Early childhood education and care

Do you want a career that can grow with you no matter where you are? Go places with our nationally recognised qualifications in early childhood education and care.

With a significant shortfall of trained professionals in the growing early childhood sector, this is an excellent long-term career path with lots of options.

At YWCA Canberra, we are passionate about providing quality professional development to people who are entering or currently working in the early childhood education and care sector.

We focus on our students’ needs and support them to achieve their career development goals. Our supportive, caring trainers provide mentoring and coaching, and with access to wrap-around supports through our Community Services programs, we can help you overcome barriers to your study so you can achieve your goals.

As a provider of ECEC services ourselves, our trainers have current sector knowledge to help you understand the role and realities of working in early childhood education and care.

Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Start your early childhood education and care career with our Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC30121)*.

This qualification is also fantastic for people who work with children and want to improve their skills. You will learn industry best practice in educating and caring for children to help you make the most of your career and tailor your educational programs.

Note: this is a new qualification from late 2021 that supersedes the previous Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC30113).

With this qualification, you can become an educator in an early childhood service, working with children as they undertake their journey from infancy to childhood. This is the first step into a range of potential careers.

“The trainer is a skilled teacher and very knowledgeable in this field. The course is interactive and the group work helped with my understanding of the material.”

“The trainer was friendly and gave us guidance whenever we needed help.”

“[The YWCA Canberra trainer] is very engaging and explains the work in a way that is easy to understand. I love attending her class.’

Our training includes face-to-face group training, online content delivery, mentoring sessions, workplace training and practical placements. We aim to be flexible in your learning and adjust to help you more quickly and easily meet your course competencies.

This qualification comprises of 17 units of competency (15 core units plus two elective units). To complete the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, you must show competence in all 18 units, plus a compulsory work placement of a minimum of 160 hours in a regulated education and care service.

Foundation learning and practices

CHCECE034: Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
CHCECE037: Support children to connect with the natural environment
BSBSUS411: Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices (E)

Health and safety

CHCECE031: Support children’s health, safety and wellbeing
HLTWHS001: Participate in workplace health and safety

First aid

HLTAID012: Provide First Aid in an education and care setting*

Legislation and policy

CHCPRT001: Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
CHCECE055: Meet legal and ethical obligations in children’s education and care
CHCECE056: Work effectivelyineffectively in children’s education and care

Care and nurturing

CHCECE032: Nurture babies and toddlers
CHCECE033: Develop positive and respectful relationships with children

Play and learning

CHCECE035: Support the holistic learning and development of children
CHCECE036: Provide experiences to support children’s play and learning
CHCECE038: Observe children to inform practice

Culture and community

CHCDIV001: Work with diverse people (E)
CHECEC030: Support inclusion and diversity
CHECEC054: Encourage understanding of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples’ culture

 

(E) Elective

*HLTAID012 Provide first aid in an education and care setting is delivered by a third-party registered training organisation. YWCA Canberra will organise a date for you to undertake this training as part of your enrolment.

To complete first aid you must:

  • complete pre-course work at least three (3) days before the practical class
  • attend the practical class and complete all required assessments during the class.

We provide intakes for the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care throughout the year, depending on interest.

Our next intake will be in December 2021.

We will provide more information on further intakes soon.

Visit our Student Information page for more information on how to enrol.

For more information, contact our team on 02 6185 2000 or email training@ywca-canberra.org.au.

The cost of this course depends on your situation. You might be eligible for ACT Government funding to undertake this course, or may do it as a trainee if you already have an employer to support you.

Our Schedule of Fees and Charges outlines how we collect fees and charges for our training and assessment services.

For more information on course fees, or to discuss your eligibility for ACT Government funding, email our team at training@ywca-canberra.org.au

Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Take the next step in your ECEC career and open up your career options with a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC50121)*.

This course teaches you to be aware of the developmental needs of children and introduces you to your roles and responsibilities in an ECEC setting. You will have opportunities to apply theories of child development in the workplace, and gain experience in interacting with children, families and your fellow workers through your practical placement.

*Note: this is a new qualification from late 2021 that supersedes the previous Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC50113).

With a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, you can plan, implement and manage programs in early childhood services, in accordance with licensing, accreditation and duty of care requirements.

You could become a centre director, an accredited trainer, work for a regulator, or even become a consultant working with services to improve their rating and assessment outcomes. Learn more about the range of potential careers in early childhood education and care.

“The trainers are extremely helpful and go above and beyond to ensure you are confident and capable when putting theory into practice in the classrooms. With face to face check ins and constant communication through emails, the trainers are always there when you need to ask a quick question or quiz them on their previous experience in early childhood and education settings.”

“The trainers are fantastic and versatile that will go out of their way to teach you in your own learning style. They are kind, intelligent and funny and I have thoroughly enjoyed studying through YWCA with their help and guidance.”

“The trainers teach us every little thing and explain with examples. They are very knowledgeable and always helps us when we need.”

Our training includes face-to-face group training, online content delivery, mentoring sessions, workplace training and practical placements. We aim to be flexible in your learning and adjust to help you more quickly and easily meet your course competencies.

The qualification comprises of 15 units of competency (12 core units plus three elective units). To complete the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, you must show competence in all 15 units, plus complete a compulsory work placement of a minimum of 282 hours in a regulated education and care service.

Advanced health and safety

HLTWHS003: Maintain work health and safety (E)
CHCECE041: Maintain a safe and healthy environment for children

Fostering holistic development

CHCECE042: Foster holistic early childhood learning, development and wellbeing
CHCECE043: Nurture creativity in children

Relationships and responsive practice

CHCECE045: Foster positive and respectful interactions and behaviour in children
CHCECE046: Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children

Curriculum design and development

CHCECE047: Analyse information to inform children’s learning
CHCECE048: Plan and implement children’s education and care curriculum

Compliance and sustainable practice

CHCECE044: Facilitate compliance in a children’s education and care service
CHCECE049: Embed environmental responsibility in service operations

Partnership with families and complaint handling

CHCECE050: Work in partnership with children’s families
CHCECE053: Respond to grievances and complaints about the service (E)

Team leadership

CHCMGT003: Lead the work team (E)
BSBTWK502: Manage team effectiveness
CHCPRP033: Reflect on and improve own professional practice

We do a rolling intake for the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, so you can join throughout the year.

To enrol in this Diploma course, you must already hold a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.

Visit our Student Information page for more information on how to enrol.

For more information, contact our team on 02 6185 2000 or email training@ywca-canberra.org.au.

The cost of this course depends on your situation. You might be eligible for ACT Government funding to undertake this course, or may do it as a trainee if you already have an employer to support you.

Our Schedule of Fees and Charges outlines how we collect fees and charges for our training and assessment services.

For more information on course fees, or to discuss your eligibility for ACT Government funding, email our team at training@ywca-canberra.org.au

 

Education and Training enquiry

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