Early Childhood Education and Care

Early Childhood Education and Care

Pre-vocational / Part Qualification

  • Skill sets are not full qualifications, like Certificate II or Certificate III or Diploma; instead, they are part qualifications.
  • Pre-vocational Course is great as it allows you to complete half of your Certificate III and it is absolutely free for eligible candidates.
  • The purpose is to let candidates see if the child care industry is for them, without having to make a bigger commitment for Cert III or Diploma

Full Qualification Path (Non-Traineeship)

  • Need more flexibility in work/study hours?
  • Planning a gradual transition towards a new career?
  • Or maybe you are a full time mom working towards a qual ?
  • You can start working towards a Certificate III or Diploma of Early Childhood Education & Care on a part time basis, with the option to attend 1 or 2 support session(s) per month
  • Fee installment plans are available or apply for fee reduction through Govt. Funding

Traineeships available in Sydney

  • A traineeship is a great way to be paid for work, learn and earn a qualification.
  • An employer agrees to employ a Trainee Educator for the term of the traineeship.
  • Traineeships generally range from 6 month to 3 yrs, part time or full time. The term of the training contract can be varied to include recognition of current skills or qualifications or extended if more time is required to learn and practice skills.
  • Upon successful completion, a trainee will receive a qualification in Certificate III or Diploma.
  • Fee subsidy is available to trainees who are new entrants, but not to existing workers.

Professional Development Courses for Educators

  • Professional development course can be delivered at your service, in our classroom or online or via a Webinar where you simply log into a workshop whilst sitting in your PJs sipping tea.
  • Courses in identifying children at risk, nutrition and menu planning, intentional playing, planning and implementing development programs, cultural diversity inclusion, communication with children, overview of regulations and frameworks, and the quality improvement cycle.

Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC30113)
Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC50113)

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The Diploma and Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care supersede the older Diploma/Certificate III in Children’s Services qualifications.  The new quals now includes a new First Aid unit – Provide First Aid HLTAID004 – that covers the provision of first aid in emergencies and management of Asthma and Anaphylaxis.

The courses are delivered in a few different ways to best meet everyone’s lifestyles, learning styles, and work and family commitments.

We always recommend the blended mode as participants can get personal face to face support for assistance in course and complete the practical assessments, role plays and discussions.  Not to mention, it is always good knowing that your trainer is monitoring your progress to ensure timely course completion.

Traineeships are available

A traineeship is a great way to get qualified and earn an income at the same time.  Currently, SkillNet is seeking Trainees between the following age groups for our network of facility-based child care centers in Sydney West and South West:

  • 16 to 18 year old or school leavers
  • 18+ year old Australian Citizens, Permanent Residents, Refugees, or New Zealand Citizens

If you think this might be the best way to get into the Early Childhood and Care industry, then simply apply online and let us get the ball rolling for you.

Start Dates for Cert III and Diploma

Applications can be made in week 1 of every month.

Class times

  • Thu classes:  10:30am to 2:30pm (weekly)
  • Wed classes:  10:30am to 2:30pm (weekly)
  • Sunday classes:  9am to 1pm (fortnightly)

Study Options

  • 1 class per fortnight + homework + work experience
  • 1 class per week + 1 support session per week + homework + work experience

Course Entry Requirements

There are no prerequisite requirements for individual units of competency.  However, we ask that participants take a Language Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) Test to assess the level of support you might require during the course.

You can get an idea of your LLN level by doing a preliminary test by clicking here.

Work placement hours

Work placements are also essential to the delivery as the assessment requirements for the units of competency specify that assessment must occur in the workplace.  Performance evidence activities of prescribed units must be performed during a period of at least 120 hours of work (for Cert III) and at least 240 hours (for Diploma) in at least one regulated education and care service.

Participants must complete the First Aid Unit (HLTAID004) and have Working with Children Check done prior to commencing the work placements.

SkillNet has a number of child care centers in Sydney where we can place our students for work experience.

Fees / Funded Training

NSW Government introduced the Smart and Skilled initiative to help people get the skills they need to find a job and advance their careers.  It is not the same as VSL; VET-FEE HELP; VET-FEE HELP is where students take on a loan to complete a qualification and the loan must be paid off after you start earning a certain wage.  The NSW Smart and Skilled, on the other hand, is where the government pays part or full fee for you so that you can skilled to earn an income and you do not have to return any fee to the government as it is not a loan.

Under the Smart and Skilled initiative, if are you eligible, the state government will either fully fund your course or ask that you pay a portion of the course fee.  And your portion of the fee can be paid in monthly installments.

Step 1: Eligibility for Smart and Skilled

To be eligible, you must be:

  • at least 15 years old
  • live or work in NSW
  • no longer at school
  • an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident or Australian permanent humanitarian visa holder or New Zealand citizen

Step 2:  Determine how much fees will be paid by NSW Government

If you meet the above the eligibility criteria, the next step is figure out how much course fee subsidy you will receive.  There is a range of fee subsidies and the exact amount for you can only be calculated once you apply and give us the necessary information to be able to get a formal fee quote from NSW Government.

Here are the general student fees, however, to give you an idea:

  • Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
    • Student Fee $0 (disability pension or depend upon a disability pensioner)
    • Student Fee $0 (Refugee or Humanitarian Visa Holder)
    • Student Fee $0 (Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent)
    • Student Fee $0 (between 15-30 yr old and receive Centrelink pension)
    • Student Fee $240 (Centrelink pension or depend upon someone who receives it)
    • Student Fee $1000 (Traineeship pathway)
    • Student Fee  $1590 to $1910 (do not fit into any of the above categories; exact fee amounts depends upon your prior qualifications)
  • Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
    • Student Fee $0 (disability pension or dependent upon a disability pensioner)
    • Student Fee $0 (Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent)
    • Student Fee $1000 (traineeship pathway) 
    • Student Fee $4200 to $4930 (exact fee amounts depends upon whether you receive Centrelink payments or if you have completed a prior qualification)
Not sure where, how to get started or how much funding you might get for your course? 

Simply apply online and tell us a bit about yourself so that we can get a formal fee estimate for you before you proceed.

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