Course name: CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care 

Campus: Sydney

Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Qualification Information

This qualification reflects the role of educators in early childhood education and care who work in regulated children’s education and care services in Australia. They support children’s wellbeing, and development in the context of an approved learning framework. Educators use a range of well-developed skills and knowledge using discretion and judgment when carrying out their work in the context of established policies and procedures. They may work independently or under the guidance of others, though in some contexts that guidance may not be on-site.

Early childhood educators work in long day care centres, family day care, pre-schools or kindergartens.

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Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Certificate 3 in Childcare - Course Briefing
NTIS Code: CHC30121 CRICOS Course Code: 106989B
Name of Qualification Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
Delivery Mode This course is delivered as a combination of classroom workshops and online training for 20 hours a week at TACIS premises. Attendance is monitored every week and satisfactory course progress must be maintained throughout the entire course.                                                                    
Duration 12 months nominal term / 52 weeks, including 4 terms x 10 weeks tuition plus 12 weeks breaks in between terms.
Tuition Fees AUD$10,800
Administration Fees (non-refundable) AUD$300
Material Fees (non-refundable) AUD$500
If Diploma/Advanced Diploma, is year 12 (or equivalent) required for entry? YES
Total curriculum hours (including practicum) required to complete the course: 1800-2400 hours
Is the course delivered full-time? Yes
Training Arrangements 2 days classroom and 1 day online
Certificate 3 in Childcare - Packaging Rules
Based on the information available from, the following packaging rules apply for completion of this qualification.

A total number of 17 units including 15 core units PLUS 2 elective units is required for the award of this qualification.
Any combination of electives that meets the packaging rules can be selected for the award of the CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.

All electives have been chosen to be relevant to the work outcome, local industry requirements and

Consistent with the qualification packaging rules, the units listed below have been selected to be delivered for this qualification. The Code and Title of each unit is provided as well as an indication of core (C), elective (E), pre-requisite (Pre) and licensing requirements (Lic), if required
Unit Code Unit Name Core/ Elective
CHCECE030 Support inclusion and diversity C
CHCECE031 Support children’s health, safety and wellbeing C
CHCECE032 Nurture babies and toddlers C
CHCECE033 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children C
CHCECE034 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice C
CHCECE035 Support the holistic learning and development of children
CHCECE036 Provide experiences to support children’s play and learning C
CHCECE037 Support children to connect with the natural environment C
CHCECE038 Observe children to inform practice C
CHCECE054 Encourage understanding of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples’ cultures C
CHCECE055 Meet legal and ethical obligations in children’s education and care C
CHCECE056 Work effectively in children’s education and care C
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk C
HLTAID012 Provide First Aid in an education and care setting C
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety C
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people E
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice E
Entry Requirements
There are no specific entry requirements for this qualification outlined in the qualification description. However, students must:
• Be 18 years old or above
• have satisfactorily completed Year 12 of secondary education or its equivalent, or have appropriate and relevant experience, and;
• be competent in English (a minimum of IELTS 5.5 or equivalent) or demonstrate vocational proficiency through an entry examination. Students must achieve at least 50 percent in the entry examinations before being accepted into the program);
• and complete a screening interview with the Academic Manager of his representative to assess suitability and capability in completing this qualification;
• If it is determined that the student need to complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) test, the student will be required to complete a LLN test to determine whether the student might be suitable for this qualification or any supporting services might be required during the student’s enrolment at TACIS.
Assessment Methods
A range of assessment and evidence gathering methods and techniques are used including 2 – 4 or more methods for each unit of competency. For this course, methods include:

  • Written questions and tests
  • Practical demonstrations
  • Direct Observation
  • Case studies, Journal keeping
  • Projects, assignments and research tasks
  • Roleplays, simulations and presentations
  • Logbook and Third Party Reports

Learners may apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for units of competence where they may have demonstrated competency.

Career Pathways from the Qualification
Successful completion of the CHC30121 Cert III in Early Childhood Education and Care can lead to a range of potential career opportunities including Early Childhood Educator, Childhood Educator Assistant, Outside School Hours Aide and Preschool Assistant.
Education Pathways from the Qualification
Preferred pathways for students entering this qualification include:

  • Completion of year 10 or higher
  • Pathways from the qualification:
  • On successful completion of this qualification students are encouraged to undertake studies in the following qualifications:
  • CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support, or   
  • CHC40113 Certificate IV in School Age Education and Care, or
  • CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, or
  • CHC50213 Diploma of School Age Education and Care,
  • or any other Diplomas in the Community Services Training Package for various specialisations. Students should establish relevant qualifications and any credit arrangements that may apply in order to make appropriate elective choices in this qualification.

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