Certificate III In Early Childhood Education And Care


Course Details


52 weeks

(46 weeks tuition (inclusive of 6 weeks placement) + 6 weeks scheduled break)

Number of Units

17 units of competency
(15 core units + 2 elective units)



Offshore Fee


Onshore Fee


+ $500 Placement Fee*

*Non-Tuition fees not included



Mode of delivery

Blended mode of delivery consisting
of face-to-face and online delivery

Course Code


Course Overview

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.

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.

Course Entry Requirements

Successful completion of Australian Year 12 or Australian equivalent is mandatory.

Students must be 18 years old and above.

English Requirement for Overseas Students
Minimum of IELTS 6.0 or equivalent.

Pre-enrolment Information

Prior to enrolment, it is a mandatory requirement for students to attend a Pre-Enrolment Consultation session to ensure students are fully aware of the required course information and can make an informed decision.

Packaging Rules

Core Unit Code
CHCECE030Support inclusion and diversity
CHCECE031*Support children’s health, safety and wellbeing
CHCECE032*Nurture babies and toddlers
CHCECE033*Develop positive and respectful relationships with children
CHCECE034Use 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
CHCECE037Support children to connect with the natural environment
CHCECE038Observe children to inform practice
CHCECE054Encourage understanding of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples’ cultures
CHCECE055Meet legal and ethical obligations in children’s education and care
CHCECE056Work effectively in children’s education and care
CHCPRT001Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
HLTAID012Provide First Aid in an education and care setting
HLTWHS001Participate in workplace health and safety
Elective Unit Code
CHCDIV001Work with diverse people
CHCPRP003Reflect on and improve own professional practice

*CHCECE031, CHCECE032, CHCECE033, CHCECE035 and CHCECE036 require students to perform the activities outlined in the performance criteria of this unit during a period of at least 160 hours of work in a regulated children’s education and care service in Australia.

There are no pre-requisites for this qualification.

Vocational Placement

Vocational placement provides students with the opportunity to apply skills and knowledge in real scenarios. It is a requirement of this qualification that students undertake a minimum of 160 hours of work-based training (unpaid vocational placement).

The College organises student placement. Students will be given a vocational placement logbook and diary which will need to be completed during their placement hours. Students must be willing to undertake placement in an early childcare facility and within a simulated childcare environment during the program. Should students be required to travel interstate for placement, the College will cover the cost of all interstate travel and accommodation during the placement, however students will be required to organise their own local travel to and from these facilities.

Students will be notified of their placement details by email, prior to commencing vocational placement. Students are required to organise their own travel to and from these facilities and may be required to undertake placement anywhere within Australia.

Prior to attending vocational placement, students must demonstrate satisfactory course progression in the UoCs listed below.

  • 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
  • CHCPRT001 – Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
  • HLTAID012 – Provide First Aid in an education and care setting
  • CHCDIV001 – Work with diverse people

Before commencing vocational placement:

Students will be required to complete HLTAID012 – Provide First Aid in an education and care setting. This unit is a core unit within this qualification and will need to be completed prior to placement.

As per placement facilities students are expected to have immunizations record such as COVID Vaccine certificate, Influenza vaccination. There might be additional immunization record required depending on the placement facilities policies.

Students must meet the following mandatory requirements at their own expense. Students will be notified via email on when to obtain these documents:

Vocational Placement Information

Qualification Issued

Once the units of competency required in the training package for this qualification have been successfully completed, the student will be issued with a CHC30121 – Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care and an academic transcript of all completed units within 30 calendar days. Students who successfully complete individual units of competency within the qualification, but not the qualification in its entirety will be eligible to receive a Statement of Attainment. This document contains a record of all completed units and will be available to students by the end of their course.

NPA does not guarantee:

  • a successful education assessment outcome for the student or intending student; or
  • completion of a NPA qualification will lead to an employment outcome; or
  • a learner will successfully complete a training product on its scope of registration; or
  • a training product can be completed in a manner which does not meet the requirements of the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015.

NPA does not:

  • claim to commit to secure for, or on the student or intending student’s behalf, a migration outcome from undertaking any course offered by the College

Related Occupations

Child Care Worker

Completion of an NPA qualification does not guarantee an employment outcome.

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