Child Care

CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Course Code: CHC30121
CRICOS Code: 115602G


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.

Career Opportunities

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

International Students

We are proud to announce that the CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care is fully approved and nationally accredited for international students. Please visit International Students page for more information.

We understand that navigating the journey of studying abroad can be challenging. That's why we encourage you to inquire through your preferred agent, or one of our authorised agent representatives. Our authorised agent representatives can guide you through the application process and can assist you with obtaining the Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE). Please note that as the education institution, Charter Australia is unable to assist with the student visa application to Australia.

To speak with an agent, please fill in Contact Us form, and a member of our team will reach out to introduce you to an authorised agent representative.


A Traineeship allows you to gain a nationally recognized qualification of Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care by combining employment and training. You learn new skills in your workplace and you are paid for it!  For more details about traineeship, please refer to our traineeship webpage: Traineeships - Students and Employers.

Intake Dates

Charter Australia adopts a rolling enrolment model. Domestic students have the flexibility to enrol in any week when a new unit of competency commences. International students, on the other hand, are able to enrol at the start of each school term. Please refer to the Term Dates for further information.

Duration: 12 months
Units: 18
Requirements: 18+ and LLN
Language: English
Work placement: 160 hours
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Class Schedule Location Domestic Students International Students

There are no prerequisites or corequisites that are applicable to the units of competency selected within this course.  For Charter Australia’s minimum entry requirements, please visit the Entry Requirements page.


15 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

3 Elective Units

  • CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
  • HLTINF006 Apply basic principles and practices of infection prevention and control
  • HLTFSE001 - Follow basic food safety practices

Students are offered two (2) delivery options to complete the CHC30121 - Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care course. 

1. Twelve (12) months enrolment period starting each school term
  • Blended learning mode combining classroom sessions, self-paced study, work placement. Classes will be delivered two days per week during a 12 months period, with breaks between school terms. 
  • Intake dates are at the beginning of each school term.
  • This delivery mode suits both domestic and international students.
2. Traineeship
  • On the job and self-paced study. Traineeship will be 1-2 years and may be undertaken part-time or full-time.
  • Visit Traineeships for more information.
  • Traineeship delivery mode suits most domestic job seeker students.

Work Placement

For this qualification students must have completed at least 160 hours of work placement (Not applicable for traineeship enrolment).

Charter Australia organises work placements for our enrolled students in a regulated children’s education and care service.

Before undertaking any work placements in a regulated children’s education and care centre,  students will be required, at their own cost, to undertake a:

    • National Police Check
    • Health screening & any necessary vaccinations including Covid-19 vaccination
    • Child protection certificate
    • First Aid and CPR Certification (Included in the study)
    • Food handler certificate (Included in the study)

To attend work placement, students are required to wear Charter Australia’s uniform (included in the materials fees).

Assessments for CHC30121 - Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care include:

  • Written questions
  • Role play/simulation
  • Workplace projects
  • Workplace observation

Go to Student Fees.

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