CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Award Course
Cricos Code 112190B


This course is intended for people seeking to work in the early childhood education and care sector. It provides the skills and knowledge required to assist in the design and implementation of the curriculum and care programs, in early childhood education and care services. It will supply all the necessary understanding of how to work with learning frameworks so that upon implementation, they meet the requirements of the education and care services National Regulations and the National Quality Standards. On completion of this course you will be capable of providing quality education and care for the social, emotional, physical and learning needs of infants and young children.


Early Childhood Educator.


Diploma of Early Childhood Education & Care.

Information for International Students

Students must be at least 18 years old when they commence studies.

A compulsory practical placement is required for successful completion of the course and a Working with Children Check is required before starting work placement. Students are required to purchase a uniform and may need to show evidence of up-to-date vaccination status for placement. 

Duration 52 weeks
English Proficiency IELTS 5.5 or equivalent test score, or successful completion of Upper Intermediate ELICOS at Sunraysia Institute of TAFE.
Fees per Term (AUD) $7,500
Total Fees (AUD) $15,000
Course Start Dates 24 January 2024, 28 January 2025
Academic Requirements Completion of equivalent of Australian Year 11.
Study Mode Full-time, face to face learning. Classes are timetabled 4 days per week, and placements are full-time. 
Work-based Training  Practical placements in an early childhood care centre totalling a minimum of 180 hours is required. Up to 20 additional placement hours are scheduled to ensure the student achieves the required competencies during placement. These placements are full-time, 5 days per week, over 6 weeks throughout the course and unpaid.


* Duration of a course includes periods for orientation and enrolment, teaching, assessment, structured learning support, study breaks and public holidays.
* Fees and details are subject to change.

Units & Assessment
Core Units
Code Unit Name Hours
CHCECE030 Support inclusion and diversity 63
CHCECE031 Support children's health, safety and wellbeing 160
CHCECE032 Nurture babies and toddlers 108
CHCECE033 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children 100
CHCECE034 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice 80
CHCECE035 Support the holistic learning and development of children 100
CHCECE036 Provide experiences to support children's play and learning 75
CHCECE037 Support children to connect with the natural environment 50
CHCECE038 Observe children to inform practice 40
CHCECE054 Encourage understanding of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples' cultures 55
CHCECE055 Meet legal and ethical obligations in children's education and care 60
CHCECE056 Work effectively in children's education and care 65
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk 40
HLTAID012 Provide First Aid in an education and care setting 22
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety 20
Elective Units
Code Unit Name Hours
BSBPEF403 Lead personal development 40
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people 40
Your particular units of study will be determined from the core and elective units required for this qualification.

RPL is a formal assessment process that recognises relevant skills and knowledge you have already gained through previous training, work and life experiences. Contact the Institute today to discuss your options for RPL.