Blue Card – Working with Children Check
Students who work with children and young people must hold a Blue Card, unless an exemption applies.
A volunteer or student must not commence regulated child-related work (vocational placement) until they hold a valid blue card.
Shafston initiates the Blue Card application process at orientation. The application is free and may take up to 28 working days to be processed.
For more detailed information about the Blue Card please click on the link to Government website (below) and you will find further information about the volunteer Blue Card as listed below.
If your Blue Card application is declined you will be unable to commence placement, this will affect your course outcomes. Please note, if you are unsure if you will meet the eligibility requirements please visit the website.
You will need to complete the minimum hours of vocational placement for CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (minimum 160 hours) and for CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (minimum 280 hours).
You will be assisted in securing your vocational placement in an Approved Education and Care Service and be mentored by an experienced educator.
During vocational placement you will put into action everything you have learnt throughout your course.
For more information on Vocational Placement see the Best Practice Guide and Frequently Asked Questions for Students | Frequently Asked Questions for Organisations.
Begin your career in children’s services. This course covers the fundamentals of childhood development and caring for children. You will be able to plan leisure and play activities which focus on the child’s development. Career outcomes include:
- Childhood Educator Assistant
- Outside School Hours Aide
- Preschool Assistant
The Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC30121) is the minimum requirement for employment in the early childhood industry. This qualification will provide you with high quality training in the skills and knowledge required to work with children, enabling you to support their wellbeing, learning and development. You will also be required to undertake work placements to gain experience in the industry.
Our trainer’s are highly qualified and industry current so you will receive up to date relevant training, you will graduate with a qualification you can be proud of which will take you on the pathway to the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.
“The process of collecting evidence and making judgements on whether competency has been achieved to confirm that an individual can perform to the standard expected in the workplace, as specified in a training package or a VET accredited course.” https://www.asqa.gov.au/standards-vac/definitions
Your Shafston teacher will formally assess your skills, knowledge and understanding. Assessment is competency based, this means you will be required to show / demonstrate the required competencies for the units of competency you are studying.
In order to ensure that Shafston’s assessment is valid, reliable, flexible and fair, Shafston trainers will conduct assessment as per the assessment conditions for each unit of competency you are studying.
There are many different types of assessment. Multiple and varied assessments are used to ensure that learners are able to demonstrate competency. We will ensure that the assessment is conducted in a manner that is fair, flexible, valid and reliable.
The portal has the following sections Activities, Questioning, Project, and Observation which span across these different tasks. Some of the assessment tasks are ‘stand-alone’ or they may be a combination of these methods of assessment.
There may be
• Written tasks
Written assessments include case studies, question-answer type tasks, written reports and assignments, including reflective evaluations, self-evaluations, project work, demonstrations and class presentations.
This includes written or spoken ‘question-answer’ type tasks in an examination.
Your teacher will observe your performance of tasks in real or simulated workplace environments. This includes participation in role-plays, group discussions and demonstrations of practical skills and knowledge. Students on vocational placement will be observed by a qualified professional.
• Vocational Placement
Vocational placement provides the opportunity to observe professionals in your vocation, gain skills specific to your vocation, engage and interact with your community, and most importantly, to apply what you have learnt in the classroom to the ‘real-world’ vocational environment. You will be mentored and supported by an industry professional and have a valuable opportunity to learn in a structured workplace environment. Your teacher as well as the industry professional will both observe your ability to apply the skills, knowledge and attitudes required in workplace situations and environments.
You may already have the skills and knowledge. For more information about Recognition of Prior Learning Student Information, please refer to: https://shafston.edu/forms-policies-and-procedures/
• Mixed / Blended
The formal learning takes place through a structured program of instruction through face to face delivery with your Shafston teacher on the Shafston campus.
You will be able to learn from your teacher and classmates as you study together through a combination of formal classroom based learning and independent study / research.
– Further support is provided at the weekly Class Tutorial Support sessions with your teacher.
– Face-to-face classroom delivery (20 hours of scheduled contact per week) and
– Placement – 160-hours (compulsory)
– This includes real world experience through vocational placement for students enrolled in Early Childhood qualifications