International Course Info

Course code:


Course fee:

A$11,610 - A$12,080


1 Year


The Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care is designed for students who want to make a difference in the lives of children aged 0 to 5 years. This course teaches you the skills to support children in a critical time in their development and to have a positive impact on their future.

When you study at TAFE NSW you'll benefit from our excellent industry partnerships, practise your skills in a real workplace and learn from experienced professionals. You will learn how to provide safe, meaningful and inclusive education in a fun and playful setting, honouring children’s voices, cultures and rights.


Through a mix of theory and practical coursework, learn to: 

  • Provide healthy and safe environments for babies and children
  • Promote good nutrition and positive meal experiences
  • Apply and use an approved learning framework
  • Support holistic development through play and learning
  • Identify and respond to children at risk
  • Perform emergency first aid
  • Work effectively cross-culturally and to promote cultural competence


Build your experience and get practical skills in: 

  • Caring for the wellbeing and growth development of babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers measured by their health, safety and nutrition
  • Developing respectful relationships with children, their families and the wider community
  • Identifying signs and symptoms of children and young people at risk of abuse or neglect
  • Working with learning frameworks to guide your practice as an educator
  • Designing and developing children’s leisure and play to achieve learning and development milestones
  • Observing and documenting children’s learning and development outcomes


Develop the qualities you need to get ahead in this industry:

  • A commitment to children's wellbeing and education
  • High energy, professionalism and commitment to a career in education and care
  • Well developed communication and interpersonal skills
  • A professional attitude
  • Patience and empathy
  • An enjoyment of practical tasks


This qualification could help you prepare for roles like:

  • Early Childhood Educator
  • Preschool Assistant
  • Family Day Care Educator
  • Outside School Hours Educator
  • Long Daycare Centre Educator
  • Nanny


When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledgeand skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.

Academic Requirements:

English Language Requirements:

  • Academic IELTS 6.0 (with no individual band less than 5.5) or equivalent

TAFE NSW makes every effort to ensure your Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) needs are met. The level of support you need may be assessed via a review of your LLN skills with written tasks and a one-on-one interview. If you need to strengthen your LLN skills, an individual training plan will be created with you.

Work placement builds on the knowledge and skills you gain in your course and helps prepare you for success in the work place.

During your course you'll undertake 160 hours of mandatory work placement in an approved children’s education and care service in Australia.

TAFE NSW will arrange your work placement with a suitable industry employer.

Before you start work placement:

  • You must complete a valid Australian Working With Children Check
  • Meet vaccination requirements
  • Provide any additional evidence your work placement provider requires

To be prepared for this course, it is recommended that you have:

  • The ability to problem solve and work with people in difficult situations and circumstances
  • Empathy, patience and the capacity to empower others
  • Good organisational skills and the ability to multitask and respond well to rapid change
  • The ability to perform CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) while kneeling on the floor

If you need help preparing for study, contact us about your options.

No occupational licensing, certification or specific legislative requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

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.

To understand Australian licensing requirements, please visit: ACECQA


From mountains to oceans, from cities to country towns, international students can choose from a range of courses offered at multiple campus locations across the state. Experience our vibrant spaces such as libraries, cafes and gyms as well as places you can network and socialise.

Learn more about TAFE NSW study locations

LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
Bankstown Feb , Jul (Full) A$11,610
Glendale Feb , Jul A$11,610
Loftus Feb , Jul A$11,610
Meadowbank Feb , Jul A$11,610
Nirimba Feb , Jul A$11,610
Ourimbah Feb A$11,610
Petersham Feb , Jul A$11,610
Randwick Feb , Jul A$11,610
St Leonards Feb , Jul A$11,610
Ultimo Jul A$11,610
Wollongong Feb , Jul A$11,610
LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
Bankstown Feb , Jul A$12,080
Glendale Feb A$12,080
Loftus Feb , Jul A$12,080
Meadowbank Feb , Jul A$12,080
Nirimba Feb , Jul A$12,080
Ourimbah Feb A$12,080
Petersham Feb , Jul A$12,080
Randwick Feb , Jul A$12,080
St Leonards Feb , Jul A$12,080
Ultimo Feb , Jul A$12,080
Wollongong Feb , Jul A$12,080


Additional costs for uniforms, equipment, textbooks and materials (if applicable) range from A$300 - $1,000 per course.


TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the resources, counselling and facilities to support you while you are studying.

We offer a range of support services including: 

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service
  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support
  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service
  • Smarthinking - online access to a tutor
  • LinkedIn Learning - an online resource that offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills


To receive this course students must complete all core units and a range of Additional units. 

Note: Additional units may vary between each semester and campus, and will depend on a number of considerations including the packaging rules for the qualification and demand for the unit at that location. TAFE NSW does not guarantee that speciality units listed will be offered at each location and semester. You will receive your timetable from the teaching section on commencement and speciality units offered will be provided at that time.

  • Packaging Rules Total number of units = 17
  • 15 core units
  • 2 elective units, consisting of:1 unit from the list below
  • 1 unit from the electives listed below, elsewhere in the CHC Community Services Training Package, or any other current Training Package or accredited course.
  • 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
  • BSBSUS411 - Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices
  • HLTFSE001 - Follow basic food safety practices
  • BSBSTR401 - Promote innovation in team environments
  • CHCDIV001 - Work with diverse people
  • CHCECE039 - Comply with family day care administration requirements
  • CHCECE040 - Attend to daily functions in home-based child care
  • CHCPRP003 - Reflect on and improve own professional practice


From certificates to diplomas, degrees to study packages, you can take your study further with us.


Grow your expertise with a TAFE NSW early childhood study pathway:


Plan your study around your life with a TAFE NSW study package. Our study packages allow for multiple courses to be packaged together that can lead you to a TAFE NSW or an Australian University Bachelor Degree with credits. This gives you a one stop shop by completing your applications for the whole package through TAFE NSW allowing you to apply for one student Visa for the full duration of the package.

TAFE NSW allows for two or more courses to be packaged together, either to meet the prerequisite requirements for a course or to plan your studies around your career goals. You can submit a single TAFE NSW application form and will be able to apply for one Student Visa for the full duration of the package.

TAFE NSW allows for two or more courses to be packaged together leading to a TAFE NSW Bachelor Degree, either to meet the prerequisite requirements for a course or to plan your studies around your career goals. You can submit a single TAFE NSW application form and will be able to apply for one Student Visa for the full duration of the package.