Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

If you love the idea of caring for, supporting and educating children as they commence their lifelong learning journey, this course is for you.

Designed for people beginning their career in Early Childhood, CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care will provide you with the foundational skills and knowledge required to support children in a variety of early childhood education environments, and a learning pathway to pursue Diploma level qualifications in the sector. On completion of this course you will be able to plan and deliver educational programs that focus on supporting children’s wellbeing, learning and development. This course is the minimum qualification to gain employment in an Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) approved Early Childhood Service. Depending on the educational setting, holders of this qualification may work under direct supervision, or autonomously.

Catherine Baker
Trainer - Early Childhood Education and Care
Catherine is a passionate trainer who loves to support students to make a difference in children’s lives. She has 30 years of experience in the Early Childhood Industry, including experience as a Lead educator, Out of School Hours Co-ordinator, Rural and Remote educator, Director of Learning Centres and for the last 11 years a Trainer for Early Childhood. Catherine holds qualifications in Community Service, Early Childhood Office Management and Vocational Education. She believes that a caring educator can make a significant difference in a child’s and family’s life. Supporting families during a child’s fundamental years is a highly rewarding experience, one that will come with lots of cuddles and giggles.

Benefits Of Studying This Course

You will:

  • gain an Australian nationally accredited, industry recognised qualification
  • gain exposure and access to the wide variety of learning environments and career pathways available within the education sector – According to the Australian Government’s Job Outlook Service, the Early Childhood sector currently employs in excess of 95,000 workers and is expecting very strong growth over the next 5 years
  • gain access to an employment sector that offers a diverse range of roles and working conditions – including flexible hours and geographic locations
  • develop skills employers are looking for
  • gain personal and professional satisfaction supporting the children you are working with to become confident and involved learners
  • unlock your pathway to Diploma level qualifications

Employment Opportunities

  • Assistant Educator in long day care, childcare centres, occasional care
  • Assistant Educator in a Kindergarten or preschool program
  • Assistant Educator in outside school hours care
  • Family Day Care Educator
  • In-Home Care Provider
  • Playgroup Supervisor

Early Childhood Education and Care is focused on providing quality educational programs for children aged 6 weeks to 12 years. Focused on the holistic development of a child’s social, emotional, cognitive and physical needs, early childhood education builds a solid and broad foundation for lifelong learning and wellbeing.

Key tasks include:

  • Supporting child interaction, behaviour and care
  • Assisting with child health and safety
  • Nurturing babies and toddlers
  • Providing experiences to support children’s play and learning
  • Supporting the holistic learning and development of children
  • Identifying and responding to children and young people at risk

This work is undertaken in a wide variety of environments including childcare centres, kindergartens, out of school hours care, Family Day Care and individual care.  Educators will:

  • Encourage understanding of First Nations Peoples cultures
  • Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
  • Support inclusion and diversity
  • Follow legal and ethical frameworks
  • Be responsible for implementing policies and procedures of their employing organisation
  • Work independently or under the guidance of others, though in some contexts that guidance may not be on-site


17 units of study – 15 core and two elective units of competency. No pre-requisites.

Our Skills Generation Trainer delivers 16 units. Students need to enrol with and pay separately to an approved First Aid training provider to complete the required First Aid unit.

Core Units
Unit Code
Unit Name
Support inclusion and diversity
Support children’s health, safety and wellbeing
Nurture babies and toddlers
Develop positive and respectful relationships with children
Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
Support the holistic learning and development of children
Provide experiences to support children’s play and learning
Support children to connect with the natural environment
Observe children to inform practice
Encourage understanding of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Peoples cultures
Meet legal and ethical obligations in children’s education and care
Work effectively in children’s education and care
Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
Participate in workplace health and safety
Elective Units
Unit Code
Unit Name
Follow basic food safety practices
Work with diverse people
Units to be acquired externally
Unit Code
Unit Name
Provide First Aid in an education and care setting

First Aid unit to be acquired externally to Skills Generation – HLTAID012 Provide First Aid in an education and care setting

Students must complete the First Aid unit with the exact unit code required in this qualification, or a unit that supersedes and is equivalent to it. If in doubt, check with your Skills Generation trainer before enrolling in a First Aid course.

The First Aid unit will be credit transferred to the Skills Generation CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.

