Certificate III is made up of 15 Units of Competencies -
- Interact effectively with children
- Support Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander families to participate in children’s services
- Contribute to WHS processes
- Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
- Ensure Children’s Health and Safety
- Provide care for children
- Contribute to provision of nutritionally balanced food in a safe and hygienic manner
- Work within a relevant legal and ethical framework
- Apply First Aid
- Support the development of children
- Provide experiences to support children’s play and learning
- Develop understanding of children’s interests and developmental needs
- Support behaviour of children and young people
- Provide care for babies
- Work effectively with families to care for the child
The competencies will be assessed both off and on the job, and the training modules are relevant to what is reflected in today's workforce. All units of competency have a theory based component, which students will work through. This will be combined with "on the job" practical component.
The key clients for this qualification are:
- Students wishing to undertake study in the child care field, who have not worked in the sector and have not completed any study in this area.
- Partially qualified child care staff wishing to complete their qualification.
- People working in the Child Care sector as unqualified staff and want to complete their qualifications.
Once successfully completed, the Certificate III students can then move onto the Diploma of Community Services (Children's Services), enabling them to operate as a qualified team member in both long day and out of school hours care across Australia.