CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

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CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
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CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care is a generic qualification and minimum requirement to step into the early childhood education industry. It reflects the role of educators in early childhood education and care who work in regulated children’s education and care services in Australia.

This course is designed to empower entry-level workers with the fundamentals of childhood development, nurturing, and caring for children. Gain the skills and knowledge to provide quality care to children, and to plan play-based engaging and educational activities to optimise their overall growth, development, and wellbeing. Learn to support the emotional, social, physical, cognitive, and psychological needs and development of young children in their early years of life.

Earning this qualification will qualify you to find employment in public or private preschools, kindergartens, long daycare centres, childcare centres, and family daycare.

Work Placement/ Industry Experience

Students are required to complete mandatory Professional Experience Placement total of at 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, as a part of this qualification.

The ability to obtain a Working with Children Check - Working with Children Check & Police Check required for industry work placement.

Entry Requirement

As such there are no entry requirements for this course, however students are required to undertake the Language, Literacy and Numeracy assessment and Pre-Training Review. This will determine a candidate’s suitability and relevance for the course and identification of any support required.

Funding, Eligibility and Course Fee

Victorian residents who undertake classroom-based or blended training may be eligible for Commonwealth and Victorian Government Funding (Skills First previously known as Victorian Training Guarantee). Use our easy Eligibility Checker to find out if you’re eligible for Victorian Government Funding. Funded places are limited, so be sure to make a timely application!

For more information, refer to the Course fee.

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Course Units

This course has 17 units of competency:

  • 15 core units
  • 2 elective units
Unit Code Unit Name Core/Elective
CHCECE055 Meet legal and ethical obligations in children’s education and care Core
CHCECE056 Work effectively in children’s education and care Core
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety Core
CHCECE031 Support children’s health, safety and wellbeing Core
CHCECE032 Nurture babies and toddlers Core
HLTAID012 Provide First Aid in an education and care setting Core
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk Core
CHCECE030 Support inclusion and diversity Core
CHCECE054 Encourage understanding of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples’ cultures Core
CHCECE033 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children Core
CHCECE034 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice Core
CHCECE035 Support the holistic learning and development of children Core
CHCECE036 Provide experiences to support children’s play and learning Core
CHCECE037 Support children to connect with the natural environment Core
CHCECE038 Observe children to inform practice Core
HLTWHS004 Manage work health and safety Elective
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people Elective

Nationally Recognised


Course Duration

52 weeks

Delivery Mode

  • Classroom Based
  • Workplace
  • Distance Learning
  • Virtual/Blended

Career Opportunities

  • Childhood Educator Assistant
  • Outside School Hours Aide
  • Preschool Assistant