Early Childhood Education and Care - Draft 2 Validation

CHC30119 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care Draft 2

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Qualification description & entry requirements

QUALIFICATION CODE

CHC30119

QUALIFICATION TITLE

Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

QUALIFICATION DESCRIPTION

This qualification reflects the role of educators in early childhood education and care who work according to the requirements of the National Quality Framework. They support children’s wellbeing, and development in the context of an approved learning framework. Educators use a range of well-developed skills and must apply discretion and judgment to their work in the context of established policies and procedures. They work under the guidance of others, though in some contexts that guidance may not be on-site.

 

Early childhood educators work in long day care centres, family day care, pre-schools or kindergartens.

 

Under the Education and Care Services National Law (2011) the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) publishes lists of approved early childhood education and care qualifications and information regarding regulatory requirements here: www.acecqa.gov.au

 

The volume of learning for a Certificate III is typically 1-2 years.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

5 Comments

Review

"I would like to see this review paused so that we can get this qualification right - the current draft has so many problems that need to be properly addressed. One-off forums on each capital city is not satisfactory. Where is the voice of regional and rural/remote services? The Draft 2 Cert 3 does not reflect the AQF specifications for a cert 3 qual nor does it reflect core skills for this level. We are setting up students to fail. We talk about best practice for children - this is also about best practice for adult learning."

Karen Kearns 24.01.2019 08.50AM

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"I second this Karen. There is a substantial change of this draft from even Draft one where it looks like our feedback from Draft one was taken in the wrong context or in some cases not applied at all. Draft one had a much better feel to it with some tweaking and further changes needed but we now seem to be heading in a different direction. Suggest a Draft 3 be released with considerations from these last 2 taken in to consideration before anything is approved. We are not in a hurry to change- would prefer to get this right."

Nicola Johnston 24.01.2019 09.11AM

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Qualification Description

"I think that the qualification should include: They support children's learning, wellbeing and development in the context of an approved learning framework."

Kerrie O'Neill 17.01.2019 11.56AM

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Companion volumes

"will companion volumes be released alongside the new units to assist with implementation "

Jessica Gwynne 16.01.2019 12.25PM

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Entry requirement

"Looking at the requirements of the units - there are high level literacy requirements. Literacy skills definitely need to be an entry requirement. All units need to have foundation skills, some are blank."

Christianne McGibbon 13.12.2018 10.42AM

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Packaging rules

PACKAGING RULES

Total number of units = 16

  • 14 core units
  • 2 elective units, consisting of:
    • 1 unit from the list below
    • 1 unit from the list below, elsewhere in the CHC Training Package, or any other current Training Packages or accredited course.

 

To achieve this qualification, the individual must have completed a total of least 160 hours of work in a children’s service in Australia, of which 120 hours must be in a regulated education and care service. The total number of hours may be applied collectively across all units of competency that include the requirement for workplace hours.

 

The selection of electives chosen must be guided by the job outcome sought, local industry requirements and the complexity of skills appropriate to the AQF level of this qualification.

13 Comments

160 hours

"what standards of application and requirements are set around where the additional 40 hours will be required to be completed - is this allowing students to just throw an extra 40 hours in where ever they like - say babysitting etc where that has no application of the skills and knowledge to the unit and how will that be governed "

Jessica Gwynne 16.01.2019 12.27PM

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AQF III

"The revised Cert 3 does not reflect AQF specification for Cert. 3. Learners are required to practical, procedural, technical and some theoretical knowledge. They are required to participate in ROUTINE TASKS & take LIMITED RESPONSIBILITY IN KNOWN AND STABLE CONTEXT WITHIN ESTABLISHED PARAMETERS. Draft 2 is extremely disappointing - where is the rationale? What do we realistically want a Cert III to know/do/understand/apply? Draft 2 is a combination of AQF 3, 4 & 5! There is no consistency, terminology is confused (and confusing). Some performance criteria are not assessable in their current format. Collasping 3 units into one is not 'streamlining'! 40 hrs workplace experience in a non-regulated service means that no workplace assessment tasks can be undertaken during this period as all units state that they must be assessed in a regulated chns service! I am extremely disappointed in this review. This was an opportunity to get this qual right, instead Cert 3 Draft 2 is an absolute mess - we need to start over! Karen Kearns International Child Care College."

