Take your first step into the world of early childhood as a childcare educator. Learn to provide safe, nurturing, meaningful and inclusive education and care for children in a fun and playful setting.
This course is superseded. You can still enrol in this course, and you will be contacted if you need to transition into the next version when it is available.
Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:
Care for babies and children and ensure their health and safety
Promote good nutrition and positive meal experiences
Use an approved learning framework
Support holistic development through play and learning
Identify and respond to children at risk
Perform emergency first aid Promote cultural competence
Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.
Complete 120 hours of work placement
Gain the industry recognised minimum qualification you’ll need to begin your career in early childhood education
Gain a First Aid certificate
Build a study pathway to advance your career
Some courses require evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol.
There are no entry requirements for this qualification. You can enrol today.
This course is also offered as a traineeship. Enquire today to check the traineeship eligibility requirements.
During your study you’ll need to provide your teacher with the following evidence:
A valid Working with Children Check (WWCC)
Vaccination and health screenings
Any additional evidence your work placement provider requires
To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:
The ability to read, write and speak English
A basic ability to apply numeracy
A strong work ethic and professionalism
Patience and dedication
Adequate fitness and mobility to deliver First Aid, like performing CPR while kneeling on the floor respond to emergency situations
TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.
Our graduates go onto roles like:
Child Care Workers provide care and supervision for children in programs, such as long day care and occasional care, in childcare centres, hospitals and educational centres.
Other jobs include: Early childhood educator , Family day care educator and Nanny
Under the Education and Care Services National Law (2011), the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) publishes lists of approved early childhood education and care qualifications and information regarding regulatory requirements. To understand licensing requirements, head to ACECQA website.
Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:
The Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care does not have any pre-requisite courses.
At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.
Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 18 Units of competency , including 15 core and 2 speciality units.
Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.
TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.
TAFE NSW Disability Support Service
TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support
TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)
TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service
TAFE NSW Libraries
Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential
Smarthinking - online access to a tutor
LinkedIn Learning – an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills
Student associations – get social with our student community
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