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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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CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care


12 months


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


120 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

CHCLEG001   Work legally and ethically

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

CHCPRT001   Identify and respond to children and young people at risk

CHCECE009  Use an approved learning framework to guide practice

HLTAID004    Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting 

CHCDIV002   Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety

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

HLTWHS001  Participate in workplace health and safety


CHCECE020  Establish and implement plans for developing cooperative behaviour 

CHCECE006  Support behaviour of children and young people

CHCDIV001   Work with diverse people

Placement Requirements

this course requires 120 hours of practical placement

Students are required to undertake 120 hours of practical work placement.

This is to be undertaken over 4 weeks throughout the duration of the course. This is further broken down into two, two week blocks of placement.

One block is with children aged between 0-2 years, and the other block is with children aged 3+.

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

  • CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
  • Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood) – After completion of the Diploma

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