Early childhood education and care

Our philosophy about early childhood education and care reflects the principles of the Early Years Learning Framework that states:

“From before birth children are connected to family, community, culture and place. Their earliest development and learning takes place through these relationships, particularly within families, who are children’s first and most influential educators. As children participate in everyday life, they develop interests and construct their own identities and understandings of the world.”

We are passionate about providing quality professional development to people who are entering or currently working in the early childhood education and care sector. Our students gain a nationally recognised qualification through face-to-face group training, mentoring sessions, workplace training and practical placements.

Our next courses start on 21 and 22 August 2019.

Work while you study

Early Years Careers is YWCA Canberra’s education and employment program for people who want to study and work in our early childhood services.

It’s a selective 3-year program that provides you with secure employment and qualifications to set you up for success as an early childhood educator at YWCA Canberra now and in the long-term.

Find out more about the program or apply by sending a 1 page cover letter telling us why you want to participate in the program and your current resume to training@ywca-canberra.org.au.

 

Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

The Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC30113) is an entry level qualification for people who are interested in pursuing a career in early childhood education and care, or who are currently working in this industry with no formal qualification.

This qualification comprises of 18 units of competency (15 core units plus 3 elective units). To complete the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, students are required to show competence in all 18 units, plus a compulsory work placement of a minimum of 120 hours in a regulated education and care service.

 

Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

The Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC50113) covers workers who are responsible for planning, implementing and managing programs in early childhood services, in accordance with licensing, accreditation and duty of care requirements.

This qualification comprises of 28 units of competency (23 core units plus 5 elective units). To complete the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, students are required to show competence in all 28 units, plus a compulsory work placement of a minimum of 240 hours in a regulated education and care service.

The training teaches you to be aware of the developmental needs of children and introduces you to your roles and responsibilities in an early childhood education and care setting. You will be provided with 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.

Course guide

Early Childhood Education and Care Course Guide

Course fees

These qualifications are available to fee-for-service, government funding through Skilled Capital or User Choice as part of a traineeship.

The fees for these courses can be found under the ‘training cost’ section on the Student Information page.

Enrolment

Prior to enroling, please attend one of our upcoming information sessions.

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

For more information, please contact our team on 02 6175 9900 or email training@ywca-canberra.org.au.

Graduate testimonials

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

“The trainers are very knowledgeable, helpful and patient.”

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