Karen Kearns 08.01.2019 04.40PM

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"Isn't the issue that level of qualification doesn't suit the level of requirements for the industry? The terminology and depth of knowledge is well above the ACSF levels you would expect. With the NQF and the NQS, (noticed they are incorrectly substituted in the units and in general in the industry. Elements (NQS) - Sub-elements (EYLF), frameworks (NQF and learning frameworks) etc. All doubling up so its really hard for learners to understand. We find even those in industry have difficulty communicating clearly when so many terms cross over and are doubled up. So, the level of language and terminology is not at the level of the qualification, but employees need this to work in the industry. Critical reflection, scaffolding, pedagogy, spontaneous teachable moments, dispositions etc etc. These are not terms suited to general ACSF levels for Cert III either and yet they are part of the industry. We could raise the level of the qualification, but does that suit industry? We have to focus on what the industry really wants and what is expected of a CERT III. This varies from someone with minimal responsibility, to a family day care educator, almost entirely isolated in some situations. Is there an answer?"

Debbie Conway 14.01.2019 05.03PM

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"Hi Debbie There certainly are many issues which need to be resolved. I agree that the terminology and related concepts are complex. It is my belief that the expectations of Cert. 3 educators have gradually increased over time. Years ago a Cert 3 (equivalent) was regarded as an assistant to the qualified staff - now they are expected to work alongside qualified staff, are given groups of children to observe/ plan for ect. There seems to be an expectation that they will apply child development knowledge, play/learning/ pedagogical theory ect. They are not teachers, they are not Diploma educators, they are supposedly there to support these roles. I believe that the cost of care is partially responsible for the higher expectations. Services struggle to pay for qualified educators/teachers and are increasingly placing higher expectations on Cert 3’s! My concern in relation to this review is that there is a need to clearly articulate what should be reasonable to expect of a Cert 3 educator. As you say the sector doesn’t seem to be able to agree on this and therefore some leadership is needed to address/clarify this. We may need to I trodu e a Cert 2 to take on the more tradional role of assistant to the qualified staff? The old Cert 4 provided a better pathway in terms of allowing learners to gradually build their skills and knowledge. My other concern in relation to this draft is that once again there is no understanding of the big picture - the volume of learning is enormous and in some instances unassessible. I dispair that the committee seem to have little understanding or regard as to how this course will be delivered in a timely manner hat allows for steady progress and success. My RTO delivers training mainly to trainees. I can’t begin to comprehend how student who only undertake 120/160 hours in the workplace would ever be able to complete all of the workplace tasks in the allocated time. (Let alone have the much needed opportunity to simply be part of the service interacting with children and observing educators etc.). Where to next? I would like to address the reference committee but doubt such an audience e would be granted! Regards Karen Kearns"

Karen Kearns 15.01.2019 09.42AM

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"Are we headed for draft 3???"

Debbie Conway 15.01.2019 11.02AM

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Mandated work placement hours at ECEC services

"Any reason as to why only 120 hours must be conducted at a regulated ECEC service and not the whole mandated 160 hours? As ECEC is a high risk qualification, I would believe that students must demonstrate their knowledge and skills at their work placement environment to be deemed competent in their course. "

Maryann James 28.12.2018 02.50PM

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Hours Requirement

"Further details need to be given around the hours requirement. 40 hours that do not need to be completed in a registered early learning centre won't necessarily support the students knowledge, understanding and skills required to obtain this qualification. "

Ashleigh Smith 14.12.2018 12.31PM

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Hour requirement

"Needs clarification in regards to the 40 hours that can be done elsewhere! Also clarification of how this is resulted - do units not get resulted until hours are complete? Needs to be clearer."

Christianne McGibbon 13.12.2018 10.53AM

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AQF Level

"Please to see the AQF level highlighted - students have struggled doing CHCECE026 at Certificate III level."

Christianne McGibbon 13.12.2018 10.44AM

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"CHCECE026 is not even a recommended elective for cert III (not a core unit and not an elective in the qualification). It would have been included in the particular RTO's elective list."

Debbie Conway 14.01.2019 05.06PM

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"Hi Debbie, I’m referring to this being utilised in the current package. There are some high level electives in this new draft that are not appropriate. My comment was about not repeating the same mistake."

Christianne McGibbon 18.01.2019 12.04PM

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Package rules

"So glad to see that hours of work have increased."

Lynda Campbell 05.12.2018 07.30PM

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"Hi Lynda This is a positive move, however because all units must be assessed in a regulated children’s service students would not be able to take a advantage of these extra hours to complete workplace tasks if they were placed in non-regulated service for the additional 40 hours."

Karen Kearns 15.01.2019 09.44AM

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Core units

CORE UNITS

Core Units

CHCECE030

Support inclusion and diversity

CHCECE031

Support children’s health, safety and wellbeing

CHCECE032

Provide care for babies and toddlers

CHCECE033

Develop positive and respectful relationships with children

CHCECE034

Use an approved learning framework to guide practice 

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

CHCECE054

Promote understanding of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultures

CHCECE055

Meet legal and ethical obligations in children’s education and care

CHCCEC056

Work effectively in children’s education and care

CHCPRT001

Identify and respond to children and young people at risk

HLTAID004

Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting

HLTWHS001

Participate in workplace health and safety

 

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Cert III core

"It would be great to see CHCECE038 Observe children to inform practice as a pre-requisite for CHCECE036 Provide experiences to support children's play and leisure. This would mean that students know something about how to observe children and record this prior to developing experiences."

