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Certificate III in Children's Services

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  • Objectives
    The Certificate III in Children’s Services will equip you with comprehensive skills and knowledge to enter the children’s services sector as a trained assistant. The course encompasses health, education and sociological perspectives to prepare students for work in a range of environments in the child care industry. The Certificate lll in Children’s Services enables the participant to use organisational policies, procedures and individual children’s profiles to plan activities and provide care to children, facilitating their leisure and play and enabling them to achieve their developmental outcomes. Depending on the setting, workers may work under direct supervision or autonomously. In some settings, the worker may also have limited supervisory responsibilities of volunteers. Certificate III in Children’s Services will be prepared for employment as a childcare assistant (supervised), unqualified child care worker, family day carer, nanny and out of school care assistant. This course does articulate into the first year of the Diploma of Children’s Services – substantial credits given upon successful completion of the Certificate III in Children’s Services.
  • Entry requirements
    Applicants will be required to attend a course information session. An interview to appraise your ability to meet the selection criteria will be scheduled at this time. All successful applicants will be required to undertake a police check at their own expense to meet workplace regulatory requirements.
  • Academic Title
    Certificate III in Children's Services
  • Course description
    Modules / Units of Competency
    There are a number of Modules / Units of Competency that form the Certificate III in Children's Services . The Modules / Units of Competency and hours listed below are included in the current Gordon course structure and are subject to change.
    Title     Approx. Hours

    Identify And Respond To Children And Young People At Risk Of Harm     30
    Ensure Children’s Health And Safety     30
    Care For Children     70
    Respond To Illness, Accidents And Emergencies     30
    Work Within A Legal And Ethical Framework     50
    Support The Development Of Children In The Service     40
    Interact Effectively With Children     70
    Participate In Workplace Safety Procedures     30
    Deliver Services/activities To Stimulate Children’s Development And Enhance Their Leisure     40
    Develop An Understanding Of Children’s Interests And Developmental Needs     20
    Apply Basic First Aid/apply Advanced First Aid     30
    Care For Babies     40
    Work Effectively With Families In Caring For The Child     25
    Arrange/organized Experiences Which Facilitate And Enhance Children’s Development     80
    Participate In The Work Environment     20
    The Certificate III in Children’s Services is a 24 week course and is only offered full-time*. Student intakes are generally in February. Classroom attendance is approximately 20 hours per week.

    * Selected units may be available on a part time basis. To check availability please contact Course Information.

    Selection Criteria
    If you apply to study Certificate III you will be required to attend an interview.

    Certificate III in Children’s Services applicants must demonstrate an ability to work effectively with young children and their families, previous experience, knowledge of and interest in childcare, sound communication and interpersonal skills and also organisational and presentation skills at the interview.

    Links and options exist between various levels of study. Accredited pathways exist enabling students to move between courses within the Gordon and to other higher education institutions.

    Certificate III in Children's Services

        * Childcare assistant (supervised)
        * Nanny
        * Play group coordinator
        * Toy library coordinator

    Diploma in Children's Services
    Bachelor of Early Childhood Education
    Recognition of Prior Learning

    Recognition of prior learning (RPL) may be given for skills and knowledge gained through previous study or other relevant experience. For further information refer to the RPL brochure that can be found under Downloads & Forms.
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