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A Career in Early Childhood Opens Up a World of Opportunity!

Can you see yourself working in early childhood?

Whether you're a new entrant to the sector or are simply looking to improve your career opportunities, our range of industry preferred early childhood courses will give you the skills and knowledge to succeed. 

Equipped with the skills and qualification to make your career ambitions a reality, your work opportunities are endless.

It's a great time to start a career in early childhood

The sector is expanding and those with the right qualifications are in demand.

Working in early childhood is life-changing. This is a career where you can make a difference and be a positive influence in shaping young lives. 

The role is all about nurturing young children's wellbeing and assisting in their social, emotional, physical and education development needs.

Early childhood education and care qualifications prepare students for employment in regulated care services such as childcare, long day care, kindergartens, occasional care and family day care. It is also a popular qualification for those working as nannies, children's programs and running playgroups. 

With a qualification in early childhood, you can work in different early childhood settings - from community-based or not-for-profit services to privately-owned organisations, and/or to services located on school grounds. You can also provide family day care from your own home.

Did you know that 2017 Year 12 school leavers may be able to study a Certificate III for FREE?*

*to be eligible for fee free, students must meet the relevant eligibility criteria for QLD government funding.

The Crèche and Kindergarten Association (C&K)

C&K is a not for profit organisation that has offered the highest standard of Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) since its establishment in 1907.

C&K, the largest Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) provider in Queensland, is proud to have played a role in the lives of more than one million children, over more than one hundred year, and remains committed to continuing this support for children and their families, now and into the future.

C&K is a high quality VET provider delivering programs designed to provide a pathway into the Early Childhood sector and to strengthen and build a professional ECEC sector workforce.

To make vocational qualifications more relevant to the workforce now and into the future, our college has focused on Certificate III and Diploma qualifications, embedding high quality professional development courses aligned to ECEC sector needs. This assists graduates to meet the responsibilities of their education and care role and to be confident in addressing the complex needs of children and families today.

Providing support and professional development for early childhood educators enables the best possible outcomes for children.

C&K provides frontline professional learning support across Queensland through Education Advisors, Inclusion and Wellbeing Advisors, the learning and development team and the C&K College of Early Childhood. C&K understand the importance of meeting the needs of all educators in rural, regional and remote locations. C&K run the highly successful Queensland Early Education and Care Conference as well as a schedule of professional development events around the state throughout the year, including webinars and online blogs/forums. There are C&K educator, service excellence and innovation awards to recognise outstanding practice and innovation in early childhood education and care.

The innovative work undertaken by our own RTO, and through the brand and affiliate early childhood services we support in remote and regional Queensland, strengthen our capacity to work collaboratively with a range of stakeholders and to ensure training resources meet the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander services.

C&K College of Early Education (RTO 5025)

The C&K College of Early Childhood promotes professional development, high quality vocational placements and employment pathways as its unique offering to students.

Vocational placement is an important part of learning and the C&K college of Early Childhood arranges suitable vocational placement opportunities for their students.

While C&K support students with vocational placement, we also have students attending vocational placement with a range of providers from large, privately-owned organisations, community-based or not-for-profit services, to services located in school grounds.

The delivery and assessment approach of the C&K College of Early Childhood combines online and face-to-face learning with on-the-job practical early childhood education and care sector expertise.

We ensure that our trainers and assessors are skilled practitioners with current industry skills and knowledge, so our learners receive the training they need and our graduates are properly assessed before being issued with a qualification or a statement of attainment.

We ensure that we are responsive to student feedback and will be responsive to your needs including questions or concerns related to completing coursework.

Our courses incorporate a number of respected professional development (PD) activities. These PD activities deliver a deeper understanding of what it means to be an early childhood professional, along with a greater appreciation of the implications and impacts of your work. 

Why Choose the C&K College of Early Childhood

  • C&K has a reputation for quality and for creating pathways into the early childhood education and care sector. Our strength is provision of industry relevant training, assessment and vocational placement. 
  • Quality vocational placement in a C&K service (or a service of your choice supported by structured on-the-job learning)
  • Innovative programs which include latest early childhood education and care sector research and professional development
  • Blended learning: students learn through discussion, interaction and through a combination of online, on-the-job, study groups/classroom learning/workshop activities
  • Career pathways: start your career in training with links to employment opportunities, or through a traineeship or apprenticeship pathway
  • Advance your career through professional development with new skill sets
  • Pathway to university, when you hold a diploma you can complete further studies to become an early childhood teacher
  • C&K is an approved Queensland Government pre-qualified supplier to deliver pubicly funded training and assessment. 

Find a Course

Get Set, Go for Child Care - free course

Take advantage of the Queensland Government's Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative and discover a rewarding career in childcare.

MRAEL, in partnership with C&K College of Early Childhood are delivering the Free Get Set, Go for Child Care program in Logan, Murrarie, Blackwater, Mount Isa and Mackay.

The program will provide participants with the opportunity to undertake CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, while receiving tailored support and guidance to increase their job search skills, work readiness and general employability. Plus, MRAEL will support successful students to secure employment opportunities upon completion of the program. 

Contact MRAEL today to express your interest and to learn more about how this program can help you achieve your career goals. T 1300 467 235 or email people@mrael.com.au

Caloundra Community Centre, in partnership with C&K College of Early Childhood are delivering a similar FREE child care program in Caloundra.

ENROL NOW to register your attendance at an information session. Call 5491 4000 or email jody@calcomm.org.au

This training is proudly funded and supported by the Queensland Government through its Skilling Queenslanders for Work Initiative. 

Skill Sets

Skill sets support educators wiht the skills and knowledge they need to deliver a quality early childhood program that meets the needs of all children in their care. The C&K College of Early Childhood offer two skill sets including:

The higher level skills program provides a government subsidy to support eligible individuals to complete both these skill sets.

How much does a skill set cost?

A student co-contribution fee of $50 is required for each skill set. Students who successfully complete all requirements of a skill set will be issued with a statement of attainment for CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.

Students must hold a qualification at Certificate III level or higher in early childhood education and care and be an existing worker in early childhood to enrol in these qualifications. 

Customised Courses and Solutions

The C&K College of Early Childhood will partner with your organisation to develop and deliver tailored programs designed to meet the needs of your service and staff. The college has experience in delivering programs in metropolitan, rural and remote areas and participates in the Indigenous Remote Support Coordination program.

For example, the C&K College also delivers a 52-week traineeship program which encourages collaborative learning and incorporates a mixture of online professional development, classroom based learning, on-the-job learning and assessment, and self-directed learning. This program also incorporates a Diploma entry pathway which ensures the ACECQA approved certificate III units are delivered in the first 12 months.

Please contact the C&K College Helpdesk today on 07 3513 2524 or email ckcollege@candk.asn.au to enquire about how the college can partner with you to develop a cost-effective solution. 

Student Guide

Download the Student Guide for more detail on studying with the C&K College of Early Childhood.

News & Updates

Learn more about the previous winners of the Emerging Educators Award, awarded each year at the Queensland Early Education and Care Conference.