Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

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Course Code:

National Course Code: CHC30121

Course Duration:

28 weeks


Every Week


Level 9, 120 Spencer Street, Melbourne CBD

Mode of Delivery:

Online and face-to-face training, Work placement, Self-study

Assessment Methods:

Written work, projects, log book and observations

Work Placement Hours:

160 Hours (Placements will be provided by college)


This course is currently being offered for $2899* (Promotional Price)

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Course Overview

Child Care Training is perfect for people who are wanting 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.

  • Minimum 18 years of age
  • Successful completion of year 10 or equivalent
  • Successful completion of the college's LLN (Language, Literacy, Numeracy) test.

Must have:

  • Access to a computer (with Adobe Reader, Microsoft Word and a web browser).
  • Access to the Internet.
  • Access to a video and audio recording device.
  • Computer skills including an understanding of how to access an online video conferencing software, how to use Microsoft Word and Adobe Reader, and be ableto download, scan and upload documents, and how to access online materials.

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

Additional Requirements:

Before commencing work placement, learners are required to provide:

  • A Federal Police Check (name check), no more than 6 months.
  • A Working with Children Check.
  • Evidence of up-to-date vaccination as required

To be awarded the CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, competency must be achieved with total of Seventeen (17) units, consisting of:

  • Fifteen (15) Core Units
  • Two (2) 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.

Core Units:

CHCECE030 Support inclusion and diversity

CHCECE031 Support children’s health, safety and wellbeing

CHCECE032 Nurture babies and toddlers

CHCECE033 Develop positive and respectful relationships 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

Elective Units:

CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people

CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice

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

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

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