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. 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 via our online learning portal with dedicated trainer support through workplace or blended learning in QLD, VIC or NSW!


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Course code

Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Delivery mode
Workplace, blended learning

Course duration
12 months

Nationally recognised

Practical placement hours
Minimum of 180 hours 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

HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in aneducation 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

Elective units

BSBWOR301 Organise personal work priorities and development
CHCECE006 Support behaviour of children and young people
CHCECE012 Support children to connect with their world

Course entry

  • To commence this program, your Language Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skills must meet required standards for ACSF LEVEL 3.
  • 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.


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


Virtual campus

Currently available for select education and care courses, our virtual campus delivery mode is designed for students who are not already employed in industry. Our virtual campus mode allows you to study via our interactive online learning portal with dedicated trainer support and practical placement that we help you organise. This means you can do away with paper-based learning and assessment resources and access all your course material online, anywhere, anytime.

Choosing this delivery mode means you will have a dedicated trainer/assessor who will mark your assessments in the portal and provide you with individualised feedback as well as visit you on your placement to provide support and guidance and complete your observations. Read more

Unable to study online? If you are unable to access our online learning and are not already employed in the education and care industry we can provide paper-based resources. You will still receive all the same support you need from our experienced trainers with correspondence throughout your study provided via phone, email or video calls through Skype.

Workplace training

Our workplace training delivery mode is designed for students who are already employed in the education and care industry. Our workplace students love the benefit of being able to continue to work while they study. Workplace students also gain access to our interactive online learning portal. To support you study, this option also provides dedicated trainer support who have extensive industry background and experience juggling study/work commitments. For workplace students, working hours are incorporated as placement hours. 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 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

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