Debbie Conway 22.01.2019 12.19PM

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"Maybe these two units should be made one, learn about observing children in meaningful ways, then do something with that information."

Debbie Conway 24.01.2019 08.07AM

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"I agree Debbie "

Karen Kearns 24.01.2019 09.00AM

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cert III - NQS

"Unless the NQS is explained in CHCECE056, the National Quality Standard is not explained in any particular unit at all. We refer to it, we look at how other things link, but we don't actually have somewhere that it is the subject being studied. This means that learners don't ever get the basics of how it works. I am sure (hope) RTO's provide this learning, but it should be somewhere that maps in."

Debbie Conway 14.01.2019 05.10PM

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"ICCC introduces the NQS in legal/ethical as N introduction and then refer to it in almost every unit so that students start to understand the relationship between practice and the NQF"

Karen Kearns 24.01.2019 08.42AM

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"I agree that it is almost every unit, and should be, however there is nowhere that it is just laid out and explained - what are quality areas, what are standards and elements, how to use the guide to the NQF to understand the NQS (what standards are and how they are applied to each practice in the unit is fine) - even in CHCECE055 there isn't a direct reference to the NQS basics. We cover ECA code of ethics and UN Convention, but not the NQS basics which every educator must understand to be able to communicate with others everyday."

Debbie Conway 24.01.2019 09.03AM

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Removal of CHCECE006

"As a PD professional - often I am asked about providing workshops and professional development on 'behaviour guidance'. I still think that strategies for supporting children's behaviour could be within its own unit, as well as introductory content with positive relationships with children."

Lorraine Christofis 12.12.2018 01.42PM

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"Absolutely agree Lorraine. Behaviour management is always the most task for educators. There should be an intro for Cert 3 and a more advanced unit at Diploma. Certainly such units should take presidence over a stand alone unit on creativity which should simply be embedded in play and learning!"

Karen Kearns 24.01.2019 08.59AM

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"Huge agreement from me too Lorraine and Karen, behaviour guidance is something nearly all educators struggle with."

Debbie Conway 24.01.2019 09.07AM

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chcece054

"Glad to see this is more realistic in terms of what is relevant in a children's service environment."

Lynda Campbell 05.12.2018 07.34PM

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Core unit

"I think it is very unfair that provide care for babies is still a core unit as there are many services where there are no babies or toddlers and it makes it difficult for the employers when the student has to go to another service for the practical experience. Should be an elective."

Lynda Campbell 05.12.2018 07.32PM

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"Agreed- as it a very specific age group with a skill set that educators could choose to develop according to their working preferences."

Lorraine Christofis 12.12.2018 01.44PM

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"If its not included then it wouldn't be an early childhood qualification, it would be a preschool qualification. Then we would need to have another qual! Also, students aren't gaining a qualification so they can just work in their own service, they are gaining it so they can work in the industry and that means transferring from one service need to another. the training provider should be arranging access and support for learners to gain all skills in flexible ways."

Debbie Conway 15.01.2019 10.59AM

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CHCECE032 Provide care for babies and toddlers in this document has not been updated.

"The title for CHCECE032 is listed as Nurture babies and toddlers in the units on your website."

Jennifer Burston 05.12.2018 12.12PM

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Observe children to inform practice

"Observation is a skill that needs to be practised so I am glad that you have included this as a core unit of competency."

sharon clinch 05.12.2018 11.35AM

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"Agree. Taking a photo is NOT an observation, but many educators think it is."

Kerrie O'Neill 17.01.2019 12.00PM

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Mandatory 160 hours CHC30119

"What constitutes a children's service in Australia"

Dianne Payne 05.12.2018 09.13AM

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"I believe it refers to regulated services"

Karen Kearns 15.01.2019 09.50AM

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New core unit CHCCEC056

"Where's the draft unit? Or when will we get to see this?"

Jenni Welch 04.12.2018 08.43AM

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"Hi Jenni, That unit will be loaded as part of the Certificate II in Children's Services which will available on the forum in the next week or two. SkillsIQ"

Melinda Brown 05.12.2018 11.51AM

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"The title does not make sense. It seems incomplete. It would read better if it was called 'Work effectively in children's education and care services'."

