Unpacking the QIP
Key strategies for developing and maintaining your Quality Improvement Plan
This course will give you excellent foundational skills to work within any childcare environment in a range of roles. You won't be stuck in a classroom learning the theory before trying to navigate your way into the workforce. The practical component of this course means you step into the industry with real world experience!
Under childcare legislation you must have a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education & Care to work in most childcare settings. Completing this qualification means you choose the setting you want to work in - whether it be looking after babies and toddlers or primary school aged children in an Outside School Hours Care environment. This qualification will open many doors not available to unqualified workers.
Do you see yourself as?
These are just a few of the career pathways the Certificate III Early Childhood Education and Care offers. For further career advice give us a call!
Any study you do should be meaningful and make sense once you enter the workforce in that chosen career path.
Learning the theory alone can make it difficult for some students to learn. It's like getting into a new car without your licence having only studied the road rules. It's going to be scary and you will feel uncertain. Studies show that you will only remember 20% of what you have learnt with theory alone.
By having a practical component as part of your study there are a number of benefits:
So don't think of those practical hours as unpaid work experience. Think about how it's giving you contacts in an industry you're new to. You have the potential to impress and be offered paid employment with that employer when you finish.
Approximately 1200 hours
Students studying full-time should allow approximately 16 - 25 hours per
Money often gets in the way of what you want to do in life. When choosing who to study with do you go with the cheapest option or do you look for quality. Is it possible to afford both? Just like buying a car we want you to have the safest, most reliable and affordable set of wheels to get you from A to B. Your study journey is no different. With EPEC Education you don't have to worry about whether or not you got what you paid for. Or finding out after it’s done a few miles you brought yourself a big fat lemon! We’ll never leave you with a sour taste in your mouth because we won’t compromise on our quality or charge you an arm and a leg.
You can pay your course fees in full (and receive a bit of a discount for doing so) or through convenient weekly and fortnightly installments that can be scheduled around your regular outgoings.
See our current specials page for further information.
Interest free payments
Total cost of payment plan $2850
All payment plans to be commenced within 2 weeks of enrolment.
For EPEC Educations Refund Policy please refer to the Student Handbook Terms and Conditions.
Walking away with a qualification doesn’t always give you the tools to jump straight into the workforce. One of the great things about studying your Certificate is you will gain practical, hands on experience in the ‘real world’. Essentially you get to test drive your new career while you study!
There are 18 units in the Certificate III Early Childhood Education and Care. You can choose 3 units from the list of electives and the 15 core units are mandatory to complete this qualification.
The greatest thing about online study is you can study anywhere, anytime around your work and lifestyle commitments. You are in complete control and don’t have to worry about working to a restrictive time table or dreaded deadlines for assignments. Maybe you've just finished a nightshift and have a one hour train commute. Jump on your laptop or Ipad and get some study done. You've taken your kids to a play centre and it's noisy and you're bored. Pop in some headphones, grab out your phone and you're good to go. You take charge of your own study!
Being in control of your own study does require motivation and loads of self-discipline. We know that it can often be a struggle particularly if you are studying alone. With EPEC you will be part of a community of learners who are studying the same course as you. We strongly encourage you to access our study groups on Facebook and interact with other students. Remember no question is a silly question!
EPEC Education aims to provide assessment marking results as soon as possible, within a maximum of two (2) weeks from the student submitting their assessment. In the event that marking time-frames are extending beyond two (2) weeks (eg due to times of peak demand, holiday periods, unforeseeable circumstances having arisen), any students affected will be advised by email with an estimated timeframe.
You can find the student handbook in our Terms and Conditions at the bottom of this website or you can access it directly here - Student Handbook
To get to the student login portal, just follow these two easy steps!
1. Go to the Student Portal homepage
2. In the top right-hand corner of the home page click the purple button labeled “Student Portal” – enter your login details (username and password)
If you haven't received your email with your login details check your junk folder. Depending on your security settings it might not go straight to your inbox.
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EPEC Education students will be issued a username and password to access the job ready portal. These will be in the following format:
Username: This will be emailed to you – it generally starts with the first 4 letters of your surname followed by a number
Password: This will be emailed along with your username. You have the option to change this once you login to the system under settings. Your password if you haven’t changed it is a combination of lower and uppercase letters.
If you are having difficulties logging in please call us on 1800 373 233
For instructions on how to use your Student Portal please watch the following videos for a step by step guide.
Multimedia: To make your life and study easier all of our units have a companion video. To play these you will require the latest Adobe Flash Player which you can grab here.
Resources: Your student portal contains additional resources to assist your study such as Training hints and tips. These are in PDF format. It is important to read these when starting your training course to make your study journey easier. To ensure you can read the PDF's you will need a copy of Adobe on your device which you can grab here.
Our resources are simple and easy to follow. Each unit is divided into 4 sections allowing you to send your questions and assessments throughout the completion of your unit. For further direction on how to use your resources please watch this video.
This gives you an opportunity to receive feedback from your Trainer which will show you if you are on track and/or providing enough information in your responses. The great thing is you won’t be at the end of the unit before you realise you are not on track if this is the case. Our trainers provide valuable guidance throughout your training and are contactable in a number of ways. You will always receive a prompt response from us!
For technical difficulties call Catapult Support on 1800 682 199
Fill in the questions in the boxes underneath the questions and remember always click save along the way!
Alternatively if you prefer you can complete your assessments in word and upload them.
The easiest way to upload assignments is to:
1. Access the Student E-Catapult Portal
2. Go to ‘My Documents’
3. Select “Submit an Assignment”
4. Follow the prompts!
Students are responsible for initiating contact with the vocational placement provider. EPEC Education's Student Support Officer will then contact the Centre to ensure the suitability of the placement and organise the Vocational Placement Agreement.
Tips on how to find your Practical Placement
When looking for a suitable work placement consider the following:
If you would like to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning, simply tick the RPL box on your Enrolment Form. After enrolment, an RPL Assessor will contact you to discuss your evidence collection. Please also read the information on Recognition of Prior Learning in the Student Handbook.
You've completed part of your qualification elsewhere. No problem! EPEC Education also offers cross credits. We'll apply what you've already completed so you don't have to start again!
All courses include an initial non-refundable administration fee of 25% of the total course fee. Beyond this, you may request a refund by following the terms and conditions of the Refund Policy found in the Student Handbook
Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1800 373 233 to request a refund form.
We work hard to ensure our students are happy and provided with all the resources, help and guidance needed. If you have a query about anything in relation to your study please give us a call! Studying is hard enough without the added stress of things that aren't working for you. We don't want you to lose sleep over it. Sometimes a problem shared is a problem halved and it can be a simple fix to get you back on your way!
If you still aren't happy we support your rights to lodge a complaint if you feel you have been treated unfairly. All complaints should be submitted in writing at the earliest possible opportunity and sent by email to email@example.com. For our full complaints policy please see the Student Handbook
We understand sometimes you think you've smashed an assessment but when you get your marks back they fall short. This is always disappointing and we want you to know it doesn't mean you won't get there in the end! We will always provide you with feedback so you know where you can improve. And most of all if you're not happy you can give the Trainer who marked your assessment a call. You get as many goes as you need to become competent, but we strongly recommend following the comprehensive feedback to improve!
If you are still not happy with the decision we understand. EPEC Education will always provide you with a fair process to lodge an appeal when you've exhausted all other options. For a step-by-step guide on the appeals process please see the EPEC Student Handbook - Terms and Conditions.
Key strategies for developing and maintaining your Quality Improvement Plan
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