Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care reflects the role of workers in a range of early childhood education settings. This nationally recognised program equips students with essential skills and knowledge to provide quality care and education for children up to five years of age.

The qualification is aimed at those who work within the requirements of the Education and Care Services National Regulations and the National Quality Standard, which supports the implementation of an approved learning framework and supports children’s well-being, learning and development. 

The course covers areas such as child development, safety and wellbeing, fostering creativity and supporting holistic learning.

Your training will focus on: 

  • Provide high-quality care for babies and children
  • Understand approved learning frameworks
  • Supporting children’s play and learning
  • Support the behaviour of children and young people

The course includes a work placement element where you will work at a registered facility to gain real-time work experience skills.

This course is a pre-requisite for the CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.

Graduates of the CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Support can move into rewarding careers as family daycare educators or preschool assistants. At this level, people typically work under the direction of others, with both direct and indirect supervision.

  • Blended (face-to-face and online offered)
  • Part-time (1-2 days a week) for 12 months

Occupational titles may include:

  • Early Childhood Educator
  • Preschool Assistant

Assessment may consist of

  • written answers to questions via the Catapult online assessment portal
  • role plays
  • holistic assessment
  • vocational placement

Evidence may be 

  • written 
  • audio recordings
  • video recordings
  • observation
  • Zoom recording
  • interview
  • documents

All students will engage in a language, literacy, numeracy and digital literacy (LLND) activity to evaluate potential support requirements.

All students require a Working with Children Check (WWCC).

The Certificate III in Early Children Education and Care consists of 17 units:

  • 15 core units
  • 2 elective units

Elective units will vary depending on consultation with industry.

Core units include:

CHCECE030 Support inclusion and diversity
CHCECE031 Support children’s health, safety and wellbeing
CHCECE032 Nurture babies and toddlers
CHCECE033 Develop positive and respectful relationship with children
CHCECE034 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
CHCECE035 Support the holistic learning and 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
CHCECE054 Encourage understanding of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples’ cultures
CHCECE055 Meet legal and ethical obligations in children’s education and care
CHCECE056 Work effectively in children’s education and care
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
HLTAID012 Provide First Aid in an education and care setting
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety


Fees vary due to government funding options available for some courses. Please contact us to confirm course fees.

Part-time (1-2 days a week) for 12 months

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