CHC30113 - Certificate III in Early Childhood Education & Care - IETS

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Certificate III in Early Childhood Education & Care

“Do you love children?”

Course Overview

This qualification, which has been designed by industry professionals, is the legal minimum requirement for every childcare worker in Australia. This is an industry sector currently experiencing a skills shortage, especially in NSW and Queensland, with nearly 70% of child care centres finding it hard to find qualified staff.

You may skilled with:

  • Child development and care
  • Supporting children's play and learning
  • Professional skill development
  • Health and safety
  • Care for babies and toddlers

Minimum Entry Requirements

  • A written application form
  • Over 18 years old at the time of enrolment
  • Successful completion of Year 11 in Australia, or of an equivalent overseas qualification.
  • Successful completion of LLN assessment
  • Identification Documents
  • A Photo ID

Why should I study this course?

The course covers a range of core unit competencies such as developing cultural competence, ensuring the health and safety of children, promoting and providing healthy food and drinks, developing positive and respectful relationships with children, using an approved learning framework to guide practice and using information about children to inform practice.

Successful completion of the Cert III in Early Childhood Education and Care can lead to a range of potential career opportunities including Childhood Educator Assistant, Outside School Hours Aide and Preschool assistant.

What is the Course Structure?

This course consists of 18 units, 15 units are core and 3 units are elective. Students must successfully complete all units to gain their qualification.

Training delivery consists of formal structured training and assessment of the practical application of the theoretical knowledge acquired through the structure training over the duration of the training program.

Minimum 20 hours weekly study which may comprise of 12 hours of classroom based study & 8 hours of home study.


Full time: 52 Weeks
Part Time: Up to 2 year


This course can be delivered in number of ways, please contact IETS to discuss your preferences.


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18 Units of Competency

Career Choices

  • Childcare Worker
  • Nanny
  • Family day care worker
  • Childcare educator

Course Pathways

On completion candidates may enrol and study higher qualification such as CHC50113 Diploma of Early childhood education & care or other Diploma qualifications.

To successfully complete your Cert III in Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC30113) qualification, you will need to initiate contact with a registered Early Education & Care facility to complete workplace-based experience (minimum 120 hours and maximum 240 hours). This will help you solidify your practical experience and skills in working with children and allow you to demonstrate your practical competencies in a real workplace.

What Units am I gaining knowledge in?

Core 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
Elective Units
CHCECE006 Support behaviour of children and young people
CHCECE012 Support children to connect with their world
CHCECE014 Comply with family day care administration requirements

Assessment Method

Assessment is based on competency (the ability to demonstrate specific skills) and is undertaken through a combination which may consist of classroom observation, discussion, case studies, role plays & written assignments and the work placement.All assessments are to be submitted electronically unless otherwise stated by your trainer.

Funding Opportunities

Course fees can vary by state and are based on a number of different factors. Please refer to our Funded Courses pages for more information, or call us to discuss the most appropriate funding or payment option for you.

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