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Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

  • National Course Code: CHC30113
  • TAFE NSW code: CHC30113-01V03-21ULL-050

Location – Ulladulla


Part Time


Virtual classroom on campus

Course Start Date

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Study Commitment

21 Hours per week


36 Weeks

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Traineeship Allowed
  • This training is fully government-subsidised under JobTrainer

Course Details

The nationally recognised Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care is the qualification you need to begin your career in early childhood education. Learn to provide safe, nurturing, meaningful and inclusive care for children in a fun and playful setting, and start a rewarding career in this growing sector.


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

  • Care for babies and children, and ensure their health and safety
  • Promote good nutrition and positive meal experiences
  • Use an approved learning framework
  • Support holistic development through play and learning
  • Identify and respond to children at risk
  • Perform emergency First Aid
  • Promote cultural competence


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • Outstanding professionalism
  • Passion for early education
  • Communication and interpersonal skills


Completing this course will provides you with:

  • A nationally accredited qualification at Diploma level
  • Certification that meets the legal requirement to work as an early childhood educator
  • A First Aid certificate

Career opportunities:

  • Childcare worker
  • Early childhood or family day care educator
  • Nanny


Expand your opportunities with these further study options:

  • Certificate IV and Diploma of School Age Care
  • Certificate III or IV in Education Support

Or complete the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care and become an early childhood teacher with the Bachelor of Education Early Childhood with TAFE NSW Degrees.

This course is superseded. You can still enrol in this course, and you will be contacted if you need to transition into the next version when it is available.

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 knowledge and skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.


There are no entry requirements for this qualification. You can enrol now.

TAFE NSW also offers the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care as a traineeship. To be eligible to enrol as a trainee you must:

  • Be employed in the childcare industry as this course is delivered in the workplace
  • Have a signed traineeship contract

Thinking about a traineeship? Enquire today.


During your study, you will need to meet specific requirements to complete your coursework.

You need to meet the following requirements to be able to undertake work placement. Your teacher will let you know when you need to provide evidence of:

  • A Working with Children Check (WWCC)
  • Vaccination and health screenings
  • Any additional evidence your work placement provider requires


At TAFE NSW we provide training that includes hands-on, practical experience. Work placement ensures you have the job-ready skills to achieve competency in this course.

You must complete 120 hours of work placement with a suitable industry employer to meet the course requirements.

TAFE Digital students:
You are responsible for arranging your own work placement. Our Skills Team can offer support and guidance to assist you.

Campus-based students:
TAFE NSW will arrange your work placement with a suitable industry employer.
Decisions on where you will be placed are guided through a nomination process of your preferred centre and your personal circumstances.


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.

Visit the ACECQA website for more information regarding licensing requirements.


To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • The ability to read, write and speak English
  • A basic ability to apply numeracy
  • A strong work ethic and professionalism
  • Patience and dedication
  • Adequate fitness and mobility to deliver First Aid, like performing CPR while kneeling on the floor

Certain aspects of assessment rely on your physical ability to perform two minutes of uninterrupted CPR on an adult and infant manikin at floor level, and respond to an emergency situation where there may be risk to life.
If you are unable to meet the physical requirements, you will not be able to successfully complete this course.

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


With 130 locations across the state, TAFE NSW tailors qualifications to meet the needs of the local community and specific student groups (like apprentices, fast-tracked and online students). To make sure this course is the right fit for you, we will need you to demonstrate that you can meet the additional requirements below.

To be enrolled in this course, you need to be able to provide the following evidence:

  • If you are under 17 years of age you must have evidence of a Record of Successful Achievement (ROSA) through your school or NESA.

Learners will be required to complete 120 hours of work placement in a regulated early childhood setting. Work placement arrangements with the learner, school, employee and the teacher may take the form as a block work placement or via single days and a block.

To successfully complete this course, you will need:

  • Basic computer skills and access to a computer and the internet.
  • First Aid. You must be able to kneel on the floor for a minimum of three minutes to complete CPR and be physically fit to undertake tasks associated with the work placement (such as Manual lifting).
  • Complete a Working With Children Check. Anyone engaging in child-related work (including student placements and volunteers) MUST have a current Working With Children Check (students and volunteers free).


