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Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

The CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care focuses on the knowledge and skills required of early childhood educators who are responsible for maintaining healthy, safe and caring environments for children and for designing and implementing curriculum in early childhood education and care services. 

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If you love children and are passionate about helping build a brighter future through supporting the development of the young, a career in early childhood education and care may be the right career for you.

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Cert III in Early Childhood Education and Care

To be issued the qualification CHC30121 Certificate III Early Childhood Education and Care you must be assessed as competent in all 17 units of competency which includes 15 core units and 2 elective units.

In order to provide you with a truly engaging learning experience, we offer training with a combination of face to face and online study. During class time, our highly experienced and knowledgeable trainers will train you on the theoretical aspects of your future occupation  as well as assist you in the development of the essential practical skills you would require to work in an early childhood education and care facility.

Access to the digital delivery will be valid for one year, starting on the date of purchase. After this if the course is not completed, repurchase will be necessary


The course also includes 160 hours of mandatory work placement in a registered childcare facility

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.

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Early childhood educators work in long day care centres, family day care, pre-schools or kindergartens.

To achieve this qualification, the individual must have completed a total of least 160 hours of work in a regulated children’s education and care service in Australia as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of units of competency. The total number of hours may be applied collectively across all units of competency that include the requirement for workplace hours.

Entry Requirements

Career Ready offers an open and inclusive learning environment for all students. However, there are some eligibility criteria that you are required to meet before you can be accepted into the course.

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General Requirements

You will need to be aged 18 years or over.

You will need to be able to obtain current Working with Children
Check (required before commencement of work placement)

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Physical Fitness Requirement

You will need to have a reasonable level of physical fitness in order to work with children. Bending, reaching, stretching, kneeling and lifting or carrying children are common movements required by early childhood educators. As part of the course, you must also complete the unit HLTAID004 – Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting which requires you to demonstrate Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) continuously for a minimum of 2 minutes while kneeling on the floor.


Academic Entry Requirements 

Successful completion of Australian year 10 or equivalent; OR

Students with no formal qualifications are required to successfully complete the LLN test. Future students will be made aware of the specific skills and knowledge which are required to successfully complete the course.

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Digital Requirements 

You will need to have intermediate level computer skills and will need to provide your own Laptop and/or tablet for online study. You will need an appropriate level of internet connectivity to complete your work.

Course Structure

Core 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

Elective Units
BSBSUS411 Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people

No occupational licensing, certification or specific legislative requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

Under the Education and Care Services National Law (2011) the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) publishes lists of approved early childhood education and care qualifications and information regarding regulatory requirements here:

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