Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

(CHC30113) Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care is an entry qualification for someone who wants to work in the Early Childhood industry.

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. Depending on the setting, educators 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:

  • Course Code


  • Qualifications

    Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

  • Delivery Mode

    Classroom: Duration:
    (Face to face) 52 weeks

  • Nationally Recognized


  • Government Funding & Fees

    Skills First Program

  • Payment Method

    Debit/Credit Card or Cash

In order to attain the CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, students are required to satisfactorily complete 18 units of competency, consisting of 15 core units and 3 elective units of competency.

Core Units

HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety Core
CHCECE010 Support the holistic development of children in early childhood Core
CHCECE011 Provide experiences to support children’s play and learning Core
CHCECE013 Use information about children to inform practice Core
CHCECE002 Ensure the health and safety of children Core
CHCECE004 Promote and provide healthy food and drinks Core
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk Core
HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting Core
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety Core
CHCECE001 Develop cultural competence Core
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically Core
CHCECE009 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice Core
CHCECE003 Provide care for children Core
CHCECE005 Provide care for babies and toddlers Core
CHCECE007 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children Core


CHCECE014 Comply with family day care administration requirements Elective
CHCECE012 Support children to connect with their world Elective
BSBWOR301 Organise personal work priorities and development Elective

There are no specified entry requirements into this qualification within the training package however, Elite Training Institute requires candidates to:

  • Be aged 18 years or over at commencement of course.
  • Hold a current Victorian Working with Children Check or will be able to attain this within 8-12 weeks of enrolling into the course.
  • Have sufficient language, literacy and numeracy skills to read and comprehend learning materials and perform tasks related to the childcare industry. For this purpose, Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) test will be undertaken before commencement of training. The student must score ACSF level 3 to gain entry into the qualification.
  • Have physical capacity to be able to work as an educator in early childhood education sector. Please note that students are required to complete 120 hours of work placement in a regulated education and care service.

Students accessing Skills First funding will be required to undergo an eligibility assessment and a comprehensive pre-training review to ensure this is suitable and appropriate course based on their learning needs, career objectives, and aspirations.

Students who complete the CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care may work in a range of education and care settings, or with school aged children in outside school hours care and vacation programs in roles such as:

Childhood Educator Assistant

As a childcare Educator assistant you will be assisting in teaching kindergarten children in the year before their full-time of schooling. Your patience is expected to nurture a sense of individuality, self-expression and interest while working with the children. Your main responsibility is to provide an early education for children and help them prepare for school. Working as an assistant childhood educator is important not just within the household but also it contributes to the development and wellbeing of the society. Nurturing the developing minds of young ones is self-fulfilling and achieving.

Outside School Hours Aide

Gives you a broader opportunity in childcare as a registered carer with the assistance provided by local government for school children outside school hours as a priority. The OSHC assistance schedule is before school 7am – 9am and after school 3pm-6pm. You will be doing activities that are developmentally appropriate for the children’s age and are in line structured activities. Your responsibility is to support in implementing the weekly program planning, promote healthy eating plans, overseeing the safety of all children attending care and respond to children and young people at risk.

Preschool Assistant

Provides assistance in early childhood pre-primary school teachers in implementing approved learning framework whilst supporting the children’s wellbeing, learning and development in preschool or kindergarten.

Students may also like to continue their formal training by undertaking the CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.

Classroom Training

This program is classroom-based delivery (weekdays or weekend classes available) combined with work placement requirements.

Students are required to attend classroom sessions for a 44-weeks period (excluding holidays).

Program Unique Supervised Hours (PUSH) set for this Qualification are 583 hours.

Self-Directed Learning: Students will need to devote few hours of self-directed learning each week during the 52 weeks period. This includes undertaking self-studies, research, development of portfolios, completing assessment tasks and work placement. Total hours recommended for self-directed learning are 497 hours.

Work Placement: Students enrolled in the CHC30113 – Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care are required to complete at least 120 hours of work experience in a regulated early childhood education and care setting performing the requirements outlined in a number of the units of competency. This may be at a long day Centre or at a family day care facility.

ETI has got the agreements in place with child care organisations to give real work environment experience to our students during their practical assessments.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Involves a formal recognition of the skills and knowledge student have already achieved through previous studies, work and life experiences. Assessment of RPL takes into account:

  • Work-related training courses
  • On-the-job skills and work experience
  • Volunteer and community work
  • A combination of all of the above

Credit Transfer

Credit transfer is a process that provides students with agreed and consistent credit outcomes for components of a qualification based on identified equivalence in content and learning outcomes between matched qualifications.

If you wish to apply for RPL or Credit Transfer, please notify Elite Training Institute on the Enrolment form

Practical Placement

We help the students in finding the placements. ETI has got the agreements in place with child care organisations to give real work environment experience to our students during their practical assessments.