Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

General Description: 

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.

This qualification covers the fundamentals of early childhood development, education and care. Upon completion of the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, you will have the skills, knowledge and experience to plan experiences to promote children’s learning through play.

The purpose of this course is to guide students to become competent as early childhood educators. The role of educators in early childhood education and care sector involves working with children to plan activities and provide care to children, facilitating their leisure and play and enabling them to achieve their developmental outcomes. Depending on the setting, workers may work under direct supervision or autonomously.

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: For more information regarding specific subjects with this training course contact us at

Workplace requirements

As part of this course you are required to undertake 120 hours of Structured Workplace Learning in a registered child care facility, supervised by a qualified staff member. AUSCHS can provide assistance for the same.

There are a number of statutory checks required by workplaces, such as a Working with Children Check. These may vary by state. In addition, individual workplaces may impose additional requirements on students undertaking work placement. You will be responsible for the costs of any such checks or requirements. Please contact us to know details on the individual statutory requirements for your state or territory.

You will also need to complete a First Aid Certificate to demonstrate competency for HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting at your own cost prior to undertaking your work placement.

Physical requirements

You will need to be reasonably physically fit as the role may involve a variety of tasks that require a reasonable amount of physical activity, such as personal care of children, lifting, cleaning and other physically demanding activities.


National Criminal Record Check

Before you undertake clinical work placement in a NSW Health facility you will be required to undertake a Criminal Record Check (CRC) to obtain a National Police Certificate, either through a state or territory police service or through the Australian Federal Police. If you have any criminal records, you will be subject to a risk assessment and must obtain an authority to undertake clinical placements from the NSW Ministry of Health, Corporate Governance and Risk Management Branch. You will only be exempt from undertaking a CRC if you are under 18 years of age at the commencement of your course.


NSW Working with Children Check

Depending on the organisation's work placement policy and procedures, you may also be required to complete a NSW Working with Children Check.

For more information visit the NSW Commission for Children and Young People website at:

Career Opportunities: 

Upon completion of Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, potential job roles can include:

  • Early Learning Educator
  • Nanny
  • Kindergarten Assistant
  • Outside School Hours Care Educator
  • Playgroup Supervisor
  • Family Day Care Educator Early childhood educator

    Under the Children's Services Regulation 2004 you cannot be employed in children's services until you are 18 years of age.

  • Course Duration: 

    Typically this training course requires between 0.5 months -1 year to complete, determined by your own special circumstances and also the mode of study which you select. For example, if you were to do this program online and routinely allocate time and energy to complete the activities and assignments every week you may finish the course well ahead of the time.

    Method of Study: 

    In-class study provides a structured studying experience and conventional face-to-face contact with your trainers and peers.

  • Online, Correspondence and Distance Education training courses give you the ability to study from just about anywhere, at any time when!
    This is great should you need flexibility and aren't able to commit to taking part in regular classroom sessions. You have the ability to study at your own tempo and finish your study course based on your own agenda. Contact us today to confirm which study technique may perhaps suit you best.
  • Course Category: 

    This course falls within the Community Services & Health class of courses. Community Services is the study of social assistance which is designed to assist persons, individually and collectively, improve their own social and financial wellbeing. The principle role of this range of education and learning is to grow an understanding of the social, political and financial climate where social policy is actually developed, administered and integrated, the social expectations of individuals, groups as well as communities within contemporary society, the resources that are available to fulfil these needs, and also the social influences that effect the conduct along with social functioning of people. You'll find it involves developing an ability to plan and present welfare programs, and arrange resources in order to meet individual and community needs. This area involves courses like: Social Work, Children’s Services, Youth Work, Care for the Aged, Care for the Disabled, Residential Client Care, Counselling and Welfare Studies. Health is the study of maintaining and restoring physical and mental wellbeing. The primary objective of this particular field of education is to be able to build up comprehension of the principles in addition to practices of identifying, treating, controlling and preventing injury and health issues. In addition, it involves forming knowledge of the concepts and methods of supplying preventative, curative, rehabilitative in addition to palliative therapy. This area features courses including: Medical Studies, Nursing, Pharmacy, Dental Studies, Optical Science, Public Health, Radiography, Rehabilitation Therapies and Complimentary Therapies to mention a few.


    There are no formal prerequisites for this qualification.

    Recognition of Prior Learning: 

    Recognition is available (on application) to students with prior skills, experience, knowledge or qualifications obtained from formal studies or training, in a related area. Recognition may reduce the duration of your studies (Subjective to evidence provide, mapped and assessed against the required unit/s of competency)


    Competency determination is made after all relevant evidence is gathered. AusCHS is receptive to evidence gathered from a variety of sources including our own assessment processes. AusCHS assessment processes include:

    • Recognition of Prior Learning/Credit Transfer
    • Written/Oral Questions
    • Written reports/Portfolio Assessments
    • Scenarios
    • Role Plays
    • Projects
    • Case Studies
    • Log Book
    • Workplace Assessments

    After completing this course you could receive credit into the CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care. Contact us for more information.


    Total number of units = 18
    15 core units plus
    3 elective units

    Core units
    CHCCS400C Work within a relevant legal and ethical framework
    CHCECE001 Develop cultural competence
    CHCECE002 Ensure the health and safety of children
    CHCECE003 Provide care for children
    CHCECE004 Promote and provide healthy food and drinks
    CHCECE005 Provide care for babies and toddlers
    CHCECE007 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children
    CHCECE009 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
    CHCECE010 Support the holistic development of children in early childhood
    CHCECE011 Provide experiences to support children’s play and learning
    CHCECE013 Use information about children to inform practice
    CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
    HLTAID004  Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting
    HLTWHS001 Participate in work health and safety
    HLTHIR404D Work effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people

    Elective units
    CHCECE017  Foster the holistic development and wellbeing of the child in early childhood
    CHCORG303C Participate effectively in the work environment
    HLTHIR403C Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers
    BSBSUS301A Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices
    BSBINN301A Promote innovation in a team environment
    CHCECE006 Support behaviour of children and young people

    Course Fees: 

    Total Fees- $1800
    Valid till 31/10/2015
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