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CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Centrelink/DHS Approved: Yes
NQF Approved Qualification: Yes
Recognised Australia wide: Yes

Qualification Description

Through the CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, you will be introduced to working in the field of early childhood and provide education and care to children in a range of services. You can help plan and deliver educational programs that focus on supporting children's wellbeing, learning and development. It is the minimum qualification to gain employment in ACECQA approved early childhood services and often the qualification studied for those wanting to begin their career in early childhood education.

There are 18 units of study in this qualification covering topics such as:

  • Supporting child interaction, behaviour and care
  • Assisting with child health and safety
  • Supporting child development and learning
  • Following legal and ethical frameworks

    Entry Requirements


    The guideline for duration is 6 months – 1 year depending on your chosen study option. External training is self-paced, and duration depends on the individual learner, their employment situation and enrolment type. Credit transfer and RPL options may also reduce the overall time taken to complete the course.

    Study Options

    ACCCO offers a variety of delivery options that allows students to complete the qualification in a mode/s that suit individual learning requirements:

    Units in this Qualification

    This qualification is made up of 18 units of competency (15 core, 3 elective) which reflect the needs of industry.

    Core units

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

    Elective units

    CHCECE006   Support behaviour of children and young people
    CHCECE012   Support children to connect with their world
    BSBWOR301  Organise personal work priorities and development

    Please note: HLTAID004 Provide an emergency response in an education and care setting unit may be completed at an additional cost through an external provider if the student is unable to attend an ACCCO training location.  

    To learn more about what is included in the units above, click here and type in the unit code.

      Employment Opportunities

      The Certificate III qualification provides for employment in the following roles:

      • Assistant Educator in long day care, child care centres, occasional care
      • Assistant Educator in a Kindergarten or preschool program
      • Assistant Educator in occasional care
      • Family Day Care Educator
      • In Home Care Provider 
      • Playgroup Supervisor
      • Nanny
      • Other education based employers may accept this qualification, such as working as a tutor, education support staff or as a teacher aide.

      Vocational Placement

      All students need to be employed or volunteering in an ACECQA approved early childhood service to complete the practical components of their qualification. This will be for no less than 120 hours spread over the duration of the qualification. Actual hours completed is dependent on student capability. Placement working with children under 2 years of age is required. The ACCCO Trainer Assessor 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.

      Help and Support

      No matter what your study mode, all students in this qualification are allocated an ACCCO Trainer Assessor who will guide them through the qualification. Trainer Assessors are all qualified in early childhood education and have at least 5 years' experience completing the job you are wanting to hold. Trainer Assessors provide regular phone, email and face to face support in the workplace so you always have help when you need it!

      Pathways to Further Study

      On completion of this qualification, you can gain credit (between 11-13 units) 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.


      This qualification attracts funding assistance for eligible persons!!!  Funding varies between State / Territories so please check your eligibility requirements for what is available to you in your area.  

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      How to Apply

      1. Choose Your Course

      Once you have made the decision to apply for a qualification you will need to complete an enrolment form and a Literacy, Language and Numeracy indicator (LLN).

      Check you meet:

      • Minimum Age Requirement
      • English Language & Academic Requirements
      • Appropriate Visa Requirements

      2. Prepare Your Application

      Complete the online enrolment form, and upload details of:

      • Colour copy of Passport or Driver’s Licence. (Proof of ID+ residency)                                                                        - If passport provided please provide a copy of a bank statement or utility bill issued within the last 6 months showing your current residential address.
      • Colour copy of either: current green Medicare card; Birth Certificate; current Australian passport; current New Zealand passport; or Australian citizenship certificate. (Proof of citizenship)
      • Colour copy of Certificates and Statement Results for any previously attained or partially completed qualifications completed in or recognised in Australia.

      3. Process of Your Application

      Your enrolment will be assessed on the information you have provided. Upon receiving all paperwork and supporting evidence a formal assessment of your eligibility for government funding and suitability for the qualification is conducted. You will be notified by an enrolments officer on the status of this application once your eligibility has been assessed.

      *Please note that we are unable to finalise your enrolment until all required information and supporting evidence has been provided.

      4. Letter of Offer

      ACCCO assesses the enrolment application. When deemed a successful enrolment application, the student will be issued a Letter of Offer to study with ACCCO. Student reads and accepts the conditions outlined in the Letter of Offer. Student fees are finalised – payment established.

      5. Confirm Your Enrolment

      If your enrolment application is accepted, you will receive a welcome email with a Confirmation of Enrolment (COE) attached, confirming acceptance into the qualification. It is important to check your junk or spam folder as this email can end up here sometimes. If not received, please contact our enrolments team on 1300 139 406 during business hours. Your Trainer Assessor will contact you to undertake an induction and commence the learning program.

      Before you submit your application it is important that you provide all the above required documents. Without these we are unable to process your application.

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