recognised, Accredited Courses is perfect for you! The career opportunities are endless…
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Long Day Care Educator

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Kindergarten Assistant

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Childcare Assistant

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Early Childhood Educator

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Nanny

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Family Care Educator

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Outside School Hours Care Educator

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Playground Supervisor

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Teachers Assistant

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Teacher Aide

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Education Assistant

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Special Needs Teacher Aide

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Lead Educator

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Childcare Director

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Educational Leader

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Group Leader

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Assistant Director

Why Choose Australian College?

Training Anywhere, At Your Own Pace To Suit Your Busy Lifestyle.

You have complete freedom to study online wherever and whenever you want.

Our Great Facilities and Support

Become the best you can. We have the facilities and tools to help you succeed, plus our amazing trainers are there for you when you need some extra support.

Funded, Fee-Free Course

Eligible students will be able to complete their Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care completely fee-free, funded by the NSW Government

Unparalleled Support

Studying online is flexible which is great, but can sometimes be a bit tough, too. Australian College provides you with trainer support throughout your studies.

Students will have full access to our virtual campus 24/7.

We are here to help you every step of the way.

You could Earn While You Learn

Traineeships with Australian College
Combine employment and training in order to gain a nationally recognised qualification.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How long does the course take?
All Childcare and School-Based Education Support courses at Australian College have an 18 month course duration (self-paced, so you can finish and achieve your qualification in less than 18 months, if you manage to do so).
2. How much does it cost?

This offer is contingent upon you completing a Smart & Skilled application form, which will determine your eligibility for partial or full funding for the course by the NSW Government.

3. What is the difference between the courses?

CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education & Care reflects the role of educators in early childhood education and care who work in regulated children’s education and care services in Australia. They support children’s wellbeing, and development in the context of an approved learning framework. Early childhood educators work in long day care centres, family day care, pre-schools or kindergartens.

To achieve this qualification, the individual must have completed a total of 160 hours of work in a regulated children’s education and care service in Australia.

** please note, this course is a pre-requisite / entry requirement into the CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education & Care course **

CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support reflects the role of workers who assist teachers and support student learning in a range of classroom settings. They complete general administrative as well as operational tasks to support students with learning under the guidance of a teacher or other educational professional. Education support workers work mainly with students in classroom settings in primary or secondary schools, as defined by State/Territory legislation.

To achieve this qualification, the individual must have completed a total of 100 hours of work in a classroom environment catering to primary or secondary school students, within at least one school in Australia.

CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support reflects the role of workers who assist teachers and support student learning in a range of classroom settings under the guidance of a teacher or other educational professional. At this level, workers may be involved in facilitation of learning for a range of instructional groupings, including for those students in need of additional support. Education support workers work mainly with students in classroom settings in primary or secondary schools, as defined by State/Territory legislation.

To achieve this qualification, the individual must have completed a total of 100 hours of work in a classroom environment catering to primary or secondary school students, within at least one school in Australia.

CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education & Care reflects the role of educators in early childhood education and care who work in regulated children’s education and care services in Australia. Educators at this level are responsible for designing and implementing curriculum that meets the requirements of an approved learning framework and for maintaining compliance in other areas of service operations. Early childhood educators work in long day care centres, family day care, pre-schools or kindergartens.

To achieve this qualification, the individual must have completed a total of 280 hours of work in a regulated children’s education and care service in Australia.

4. What happens if I need to pause or stop?
Courses cannot be placed on hold, paused or deferred, however we do offer lengthy course durations so you can take small breaks here and there. We also offer extensions if necessary.

https://www.australiancollege.edu.au/enrolment-terms-and-conditions

5. What happens if I'm having difficulty understanding a topic or task?
Please reach out to your trainer via email [email protected] (expect a reply same day or next day latest).

If you prefer a phone call, please email Trainer with your available days and times, so we can schedule a call with your assessor.

Support is standing by for all students, you just need to reach out, so the Trainer can be made aware and be given the opportunity to provide support and assistance.

6. I'm having difficulty uploading documents?
1) Try compressing the file (reducing the size), as the file may be too large to upload.
2) Clear your caches and cookies in your internet browser settings, as your current settings may be restricting the upload.
3) Try using a different internet browser (Google Chrome, Firefox, etc).

If it’s still not working, please email [email protected], so administration can help you.

7. Are there any practical assessments I need to complete for this course?
There are practical components embedded within the online units.

A practical task may be in the form of a video upload, case study, role play, observations, third party reports, the completion of documents and templates, etc

8. How is work placement organised?
Students are given the flexibility of applying for work placement at a registered childcare centre of their choice (subject to approval by Australian College’s internal screening process).

This is beneficial to students as they may apply at local childcare facilities in their area (reduces travel and transport), or even at their current work place (if they work in the industry and this place of work is approved by Australian College’s internal screening process).

For further details regarding work placement, please phone (02) 9386 2500 to speak with administration.

9. Do I need a first aid certificate?
You will be required to complete First Aid, to achieve a First Aid certificate.
The type of First Aid course required will depend on which Australia College course you’re enrolled in.
Please refer to the course outline, course units, on our website.

Australian College does not provide First Aid courses. First Aid is to be completed externally with a First Aid provider. We can recommend St Johns, Red Cross, H&A, Australia wide.

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