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Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care


The Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care CHC30113 course provides you with the necessary skills to work in a range of educational settings.

This course is specifically designed for people to work within the requirements of the Education and Care Services National Regulations and the National Quality Standard. They support the implementation of approved learning framework and support children’s wellbeing, learning and development.

The Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care has been developed against national requirements and is nationally recognised.

There is a mandatory work placement requirement of a minimum of 120 hours to complete this course. Students are provided with a learner guide and project workbook, for the work placement and eLearning course materials.

The work placement hours must be in a regulated education and care service, which would include long day care, family day care, preschools/kindergartens, outside school hours care, occasional care and mobile.

Students will be required to complete two first aid units at their own cost, by the completion of the course:

  • HLTAID003 Provide First Aid and
  • HLTAID004 Provide an Emergency First Aid Response in an Education and Care Setting

Australian College, in partnership with Vital First Aid Training Services (RTO90531), will conduct campus based First Aid classes at Surry Hills, Sydney, NSW.

Upon completion of the course, you will receive a nationally accredited Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC30113).

Qualification Pathways:

  • Complete the required training and the assessment requirements
  • Apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
  • Apply for Recognition of Current Competency (RCC)
  • Apply for Credit Transfer (CT)

Total Units: 18 Units

Course Fee and Duration



Module 1. Work within a relevant legal and ethical framework

  Demonstrate an understanding of legislation and common law relevant to work role
  Follow identified policies and practices
  Work ethically
  Recognise and respond when client rights and interests are not being protected

Module 2. Participate effectively in the work environment

  Contribute to the effective operation of the workgroup
  Review and develop own work performance
  Work cooperatively with others
  Contribute to the development of policies, practices and structures of an organisation

Module 3. Ensure the health and safety of children

  Support each child’s health needs
  Provide opportunities to meet each child’s need for sleep, rest and relaxation
  Implement effective hygiene and health practices
  Supervise children to ensure safety
  Minimise risks
  Contribute to the ongoing management of allergies
  Contribute to the ongoing management of asthma

Module 4. Promote and provide healthy food and drinks

  Promote healthy eating
  Plan food and drinks that are nutritious and appropriate for each child
  Maintain food safety while carrying out food-handling activities

Module 5. Identify and respond to children and young people at risk

  Implement work practices which support the protection of children and young people
  Report indications of possible risk of harm
  Apply ethical and nurturing practices in work with children and young people

Module 6. Use an approved learning framework to guide practice

  Identify learning frameworks
  Apply the learning framework

Module 7. Participate in workplace health and safety

  Follow safe work practices
  Implement safe work practices
  Contribute to safe work practices in the workplace
  Reflect on own safe work practices

Module 8. Provide experiences to support children’s play and learning

  Create an environment for play
  Support children’s play and learning
  Facilitate children’s play, learning and physical activity

Module 9. Develop positive and respectful relationships with children

  Communicate positively with children
  Interact positively with children
  Support and respect children
  Maintain the dignity and rights of children

Module 10. Provide care for children

  Provide physical care
  Promote physical activity
  Adapt facilities to ensure access and participation
  Help children with change
  Settle new arrivals

Module 11. Provide care for babies and toddlers

  Promote safe sleep
  Provide positive nappy-changing and toileting experiences
  Promote quality mealtime environments
  Create a healthy and safe supporting environment
  Develop relationships with babies and toddlers
  Develop relationships with families

Module 12. Support the holistic development of children in early childhood

  Support physical development
  Support social development
  Support emotional development
  Support cognitive development
  Support communication development
  Create an environment for holistic learning and development

Module 13. Develop cultural competence

  Reflect on own cultural identity and biases
  Identify and develop cultural competency
  Research Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities
  Support individual cultural identities
  Create environments to support children’s cross-cultural understanding and relationships
  Support the implementation of inclusive learning experiences
  Support children in developing confidence and strength in personal and cultural identity

Module 14. Use information about children to inform practice

  Gather information about the child through observation
  Gather information about the child from secondary sources
  Record observations appropriately
  Use observations and information collected to contribute to program planning

Module 15. Work effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islanders people

  Reflect an awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and cultures in work practices
  Reflect an awareness of own and other cultural realities in work practices
  Communicate effectively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  Reflect cultural safety in workplace and professional relationships
  Work in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities

Module 16. Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers

  Reflect cultural awareness in work practice
  Accept cultural diversity as a basis for effective work place and professional relationships
  Communicate effectively with culturally diverse persons
  Resolve cross-cultural misunderstandings

You will need to undertake the first aid course units externally, in your area, and submit a copy of your certification to the College.

Module 17. Provide first aid

  Respond in an emergency situation
  Apply appropriate first aid procedures
  Communicate details of the incident
  Evaluate own performance

Module 18. Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting

  Respond to an emergency situation
  Apply appropriate emergency first aid procedures
  Communicate details of the incident
  Reflect on incident and own performance

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