This qualification reflects the role of workers in a range of early childhood education settings who work within the requirements of the Education and Care Services National Regulations and the National Quality Standard. They support the implementation of an approved learning framework, and support children’s wellbeing, learning and development. Depending on the setting, educators may work under direct supervision or autonomously.
Occupational titles may include:
• Early childhood educator • * Outside school hours care assistant
• Playgroup supervisor • * Recreation assistant
• Family day care worker • Nanny
• Childhood Educator • Mobile assistant
• Childhood educator assistant
* Some jurisdictions may require CHC40113 Certificate IV in School Age Education & Care for these work roles
Course Structure and Resources
There are a variety of delivery options including employment based, correspondence and face to face dependent on your situation and availability. Phone and email support are available. All courses are competency based and all resources are supplied by METS.
Options for study
Option 1: Traineeships – you need to be employed within an Early Childhood Service on a permanent basis (fulltime or part time) to undertake a Traineeship (other conditions apply). The course cost is subsidised by the Government for eligible participants although a compulsory enrolment fee applies (concessions and exemptions are available).
You must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident (some visas are acceptable and other conditions apply).
Contact METS or your local apprenticeship centre for more information.
Option 2: Fee for Service (Self funded)
For those who are not eligible or simply do not wish to participate in a Traineeship, you can still complete the course as a Fee for Service Learner. You can be employed by an Early Childhood Service as a permanent, casual or volunteer and you will need to have the cooperation of the service to comply with the practical components of the course. You can choose to start this course at any time throughout the year.
Learners may have attained knowledge and skills in the workplace and/or competencies in one or more units. RPL (recognition of prior learning) is available for each unit of competency based on relevant workplace experience, formal training or other expertise relative to the sector.
Conditions in the Workplace
It is required that you have a qualified person holding a Diploma or higher qualification eg: Early Childhood Teacher to act as your practical supervisor during the course.
These arrangements are flexible and METS staff are available if you need assistance with discussing the arrangements with your chosen organisation.
Duration of the course
Trainees - 12 months for a fulltime employee 24 months for a part time employee
Fee for Service/Self Funded – an enrolment period of 1 year will be given, extensions can be applied for however further enrolment fees will apply.
Trainees will need to have the full support of their employer for their training. METS will discuss responsibilities with your employer and then proceed to organize an Apprenticeship centre to complete the necessary documents. METS will then begin the enrolment process.
Trainees classified as New Entrant will be charged an annual enrolment fee. NSW State Training Services have instructed RTOs to collect this compulsory fee. Concessions and exemptions may apply.
Fee for Service Learners must submit a completed enrolment form with the enrolment fee and purchase a minimum of 3 units to commence. You can then choose to pay as you go or purchase clusters of units (maximum up to $1000) Call METS to discuss.
18 Units of Competency
All of these competencies must be successfully completed to gain the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education & Care (CHC30113)