CHC30113 Certificate III In Early Childhood Education & 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.

Nationally Recognised Qualification

Delivery Modes: Classroom and Workplace

Course Duration: 45 weeks

Payment Plan

Subsidised Course

Course Description

The CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care is a nationally accredited qualification. It is the minimum requirement to gain employment in an approved early childhood service and to become a qualified educator.

Course Requirements

To achieve a CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, a total of 18 units of competency must be completed, 15 core units, plus 3 elective units.

Through a combination of core and elective units delivered in class, by distance and  workplace-based learning, you will acquire the necessary skills and knowledge to work as an educator in an early childhood service. There are 18 units, 15 of them being core units and the rest of them, electives.

To achieve a certificate 3 in early childhood education qualification (sometimes referred to as certificate 3 in childcare), participants must complete a total number of 18 units. The elective units selected must be relevant to the qualification and contribute to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome.

Course requirements work in cohesion to ensure that participants who gain a childcare cert 3 have the capacity to work across a range of early childhood education environments while adhering to set regulations and quality standards.

Earning a certificate 3 in early childhood education means that you have the qualification necessary to work with children to enhance their learning while maintaining a safe and healthy environment. Let the team here at First Base Training in Parramatta, Sydney show you how valuable a certificate 3 in early childhood education really is!

Practical Placement

To achieve competency in this qualification, students are required to undertake 120 hours of supervised Practical Placement. Our Practical Placement Team will arrange a suitable, regulated child care service for you which caters for children aged between 0-6 years of age.

When it comes to placements, all students enrolled in CHC30113 need to either be employed or volunteering in an ACECQA approved early childhood service. This is required to complete the practical components of the cert 3 in early childhood.

A minimum of 120 hours of work experience is required to be completed in early childhood education and care service, with 0-6 years old children. FBT team may be able to support you to arrange this placement if you don’t already have one. Students must have a current Working with Children Check prior to starting placement.

Entry Requirements

Individuals will need to complete and clear a Working with Children Check.

FBT’s enrolment process is designed to ensure students enrol into a suitable qualification and includes:

  • A suitability discussion to affirm students’ needs and desired outcomes
  • A Language, Literacy and Numeracy Test (LLN) to ensure students have the basic skills necessary for completion of course

Course Structure

Unit Code Unit name Core/ Elective
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety Core
CHCECE001 Develop cultural competence Core
CHCECE002 Ensure the health and safety of children Core
CHCECE003 Provide care for children Core
CHCECE004 Promote and provide healthy food and drinks Core
CHCECE005 Provide care for babies and toddlers Core
CHCECE007 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children Core
CHCECE009 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice Core
CHCECE010 Support the holistic development of children in early childhood Core
CHCECE011 Provide experiences to support children’s play and learning Core
CHCECE013 Use information about children to inform practice Core
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically Core
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk Core
HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting Core
HLTWHS001 Participate in work health and safety Core
CHCECE006 Support behaviour of children and young people Elective
CHCECE012 Support children to connect with their world Elective
BSBWOR301 Organise personal work priorities and development Elective

Qualification Pathway

Graduates of this qualification may continue their study and undertake the following:

CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

The cert 3 childcare course opens up a range of possibilities for those who successfully obtain the qualification.

On completion of completing the early childhood certificate 3, you can gain credit into the CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care to continue your education career. This will shorten the duration of your Diploma course and also reduce the fees.

One of the great things about this certificate 3 early childhood course is the fact that we offer it in a variety of study modes. Whether you choose to study in a class, externally or through a traineeship, this certificate in early childhood education and care is designed to suit each individual’s learning requirements, at manageable costs.

Career Opportunities

The cert 3 early childhood education and care will see graduates ready for employment as:

  • Educator in a centre-based service
  • Assistant Educators in a Preschool or Kindergarten program
  • Family Day Care Educator
  • Mobile Early Childhood Service Educator
  • Occasional Care Educator at a service operating an Early Childhood service at the same premises
  • The operator of a Family Day Care service
  • Playgroup educator
  • In-home care educator

Upon completion, students should be comfortable and confident to work with children and well-versed to working in the field of early childcare, ready to gain employment in their applicable fields. Speak to us today and let our team help to kickstart your career!


Australian Permanent Residents/Citizens
    $0 or $240 if Centrelink Concession Card Holder​
    $1600 if First Qualification​
    $1930 if Second Qualification​
  Please contact FBT to check your eligibility for Smart and Skilled subsidised training​
Temporary and Permanent Visa holders that allows study in Australia (except for Student Visas)​

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This Training is subsidised by the NSW Government under Smart & Skilled.

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