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CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Get started on the career of your dreams with our Nationally Recognised Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care!
QLD law requires that to work in this industry, you must have, or be actively working towards, at least an approved certificate III level education and care qualification.

You will gain practical skills to care for children, nurture their development and ensure sure their environment is safe and supportive. You will also gain a detailed understanding of the Education and Care Services National Regulations and the National Quality Standard requirements and successfully implement the approved learning framework.

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  • Entry into the Course

    The CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care consists of a range of practical tasks and in order to meet work experience and job role expectations, students should be physically, mentally and emotionally healthy to meet the duty of care obligations. For example:

    • The student would need to have the ability to respond appropriately to children’s needs, remain calm in high-stress situations and interact and communicate appropriately where difficulty or danger arises.
    • Students should also have a reasonable level of fitness to cope with physical demands such as standing, lifting, bending, twisting and reaching.

    It is expected that applicants for entry to this program will:

    • A minimum of year 12 or (Australian equivalent) is mandatory or Achieve an Exit Level 3 or above score within the Australian Core Skills Framework assessments in Reading and Numeracy, which will show that they have the capability to be successful in the course,

    Our free online assessment tool can help give you an idea of the language, literacy and numeracy skills needed to study a VET course. This tool can also help you determine your learning level and help you plan your future studies.

    Minimum Age

    You will need to be at least 16 years old. If you are under 18 your enrolment form will need to be signed by a parent or guardian. Section 120 of the Education and Care National Regulations 2011 requires the approved provider of a centre-based service must ensure that any educator at the service who is under 18 years of age:

    • does not work alone at the service; and
    • is adequately supervised at all times by an educator who has attained the age of 18 years.

    National Criminal History Check / Working with Vulnerable People Check

    Students will be required to complete and pass a Working with Children Check/Police Clearance in the state or territory that they are working in prior to commencing child-related work (this includes work placement). For information that relates to a specific state or territory please refer to www.aifs.gov.au or www.australia.gov.au

  • Student Selection Process

    Our student selection process is designed to ensure that you are enrolled in the qualification that best meets your needs. The selection criteria take into account various factors when deciding upon which students will be offered places in the program including:

    • The students’ needs and desired outcomes
    • The ability and commitment of the students to complete the course
    • Eligibility requirements listed in the applicable National Training Package
    • Students existing ability in the ACSF core skills, (learning, reading, writing, oral communication and numeracy)

    Students not meeting these requirements will be directed to more suitable qualifications or skill development programs.

  • Recommended Course Structure

    To attain the CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care a total of 17 units of competency must be successfully completed comprising of fifteen (15) core units and two (2) elective units.


    • CHCECE055 Meet legal and ethical obligations in children’s education and care
    • CHCECE056 Work effectively in children’s care and education
    • CHCECE030 Support inclusion and diversity
    • CHCECE054 Encourage understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ culture
    • CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
    • HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety
    • HLTAID012 Provide first aid in an education and care setting
    • CHCECE031 Support children’s health, safety and wellbeing
    • CHCECE032 Nurture babies and toddlers
    • CHCECE033 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children
    • CHCECE034 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
    • CHCECE035 Support the holistic learning and development of children
    • CHCECE036 Provide experiences to support children’s play and learning
    • CHCECE038 Observe children to inform practice
    • CHCECE037 Support children to connect with their natural environment


    • HLTFSE001 Follow basic food safety practices
    • CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice
  • Work Placement Requirements

    To be assessed as competent in this qualification, students are required to undertake 160 hours of supervised work placement in a regulated child care service that caters to children aged between 0-6. In all work placement settings, students must have a minimum diploma trained staff member supervising them throughout the work placement hours. 

