Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

If you love the idea of working with children, then a Cert III in Early Childhood Education and Care is the perfect entry level course to equip you with the skills and knowledge that you need to be trained in the children’s services sector. A nationally recognised Cert III will allow you access to a rewarding, fulfilling profession that sees you making a significant contribution to the growth and development of children.

Early Childhood Education and Care is a rapidly booming and expanding industry for those with a genuine passion for education. Due to Australian legislation, the childcare industry is increasingly demanding higher training and qualification from child care workers to ensure that as a country, we maintain consistently high standards of education and care for children so that Australia can be competitive on the global stage. As such, the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care is the minimum required qualification to become a child care worker in Australia.

Your Certificate III will show you how to foster the children’s development – both social and educational – whilst working within the strict Australian legal regulations and prioritising the children’s health and safety at all times. As part of this qualification, you will undertake a supervised work placement where you’ll apply the skills and knowledge you’ve learned in a real world setting, by completing up to 120 hours of vocational placement.

Students are also required to obtain a national Australian Working with Children Check, a Federal Police Clearance and a medical clearance before attending a work placement. Your work placement will see you working closely with children from various backgrounds and culture, providing them with care and supporting them in various child care situations.

A Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care will prepare you for roles such as Child Care Assistant, Day Care Assistant and Play Group Assistant.

Nearly 70% of child care centres in Australia* have reported a difficulty in being able to find qualified staff, so even the minimum qualification of a Cert III in Childcare will help you to find work in this booming industry. The

CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care is recognised by the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), which will allow you to take this qualification anywhere in Australia and work as an accredited child care worker. This course is also suitable for those with some previous child care experience already, who may wish to formalise their knowledge and have their previous experience counted under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). This course is also suitable for those entirely new to the child care industry as there are no pre-requisite subjects.

As the Certificate III is the minimum qualification level required for Child Care Workers in Australia, it is well suited for people who like practical, on-the-job learning to compliment the theoretical component of their course work.

The Cert III takes, on average, 45 weeks to complete and the average course fee at Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) around Australia is $3600. Most RTOs offer various study options including online study, in person study or blended study… so it’s important to shop around and find a mode of study that best suits your needs. Carefully consider your current work/life balance and what is going to be realistic/achievable before you make a decision.

Most Australian states provide financial incentives and support for vocational education and depending on your personal circumstances, you may also be eligible for subsidised training fees so make sure to do your research to carefully understand all that you’re entitled to before you apply. You may also be eligible for a VET student loan.

No formal educational entry requirements are required for this course, however school students must have completed Year Ten of high school. You could possibly improve your chances of gaining this apprenticeship if you have already completed a Certificate I or Certificate II, and  you may also qualify for an advanced standing for some of these completed units.

In this course you’ll learn about:

  • Meeting health and safety requirements
  • Cultural competence
  • Social and educational outcomes facilitation
  • Developing positive relationships with children
  • Parent communication
  • Identifying and responding to young people at risk
  • Emergency first aid response
  • Nutrition
  • Care for babies and toddlers
  • Care for children
  • Supportive play and learning
  • Holistic development in early childhood
  • Using an approved learning framework to guide practice

And in completing your mandatory 120 hours of supervised work placement, you’ll be able to put your skills to the test. Please note, your chosen RTO course provider will assist you to find work placement during the course – most students are required to complete the core units of study before commencing placement unless they have RPL in place.

Once you have completed this course and the onsite training you will then be qualified as a child care worker and able to work anywhere in Australia. If you have greater aspirations or would like to work your way up the ladder, you may also choose to complete the next qualifications in the pathway:

Work placement training requirements for Childcare Workers in Australia  can vary from state to state so please select your state below to get specialist information on your state.

Australian Capital Territory – (02) 6205 8555
New South Wales – 13 28 11
Northern Territory – (08) 8901 1357
Queensland – 1800 210 210
South Australia – 1800 673 097
Tasmania – 1800 655 846
Victoria – (03) 9651 9999
Western Australian – 13 19 54

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