National code: CHC30121

Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care at TAFE Digital

Class details

Schedule Pace and number of hours.

Self paced

Delivery Method of course delivery.



Course duration Total time required to complete a course.

1 year 5 months

Start date First day of attendance online or on campus.

Next intake

End date Final day of attendance online or on campus.

Time Commitment

Class and study time The average amount of time each week you’ll spend in class attendance and participation, directed study, and any required work placements. You may also need to do additional hours of self-directed study.

17 hours per week

Fee details

Full fee This is the non-subsidised fee for the course. Payment plans may be available.


This course may be fee free, or available at a reduced cost.

Proposed Timetable What time classes run

Australian Traineeships training can be on-the-job, off-the-job or a combination of both. TAFE NSW will negotiate your attendance and study pattern with you and your employer.

Additional Information Other things to know


Assessments give you the opportunity to demonstrate what you have learnt and to identify the knowledge or skills that may need further development.

  • Knowledge tasks: online quizzes, short answer questions, case studies, written tasks and research projects, matching and true or false activities

  • Practical tasks before starting work placement: interviews, role-plays, creative projects, presentations and practical demonstrations

  • Workplace assessment tasks: written tasks, reflective journals, verbal or written questioning, planning and implementing activities, practical demonstrations

  • Submission of a training logbook

  • Workplace portfolio

Work placement

Work placement provides you with opportunities to respond to situations and circumstances that cannot be replicated in a learning or simulated environment. Work placement strengthens your training and supports continued learning and assessment in the workplace.

  • Before you can start a traineeship, you first need to find an employer in the industry you're interested in that will support you through your studies. You and your employer should contact an Apprenticeship Network Provider (ANP) and tell them you're interested in studying at TAFE NSW.
    The ANP will help you and your employer to complete a Training Contract. Once you have a Training Contract, we will help you, your employer and the ANP to complete a Training Plan Proposal. Once you have both these documents, the ANP will lodge them with State Training Services, who will provide further advice about next steps.

    Find out more: https://www.training.nsw.gov.au/apprenticeships_traineeships/index.html

    For further information or assistance, call 131 601.

Materials needed

To complete this course, the following materials are required:

  • There are no materials needed for this qualification.

Additional requirements

To make sure this delivery option is the right fit for you, we will need you to demonstrate that you can meet the additional requirements below.

  • To successfully complete this course, you will need:

    • access to a computer and reliable Internet
    • a current NSW Working with Children Check prior to commencing. If you cannot obtain a WWCC you will be unable to acquire a traineeship position in an early childhood service.
    • to be reasonably physically fit to undertake the traineeship as the tasks and activities associated may involved manual lifting and other physical activities.
  • This course includes the required First Aid unit (HLTAID012). The one (1) day practical session will be completed on-site at TAFE Digital, Strathfield. If you are unable to attend at Strathfield you can enrol to do the First Aid unit with another TAFE NSW campus and you will need to notify us so we can arrange payment for the course. The First Aid practical assessment requires students to be physically able to perform CPR on the floor for a period of six (6) minutes, in multiple scenarios.

  • Work Placement is a requirement of this course. You will need to complete:

    • a minimum of 120 hours work placement in an Australian regulated early education and care service, which will be well covered by the traineeship
  • The trainee’s work in the service is experience that formally contributes to the assessment process and consists of written tasks and direct observation of skills. Feedback and guidance is given to the student throughout the traineeship via work place assessor visits. If the trainee's employment is in a remote location, or an area without an available assessor, the trainee will be required to submit video evidence documenting their on-the-job performance.

Units Units taught in this course

Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 17 Units of competency, including 15 core and 2 speciality units.

Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.

  • Support children's health, safety and wellbeing CHCECE031

  • Provide First Aid in an education and care setting HLTAID012

  • Encourage understanding of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples' cultures CHCECE054

  • Use an approved learning framework to guide practice CHCECE034

  • ... 4

Course Delivery Studying Online

Choose when and where you study. Set your own pace, with all your study materials online, allowing you to manage your own workload. Access your learning management system 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This is a highly collaborative space that involves more than simply reading and consuming.

You will interact creatively with content, teachers and your peers, improving your overall engagement with the course. Teaching staff are available to provide you with support, enabling you meet your course outcomes.

You may need to attend a vocational placement, on campus assessment and/or a teacher might need to observe and assess you in a real or simulated environment. Online courses require access to a computer with an internet connection.


TAFE NSW campuses work closely with the community and industry to ensure you have access to the industry standard technologies, equipment and facilities.

  • As an enrolled student with TAFE Digital you can access a range of support services to help you make the most out of your time as a student.

  • The careers counsellors at TAFE Digital can help you, whether you're currently enrolled or planning on enrolling in a course with your career direction, educational and vocational pathways or if you are experiencing difficulties that may affect your studies.

  • TAFE Digital offers great support to:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students

  • students with a permanent or temporary disability

  • people studying with TAFE Digital who are from multicultural backgrounds

  • students who are experiencing difficulties with learning and Study Skills.

  • We also provide information to students regarding their rights and responsibilities and educational options for students living overseas.

  • There is also our Technical Help page to assist you with some common student technical issues.

  • You'll find it easy to access extra online resources, once enrolled through the Online Learning Support (OLS) website and e-Resources.

Student Support

We're here for you. Get help and assistance with nearly every aspect of your study life - from study support and student resources, to counselling, guidance, and help finding jobs or accommodation.

  • Mon 9 AM - 5 PM
  • Tue 9 AM - 5 PM
  • Wed 9 AM - 5 PM
  • Thu 9 AM - 5 PM
  • Fri 9 AM - 5 PM
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed