CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

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 and is the minimum legal requirement for every child care worker in Australia. 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.

Study through workplace, distance or classroom with dedicated trainer support!

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Course code

Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Delivery mode
Workplace, distance (online), classroom (VIC only)

Course duration
12 months – Workplace, distance

9 months – Classroom, virtual classroom (weekday classes – 2 days per week)

Nationally recognised

Practical placement hours
180 hours (2 days per week, 7.5 hour days) in a long day care environment that we can help you organise (working hours can be incorporated as placement hours for workplace students)

Government funding & fees

Payment methods
Direct debit, Credit Card, Pay-as-you-go (Catalyst plus)

Course units

Core units

HLTAID012 Provide First Aid in an education and care setting
CHCECE056 Work effectively in children’s education and care
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety
CHCECE031 Support children’s health, safety and wellbeing
CHCECE055 Meet legal and ethical obligations in children’s education and care
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
CHCECE032 Nurture babies and toddlers
CHCECE033 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children
CHCECE030 Support inclusion and diversity
CHCECE034 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
CHCECE054 Promote understanding of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ cultures
CHCECE035 Support the holistic learning & 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

Elective units

BSBPEF301 Organise personal work priorities
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people

Course entry

  • To commence this program, your Language Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skills must meet required standards for ACSF LEVEL 2.
  • Must have access to a computer and internet
  • 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 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 childhood educator
  • Kindergarten assistant
  • Outside school hours care educator
  • Family day care educator
  • Nanny/in-home carer


Workplace training

If you’re already working in an education and care serviceworkplace 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


Online learning with Selmar

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


What is practical placement?

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 sector-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 sector these hours are incorporated into our programs through practical placement. And, we even help you organise placement via our extensive sector network! Read more

Distance training

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


Classroom training (VIC only)

Fast track into work placement with our supported classroom study option and gain the skills, knowledge and confidence to make a difference in this vital sector. You will be supported by a dedicated trainer throughout your learning experience and we will also provide assistance in organising practical placement.

Study method:

Weekday classes (2 days per week): 12 weeks classrooms study followed by online learning and practical observations.

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