CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Do you always love teaching children and toddlers and dream of a career where every day brings a new adventure and the opportunity to make a real difference in their development? Have you been searching for a way to get qualified for roles in the education sector in Australia? The nationally recognised CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care is the key to unlocking this rewarding career path.
Course Provider
Australian College
(RTO 22557)
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Study Online + 160 Hours of Work Placement

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Nationally Recognised Australian Qualification

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Unlimited Student Support

Course Overview

Start Date
Start Anytime
You will have up to 18 months to complete the course with self-paced learning.
This is a blended course with all modules delivered online + a minimum of 160 hours of work placement. 
Career Outcomes
  • Childcare Assistant
  • Early Childhood Educator 
  • Family Day Care Educator 
  • Nanny
Course Modules
  1. CHCECE055 Meet Legal and Ethical Obligations in Children’s Education and Care
  2. CHCECE056 Work Effectively in Children’s Education and Care
  3. *HLTWHS001 Participate in Workplace Health and Safety
  4. CHCECE030 Support Inclusion and Diversity
  5. CHCECE034 Use an Approved Learning Framework to Guide Practice
  6. CHCECE036 Provide Experiences to Support Children’s Play and Learning
  7. CHCECE037 Support Children to Connect with the Natural Environment
  8. CHCECE038 Observe Children to Inform Practice
  9. CHCECE054 Encourage Understanding of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ Cultures
  10. CHCPRT001 Identify and Respond to Children and Young People at Risk
  11. CHCPRP003 – Reflect on and Improve Own Professional Practice
  12. CHCECE035 Support the Holistic Learning and Development of Children
  13. CHCECE032 Nurture Babies and Toddlers
  14. CHCECE033 Develop Positive and Respectful Relationships with Children
  15. CHCDIV001 Work with Diverse People
  16. CHCECE031 Support Children’s Health, Safety and Wellbeing

*HLTAID012 Provide First Aid in an education and care setting. You will need to undertake the first aid course unit externally, in your area and submit a copy of your certification to Australian College. This unit may be completed at any stage throughout the course duration and must be current at course completion.

Course Fees Include
  • All courses are self-paced with 24/7 access to the virtual campus.
  • Unlimited trainer, assessor and student services support.
  • This course is a Nationally Recognised Australian Qualification.
Payment Options

Flexible, affordable, interest-free payment plans to suit your budget and a ‘Price-Match’ opportunities available.

Course Entry Requirements

The training package does not stipulate any mandatory entry requirements for the qualification delivered by this course.

The admission criteria are articulated through Australian College marketing and pre-enrolment information and include the following:

  • Students will undertake a Language, Literacy and Numeracy review before Australian College accepts their application for enrolment. The student must have a good command of spoken and written English. They must have the skills to understand different numeracy concepts and to read and write a range of business documents and communications.
  • Depending on the unit, students may be required to interact with actual or simulated team members, clients and staff and may be required to participate in audio/video-recorded role-plays with others.
  • It is recommended that students be at least 15 years of age before the date of enrolment. Where a student is less than 18 years of age, parents or guardians must also provide enrolment consent.

Students must have access to and be able to operate:

  • An internet-enabled PC/Laptop or similar running a current operating system (e.g. Windows 10 or Mac OSX).
  • An audio/video recording device (such as a mobile phone) for the purpose of preparing audio/video assessment recordings.
  • Zoom for the direct observation assessment tasks.
  • Microsoft Office (or compatible software).
  • Current web browser (e.g., Chrome).
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader or another PDF document viewer.
  • Valid email address.

Childcare Work Placement Requirements:

  • Working with Children Check (WWCC) or Blue Card (State Specific).
  • Health checks (where required by the childcare centre).
  • Current immunisation records.

Overseas Students Policy

This course is not available to students on an Overseas Student Visa.

Work Placement

There is a work placement requirement of 160 hours (minimum) in a regulated children’s education and care service in Australia to successfully complete the course. However, the majority is online, so you can study at your own pace in your own time. Work placement requires the commencement of the following units of competency: CHCECE031, CHCECE032, CHCECE033 and CHCECE035. The total number of hours may be applied collectively across these units and will be observed by your supervisor. Some units also require direct observation by the RTO Assessor.

Qualification Pathways

This course is a pre-requisite and entry requirement for the CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care course. Graduates may choose to further their studies through enrolment in the CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer

RPL and Credit Transfer are available for all students to consider. students will be provided with information about RPL and Credit Transfer prior to enrolment. The course provider will recognise the AQF qualifications and statements of attainment issued by other RTOs upon verification with the issuing organisation. Please submit your official enquiry for more information.

A Career In Childcare

Australian College has courses that will suit all childcare education and support professionals, whether you’re just beginning your career or looking to change direction.

You’ll already possess the patience and energy required for this industry and with us, you will develop excellent communication skills, plus the skills, knowledge and confidence to make a real difference in children’s lives. Training with Australian College will reward you with:

  •  A nationally recognised, accredited and in-demand qualification
  •  The qualification needed to start an exciting career in an Australian childcare centre
  •  The opportunity to be part of an industry that is growing faster than ever before
Assessment method

Short Answer Questions, Case-Studies, Audio/Video (role-plays) and Workplace Practical Activities, Work Placement Workbook.

Target Group

Prospective students would see this course as a stepping-stone in their career development, regardless of their current role. It may be a job requirement or a request from and supported by their employer. For some prospective students, undertaking this course may also be at their own initiative, aligning with their personal or professional career objectives. 

Prospective students may be:

  • School leavers wanting to enter the early childhood education and care industry. 
  • Existing workers who want to gain a nationally recognised qualification.
  • Adults who want to gain knowledge and skills and a qualification in early childhood education and care to enter or re-enter the workforce or change their career.
  • Mature aged workers who want to upskill and improve their employment opportunities 
*The contents are accurate at the time of writing. Get in touch with the course provider for the latest information.

About the Course Provider

Australian College

Australian College, established in 2004, is an Australian-owned and operated educational institution. It offers the flexibility of self-paced online learning, accommodating students' busy lifestyles by allowing them to study anywhere and anytime. As a Registered Training Organisation (RTO Code 91110) accredited by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA), Australian College is committed to delivering high-quality vocational training. The college caters to a diverse clientele, including individuals, enterprises, and community organizations, by offering a broad range of nationally accredited courses. Beyond these, Australian College also provides a variety of non-accredited short courses. These are designed for professional development, helping learners acquire new skills or enhance existing ones.
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