Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Codes - CHC30121 | CRICOS 107592D

Duration - 52 Weeks

Location - Sydney


The CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care focuses on the knowledge and skills required of early childhood educators who are responsible for maintaining healthy, safe and caring environments for children and for designing and implementing curriculum in early childhood education and care services. 

If you love children and are passionate about helping build a brighter future through supporting the development of the young, a career in early childhood education and care may be the right fit for you. 

Course description 

To be issued the qualification CHC30121Certificate III Early Childhood Education and Care you must be assessed as competent in all 17 units of competency which includes 15 core units and 2 elective units. 

In order to provide you with a truly engaging learning experience, we offer training with a combination of face to face and online study. During class time, our highly experienced and knowledgeable trainers will train you on the theoretical aspects of your future occupation  as well as assist you in the development of the essential practical skills you would require to work in an early childhood education and care facility. 

This course also includes 160 hours of mandatory work placement in a registered childcare facility.  

Employment Pathways 

Relevant job titles include 

  • Early Childhood Educator 

Entry Requirements 

Academic Requirements 

Entry to this course requires: 

  • Successful completion of Australian Year 10 or equivalent; OR 
  • Relevant work experience in a related field 

English Requirements 

Applications from non-English speaking backgrounds only: 

  • IELTS (Academic) 6.0 overall or equivalent 

Please refer to RIC’s Student Suitability and Enrolment Process for full information

Physical Fitness Requirements 

You will need to have a reasonable level of physical fitness in order to work with children. Bending, reaching, stretching, kneeling and lifting or carrying children are common movements required by early childhood educators. As part of the course, you must also complete the unit HLTAID004 – Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting which requires you to demonstrate Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) continuously for a minimum of 2 minutes while kneeling on the floor. 

Course Structure 

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 
  • CHCPRT025 Identify and report 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 

  • BSBSUS411 Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices 
  • CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people 

Course Duration 

  • 52 Weeks total duration 
  • 40 weeks (4 terms) including 180 hours of work placement

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