Kerrie O'Neill 17.01.2019 12.02PM

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"Hi Jenni, this unit is now available for comment from the link in the list of units in the side bar on the left. SkillsIQ"

Liz Petrovic 21.01.2019 04.42PM

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"What was the rationale for introducing a Cert 2? I thought this was a review of the existing quals? We need to get Cert 3 & Dip correct before looking at a new qual! "

Karen Kearns 24.01.2019 09.02AM

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"yes!!!"

Debbie Conway 24.01.2019 09.09AM

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ELECTIVE UNITS

Elective Units

BSBINN301

Promote innovation in a team environment

BSBSUS301

Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

BSBWOR301

Organise personal work priorities and development

CHCDIV001

Work with diverse people

CHCECE037

Support children to connect with the natural environment

CHCECE039

Comply with family day care administration requirements

CHCECE040

Attend to daily functions in home-based child care

CHCEDS048

Work with children in need of additional support

CHCPRP003

Reflect on and improve own professional practice

CHCPRT003

Work collaboratively to maintain an environment safe for children and young people

CHCSAC009

Support holistic middle childhood learning, development and wellbeing

HLTFSE001

Follow basic food safety practices

 

QUALIFICATION MAPPING INFORMATION

No equivalent qualification.

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Companion Volume Implementation Guide

16 Comments

equivalence

"looking at the units in depth and making a comparison - there is units that could be of equivalence - why are we making it difficult-er for students to gain new qualifications and not allow them to gain some credit transfers - transitions between quals is going to be messy and students will be having to do units over again due to non equivalence "

Jessica Gwynne 16.01.2019 12.31PM

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CHC50219 School Age qual

"Can we please see the draft for the School Age Education and Care qualification please. I cant seem to access it. If the Diploma in Early Childhood now has pre-requisites, is it safe to assume the School Age one does too? And if so, what are they?"

Nicola Johnston 15.01.2019 05.52PM

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"Apologies, I mean entry requirements not pre-requisites."

Nicola Johnston 15.01.2019 05.57PM

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Missing unit

" Link to CHCCEC056 Work effectively in children’s education and care unit of competency is missing. Would this be available soon? "

Jeany Bright 13.12.2018 08.34PM

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"Hi Jeany, This unit is now available for comment from the link in the list of units in the side bar on the left. SkillsIQ."

Liz Petrovic 21.01.2019 04.42PM

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Elective _ AQF Level

"CHCPRP003 is not a suitable elective for certificate III. When looking at the ACSF level it's the following - Learning - 4 Reading - 4 Writing - 4 Oral Communication -4 Numeracy - 3"

Christianne McGibbon 13.12.2018 11.57AM

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"Many of the units do not reflect ACSF level 3. In relation to CHCPRP003 half of the core units refer to reflection or critical reflection, which highlights the issue of unrealistic expectations for this qual."

Karen Kearns 15.01.2019 09.47AM

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"Nearly every unit includes critical reflection and review, so again we are battling levels and requirements at cert III in the industry."

Debbie Conway 15.01.2019 11.01AM

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Mapping

"When looking closely at units there does seem to be equivalence - this needs to be looked at more closely."

Christianne McGibbon 13.12.2018 10.50AM

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"If nothing else the measure of performance has changed in all of them so that would be the main reason everything is not deemed to be equivalent."

Debbie Conway 15.01.2019 11.02AM

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"This would then have a great impact on those who are studying and will need to transfer from one to another. Some recognised equivalence would be good."

Nicola Johnston 15.01.2019 05.50PM

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"RTO's should map the difference between the old TP and the new, then pass that on to students. There is 12 months for most RTO's to transfer to a new TP."

Debbie Conway 15.01.2019 05.58PM

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"Yes that is understood. There is generally a 12 month teach out however we have many students who come to us from other RTO's or previous study that is not that old with units that will be more than 12 months old but are still recent enough to count their knowledge. We then have to create gap assessment tasks to fill in the gaps of the old unit version to the new unit. This means added cost and in many cases the gaps are very small (basically a word change for some) and/or should not be considered gaps however due to the word 'not equivalent' we have no choice but to have the student under take these due to minor changes that could have been deemed equivalent. Just something to consider and revise when releasing so as to put those wanting to come in to the industry, in the best position possible."

Nicola Johnston 15.01.2019 06.11PM

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"This is what happens for all/most training package changes. I think, while it is difficult for RTO's and students to manage that and deal with it, particularly financially, we have ultimately follow what is good for the E&C industry and that would be making performance more important. There are RPL options also. These could be mapped and used."

Debbie Conway 15.01.2019 06.20PM

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Certificate ll in early childhood education and care

"Where is the content for this?"

Dianne Payne 05.12.2018 09.14AM

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"Hi Dianne, The content for the Certificate II in Children's Services will be added to the Feedback Forum in the next week or two. We will advise when it is available for comment. SkillsIQ"

Melinda Brown 05.12.2018 11.50AM

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