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Southern Cross Education Institute Certificate III in Children's Services
Southern Cross Education Institute

Certificate III in Children's Services

34 Weeks


Full time

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Jan 2024

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This qualification covers workers who use organisation 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.

Pathway Options

Pathways into the qualification:

Having sufficient relevant Community Services industry experience working in a support role without any formal qualifications

Pathways from the qualification:

After achieving CHC30712 Certificate III in Children Services, participants may undertake: CHC50908 Diploma of Children Services (Early Childhood Education and Care). Participants may also seek employment opportunities as detailed below in Employment Opportunities.

Entry Requirements

Participants would need to fulfil the following requirements:

  • IELTS 5.5 OR Equivalent.
  • Successful completion of year 11 or equivalent level of study
  • Applicants must be 18 years of age or above.

Additional Requirements

Candidates must undertake National Police check and Working with Children Check before commencing work placement.

Employment Opportunities

Job roles/ Occupational titles

Occupational titles for these workers may include:

  • Early childhood educator
  • Outside school hours care assistant
  • Playgroup supervisor
  • Recreation assistant
  • Family day care worker
  • Nanny
  • Childhood Educator
  • Mobile assistant

Teaching Methods/Mode of Study

Classroom and self-based learning, as well as work placement.


Learners will be assessed through Written Assessment, Research and Workplace throughout the course.

Recognised Prior Learning (RPL)

An RPL process is in place for learners who wish to gain either recognition for an individual unit or the complete qualification.


There are no pre-requisites for this qualification.


  • Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
  • Develop understanding of children’s interests and developmental needs
  • Support the development of children
  • Provide care for children
  • Interact effectively with children
  • Apply First Aid
  • Work within a relevant legal and ethical framework
  • Provide experiences to support children’s play and learning
  • Contribute to provision of nutritionally balanced food in a safe and hygienic manner
  • Contribute to WHS Processes
  • Ensure children’s health and safety
  • Provide care for babies
  • Participate effectively in the work environment
  • Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers

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