Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care




51 weeks, this includes term breaks.

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Currently, Early Child Education is one of the most popular industries with demands rising for child care centers. 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. They support the implementation of an approved learning framework, and support children’s wellbeing, learning and development.

In Australia, students successfully graduating from this qualification may receive a median salary of approx. $38,000 per year.

Course Overview

Through the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, you will be introduced to working in the field of early childhood. 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.

Student will learn the importance of being responsive caregivers while respecting diversity, identity and the rights of children. Vocational placements provide students with the opportunity to practice the knowledge and skills as they engage with children. Students are offered a balance between theoretical and practical experience.  Our curriculum is current, responsive to the changes in this industry and is designed to provide you with the needed hands-on experience to develop the expertise you need to work with children.

Entry requirements

This qualification may be accessed by direct entry, Although, It is highly recommended that the student:

  • have satisfactory numeracy and literacy capabilities
  • are mature age

Additional requirements

Students must have the following before commencing work placement

  • A current Working with Children Check– Students will be required to complete and pass a Working with Children Check/Police Clearance in the state or territory that they are working in prior to commencing child related work (this includes work placement).
  • National Police Check
What you'll learn

To complete this qualification you will need to complete:

A total number of units: 18

  • 15 core units
  • 3 elective units

Mandatory Units

CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
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
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
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 workplace health and safety

Suggested Elective Units

CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
CHCECE006 Support behaviour of children and young people
CHCECE012 Support children to connect with their world
CHCECE014 Comply with family day care administration requirements
CHCECE015 Attend to daily functions in home based child care
CHCECE017 Foster the holistic development and wellbeing of the child in early childhood
CHCPRT003 Work collaboratively to maintain an environment safe for children and young people
CHCSAC004 Support the holistic development of children in school aged care
BSBINN301 Promote innovation in a team environment
BSBSUS301 Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices
BSBWOR301 Organise personal work priorities and development
SRCCRO008B Interact positively with infants, toddlers and parents in a recreation environment

Vocational Placement

To be assessed as competent in the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, students are required to undertake 120 hours of supervised work placement in a regulated Child Care facility which caters to children between the ages of 0-6. Students must have a minimum diploma trained staff member supervising them throughout the work placement hours.

Students will also be required to complete a Police check, obtain a Blue Card or a Working with Children check, you may be required to complete a manual handling training prior to commencing your placement at the chosen facility.

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: www.acecqa.gov.au

Teaching and assessment

Duration: This course is conducted over a 51 week delivery, this includes term breaks.

Timetable:  Monday- Wednesday + Fast track options available (The timetable for future intakes may differ to the current schedule.  

Delivery Method: is a combination classroom delivery (face-to-face). Competencies will be assessed by theory tests, practical tasks and project work.

Delivery Location: Course is delivered on-site at our Brisbane Campus: 21 Parkview Street, Milton, QLD.


Have trade skills and work experience but no formal qualification?

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For each unit, candidates will be given the option to demonstrate competency through a combination of any of the following:

  • A Portfolio of Evidence which includes:
    – Prior Qualifications (accredited and non-accredited)
    – Employment History (detailed, positions, performance, appraisals)
    – Work samples and other relevant documents (photos, videos, etc.)
    – References and testimonials from verifiable sources
    – Journals and publications
  • Practical testing in the workshop/classroom
  • Written/Verbal Testing

Apply for RPL or for Credit Transfer for discounted fees and reduced study duration.

Career Pathways

This qualification may provide employment opportunities in a center-cased care, out of school hour care etc. Possible job titles relevant to this qualification:

  • Childhood Educator Assistant
  • Outside School Carer
  • Assistant Educator in child care centers
  • Preschool Assistant
  • Family Day Care Educator
  • Qualified Nanny
Fees and funding

Fees: AUD $10,000.00 -no hidden fee

The tuition fees as published are subject to change annually given individual circumstances at enrolment and a number of other factors.

Payment Plan

If you have difficulty paying the full fee of a course upfront you might be eligible for a payment plan. This allows you to pay for your course either per semester or in monthly installments.

Intake Dates: There are 4 intake dates in a year: Jan-Feb, April-May, July & September-October

How to apply

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Fill out an application above or see our How to Apply section for further guidance.

If you require assistance, our dedicated student advisors can help you with any questions you have about the application and enrolment process.

Students are advised to make an appointment to speak to a career counselor for advice on programs, learning pathways and career outcomes.

Professional accreditation and recognition

On successful completion of this course including competence in all assessment requirements , you will be awarded the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.  This qualification is recognized nationally under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). Check the www.training.gov.au

Additional information

What Kind Of Student Are You?

You're a local student if you are:
  • a citizen of Australia or New Zealand or
  • an Australian permanent resident
You're an international student if you are:
  • intending to study on a student visa, or
  • an Australian permanent resident
  • not an Australian permanent resident or
  • a temporary resident of Australia
You're a working professional if you are:
  • currently working in Australia or Internationally
  • able to provide sufficient work evidence to obtain a qualification
  • willing to expand your future job prospects

If you're unsure please contact us at admissions@intech.edu.au