CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

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The Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care is an entry level qualification and the minimum legal requirement for every child care worker in Australia.

This qualification covers the fundamentals of early childhood development, education and care. Upon completion of this qualification you will have the skills, knowledge and experience to support the health, safety and development of children and to plan activities to promote children’s learning through play.

Whichever delivery mode suits your lifestyle, our experienced and supportive trainers will be with you every step of the way.


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Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Course units
17 units (15 core and 2 electives)

12 months

Delivery modes
Workplace or distance (online)

Placement hours
180 hours (2 days per week, 7.5 hour days) in a long day care environment that we can help you organise. For workplace learners, practical placement hours can be scheduled during usual working hours.

Government funding & fees

Course Units

Core Units

HLTAID012 Provide First Aid in an education and care setting
CHCECE056 Work effectively in children’s education and care
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety
CHCECE031 Support children’s health, safety and wellbeing
CHCECE055 Meet legal and ethical obligations in children’s education and care
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
CHCECE032 Nurture babies and toddlers
CHCECE033 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children
CHCECE030 Support inclusion and diversity
CHCECE034 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
CHCECE054 Promote understanding of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ cultures
CHCECE035 Support the holistic learning & development of children
CHCECE036 Provide experiences to support children’s play and learning
CHCECE037 Support children to connect with the natural environment
CHCECE038 Observe children to inform practice

Elective Units

BSBPEF301 Organise personal work priorities
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people


Entry requirements

  • To commence this program, your Language Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skills must meet required standards for ACSF LEVEL 2
  • Must have access to a computer and internet
  • You need to either provide a current Working With Children Check (WWCC) or provide evidence that you have applied for a WWCC. Find out more information here
  • If you are unable to obtain a WWCC you will not be able to complete the requirements of the course.
  • Evidence of COVID-19 vaccinations may be required by a service to undertake your practical placement.*

*While not a Government public health mandate, individual services have the choice to require evidence of vaccination against COVID-19 and other illnesses. Depending on the service you attend and their vaccination policy, this may affect your ability to undertake practical placement. Practical Outcomes has no authority over the decisions made by individual services and cannot warrant you will be able to be placed elsewhere if you are unable to attend an early childhood service because of your vaccination status and will not be responsible for any impact which this may cause on your ability to complete your course requirements.

Program delivery and assessment

Offered in the workplace our by distance you can study to suit your life commitments. With either delivery mode you can study via our interactive online portal.

Assessment methods include: Readings, research and reflection tasks, knowledge questions, projects, workplace/placement assessments and observations

Placement hours

This program requires a minimum of 180 hours to be logged in an education and care service. If you are not already in the workplace we can help you organise practical placement in a centre that is suitable to you. Learn more.

Your dedicated trainer and assessor

You will be provided with a qualified trainer and workplace/placement coach who will support you throughout your entire learning journey. Your trainer will provide you with individualised feedback on all your assessments and support you every step of the way. As well as face-to-face visits, for extra support, your trainer is available to help via phone or email too.

Fees and funding

For information on fees, government funding and payment options please click here.

Job outcomes

  • Early childhood educator
  • Kindergarten assistant
  • Family day care educator
  • Nanny/in-home carer
  • Outside school hours care educator

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