Code and Title of Qualification - CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Training Package Community Services 5.0 Link to Training Package
AQF Level Level 3 Implementation Guide
CRICOS Course Code 106989B Duration 52 Weeks

Introduction to Qualification

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.

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this qualification outlined in the qualification description. However, students must:

  1. Be 18 years old or above
  2. have satisfactorily completed Year 12 of secondary education or its equivalent, or have appropriate and relevant experience, and;
  3. 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);
  4. and complete a screening interview with the Academic Manager of his representative to assess suitability and capability in completing this qualification;
  5. 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.
Course Structure

A total number of 17 units including 15 core units PLUS 2 elective units is required for the award of this qualification.


Units of Competency Core/Elective
CHCECE030 Support inclusion and diversity Core
CHCECE031Support children?s health, safety and wellbeing Core
CHCECE032 Nurture babies and toddlers Core
CHCECE033 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children Core
CHCECE034 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice Core
CHCECE035 Support the holistic learning and development of children Core
CHCECE036 Provide experiences to support children?s play and learning Core
CHCECE037 Support children to connect with the natural environment Core
CHCECE038 Observe children to inform practice Core
CHCECE054 Encourage understanding of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples? cultures Core
CHCECE055 Meet legal and ethical obligations in children?s education and care Core
CHCECE056 Work effectively in children?s education and care Core
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk Core
HLTAID012 Provide First Aid in an education and care setting Core
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety Core
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people Elective
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice Elective
Assessment arrangements

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:

Assessment Task 1: Written assessments including short- answer questions, research tasks,

Assessment Task 2: Practical activity including simulated work practices/ demonstrations, Logbook and third-Party Reports

Assessment Task 3: Research tasks and Case studies

Assessment Task 4: Roleplays and presentations

Work Placement requirements

To achieve this qualification, the individual must have completed a total of least 160 hours of work in a regulated children’s education and care service in Australia as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of units of competency. The total number of hours may be applied collectively across all units of competency that include the requirement for workplace hours.

It has been our experience that most students will secure their work placement themselves typically close to home. Work placement can only be undertaken in an accredited early childhood education and care service. During the work placement, students will be supervised and assessed by CHC Services’ qualified trainers and assessors. The CHC Services trainer/assessor will visit each student on a minimum of 4 occasions although more frequent visits will be conducted if necessary. Satisfactory completion of this work placement is a mandatory part of the requirements for successful completion of this course.

Work Placement Requirements  

National Criminal Record Check 

Prior to commencing work placement, students will be required to undertake a Criminal Record Check (CRC) to obtain a National Police Certificate.  Students will need to meet the cost of this. 

Working with Children Check

First Aid Certificate 

It is not a requirement to have a current first aid certificate to volunteer in the child care industry. Workplaces however do have the right to request that a student holds the HLTAID004 Provide First Aid certificate.

Delivery Arrangements

Students are required to complete 17 units of competency for the award of this qualification.

Approximate nominal hours required to complete qualification are 1200-2400 hours.

Learner Educational and Support Services

All Students are required to attend an induction session prior to commencement. All policies and procedures are explained in full. Students are invited to contact their trainer for details and support.

A range of support services are available free of charge to Students and are confidential. This will include, as appropriate:

  1. Counselling – general or personal, support and referrals
  2. Study assistance as required
  3. Language, literacy and numeracy support
  4. Accommodating work and study

Any identified support needs will be recorded on the Individual Training Plan.