Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

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Course Features

Course Code CHC30113
International Students Eligible - (CRICOS Course Code: 096183E)
Length of Course 28 weeks for domestic student (onshore)
48 weeks duration of Full Time study including breaks
Mode of Delivery Classroom Based Face-to-Face Training & Work Placement
Campus Spencer Street, Melbourne CBD
Qualification Hours 858 Hours (Including work placement)
Work Placement Hours 160 Hours (Placement will be provided by the college)
Start Dates New batch starts every month; please contact


This course is perfect for people who are willing to start a career in early childhood. This course will guide you through the fundamentals of childhood development and caring for children. You will be introduced to working in the field of early childhood and learn how to care for children, nurture their development and make sure their environment is safe and supportive.

This qualification reflects the role of workers in a range of early childhood education settings who work within the requirements of the Education and Care Services National Regulations and the National Quality Standard. They support the implementation of an approved learning framework, and support children’s wellbeing, learning and development. Depending on the setting, educators may work under direct supervision or autonomously.

Entry Requirement

  • Minimum 18 years of age
  • Completion of Year 11 or equivalent
  • English level of at least IELTS 5.5 or equivalent

Applicants with no formal qualifications and who are commencing within or have experience with older persons within a Community Services industry may also be considered for entry into the Course.

All applicants are required to submit to a Working with Children Check and Federal Police background check (name check) before commencement of the learners' work placement

Course Structure

To be awarded the CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, competency must be achieved with total of Eighteen (18) units, consisting of:

  • Fifteen (15) Core Units
  • Three (3) Elective Units

The selected elective units will provide learners with a well-rounded unit combination aligned to current industry requirements and the qualification level.

There are no pre-requisite units for this qualification.

Elective units have been selected by the College in consultation with industry experts.


  • Unit Code
  • Unit Title
  • Core Units
  • CHCDIV002
  • Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
  • CHCECE001
  • Develop cultural competence
  • 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
  • CHCECE010
  • Support the holistic development of children in early childhood
  • CHCECE011
  • Provide experiences to support children’s play and learning
  • CHCECE013
  • Use information about children to inform practice
  • CHCLEG001
  • Work legally and ethically
  • CHCPRT001
  • Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
  • HLTAID004
  • Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting
  • HLTWHS001
  • Participate in workplace health and safety
  • Elective Units
  • CHCDIV001
  • Work with diverse people
  • CHCECE006
  • Support behaviour of children and young people
  • CHCECE012
  • Support children to connect with their world

Pathways for Students

After achieving this qualification, students may continue their studies in CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.

Career Opportunities

This course may provide employment opportunities in centre-based care, occasional care, out of school hour’s care and family day care.

Job roles include:

  • Early childhood educator
  • Playgroup supervisor
  • Family day care worker
  • Nanny
  • Childhood Education Assistant

Training Methodology

The training methodology for this training program will ensure that the course is

  • Flexible
  • Accessible
  • Affordable
  • Practical
  • Hands-on training/work placement
  • Access to equipment and teaching personnel
  • Student Mentoring
  • Valid
  • Reliable
  • Fair


The international student tuition fee for this course is $7000

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