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Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care


This qualification reflects the role of educators in early childhood education and care who work in regulated children’s education and care services in Australia. They support children’s wellbeing and development in the context of an approved learning framework. Educators use a range of well-developed skills and knowledge using discretion and judgment when carrying out their work in the context of established policies and procedures.

They may work independently or under the guidance of others, though in some contexts that guidance may not be on-site.

Working towards this qualification is the minimum requirement to work in Early Childhood settings.

Course Duration

52 weeks

Pathways from the qualification

CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Job Roles

Job roles and titles may vary across early childhood settings. Upon successful completion of CHC30121 a person could seek employment opportunities in roles such as;

  • Early Childhood Educator
  • Family day care educator
  • Preschool assistant
  • Nanny or in-home care educator
  • In Outside School Hours Care (OSHC) and Vacation Care – 5-12 years olds

Entry Requirements

• be 18 years or older; and

• have completed Year 11 or its equivalent with suitable English language skills.

• International Students are also required to have an English ability at the IELTS 5.5 or equivalent.

• A working with children check is required for work placement and for gaining employment

Working with Children Check

Due to the mandatory work placement requirement, students wish to study CHC30121 will be required to undergo and satisfy Working with Children Checks. This should be done during orientation so that approval is provided prior to the first industry placement

COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccinations

All early childhood education and care educators and staff under the current Public Health Order must have received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccination. This includes for all educators and volunteers.

Delivery Modes

The program uses a variety of methods to provide a rich and engaging learning experience for learners. Students attend classes for 14 hours per week and undertake a total of 170 hours of work placement and 20 hours of online study.

Playgroup planning and practical experience – For 2 hours per week, families with children 0-5 years come to Times Academy for a facilitated playgroup.  It is a time for students to have practical hands-on teaching and care experiences under the supervision of their trainer.  This engages students in practical learning and assessment in a controlled environment.

Course Structure

This qualification is made up of 17 (15 core and 2 elective units) units of competency. Some units are stand alone; however, some units have been sequenced in line with industry consultation and clustered together with units containing similar skills and knowledge.


Cluster & Units


CHCECE030 Support inclusion and diversity

CHCECE031 Support children’s health, safety and wellbeing

CHCECE032 Nurture babies and toddlers

CHCECE033 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children

CHCECE034 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice

CHCECE035 Support the holistic learning and 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

CHCECE054 Encourage understanding of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples’ cultures

CHCECE055 Meet legal and ethical obligations in children’s education and care

CHCECE056 Work effectively in children’s education and care

CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk

HLTAID012 Provide first aid in an education and care setting

HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety

HLTFSE001 Follow basic food safety practices

BSBSTR401 Promote innovation in team environments


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