Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

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Cert III in Early Childhood Education

Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

A fulfilling career in childcare starts here.

The Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care is the entry level qualification for anyone who wants to work in the childcare industry and gain employment in ACECQA approved early childhood services.

This qualification covers the fundamentals of early childhood development, education and care and reflects the role of workers in a range of early childhood education settings. They support the implementation of an approved learning framework and promote children’s well-being, learning and development.

Graduates of this program will have the skills, knowledge and experience to support the development of relationships, learning and education with children, families and the community.

Upon completion of the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care course, you will be ready to commence your career in a variety of rewarding childcare roles in one of Australia’s fastest growing sectors.


Topics covered in this qualification:

  • Children's health and safety
  • Legislation and policy
  • Supporting children's development and relationships
  • Extending children's learning and development through play
  • Cultural Connections


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Course Details (CHC30121)


Full-time: 12 months

Course Code

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Certificate III in Childhood Education and Care

Vocational placement hours

Minimum 160 hours in a regulated education and care service.

Delivery Mode

Blended learning/workplace or Traineeship

Fees & Funding

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Entry Requirements

An appropriate level of language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) skills as required per the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) level.
Current Blue Card or evidence that you have applied for one
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Nationally Recognised

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Centrelink approved

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Nationally quality framework (NQF) approved

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Course Units

Core units

  • CHCECE030 Support inclusion and diversity
  • CHCECE031 Support children’s health, safety and wellbeing
  • CHCECE032 Nurture babies and toddlers
  • CHCECE033 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children
  • CHCECE034 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
  • CHCECE035 Support the holistic learning and development of children
  • CHCECE036 Provide experiences to support children’s play and learning
  • CHCECE037 Support children to connect with the natural environment
  • CHCECE038 Observe children to inform practice
  • CHCECE054 Encourage understanding of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples’ cultures
  • CHCECE055 Meet legal and ethical obligations in children’s education and care
  • CHCECE056 Work effectively in children’s education and care
  • CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
  • HLTAID012 Provide First Aid in an education and care setting
  • HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety

Elective units

  • CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
  • CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice

Course Delivery

The Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care is delivered in a blended format incorporating:

  • Flexible online learning
  • Vocational placement (160 hours)
  • Ongoing online trainer support
  • Regular workplace trainer visits


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Study Pathways

Upon completion of this qualification, students are eligible to enrol into the CHC50121 - Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care. Students will gain credit for units achieved in the Certificate III qualification to go towards the Diploma

Vocational Placement

All students are required to be employed or volunteering in a regulated education and care service (ACECQA approved) to complete the practical components of this qualification.

All students are required to complete a minimum of 160 hours spread over the duration of their qualification and conduct placement with babies and toddlers under 2 years of age.

Venture Education may be able to support you with one of its industry partners to arrange this placement for you if you don’t have a service organised.

Vocational Placement

Career Opportunities

The Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care qualification provides employment in the following roles:

  • Early childhood educator in long day care/kindergarten
  • Outside school hours care (OSHC) educator
  • Family day care educator
  • Occasional care educator
  • Nanny or babysitter
  • Other education-based employers may accept this qualification i.e support staff or teacher's aide
"Since completing my qualification with Venture Education, I have the skills, knowledge and confidence to make a difference to the lives of children every day"
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"I would recommend Venture Education to my colleagues. I always received complete support from my trainers which allowed me to progress and achieve my goal"
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"Sharon offers students a face to face approach and is readily available to answer questions and guide the student’s learning in order for them to succeed in their study"
Arielle Russoniello
Centre Manager, Condon Kids Early Learning, Townsville
"The course content & engagement with our team is of remarkable quality. Our team are gaining confidence & competence through their study with Venture Education"
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CEO Mother Duck Childcare and Pre-School Centres
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"My colleagues recognised my improvements throughout my course, and I continue to apply my knowledge gained from studying with Venture Education"
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"I am happy to be able to apply the knowledge that I have gained through the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care to my work with confidence."
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"Since completing my qualification with Venture Education, I have the skills, knowledge and confidence to make a difference to the lives of children every day "
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"Earlier this year I completed my Certificate III in Business with Venture Education. Through the knowledge learnt, I gained the confidence and skills to step into a new role as nominated supervisor at Mother Duck."
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Frequently Asked Questions

Will I be provided with job opportunities upon graduating?

Starting a career is such an exciting time! Venture Education supports students to find a service to complete their required vocational placement hours. However, students are encouraged to seek their own arrangements when it comes to their employment. Venture Education and their trainers have years of industry experience and can support students to prepare for gaining employment within the industry once the course has been completed. 

I am already working in childcare; will my working hours count towards the vocational placement hours?

Yes, your hours will count towards your vocational placement. If you can provide current evidence of the hours you have completed as an employee within a licenced long day care service these hours will count towards the required vocational placement hours. Evidence of these hours can be provided with a payslip. These hours will be verified by your trainer who will contact your service director.

Is there a minimum or maximum age requirement?

The minimum age to enrol in a course with Venture Education is 15 years of age; please refer to each course overview for further information relating to other entry requirements. Age restrictions differ for students who are looking to undertake an apprenticeship or traineeship. The Child Employment Act states that the minimum age for apprentices and trainees is 13 years of age unless otherwise stated. Please feel free to contact us to discuss further.

Will I need to attend an orientation?

Yes, all students will conduct an orientation and induction to their course with a Venture Education trainer. This is an integral part of your course in order to get you set up with your course materials, meet your trainer and ask any questions that you may have. Depending on your enrolment (i.e. traineeship, fee-for-service) and location, orientation can be conducted either over the phone/skype or in the workplace.

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