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
18 units (15 core and 3 electives)

12 months

Delivery modes
Workplace, distance

Placement hours
180 hours that we can help you organise (working hours can be incorporated as placement hours for workplace learners)

*Special note: As a result of extended lock downs and restrictions experienced in Victoria due to COVID-19 in 2020, learners may have amended placement hours based on government advice.

Government funding & fees

Course Units

Core Units

HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting*
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety
CHCECE002 Ensure the health and safety of children
CHCECE003 Provide care for children
CHCECE004 Promote and provide healthy food and drinks
CHCECE005 Provide care for babies and toddlers
CHCECE007 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children
CHCECE009 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
CHCECE001 Develop cultural competence
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
CHCECE013 Use information about children to inform practice
CHCECE011 Provide experiences to support children’s play and learning
CHCECE010 Support the holistic development of children in early childhood

Elective Units

BSBWOR301 Organise personal work priorities and development
CHCECE006 Support behaviour of children and young people
CHCECE012 Support children to connect with their world


Entry requirements

  • To commence this program, your Language Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skills must meet required standards for ACSF LEVEL 2
  • 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 and will not be eligible for government-subsidised training for this course.

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 choose to study via our interactive online portal or paper-based. Whichever gives you the best opportunity to succeed.

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 at least one 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.

  • For distance learners evidence of flu vaccination may be required to undertake practical placement in some centres.

*Special note: As a result of extended lock downs and restrictions experienced in Victoria due to COVID-19 in 2020, learners may have amended placement hours based on government advice.

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 learning educator
  • Nanny
  • Kindergarten assistant
  • Family day care educator

Further education pathways

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Early Childhood Australia Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia Australian Childcare Alliance Australian Qualification Framework
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