  • Job Prospects

    After completing this course you can pursue a career as a:

    • Nanny
    • Early Childhood Educator
    • Family Day Care Educator
    • Outside School Hours Care Educator
    • Playgroup Supervisor
  • Further Qualification Pathways

    Upon successful completion of this qualification you may continue your studies and undertake the following:


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  • Clock

    12 months

  • Location
    Collab-Hub Locations

    Browns Plains, Caboolture

  • Money Bag

    Government Funded

  • Credit Card Payment (1)
    Delivery Modes

    Blended – Online and Workbased

  • Recognition of Prior Learning
  • Industry Work Placement Support

Frequently Asked Questions

How to Enrol?
The enrolment process is very simple and easy!If you already know which course you want to study :
  • Click the Enrol Now button from the course page that you’re interested in and submit your application. Alternatively, you can visit one of our campus locations or call us on 1300 146 699
  • We will need to verify if you meet the entry requirements and selection criteria for your chosen course, as well as see if you're eligible to access any relevant funding. Check out the details under the important information section on the course page for a list of requirements. Gathering all your supporting eligibility documents together ready to supply to us when requested will help speed up this process.
  • Once your application has been accepted and you have accepted an offer for a place in your course you will receive an enrolment email that includes all the practical information you need to know including timetables and orientation information.
If you need guidance with selecting the best course as per your career or education needs:
  • Speak to one of our course and careers advisors
What is Recognised Prior Learning?
Collaboration Learning recognises that some students have had previous experience and learning whether that be working in the industry or completion of a previous course of study. 

We are happy to discuss Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) with students. Each student requesting RPL will be interviewed and they should provide a portfolio of evidence to support their application and may be assessed on the job. On-the-job assessments can be conducted to assess current skills and knowledge.
What is a Unique Student Identifier (USI)?
A Unique Student Identifier (USI) number is a unique number that is allocated to students studying nationally recognised Vocational Educational Training (VET) in Australia. This is a government initiative that enables you to access all of your training records and results from one location allowing you to provide proof of qualification to any potential employer. USI’s are mandatory for anyone wanting to complete nationally recognised training.If you forgot or lost your USI number please call Student Support 1300 146 699 or visit https://www.usi.gov.au/contact-us/students
What is the Student Assistance Program?
The Student Assistance Program is dedicated to providing new and existing students free and confidential counselling services to help with their mental health and well-being.

As a joint initiative with AccessEAP (which also runs our Student Assistance Program), Collaboration Learning aims to help students address an array of life challenges, ideally before they become distractions that affect home life as well as studies. The service will provide access to a dedicated counseling hotline available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and 3 complimentary face-to-face counseling sessions.

Student Testimonials

Great course, supportive environment!
I completed my Certificate III in Early Childhood Education. They have a fantastic team and I really enjoyed studying with them. My teacher was great with helping me, replying quickly to emails and marking assessments, and very encouraging. I found the coursework to be well laid out and easy to understand and follow.

Thank you for helping me on my journey into Early Childhood Education!

Lael Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Amazing learning experience, helpful teachers!
“I had an amazing experience in my learning path for my new career and the teachers are amazing and helpful in your studies. I would definitely choose them for more learning experiences if I need to build on my career. I personally had trouble at the start of the course due to not studying in years. In-class teaching worked well for me.”

Joanne Hall Certificate IV in Ageing Support

With my first part on campus with Rene Ellwood, it was great to attend a class and be able to share experiences. Rene made it easy to grasp information. The second part was online but still easy to understand.”

Annie Boissonneau Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing)

“Course was easy to understand and teachers were always there to help. Information was always easily found and knowing due dates for each individual unit and project made life much easier.”

Andrew Hoare Certificate IV in Retail Management

“Jenni was absolutely fantastic! Transparent and seamless enrolment process. Jenni made it easy for us to understand the process from education to employment. Professional and helpful. You don’t see this kind of commitment very often. Highly recommended.”

Emily Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

“Loved the experience. Great trainer, Chloe! Met some lifelong friends and got a job I love. Thanks for a new and rewarding career change.”

Christy Koe Certificate III in Community Services

“Trainers that are totally focused on the student’s outcomes and journey.”

Jamie Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability)

“I feel so lucky to have found this college, the course is perfect to suit my lifestyle and what I want to achieve for my career. Very professional service, absolutely fantastic.”

Jessica Certificate III in Retail Services

“Love this place. All staff members are very nice. Very clean environment with all amenities. I am doing cert 3 in ECEC and my trainer Katrina is such a nice and lovely person, very soft-spoken, very supportive. Happy to be a part of this institute.”

Pushpinder Kaur Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care