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CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

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This entry level course is critical for anyone wanting to work in a childcare centre, long day care centre, kindergarten, or pre-school program. The Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care allows you to become a childcare worker, day care worker or private nanny.

Course outcomes:

  • Work within current legal and ethical frameworks
  • Ensure the health and safety of children
  • Work in collaboration with families and the community
  • Support the holistic development of children
  • Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
  • Support inclusion and diversity in early childhood services

There is a work placement requirement of 160 hours (minimum) to successfully complete the course, however the majority is on-line so you can study at your own pace in your own time.

Course summary

Course code
Qualification gained
Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
Nationally recognised
Study mode
Online, workplace, and/or flexible delivery
Up to 18 Months
Study load
Start date
Start anytime
Delivery Method
Online Delivery
Assessment methods
Short Answer Questions, Case-Studies, Audio/Video (role-plays) and Workplace Practical Activities, Work Placement Workbook.
Career Opportunities
  • Childcare Worker

Course fees

Payment Option 1 - Before $3,000.00 | Now only $2,400.00 upfront*
Payment Option 2 - $300.00 Deposit then 24 x $100.00 weekly = $2,700.00*
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Course units

Meet legal and ethical obligations in children’s education and care
Work effectively in children’s education and care
Participate in workplace health and safety
Support inclusion and diversity
Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
Provide experiences to support children’s play and learning
Support children to connect with the natural environment
Observe children to inform practice
Encourage understanding of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people’s cultures
Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
Support the holistic development of children in school age care
Support the holistic learning and development of children
Nurture babies and toddlers
Develop positive and respectful relationships with children
Work with diverse people
Support children's health, safety and wellbeing
Provide First Aid in an education and care setting

*You will need to undertake the first aid course unit externally, in your area and submit a copy of your certification to Australian College.

Entry requirements

No formal entry requirements.

Australian College requires students:

  • Are competent in spoken and written English
  • Successfully complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) review prior to acceptance of their application for enrolment
  • Be at least 16 years of age*
  • Have an internet-enabled PC/Laptop or similar running a current operating system (E.g Windows 10 or Mac OSX) with a functional webcam or device for recording audio/video, Microsoft Office (or compatible software)a current web browser (e.g., Chrome)and Adobe Acrobat Reader or other PDF document viewer
  • Have a valid email address

Note: Additional reading materials and required textbooks may be used throughout the course.

*Students under 18 years of age will need to provide parent/guardian consent.

Students enrolled in all early childhood courses will also need to demonstrate evidence of the following prior to their work placement. Failure to produce evidence of this will mean the student is unable to commence or complete their mandatory work placement and therefore, unable to complete their course:

  • Working With Children Check or Blue Card
  • Health checks (where required by the childcare centre)
  • Immunisation records are up to date

Overseas Students Policy

As defined in the ESOS Act 2000, 'Overseas students' are not eligible to apply to enrol in this nationally recognised course, nor are they eligible for certification. Please refer to the Enrolment Terms and Conditions.

Qualification pathways

  • Complete the required training and assessment requirements
  • Have you studied a related course? Apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
  • Are you currently working in a related industry? Apply for Recognition of Current Competency (RCC)

Student reviews

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There is a multitude of different courses to choose from that could take the individual in whatever direction they would like to take - be it for increased work opportunities or simply to stimulate the mind.

My thanks for helping me to open up a new direction in my life."

Tracey Marcelis

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