Certificate Iii In Childrens Services Assignments

Modification History



Release 4

Units of competency updated (see mapping at www.cshisc.com.au).

Electives statement.

Equivalent outcome.

Release 3

Correction of typographical errors. Equivalent outcome.

Release 2

Correction to links and mapping. Equivalent outcome.

Release 1

This version was released in CHC Community Services Training Package release 1.0 and meets the requirements of the New Standards for Training Packages. Significant changes to content of core units.

Qualification Description

This qualification reflects the role of workers in a range of early childhood education settings who work within the requirements of the Education and Care Services National Regulations and the National Quality Standard. They support the implementation of an approved learning framework, and support children’s wellbeing, learning and development. Depending on the setting, educators may work under direct supervision or autonomously.

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

Packaging Rules

Total number of units = 18

  • 15 core units
  • 3 elective units
  • at least 1 must be selected from the electives listed below
  • up to 2 units may be selected from any endorsed Training Packages or accredited courses – these units must be relevant to the work outcome.

All electives chosen must contribute to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome.



Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety


Develop cultural competence


Ensure the health and safety of children


Provide care for children


Promote and provide healthy food and drinks


Provide care for babies and toddlers


Develop positive and respectful relationships with children


Use an approved learning framework to guide practice


Support the holistic development of children in early childhood


Provide experiences to support children’s play and learning


Use information about children to inform practice


Work legally and ethically


Identify and respond to children and young people at risk


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


Participate in workplace health and safety



Work with diverse people


Support behaviour of children and young people


Support children to connect with their world


Comply with family day care administration requirements


Attend to daily functions in home based child care


Foster the holistic development and wellbeing of the child in early childhood


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


Support the holistic development of children in school aged care


Promote innovation in a team environment


Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices


Organise personal work priorities and development


Interact positively with infants, toddlers and parents in a recreation environment

Qualification Mapping Information

No equivalent qualification.


Companion Volume implementation guides are found in VETNet - https://vetnet.education.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=5e0c25cc-3d9d-4b43-80d3-bd22cc4f1e53

What are the differences between the full-time and part-time child care courses?

Although the course content is identical, our part-time Certificate 3 in childcare courses have fewer face-to-face training hours than our full-time programs. Therefore to ensure our part-time learners have enough opportunities to practice their skills and apply their knowledge, some learners without industry experience may be required to complete an additional 100 hours of supervised practical placement.

Will I need to buy textbooks during my child care course?

In addition to the child care course fees, you will also be required to purchase a textbook (valued at $100.00). This text book can be purchased directly from Suzan Johnston Australia upon your commencement in your Certificate III in Childcare studies. You will also be required to pay an additional fee for first-aid training (approximately $110.00). Please see course enrolment form for more details.

Will I need to arrange my own Practical Placement during my child care certificate?

Practical Placement is an important and mandatory component of all child care courses. Accordingly, we will assist you in finding and co-ordinating your practical placement. Over the past 24 years Suzan Johnston Australia has forged strong relationships within the children’s services industry and we have a network of child care centres who regularly (and very happily) host our students’ practical placements.

Does the certificate in child care course include exams?

Our child care courses do not include any scary or stressful exams. Assessments generally involve completing a range of relevant and interesting exercises/activities. You will also be observed and assessed performing your duties within the workplace (during your practical placement).

Why don’t you offer nanny training courses or child care courses online and/or via distance?

Suzan Johnston is committed to producing child care educators that are highly trained, confident professionals, who are capable of providing the best possible standard of care for children.

It is our belief that the best learning outcomes for all Certificate III in Early Childhood Education learners can only be achieved when training/assessment is conducted within a supportive face-to-face classroom environment.

At Suzan Johnston, we have chosen not to deliver child care courses online, ensuring that all child care courses are delivered face-to-face within a relaxed, supportive and highly practical learning environment. Our small class sizes ensure that our trainers can work closely with each student, offering personalised help, support and encouragement.

What is the career pathway for students who graduate with a child care certification?

It is anticipated that the child care industry will continue to experience enormous and unprecedented growth and expansion (with approximately 450 new child care centres opening within Victoria in the 2018/2019 period). Accordingly, industry demand for quality educators (who hold a Certificate III in childcare qualification) will continue to exceed supply.

Our Certificate III in Early Childhood Education has been designed to equip learners with the necessary skills, qualifications and confidence to gain employment in a wide variety of positions including:

  • Educator in a child care centre, kindergarten or pre-school
  • Professional nanny within Australia or overseas
  • Family day care worker
  • Before and after school care assistant
  • Play group supervisor
  • Agency relief staff/mobile assistant
  • Recreation assistant

Will I still be eligible for government funded childcare courses in light of the new restrictions on government-funded enrolments for 2018?

Due to cuts to Government Funding in 2018, subsidised places within this Cert 3 childcare course are now extremely limited. To check your eligibility for government funding and to secure a government subsidised course fee, please contact us to speak with one of our friendly course consultants.

Do I need to complete a child care course to become a nanny?

In the past becoming a nanny was pretty easy, with most families only expecting potential nannies to have previous babysitting experience and no formal child care and/or nanny qualifications.

Today, society’s perception of nannies has changed enormously with Australian nannies being respected and valued as industry professionals, who offer families legitimate and professional child care alternatives.

Suzan Johnston has been offering child care and nanny courses for more than 24 years. Our child care qualifications are highly respected within the nanny industry, and our graduates are actively sought after by families and nanny recruitment agencies worldwide.

The Turnbull government has recently announced that from July 2018 all nannies providing services for the new home based care programme must hold or be working towards a Certificate III in Early Childhood (minimum) qualification. As a result, most parents and employment agencies will now insist that their nannies hold this important child care/nanny qualification. Accordingly, we encourage all those who intend on becoming a nanny to undertake the Certificate III in Childcare in preparation for this new national requirement.

Why is the Suzan Johnston child care certificate different to any another RTO or TAFE course?

  • Suzan Johnston Australia is one of Melbourne’s most trusted and respected training institutions (established since 1959) and have been delivering the accredited child care course in Melbourne since 1994
  • Our child care trainers are exceptional and inspirational professionals, who deliver every training session with passion and dedication
  • Our classes are conducted in a uniquely caring, friendly and personalised learning environment
  • Our students individual training needs are respected and valued
  • Suzan Johnston Australia has the reputation of delivering nanny training and childcare courses that are of the highest quality
  • Graduates from our exclusive children’s services course are multi-skilled and have a wide range of employment opportunities
  • Our certificate 3 childcare graduates are known to be quality professionals who are respected within the industry and actively sought after by employers Australia wide
  • The Suzan Johnston Training Organization is committed to producing childcare educators who are truly dedicated and capable of providing the best possible standard of care for children
  • Approximately 85 – 100% of our Cert III childcare graduates are successful in finding employment within 3 – 4 weeks of course completion!



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