Yes. The training rooms at YWCA Canberra’s Central office are fully accessible with lift access and new automatic doors that were installed in 2021.

Yes, we hold information sessions before each intake. Look at our events page to find the next session.

Yes. To become an educator you must complete a language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) assessment. This is a requirement for all students, as it confirms that you have the academic level to complete the course.

For the Certificate III, you need a minimum English proficiency ACSF level 3 to become qualified. For the Diploma, you need a minimum English proficiency ACSF level 4.

You must complete the LLN evaluation assessment before you enrol in the course.

Once you have completed the LLN assessment, our courses are designed to be accessible and inclusive for people who have English as a second language or who find reading a challenge, with our new Certificate III online content providing voiceovers.

The maximum duration is of the Certificate III in ECEC 12 months (including the required placement of 180 hours).

The maximum duration of the Diploma ECEC is 18 months (including the required placement of 282 hours).

You can complete the course at a faster pace if you need to.

Our workshops are held fortnightly.

  1. Distance education means delivering educational content online, which allows students access to learning resources remotely. We recommend distance study for those who are already working in the industry. If you choose this method, your Trainer and Assessor will contact you regularly to help guide you through your training.
  2. Face-to-face learning means you and the teacher meet in a set place for a set time, for either one-on-one learning or, most commonly, in group lessons. Face-to-face learning is an effective way to learn knowledge and skills because it often combines different ways of learning including writing, reading, discussion, presentations, projects, group work, short videos, demonstrations and practice. We recommend face-to-face workshops if you are starting out in the industry. Our workshops are held in the training rooms in our Central Office.
  3. With a traineeship, your training and paid employment are combined, so you can develop your skills and knowledge while working in the sector. Your training will be provided at the workplace by both your employer and your Trainer and Assessor.

Yes. To work in the ECEC sector, you must be either fully qualified or enrolled in an ECEC qualification and actively working towards the completion of the qualification.

Qualifications in Early Childhood Education and Care can lead to a range of potential careers including:

  • Early Childhood Teacher, Educational Leader
  • Preschool and Children’s services Director/Manager
  • Operational Manager (providing quality support, account, compliance)
  • Policy or Compliance Officer
  • Regulatory Authority/Body
  • ECEC Trainer and assessor
  • Childcare Assistant
  • Teacher Assistant in public preschools
  • Family Day Care Educator
  • Playgroup Supervisor
  • and more!

Yes. Family day care educators must have, or be actively working towards, an approved Certificate III level Education and Care qualification.

All assessments will be received through our new learner management system, aXcelerate.

You will complete your assessments and upload any documents you need through our new learner management system aXcelerate

You are responsible for finding placement in a centre. This is to ensure you can choose a centre that aligns to your values and location of choice. We can provide support if you have difficulty finding a centre.

We suggest that you create a list of services in your area and call or email them to introduce yourself. Once you have established contact and are invited to the centre, go and meet face to face. If you impress them during your placement, it could lead to an offer of paid work but there are no guarantees.

You will be expected to carry out the typical duties of an educator during your placement. You will start practical placement after you have completed the first three modules of the course. You must complete 100 hours with children aged three to five years and 100 hours with children up to two years old to complete your qualification.

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