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Early Childhood CONNEX program

Combining onsite, online and workplace-based training, leading to a CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care*
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About the program

The Early Childhood CONNEX program sees Macquarie Community College, in partnership with St Nicholas Pathways, deliver an innovative and blended program of onsite (face-to-face), online and workplace-based training that leads to a nationally accredited entry-level qualification (CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care*). 

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Information Sessions

St Nicholas Pathways will be hosting information sessions about our Early Childhood CONNEX program between 10-30 January 2024. These events will take place between St Nicholas Pathways Maitland (24 Hunter St, Maitland) and St Nicholas Early Education Muswellbrook (111 Skellatar Stock Rte, Muswellbrook).

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  • Program and delivery
  • Benefits
  • Career and study pathways
  • Macquarie Community College
How does it work? 
  • 3 days on-campus/workplace + 4 hours online per week over 12 months 
  • Combination of face-to-face, online and workplace-based learning at a St Nicholas Early Education centre and/or St Nicholas OOSH service 
  • Maitland or Muswellbrook-based locations 
  • Students may be eligible for subsidies under NSW
    Smart and Skilled Entitlement training programs
Am I eligible for fee-free enrolment?

For learners to be enrolled FEE-FREE under NSW Government’s JobTrainer initiative, they must be:

  • 16 years old or over
  • No longer at school
  • Living or working in NSW
  • An Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, humanitarian visa holder or New Zealand citizen.

And be one (or more) of the following:

  • A job seeker. This includes someone who is unemployed, on income support payments. or expected to become unemployed
  • A young person (including school leavers) aged 16-24, regardless of employment status
  • A NSW veteran and their recognised partner or spouse
  • Any individual (including an employed person) seeking fee-free* training in specific full and part qualifications in aged care, childcare, disability care, digital skills or Training and Assessment (TAE).

*Training provided by Macquarie Community College (RTO ID: 90033). 
NSW learners may be eligible for subsidies under NSW Smart and Skilled Entitlement training programs. 
This training is subsidised by the NSW Government. 
Unit/s will be delivered by an agent under a third-party arrangement. 

Group of students training to be certificate III educators learning with their trainer in a classroom

Benefits of St Nicholas Pathways’ Early Childhood CONNEX program include: 

  • Nationally accredited qualification (CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care*) 
  • Reputable and supportive Registered Training Organisation, Macquarie Community College 
  • Guaranteed work experience  
  • State-of-the-art training facilities 
  • Highly skilled and supportive Trainer and Assessors 
  • Showcase your skills for an employer of choice, St Nicholas
  • Start working casually in early childhood immediately (ages 18+ only).
Student training to be certificate III educators learning with their trainer and interacting with a child
Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC30121)
  • Educator

Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC30121)
  • Educational Leader 
  • Nominated Supervisor 
  • Director

Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood or Primary Teaching
  • Director 
  • Early Childhood Teacher 
  • Early Childhood Specialist 
Students training to be certificate III educator learning with their mentor in an early education centre
About Macquarie Community College

Macquarie Community College (RTO ID: 90033) is a not-for-profit Registered Training Organisation (RTO) that has set the standard in adult community education since their beginnings in 1950. They offer a range of accredited and non-accredited courses designed to offer their clients flexible, quality education and training to enhance their skills, career opportunities, participation, and connections in community. 

To learn more about Macquarie Community College, click here. 

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  • Submitting a booking request or enquiry does not constitute a confirmed booking. No booking is confirmed until you have received email confirmation from St Nicholas.

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Testimonials

‘The trainers are so supportive and knowledgeable. I know I can approach them for whatever I need and they’ll always do their best to help me.’

Georgia Pathways Student

‘St Nicholas Pathways has enabled me to fast-track my dream of becoming an educator.’

Kayla Pathways Student

‘The Immersion program has been amazing to be able to get a taste of what it’s like to work in early childhood. I now know this is the career path for me.’

Steph Pathways Student

‘St Nicholas supported me for the entirety of my work-based traineeship. I’m now one step closer to achieving my dream of becoming a Centre Director.’

Talia Pathways Student

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