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Certificate iii Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC)

Early childhood educators nurture the nation’s future because all the significant things we need for life are learned in the first 5 years

Becoming a professional early childhood educator to educate the next generation; Enable your caring skills to flourish and make a real difference working in exciting teams

What Our Students Say About our
Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) Courses?

Dafni 01
GBCA has always believed in helping and guiding students, they are so concerned about students. GBCA has helped me to become a better person to face the challenges of the world and I’m gaining my experience day by day. Thank you GBCA
Dafni Warnakulasuriga
Cert 3 ECEC - Student

Meet Ayasha Karki, a GBCA student who wanted to share her experience studying what she love. Ayasha has completed her Certificate 3 in ECEC and now doing her Diploma of ECEC through GBCA. Real Practical Learning In A Playful Way. Superb Student Assistant
Gained Confidence And Experience.

Piumi 01
GBCA has opened a new door for me. I really love learning experience in GBCA. Also, GBCA facilitates me in every possible way. I really appreciate that GBCA provided me a place to do my placements as well. Also I like GBCA lecturers and friendly staff a lot.
Piumi Tuamalee
Diploma of ECEC - Student

Course Outline

Course Code: CHC30113 | CRICOS Code: 097758G

What can I do with a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care?

This practical course prepares you to provide professional education programs and care for children in child care and early childhood education settings. Rewarding job outcomes include:

  • Child carer
  • Early childhood educator
  • Kindergarten support worker

The qualification is an approved course for entry into the early childhood education industry (Refer: Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) www.acecqa.gov.au

The course covers:

  • Understanding childhood development
  • The theory and practice of educational programming to meet development needs
  • The theory and practice of professional care giving
  • Advanced communication skills
  • Ethics, the law and quality standards in early childhood development, and
  • 120 hours of work placement (which GBCA will organise for you).

Graduates gain up credit exemption of up to 13 units into the CHC50113 – Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care offered by GBCA to become an early childhood education leader.

Mature age students are encouraged as early childhood education welcomes life experience.

How long does it take to Complete a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care?

This course has a standard duration of 52 weeks (including 30 weeks of internal training, 6 weeks of vocational placement, 4 weeks catch up class, reassessment, additional placement (if required), and 12 weeks holidays). Learners may be able to complete the course early depending on their competency levels.

Is this Course Government Funded?

This course is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding under the Skills First Program. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply for training subsidised through the Skills First Program.

For more information about our government-funded courses, please visit The Skills Funding Page

What level is a cert 3 in childcare?

Level 3.1 – (for a newly qualified cert 3 educator who begins working for the first year with their qualification).

Entry requirements

Entry requirements:

Academic requirement: Satisfactorily completed Australian year 11 or equivalent level of study

Language requirements:

  • Minimum of IELTS 5.5 or equivalent, or
  • Successfully complete the GBCA ELICOS program: English for Academic Purposes 1 (EAP1)

Vocational placement requirements:

Before commencing vocational placement, all students must undertake National Police Check and Working with Children Check and complete the unit: HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting.

Students are required to complete at least 120 hours of work placement as part of course requirements.

GBCA has signed agreements with prospective employers to offer the work placement opportunities for its students. A list of these prospective employers will be provided to assist you in finding work placement. Work placements will be arranged by the GBCA Work Placement Coordinator in conjunction with the student and GBCA trainers.

The Fair Work Act 2009, under the definition of Vocational Placement in section 12 outlines the rules restricting unpaid work. The Fair Work Ombudsman provides a clear explanation of these rules in the Internships, Vocational Placements & Unpaid Work Fact Sheet.  

Students are required to discuss with the GBCA work placement coordinator if they wish to make their own work placement arrangement.

Due to the requirement to complete vocational placement, a final outcome for each unit would not be provided until the relevant component of vocational placement had been completed.

Assessment methods

The course is very practical. Hence, you will undertake a range of assessments, individually and in small groups, including:

  • Work placement tasks
  • Written and oral tasks, including case studies, reports and presentations
  • Quizzes

Delivery Mode: Face to face training

Location #1: GBCA (Latrobe St Campus) 337-339 La Trobe Street Melbourne 3000 VIC

Location #2: GBCA (Queens St Campus) 338 Queens street, Melbourne 3000 VIC

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52 weeks (including 30 weeks of internal training, 6 weeks of vocational placement, 4 weeks catch up class, reassessment, additional placement (if required), and 12 weeks holidays).

Before commencing vocational placement, all students must undertake National Police Check and Working with Children Check and complete the theory and practical components of the unit: HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting.

Students are required to complete at least 120 hours of work placement as part of course requirements.

GBCA has signed agreements with prospective employers to offer work placement opportunities for its students. A list of these prospective employers will be provided to assist you in finding work placement. Work placements will be arranged by the GBCA Work Placement Coordinator in conjunction with the student and GBCA trainers.

The Fair Work Act 2009, under the definition of Vocational Placement in section 12 outlines the rules restricting unpaid work. The Fair Work Ombudsman provides a clear explanation of these rules in the Internships, Vocational Placements & Unpaid Work Fact Sheet.

Students are required to discuss with the GBCA work placement coordinator if they wish to make their own work placement arrangement.

Due to the requirement to complete the vocational placement, a final outcome for each unit would not be provided until the relevant component of vocational placement had been completed.

With A Certificate III in ECEC you can work in Australia as a

  • Early Childhood Educator
  • Childcare Worker
  • Family Day-Care Educators
  • Play Group Supervisor
  • Outside School Hours Aid
Unit Code Unit Name
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
CHCECE021 Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children
BSBWOR301 Organise personal work priorities and development
CHCECE012 Support children to connect with their world

Delivery Mode: Face to face training

Location #1: GBCA (Latrobe St Campus) 337-339 La Trobe Street Melbourne 3000 VIC

Location #2: GBCA (Queens St Campus) 338 Queens street, Melbourne 3000 VIC

You May Be Eligible For Victorian Government Funding*

To do subsidised training, you have to meet eligibility criteria, if you are eligible, you pay less for your training. Domestic Students Only.

Course Accreditations

Nationally Recognised Training
Australian Children's Education & Care Quality Authority
Australian Qualification Framework

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Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care