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Childcare is a fantastic profession! Working with children is not only fun, but challenging and rewarding at the same time. Training in the CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care is the first step toward making a significant difference for our future generations.
Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care – What Will You Learn?
The Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care course is designed to ensure you learn the skills you need to begin your career in the childcare industry. It’s also an excellent option for experienced childcare professionals to formalise their experience with a nationally recognised and accredited qualification.
During your childcare training, you will learn how to care for and interact with babies and children, ensuring their needs and interests are fulfilled. As part of your training, you’ll get practical experience that will help you develop the confidence to support young people with their developmental needs through play and learning experiences.
As part of the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, you’ll also gain knowledge about how to ensure the health and safety of children in your care (including the application of first aid) and work effectively with families to provide the best care for their child.
This Early Childhood Education and Care qualification will give you the skills you need to pursue roles like:
- ✔ Childcare Assistant
- ✔ Nanny
- ✔ Playgroup Supervisor
- ✔ Family Day Care Worker
- ✔ Mobile Childcare Assistant
- ✔ and more!
Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care Course Units
The CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care consists of 18 units – 15 core units and 3 electives. As a nationally recognised and nationally accredited course, the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care is designed to give you a strong start to your journey as a childcare professional.
CHC30113 Core Units
CHCLEG001 – Work legally and ethically
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
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
CHCDIV002 – Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
CHC30113 Elective Units
CHCECE006 – Support behaviour of children and young people
CHCECE016 – Establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment for children
CHCDIV001 – Work with diverse people
Clustering^ The “HLTAID004: Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting” unit is not delivered by Reach Community College, students must organise the completion of this unit via an external provider.
We have clustered our Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care course into just 6 easy-to-follow theory workbooks and 1 practical skills journal – they have found that this helps students work through and understand the course content faster by assessing any learning objectives that overlap across units just once!
The CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care is one of Australia’s most popular child care qualifications. This nationally recognised and accredited certificate is suitable to help you start your child care career and is now an essential minimum training requirement to hold many jobs in the child care sector.
How long will I have to finish my course?
You will have up to 12 months from your start date to complete your Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care qualification. This course also has a flexible start date which means you can start training at any time throughout the year. You can also study at your own pace, so you can choose to complete your training in less than 12 months!
How is the course delivered?
This course is delivered through online training. We used a range of specially developed online resources and support services to help you successfully gain your qualification. Online learning is an extremely popular and effective method of learning which will allow you to study from anywhere in Australia.
How much time should I spend on my course per week?
It is expected to take about 1210 hours of study to complete this course (this includes your vocational placement) within 12 months.
How will I be assessed?
The Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care is assessed through written questions, observations, projects, case studies, and skills journals. This gives you a chance to demonstrate your competencies using relevant, practical and effective methods.
Support & Resources
As part of your course, you’ll enjoy access to a range of excellent resources and support services, including:
- ✔ Learner guides
- ✔ Assessment workbooks
- ✔ Expert childcare trainers (via phone and online student messaging)
- ✔ Vocational Placement Information and Support
- ✔ Other useful tools, such as templates and a simulated workplace learning environment
Reach Community College is responsible for issuing of all qualifications and statements of attainment. Any changes to the arrangements will be communicated to students.
While there are no previous qualifications required to enrol in the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, it is recommended that you have a sound understanding of the English language (year 10 or equivalent) and basic numeracy skills. You may need to be 18 years or older (depending on local state/territory regulations).
In some states/territories, you may also need to undertake a working with children check or police check before commencing your vocational placement and starting work in this field. This is normally free for students who are not in a paid child care role, but please check your local state or territory regulations for more information.
During your studies, you will also need access to a computer with:
- ✔ Internet connection (ADSL 2+ recommended)
- ✔ Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox
- ✔ Latest Version of Microsoft Word
- ✔ Latest Adobe Acrobat Reader
- ✔ Latest Adobe Flash Player
- ✔ Recording devices, such as a camera or video recorder, may be required
- ✔ A registered Australian early childhood education facility to complete Vocational Placement
As part of your Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care course, you will need to initiate contact with a childcare facility and complete a vocational placement there. This gives you the opportunity to undertake practical training, develop experience and demonstrate competency in requirements of some units, and is a requirement for successful completion of the course.
Your vocational placement with a childcare provider should be at least 120 hours, and can be up to a maximum of 240 hours. For more information about childcare vocational placements, please visit the FAQ page.
After completing the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, you can continue your studies with other care related courses such as:
- ✔ Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
You could also choose to specialise as a childcare trainer with the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. Those interested in ensuring workplace health and safety could consider the Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety.
Did you know?… You can now enrol directly into the CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care qualification without completing the Certificate III course first. The Diploma now includes the majority of units and learning outcomes from the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.
Recognition of Prior Learning/Current Competence (RPL/RCC)
The option of RPL is available for any students who have previously gained competency in any of the units offered within the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care course. This can be from previous formal or informal training, workplace experience or other life experiences. You can get credit for parts of a course unit or the full unit(s). When enrolling in the course, indicate that you would like to apply for RPL and experienced trainers will be in contact to help you through the process and discuss your evidence.
For policies on refunds, extensions, other fees, complaints, appeals, replacement certificates or statements of attainment, please see the Reach Community College Student Handbook.
Links to Child Care Regulations
The Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care is an Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) approved Certificate III qualification for working in children’s education and care services.
Under the training regulations, all early childhood educators working directly with children in Birth to Preschool age care must hold (or be working towards) a Certificate III level education and care qualification such as this one.