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The Certificate III in Early Childhood Education & Care prepares people to work in a range of early childhood education settings within the requirements of the Education and Care Services National Regulations and the National Quality Standard. Students will learn to:

  • implement approved learning frameworks
  • support children’s well being, learning and development

Students will be involved in theory and practical training to gain the qualification as the training is offered through blended delivery strategies with integrated E-learning and work place delivery and assessment.

Career Opportunities


The Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care is appropriate for people who want to be qualified to work as:

  • Child care assistant
  • Outside school hours care assistant
  • Playgroup supervisor
  • Recreation assistant
  • Child care worker

Qualification Structure and Course Content


The Certificate III in Early Childhood Education & Care focuses on providing the practical skills and knowledge through integrated institutional and host industry partner pathways. The course content is divided into three modules.

Module A: Legislation, Policy & Safety

Module A: Legislation, Policy & Safety

SubjectUnit of Competency
CHCLEG001Work legally and ethically
CHCPRT001Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
CHCECE009Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
CHCECE004Promote and provide healthy food and drinks
HTLAID004Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting
(delivered by another Registered Training Organisation)
HLTWHS001Participate in workplace health and safety
Work PlacementOne week block work placement

Module B: Caring for Children & Sensitive Practice

Module B: Caring for Children & Sensitive Practice

SubjectUnit of Competency
CHCECE007Develop positive and respectful relationships with children
CHCECE001Develop cultural competence
CHCECE012Support children to connect with their world
CHCECE003Provide care for children
CHCECE005Provide care for babies and toddlers
CHCDIV002Promote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
Work PlacementTwo week block work placement

Module C: Supporting Children’s Development

Module C: Supporting Children’s Development

SubjectUnit of Competency
CHCECE013Use information about children to inform practice
CHCECE006Support behaviour of children and young people
CHCECE011Provide experiences to support children’s play and learning
CHCECE010Support the holistic development of children in early childhood
CHCECE012Support children to connect with their world
CHCDIV001Work with diverse people
Work PlacementOne week block work placement


Delivery Structure


For international students, SELC has integrated the mandatory work placement requirements to ensure that institutional pathway delivery & assessment and workplace experience & practical assessment comply with the requirements for course completion.

Mandatory Work Placement


Certificate III in Early Childhood Education & Care includes 120 hours mandatory industry/work placement for successful completion of the course. Some units of competency within the Early Childhood Education and Care require assessment to take place in a regulated education and care service providing education and care to children less than 13 years of age that is licensed or approved under state and territory legislation. This includes long day care, preschools/kindergartens and outside school hours care which are typically regulated under national regulations, as well as occasional care and mobile services which are typically regulated under state or territory specific legislation. During the mandatory work placement, students will be supervised and assessed by a SELC qualified workplace trainer and assessor.

Exit point/Award


Nationally_Recognised_TrainingCHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education & Care (AQF – 3) This qualification is recognised nationally under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF)


Course Entry Requirements and Durations


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