The Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care is the entry level qualification for anyone who wants to work in child care.
This qualification covers the fundamentals of early childhood development, education and care. Graduates of this program will have the skills, knowledge and experience to plan activities to promote children’s learning through play. These experiences will enable children to develop into confident and competent learners during their time spent at their Early Learning Centre. Upon completion of this early childhood course you will be ready to commence a career in a variety of rewarding child care roles.
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Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
Practical placement hours
180 hours in a long day care environment that we can help you organise (working hours can be incorporated as placement hours for workplace students)
*Special note: As a result of extended lockdowns and restrictions due to COVID-19 in some areas, learners may have amended placement hours based on government advice.
Direct debit, Credit Card, Pay-as-you-go (Catalyst plus)
HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety
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
CHCECE001 Develop cultural competence
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
CHCECE013 Use information about children to inform practice
CHCECE011 Provide experiences to support children’s play and learning
CHCECE010 Support the holistic development of children in early childhood
BSBWOR301 Organise personal work priorities and development
CHCECE006 Support behaviour of children and young people
CHCECE012 Support children to connect with their world
- To commence this program, your Language Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skills must meet required standards for ACSF LEVEL 2.
- Victoria and NSW students — You need to either provide a current Working With Children Check (WWCC) or provide evidence that you have applied for a WWCC. Find out more information here: VIC NSW
- Queensland students — You need to either provide a current Blue Card or provide evidence that you have applied for a Blue Card. More information
- If you are unable to obtain a WWCC or Blue Card you will not be able to complete the requirements of the course and will not be eligible for government-subsidised training for this course.
- Evidence of flu and/or COVID-19 vaccination is required to undertake practical placement in an early childhood education and care setting. For more information, check with your state health department website.
Possible career pathways you may like to consider upon completion:
- Early learning educator
- Kindergarten assistant
- Outside school hours care educator
- Family day care educator
- Nanny/in-home carer
If you’re already working in an education and care service, workplace training could be the perfect delivery mode for you to upskill and advance your career. Studying to get qualified or advance your skills while working at the same time means you can earn while you learn and put your career goals within reach sooner.
You will have a dedicated trainer who will arrange regular face-to-face visits to your workplace and support you throughout your learning journey.
Study method: Online or paper-based
When you choose to study online with Selmar you get all the benefits of online learning while still receiving dedicated trainer support from start to finish.
Access your materials and assessments anywhere, anytime and learn with interactive videos and quizzes. Communicate with your trainer and other peers in real time on your easy to use dashboard. Read more
For those not currently working in an education and care service you can study around your life commitments with practical placement we can help organise.
Your dedicated trainer will provide feedback, guidance and support via email, skype and phone as well as arrange regular placement visits to complete observations and provide coaching.
Study method: Online or paper-based
One of the benefits of studying with Selmar is our practical learning that will help you develop hands-on, real-life skills so you develop industry-ready confidence to succeed in the workplace! As part of this program, a minimum of 180 hours must be completed in an education and care service. For students not currently working in the industry, these hours are incorporated into our programs through practical placement. And, we even help you organise placement via our extensive industry centre network! Read more