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Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care


This qualification 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 wellbeing, learning and development. Depending on the setting, educators may work under direct supervision or autonomously. Working towards this qualification is the minimum requirement to work in Early childhood setting.

Course Duration

Thirty Five (35) weeks including Eight (8) weeks holidays

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 CHC30113 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

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 CHC30113 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

Delivery Modes

The program uses a variety of methods to provide a rich and engaging learning experience for learners. Students attend classes for 15 hours per week and undertake a total of 170 hours of work placement and 20 hours of online study.

Playgroup planning and supervising –  For 2 hours per week, children from 0-5 years old come to Times Academy for a playgroup registered with Play Groups NSW.  It is a time to have practical hands-on teaching and care experiences for our trainees under supervision.  This engages students in practical learning and assessment in a controlled environment.


Course Structure

This qualification is made up of 18 stand alone units of competency (15 core and 3 elective units); however, they have been sequenced and structured into 7 clusters to train and assess units of competency together that have common skills and knowledge or because they share a common work function and based on industry consultation. The course is structured to provide a logical, eficient learning sequence.

Cluster & Units

Cluster 1

CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
CHCECE009 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
BSBWOR301 Organise personal work priorities and development

Cluster 2

CHCECE001 Develop cultural competence
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety

Cluster 3

HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting

Cluster 4

HLTWHS001 Participate in work health and safety
CHCECE002 Ensure the health and safety of children
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
CHCPRT003 Work collaboratively to maintain an environment safe for children and young people

Cluster 5

CHCECE005 Provide care for babies and toddlers
CHCECE003 Provide care for children
CHCECE004 Promote and provide healthy food and drinks

Cluster 6

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

Cluster 7

CHCECE007 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children 
CHCECE006 Support behaviour of children and young people



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