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Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

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Course Outline (Domestic)

Course Code: CHC30113

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

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 and the National Quality Standard. They support the implementation of an approved learning framework, and support children’s wellbeing, learning and development. Depending on the setting, educators may work under direct supervision or autonomously.


Students completing this course will gain credit transfer of up to 13 units in the CHC50113 – Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care offered by GBCA.

 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)

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?

Normally students may take up to 52 weeks to complete the course. Fast learners may complete the course in a shorter duration.


  • Day class: 2 sessions per week
  • Evening class: 3 sessions per week

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

Entry requirements

Entry requirements:

There are no set requirements for this course. It is recommended that domestic students would meet one of below requirements:

·        Satisfactory numeracy and literacy skills to undertake this course, or

·        Mature age and have sufficient work experience to successfully undertake this course, or

·        Satisfactory complete year 11

Domestic applicants will undertake the language, literacy and numeracy test and the digital skill test as part of the Pre-Training Review.


Vocational placement requirements:

Before commencing vocational placement, all students must undertake 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.

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.

Other requirements:

Childcare service centres receiving GBCA students on placement require students to be fully vaccinated.

Assessment methods

A variety of assessment methods will be used throughout the course, including: short questions, case studies, simulations, project, third party observation during work placement, work place observation, portfolio.

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

Course Factsheet

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

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