The Australian Qualifications Framework determines that the duration of this qualification is 1 – 2 years, however with both face-to-face training, and flexible online learning, learners are typically completing within the first 6 – 12 months. How quickly an individual is able to complete the course will depend on how fast they work through the content, their commitment to learning and their level of competence.

160 hours of vocational work placement must be undertaken in a regulated children’s education and care service in Australia to meet the requirements of this course.

Students need to find their own work placement with an organisation approved by Skills Generation. It is important to find a work placement at the beginning of the course. Skills Generation staff and your trainer will be available to assist you to identify suitable organisations.

Students who are already employed in early childhood education and care may be able to undertake their work placement with their employer and their current experience may satisfy the work placement requirements. You can review your work history with your Skills Generation trainer prior to commencing the course to see if your experience can be used.

Students are responsible for the cost of any travel and accommodation that may be associated with work placement. Skills Generation insurance covers students undertaking course requirements while on work placement

From time to time, restrictions may be placed on students entering children’s education and care services to complete their work placement, particularly in Local Government Areas impacted by COVID-19. Please refer to the relevant Queensland/other State Government website/s for the most up-to-date information regarding any restrictions and vaccination requirements that may be in place. Please also be aware that work placement employers may have certain requirements in relation to vaccinations or other restrictions in addition to any mandated by government. If you have any questions regarding requirements for work placement, please contact Student Services [email protected]


  • Digital content with assessments accessed online
  • Access to Skills Generation Learning Management System (LMS) 24 hours a day 7 days a week, including Library resources
  • Zoom/other for training sessions, group discussions, direct observation and virtual classrooms
  • Inclusive Learning Strategies are also available for learners with disabilities enabling them to participate on the same basis as other learners
  • Professional discussions with your trainer
  • Individual tasks, assignments and case studies
  • Workplace based reflective tasks
  • Demonstration of practical skills through workplace experience in an early childhood education and care setting
  • Demonstration of practical skills through digital recording as applicable

On successful completion of this course you will receive the nationally recognised qualification:

CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

The qualification is awarded by Skills Generation RTO 41008, with training and assessment delivered by Skills Generation or an approved Third Party training provider on behalf of Skills Generation.

Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care


  • Access to a computer with word processing, email, Zoom/other, PDF reader capabilities and a reliable internet connection
  • Basic computer literacy
  • Language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) levels that indicate you have a high probability of being able to successfully complete the course. Skills Generation can help you assess your current LLN levels as required to ensure we are able to effectively support you
  • Current Blue Card. Skills Generation can assist with your application if required
  • Ability to allocate appropriate study hours per week
  • Ongoing access to an approved regulated children’s education and care service to complete workplace tasks
  • Most employers and work placement host organisations will expect you to have an an up-to-date Influenza vaccination. Please attend to any requirements as soon as possible as you will not be able to commence your mandatory work placement without them

The Commonwealth Government requires all learners undertaking nationally recognised, accredited training courses to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI).  Learners are unable to enrol without their USI.

If you are currently working, or have previously worked in a relevant industry, you may be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). RPL applies where you have workplace experience/competency that can be formally assessed against the units of competency in this course. If you wish to undertake an RPL process, please discuss with our Student Services enrolments team.

Funding and Fees

This course currently attracts government funding for eligible students. Students who access funded training pay a co-contribution fee that represents a small fraction of the total course fee!

Eligibility criteria for funding can be found on our Funding and Fees page, or contact us to discuss your circumstances and determine your eligibility.

Students who are not eligible for subsidised training pay the full course fee.

Payment Plans are available through the PaySmart payment platform making it easy for students to make weekly, fortnightly or monthly payment instalments.

Why Skills Generation

We are committed to helping you succeed
You will be supported by experienced trainers who have extensive vocational and professional experience in the Education sector and access to Education industry networks
Engaging current learning resources available to you 24/7 via our easy to navigate online Learning Management system

On completion of this course you may want to further enhance your skills and knowledge and your job promotion prospects by going on to study:

CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Skills Generation proudly partners with select Australian Universities to provide pathway options for university study. University pathways include guaranteed entry and credit for Skills Generation graduates of Certificate IV and Diploma qualifications.

Course Summary


CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
Number of Units: 17

Study Mode:

Blended - Online and Work Experience
Typically Completed In: 6-12 months
Hours per Week: 10-15 hours (approx.) + 160 hours work placement undertaken over the duration of the course
Funding: Available To Eligible Students

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