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CHC30121 – Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

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Course ID
Early Childhood Education
Certificate III


The CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care is 30 weeks delivered through the blended learning experience of either face-to-face and/ self-paced classroom learning, through a Traineeship or Work-based, which provides students with a range of skill and knowledge to work in the childcare industry:

Childcare and Early Childhood Education facilities are experiencing a skills shortage which means there is high demand for qualified workers. So, if you have ever dreamed of working in childcare or Early Childhood Education, now is the perfect time to take the leap and study the CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.

You will be introduced to working in the field of early childhood and provide education and care to children in a range of services. You can help plan and deliver educational programs that focus on supporting children’s wellbeing, learning and development. It is the minimum qualification to gain employment in ACECQA approved early childhood services and often the qualification studied for those wanting to begin their career in early childhood education.

This nationally recognised qualification is the legal minimum requirement you need as a childcare worker. You will learn how to care for children and nurture their development from qualified early childhood educators with current skills, knowledge and strong links to industry.

The CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care will prepare you for a future career in an early childhood setting, helping educators to provide a healthy, safe and caring environment for children.

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Course Info
Entry Requirements
Minimum Age
Career Pathways & Outcomes

The certificate is delivered over 30 weeks face to face which includes 17 units of study and 160 hours work placement component. Work placement will be pre-arranged by Educare College with Australian approved care facility partners in the industry.

The face to face training component has been designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge required to become a carer within the early childhood education and care industry and to follow an individualised plan which is tailored to provide care and support to children.

  • Literacy and numeracy Test
  • Be Covid 19 Vaccinated (required to complete vocational work placement)

It’s preferred that students have obtained a minimum of a School Certificate or equivalent. Students will be required to provide a current National Police Certificate and BLUE Card prior to commencing work placement.


You will need to be at least 16 years old. If you are under 18 your enrolment form will need to be signed by a parent or guardian. Section 120 of the Education and Care National Regulations 2011 requires the approved provider of a centre-based service must ensure that any educator at the service who is under 18 years of age:

  • does not work alone at the service; and
  • is always adequately supervised by an educator who has attained the age of 18 years.
Core Units
Course Code Course Name
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
Course Code Course Name
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
Reflect on and improve own professional practice

Upon completion of this course, students may further their studies with a CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.

A person with this level of qualification will be able to:

  • Assist in long day care or occasional care centre
  • Carer in a school-age care service
  • Carer in a family day care scheme
  • Take responsibility for own outputs in work and learning
  • Take limited responsibility for the output of others

Suitable Career outcomes may include:

  • Nanny
  • Early Childhood Educator
  • Family Day Care Educator
  • Outside School Hours Educator

Traineeship Eligibility: You must already be employed to enrol as a trainee with Educare College. Speak to your employer about choosing Educare College as your Supervising Registered Training Organisation (SRTO).

Cost: Eligible apprentices and trainees that meet the Queensland state funding requirements will be charged a set fee per nominal hour. These fees are calculated at a regulated rate of $1.60 per nominal hour. Concession rates apply for students who hold a current Health Care Card or who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander. See here.

Non-funded trainees will be charged a fee for the service cost. These will be confirmed prior to the commencement of training.
Information regarding costs will be outlined on the agreed training plan, which will be provided to the employer and apprentice or trainee at the time of induction.

Queensland Certificate 3 Guarantee – for students residing in Queensland

Funding for this qualification may be available through the Certificate 3 Guarantee program, funded by the Queensland Government. Please read the Certificate 3 Guarantee program student fact sheet at https://desbt.qld.gov.au/training/providers/funded/certificate3   

Fee for Service: Non-funded trainees will be charged a fee for the service cost. These will be confirmed prior to the commencement of training.

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Teaching and Delivery Modes for Students

At Educare key objectives are to ensure that the core focus of your learning experience is based on the practical applications of your study. Therefore, we support you by providing learning materials which are utilised during most of the following delivery modes such as:

  • Face to face facilitation and roleplays

  • Independent learning/simulated sessions

  • Group based workshops and discussions

QLD Certificate III Guarantee - for Students Residing in QLD

Funding for this qualification may be available through the Certificate 3 Guarantee program, funded by the Queensland Government. Please read the Certificate 3 Guarantee program student fact sheet at https://desbt.qld.gov.au/training/providers/funded/certificate3    
Fee for Service: Non-funded trainees will be charged a fee for service cost. These will be confirmed prior to the commencement of training.

Resources Needed

You will have access to our online learning system. You must have your own (laptop) computer with up-to-date software, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player. This equipment and software are required by all students to successfully undertake their study with Educare.

Work Placement

Work Placement forms an essential part of competency-based assessment and provides the student with practical job skills and work experience.

Students will undertake 120 placement hours in an Australian approved childcare centre organised by Educare College. This placement will take place after the successful completion of classroom activities and prescribed assessments which will be outlined in your induction and orientation timetables.

An individualised work placement log book along with your training plan will be provided to you by your assessor which you must use to record and track your course progress and work placement hours. 

Students are required to do their work placement shifts determined during the times provided by the placement provider. Please note shifts can vary and may include mornings (commencing at 6am), evenings (finishing at 8pm). Students are expected ensure their time management skills are utilised well in order to not only balance family and work commitments but also their vocational shifts.

Should the student’s assessment results not be satisfactory, they will be deemed not competent against those prescribed units. You may make necessary arrangements with your trainer to reassess your placement at another suitable time for all parties.

Prior to commencement of Vocational Placement students are required to organise and complete an Australian Federal Police Check. Students must obtain the Check to go on Placement and be able to complete the qualification. For students working within Queensland Health, as well as a police check you will also be required to obtain a Positive Notice for Child Related Employment (Blue Card) . It is recommended potential students have all their vaccinations up to date, this includes; Varicella. Adults who have not had the Varicella — chickenpox — vaccination will need to get it prior to working in child care. Measles, Mumps and Rubella. Tetanus and Diphtheria. Influenza and Hepatitis.

Program Outcomes and Benefits

Throughout the program, students will learn the skills to enable them to use discretion and judgement in relation to individual support as well as taking responsibility for their outputs. We at Educare college aim to assist you in providing you with opportunities to achieve the following outcomes:

  • Link off job learning at college to on job training in the workplace.
  • Establish pathways to qualifications nationally recognised by industry, education and vocational training authorities.
  • Students may apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) to determine on an individual basis, the competencies obtained by a person through previous formal or informal training, work and/or life experience.
  • Receive a Statement of Attainment or Certificate from Educare College listing competencies successfully achieved for each training program studied.
  • Successful completion of a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) Assessment
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Do you find yourself being passionate with a strong desire to help and provide care services to people?

Get in touch immediately with Educare college admin enrolment teams to study and be taught by our qualified and highly industry experienced trainers.