CHC30121 – Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Course Overview (QLD Students)

This qualification is for people who want to work as an early childhood educator in a centre-based service or family daycare.

The CHC30121 – Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care qualification reflects the role of workers in a range of early childhood education and childcare settings who work within the requirements of the Education and Care Services National Regulations and the National Quality Standard.

They support the implementation of an approved learning framework and support children’s wellbeing, learning, and development. Depending on the setting, educators may work under direct supervision or autonomously.

Successful completion of this course will also provide you with the foundation skills needed to undertake further study in the childcare industry.

Course Delivery

The CHC30121 – Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care is delivered over 32 weeks inclusive of practicum hours.

Students can choose one of the following delivery options:

  • Classroom environment: Face-to-face classroom sessions at our delivery locations (conditional on minimum numbers); or
  • Flexible delivery: Self-paced learning with one-on-one contact with a trainer.

Please note: Prior to placement you will need to obtain a Blue Card for Working with Children.

Payment Options

Flexible payment options are available. You may be eligible for the Certificate 3 Guarantee program which is funded by the Queensland Government. Click here for more information.

Course Requirements (QLD Students)

To achieve a CHC30121 – Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, 17 units must be completed including 15 core units, 2 elective units, and 160 hours of practicum as part of vocational placement.

Core Units

  • CHCECE030 Support inclusion and diversity
  • 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 *
  • CHCECE037 Support children to connect with the natural environment
  • CHCECE038 Observe children to inform practice
  • CHCECE054 Encourage understanding of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples’ cultures
  • CHCECE055 Meet legal and ethical obligations in children’s education and care
  • CHCECE056 Work effectively in children’s education and care
  • CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
  • HLTAID012 Provide First Aid in an education and care setting
  • HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety

Elective Units

  • BSBSUS411 Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices
  • HLTFSE001 Follow basic food safety practices


* 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. The total number of hours may be applied collectively across the units indicated with an asterisk (*) that include the requirement for workplace hours.

Download our Course Overview for more information.


At a glance


32 Weeks


Classroom & Flexible Delivery


Regular Training

Career Opportunities

Childcare Centre Assistant, Early Childhood Educator, After School Hours Care Assistant, Family Day Care Provider, Child Care Worker, Early Childhood Education and Care Assistant


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