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Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

CHC30121- Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care is a course for anyone interested to work as a childcare worker.

Moreover, it is also a prerequisite to enrol for the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care course.

Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care reflects the role of educators in early childhood education and care who work in regulated children’s education and care services in Australia. Childcare worker support children’s well-being, and development in the context of an approved learning framework.

Early childhood educators work in long daycare centres, family daycare, pre-schools or kindergartens. With a booming population in Australia, there are more than 1 million children enrolled in early childhood education and childcare programs.

This course will equip you with the essential skills and knowledge required to meet the demands of the care sector. This course will allow you to develop your professional practice through supervised practical experience working with children.

Course Cost

Tuition Fee

Course CRICOS Code


Course Duration

52 weeks

Course Key Information

Delivery Method:

Face to Face at Level 5, 85 Queen Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000

Education Pathways:

Potential employment options are as an Educator in an Early Childhood Education and Care setting.

Students who complete this course may wish to continue their education into the CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care or other higher education qualifications in early childhood education and care.

Career Outcomes:

After successful completion of CHC30121- Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, you can join daycare services on various roles but not limited to:

  • early childhood educator
  • family Day carer
  • nanny
  • out-of-school hour care assistant
  • recreation assistant
  • kindergarten assistant
  • Childcare assistant
  • child care worker
  • family daycare worker
  • playgroup supervisor
Course Duration:

This qualification will be delivered over 78 weeks, including 60 weeks of training and assessment spread over 6 terms of 10 weeks each and 18 weeks of holidays.

The qualification requires that a work placement of 160 hours is completed.

Pre-requisites: There are no pre-requisites for Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care or any of the units of competency contained within it.
Admission Requirements:

Ridge International College has the following entry requirements for eligible students:
For enrolment into the course International students must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age and have completed the equivalent of Year 12.
  • Participate in a course entry interview to determine suitability for the course and student needs.
  • Have an IELTS* score of 6.0 (test results must be no more than 2 years old). English language competence can also be demonstrated through documented evidence of any of the following:
    • Educated for 5 years in an English-speaking country; or
    • Successful completion of an English Placement Test

*Note that other English language tests such as PTE and TOEFL can be accepted. Students are required to provide their results so that it can be confirmed they are equivalent to IELTS 6.0.

Other Costs:

Material/Resource  Fee: $300
Application Fee : $200

Course Structure for Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

To achieve CHC30121- Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care qualification, students need to complete 15 core units and 2 elective units. Likewise, students need a total of 160 hours of work placement in a regulated children’s education and care service in Australia as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of units of competency.

Core Units:

Unit codeUnit Name
CHCECE030Support inclusion and diversity
CHCECE031Support children’s health, safety and wellbeing
CHCECE032Nurture babies and toddlers
CHCECE033Develop positive and respectful relationships with children
CHCECE034Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
CHCECE035Support the holistic learning and development of children
CHCECE036Provide experiences to support children’s play and learning
CHCECE037Support children to connect with the natural environment
CHCECE038Observe children to inform practice
CHCECE054Encourage an understanding of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples’ cultures
CHCECE055Meet legal and ethical obligations in children’s education and care
CHCECE056Work effectively in children’s education and care
CHCPRT001Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
HLTAID012Provide First Aid in an education and care setting
HLTWHS001Participate in work health and safety

Electives Units:

BSBSTR401Promote innovation in team environments
CHCDIV001Work with diverse people
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Delivery and Assessment


The qualification is delivered over 52 weeks comprising of:

  • 40 weeks of delivery exclusive of holidays.
  • 8 Weeks of holiday breaks (as specified in the timetable)
  • 4 weeks of work placement

Students are required to attend 20 hours of classroom training per week.

Homework is expected to be approximately 5 hours a week.
The training and assessment schedule shows the weeks during which training is delivered and assessment conducted for each unit.

The total amount of training provided being structured classroom sessions is 524 hours. Time scheduled for assessment in class is 276 hours. Online learning activities is 120 hours. Homework which is unsupervised and may include research for assessments and general reading is expected to be on average 5 hours a week.

A work placement of 160 hours is required as per Training Package requirements as described under work placement arrangements.


Assessment will occur through a variety of methods, including knowledge questions and projects incorporating observations and supervisor reports.

Assessment conditions will ensure a simulated workplace environment for classroom-based assessment.

Assessment tasks:

  • Reflect real life work tasks.
  • Are required to be performed within industry standard timeframes as specified by assessors in relation to each task.
  • Are assessed using assessment criteria that relate to the quality of work expected by the industry.
  • Are performed to industry safety requirements as relevant.
  • Utilise authentic workplace documentation.
  • Require students to work with others as part of a team.
  • Require students to plan and prioritise competing work tasks.
  • Involve the use of standard, workplace equipment such as computers and software.
  • Ensure that students are required to consider workplace constraints such as time and budgets.

Work Placement

Students will be required to complete 160 hours of work placement. The work placement is to be completed as shown in the Training and Assessment Schedule.

Because students learn best while applying their new skills in the workplace the extra work placement hours provide students with the opportunity to further develop their skills. Time in class is provided following the work placement to allow students to work on their portfolios after gaining practical experience and while the experiences are fresh in their minds.

Work placement providers will be provided with a list of activities that students are to complete in the workplace to develop their skills. Assessment will also be conducted in the workplace by Ridge International College trainer and assessor.

Students must undergo a working with children check prior to placement which will be at the student’s own cost. Immunisations may also be required – this will be advised by the student’s workplace.

Ridge International College will assist all students to obtain work placements. However, students may also find their own work placement. Work placement agreements will be signed with participating organisations and a facilities check will take place prior to the agreement being signed.

Trainers/assessor will visit students on their work placement at least 4 times. The purpose of these visits will be to meet with students to discuss any issues concerning the placement or questions the student has, as well as to conduct observations for assessment purposes.

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RPL/Credit Transfer

Students can apply for recognition of prior learning, and work experience towards this qualification. During the course of your life, you will develop a wide range of skills and knowledge. Through work, volunteer roles, family commitments, and various tasks undertaken in everyday life, you are building up a bank of knowledge. The evidence of these skills and knowledge accumulated can be used to help you gain a qualification.

You can also apply for course credit if you have completed the same unit previously. To apply for RPL or credit transfer indicate your preference in the application form or speak to our staff at the time of enrolment. Refer to RPL/Credit Transfer policy for details.