Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Course Overview:

This course reflects the role of workers in a range of early childhood education settings who work within the requirements of the Education and Care Services National Regulations and the National Quality Standard.

They support the implementation of an approved learning framework, and support children’s well-being, learning and development. Depending on the setting, educators may work under direct supervision or autonomously.

Throughout the course, you will learn about the responsibilities involved in engaging with groups of children and individuals, how children grow and develop, and observing children to learn about their interests and needs.

As part of this qualification, you will be required to assist with young children’s health, safety and care needs. This will include nappy changing, toileting, maintaining clean and hygienic environments, and interactions with parents.

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Practical Experience:

You will gain hands-on practical experience by undertaking a minimum of 120 hours of vocational placement in an Early Childhood Education and Care setting. This course has an ideal balance of theory and practical learning to ensure your confidence when entering the workforce.

Career Outcomes:

  • Professional Nanny
  • Assistant Educator
  • Playgroup Supervisor
  • Preschool Aide
  • Family Day Care Educator
We provide a number of options to fund your enrolment.
  • Pay in full
  • Payment plan
  • Government funding*
*Program funded by the Queensland Government, eligibility applies

Recognition of Prior Learning:

We understand that you may have many skills and areas of expertise that you have obtained in different ways and these are recognised through our Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process, which may reduce your study duration.


18 units are required for award of this qualification including 15 core units and 3 elective units, 1 unit from General elective units and 2 may be selected from other training packages.

Core Units
  • CHCDIV002
    Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
  • CHCECE001
    Develop cultural competence
  • CHCECE002
    Ensure the health and safety of children
  • CHCECE003
    Provide care for children
  • CHCECE004
    Promote and provide health 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
  • CHCECE010
    Support the holistic development of children
  • CHCECE011
    Provide experiences to support children’s play and learning
  • CHCECE013
    Use information about children to inform practice
  • CHCLEG001
    Work legally and ethically
  • CHCPRT001
    Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
  • HLTAID004
    Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting
  • HLTWHS001
    Participate in work health and safety
Elective Units
  • CHCDIV001
    Work with diverse people
    Support children to connect with their world
    Support the behaviour of children and young people

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Course Details

Course Code



36 weeks



Delivery Mode

  • On Campus
  • Online*
  • Distance* *Domestic students only

Requirements of Enrolment

  • Completion of at least Year 10 from an Australian secondary school or overseas equivalent, or
  • Proof of equivalent competency in core skills to a level appropriate for the course being applied for* and
  • Successful completion of a Language, Literacy and Numeracy Assessment and
  • Working With Children Check and
  • IELTS 5.5 (or equivalent) (international students)
  • Minimum 18 years of age (international students)

*Proof of competency may include but are not limited to professional, work and life experiences, other accredited or non-accredited study.  

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