New In-Home Childcare Guidelines

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As we approach the end of the financial year we are prompting our Nannies to be aware of some Government-based changes that will potentially affect them.

New guidelines finalised in December 2017 confirmed through the Department of Education that:

  • All In Home Carers will be known as Educators. 
  • Therefore, they will need to have completed or be working towards the CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care as a minimum qualification.

The CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care is recognised by the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). This means that you can take this qualification anywhere within Australia and work as an accredited child care worker. This course is suitable for those with some child care experience already, who may be seeking to formalise their knowledge. The course is also suitable for new entrants as it is direct-entry with no pre-requisite subjects.

The Certificate III has 1200 nominal hours (including the required vocational placement hours) which gives you an estimate of how much time you’ll need to spend studying the course.

  • Your actual study time depends on the pace you set for yourself and how familiar you are with the topics. The maximum duration is 12 months, but you can always apply for an extension if you feel like you need more time.
  • If you are doing a regular 38-hour work week during your placement, it will take between 3.5 and 6.5 weeks to complete your work experience hours. If you’re only doing 1 day a week, it’ll take between 16 and 32 weeks. Plan and allow yourself plenty of time to complete the placement!

Contact your local Tertiary campus for the specifics of the course they are providing – options are

  • Multiple intakes through the year
  • Recognition of Prior Learning is available to suitable candidates
  • You will complete 15 core units and 3 electives
  • Do a minimum of 120 hours of placements
  • Fees will vary but options include concession, government funded and full fee places

Meet your Professional Development obligations, enhance your employment prospects and increase your income by upskilling in your chosen area of work by completing a tertiary qualification!