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.
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.
Certificate III in Children's Services
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 16 week course and is only offered full-time*. Student intakes are monthly.
* Selected units may be available on a part time basis. To check availability please contact Course Information.
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)
* 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.