Early Childhood Education and Care

A qualification in early childhood education will prepare you to work in a range of early childhood education and care services through engaging with children to support their learning, development and wellbeing.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements however adequate language, literacy and numeracy skills combined with a moderate level of computer literacy skills are required. Your capacity to complete the assessment items within the specified timeframes is also necessary.

Applicants must be aged 18 years or above. In line with legal requirements, you will need to successfully complete a Working with Children Check before commencing any work placement. Applicants are responsible for associated costs.

Course Delivery and Duration

The course is taught via a blended learning approach over 52 weeks.

Students will attend LIVE online classes using ZOOM with our trainer twice a week on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10:30am – 1:30pm.

Students will also attend classroom based face-to-face training, held from 9:30am – 3:00pm once every 3 weeks at our facility.

Students will take a break from their studies during every Victorian school holiday term.


During the course, students are also required to complete a minimum of 120 hours of practical work placement in an early childhood setting to ensure they have the relevant practical skills and knowledge to work in the industry.

UNITS OF STUDY in Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

18 units of competency are required to complete this qualification, including 15 core units and 3 elective units.

Core Units


Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety


Develop cultural competence


Ensure the health and safety of children


Provide care for children


Promote and provide healthy food and drinks


Provide care for babies and toddlers


Develop positive and respectful relationships with children


Use an approved learning framework to guide practice


Work legally and ethically


Identify and respond to children and young people at risk


Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting


Support the holistic development of children in early childhood


Provide experiences to support children’s play and learning


Use information about children to inform practice


Participate in workplace health and safety

Elective Units


Work with diverse people


Work in partnerships with families to provide appropriate education and care


Establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment for children


On successful completion of this course you will be awarded the CHC30113 – Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care which is a nationally recognised qualification.

Students who do not complete all units may be eligible for a Statement of Attainment for the partial completion of units within the Certificate.

Training Centres

Tullamarine, VIC

Career Opportunities

Potential job roles in this qualification are:

  • Early childhood educator
  • Play group supervisor
  • Family day care educator
  • Toy library coordinator
  • Early childhood support educator
  • Outside school hours care assistant
  • Recreation educator
  • Nanny
  • Out of school hours care worker

Course Fees & VIC Government Funding

Contact us to discuss your course fees and to find out if you’ll be eligible for Victorian Skills First Government funding for this qualification.


Pathways provide ways into and connections between courses, starting at certificate level and right through to postgraduate study.

The units of competency achieved in this qualification may provide credit towards a range of other qualifications at Certificate III level and above, with many students continuing with their early childhood education and care knowledge and training and moving into more advanced areas of study as a natural progression.

After completing your Certificate III, you may be eligible to apply for particular higher education qualifications such as a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care or an Undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education and Care.

Further details on qualifications and job pathways are available from

Our Trainers

Our training is delivered by qualified early childhood education and care professionals who excel in their field of expertise. All trainers hold a minimum qualification of Certificate IV in Training & Assessment.

We offer the highest standards of knowledge and skills transfer, supported by up-to-date, relevant information on industry practices and protocols.

All units outlined here contribute to a Nationally Recognised Training Qualification which is recognised within the Australian Qualifications Framework.

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General Enquiries

+61 3 9376 7900

+61 3 9376 4900

First Intervention Pty Ltd

25 Silicon Place, Tullamarine,

Victoria 3043 Australia

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