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Certificate III in Early Childhood
Education and Care

If you love children and love watching them learn, thrive and grow, then this course is for you!

With a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, you will learn to support children’s growth and development whilst providing them with a safe and healthy environment.

By completing this course, you will gain the practical and hands-on skills needed for a rewarding career as an Early Childhood Educator.

You will also have the ability to test the skills and knowledge you have learnt in the classroom, during your industry placements where you work with children in a professional environment.

This course and the employment outcomes related to it, is suitable for:

  • People who have a desire to make a difference in the lives of children
  • People who have the ability to communicate and relate easily to children
  • People who are dedicated, reliable and patient
  • People who have a passion for education

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CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care


12 months


2 days per week of in-class time. No classes during School Holidays.


160 hours work placement. Must have Working with Children Check.


This course is nationally recognised.

Upon successful completion, this qualification is awarded by bestchance Training (TOID 3695).

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Units of Competency

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


BSBSUS411:   Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices


CHCDIV001:  Work with diverse people


Placement Requirements

this course requires 160 hours of practical placement

Students are required to undertake 160 hours of practical work placement.

This is to be undertaken over 6 weeks throughout the duration of the course, broken down into 3 2-week blocks of placement.

One block is with children aged between 0-2 years, the second block is with children aged 3+, and the final block may be with either age group.

Prior to the commencement of your work placement you must have a current Working with Children Check.

physical requirements

You will need to be reasonably fit in order to undertake work placement as the tasks and activities associated with the work placement may involve manual lifting and other physical activities. 

If this is a concern for you, please let us know prior to enrolment.

finding a work placement

Because work placement can often result in employment, we empower our students to find and organise their own  placement organisation so that it meets their needs. 

Our training team is available to offer support if you are struggling and we have a broad network of services that we can put you in contact with.

Industry Insights

Early Years Industry

The childcare industry is currently the largest and fastest growing in Australia.

According to government website Job Outlook, the projected job growth for Childcare Educators is expected to increase by 17.6% from 2018 to 2023.

There are likely to be approximately 184,000 job openings over the next 5 years.

Job Outcomes

Successful completion of this course will give you the skills you need to become a:

  • Early Childhood Educator
  • Kindergarten Assistant
  • Family Day Care Operator
  • Playgroup Supervisor
  • Nanny

Further Pathways

  • CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
  • Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood) – After completion of the Diploma

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