An early childhood education and care worker supporting young children in a care environment

Are you interested in completing a course in Early Childhood Education and Care?


Support children’s well-being, learning and development

Are you interested in a rewarding career in children's services? Our Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care course has been tailored to meet industry needs and standards through comprehensive consultation with industry professionals.

Duration34 weeks
Mode of deliveryBlended
LocationsFrankston, Hastings, Rosebud, Mornington, Pakenham

Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care CHC30121

Course overview

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.

*Under the Education and Care Services National Law (2011) the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) publishes lists of approved early childhood education and care qualifications and information regarding regulatory requirements.

Job outcomes

  • Child care worker

Entry requirements

There are no formal education entry requirements for this course. However, to enrol you must be willing to obtain a:

  • Working with Children’s Check
  • National Police Check
  • NDIS Worker Screening Check.
  • Australian Citizen

You will also need to provide evidence of your vaccination history, including COVID-19.

Course structure

This course is made up of 17 units of competency including 15 core and 2 elective units.

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

Course duration

Training is delivered 2 days a week (excluding public holidays and school holidays) in a blended model (Zoom and face to face) and is delivered over 34 weeks.

Course intake

View our course calendar to see upcoming intakes for this course.

Course fees

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government Funding for eligible individuals.

Victorian residents may be eligible for government subsidised training in Victoria under the Skills First Funding Program.

Eligibility exemptions and/or fee waivers may be available to:

  • Asylum Seeker VET Program
  • Eligibility Exemptions Initiative
  • JobTrainer
  • Skills First Youth Access Initiative.

Fee schedule

Skills First funded tuition fee Skills First concession tuition fee Fee for service
Maximum tutition fee $0 $0 $8,105.50
Materials fee $360 $360 $360

* These fees are indicative and may change according to individual circumstances at enrolment. Additional fees may be required for first aid certificate, police check, Working with Children Check and NDIS Worker Screening Check.

A BRACE representative will assist you in determining your eligibility and course fees, a statement of fees detailing all course charges will be provided to you.

Prices and funding eligibility vary. Please view our course fees, message us below or contact us for further information.

Practical placement

Hours: 160 hours.

We organise Practical Placement for all our students, however students are also encouraged to seek placement where possible.

*You will need to undergo a National Police Check before you begin the practical placement. Practical placement may not be possible if a check that is carried out contains adverse outcomes. In this instance, you may not be able to complete your qualification and your employment opportunities may be affected. If you are aware of, or are concerned about anything that may appear on a Police Check, please discuss this at your enrolment interview.

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