This is a part-time blended course. You will need to attend approximately 12 hours of class delivered via connected learning, over 3 days a week, for 36 weeks. As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 9 hours of other study per week.

You may also be required to complete approximately 4 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including research, study and readings to reinforce training.

Learners will attend Getting Started Workshops and Practical Skills Workshops during the course. Locations for workshops are dependant on enrolments at each location. The course will aslo include Connected Learning strategies which gives you the opportunity to share real time video and audio, content/presentations and interact with students from other locations. Connected learning may be enhanced using technology like Adobe Connect, Skype, MS Teams, Video Conferencing and Virtual Reality. Its important for you to note, your teacher may or may not be physically in the classroom with you. Your teacher will provide you with more information on your first day.


Have a desire to work with young children and the ability to comprehend documents related to the Early Childhood Education and Care Industry. There are no formal pre-requisites for this course. You will however, need access to a computer/the internet and have the ability to travel to Early Childhood services to attend compulsory work placements. Connected learning involves a virtual classroom where you will be connected to a teacher and your fellow peers utilising a digital platform such as Skype for Business (or a similar digital learning platform). You will receive support in developing your skills in using this learning platform. Your teachers will attend a TAFE NSW campus to run face-to-face workshops during the course duration.

We offer student services and study support to ensure you can achieve your goals. Learn about TAFE NSW Student Services

As a TAFE NSW student in this course, you will have access to:

  • LinkedIn Learning (formerly
  • Smarthinking - after hours online study support service
  • Easy computing online short courses
  • Access to local TAFE libraries
  • Accessibility and Disability Support Services
  • Access to Read&Write learning support software at TAFE and at home

The way you learn may change during your enrolment to ensure the best learning experience or to keep you safe as COVID-19 restrictions change, and some of our face to face classes may change to online or virtual classroom learning. Also, to ensure that we keep you safe while studying, we may modify our face to face classes to meet physical distancing requirements and increased cleaning on campus. If work placement and the demonstration of practical skills are requirements of your course, there may be a modification or delay in the planned timeframe due to COVID-19 impacts. Be assured, we'll keep you informed every step of the way.

This course is currently scheduled on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10.00am to 12.00pm via connected learning. This timetable may change and will be confirmed by your teacher.

This is a fully government-subsidised JobTrainer course. Eligibility criteria applies.


This course is government-subsidised, meaning you pay a portion of the full course fee to TAFE NSW and the NSW Government will pay the balance. However, you must meet certain eligibility criteria for this to apply.

Depending on your previous qualifications and experience, your fee may be less than the maximum fee quoted. Your actual fee and eligibility for concession/exemption will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process. Payment plans are available through TAFE NSW for Smart and Skilled eligible qualifications.

For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit Are You Eligible?


You will need to provide for yourself the following resources which you will keep when you complete your study:

  • Textbook - The Early Childhood Educator for Certificate III - $103.00 approximately
  • First Aid textbook 8th Edition - $18.50
  • Workplace clothing ie Broad brimmed hat, polo shirt and enclosed shoes - approximately $60.00


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Recognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce your course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.

Learn about Recognition at TAFE NSW Recognition

Enrolments for this course have now closed.

Enquire now and we will contact you when enrolments open. Visit our Online Courses to view our range of study options that you can start anytime.

Core Units
Number Title
CHCECE001 Develop cultural competence
CHCECE007 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children
CHCECE002 Ensure the health and safety of children
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
CHCECE004 Promote and provide healthy food and drinks
HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting
CHCECE005 Provide care for babies and toddlers
CHCECE003 Provide care for children
CHCECE011 Provide experiences to support children's play and learning
CHCECE010 Support the holistic development of children in early childhood
CHCECE009 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
CHCECE013 Use information about children to inform practice
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
Elective Units
Number Title
BSBWOR301 Organise personal work priorities and development
CHCECE006 Support behaviour of children and young people
CHCECE026 Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate education and care for children

Note: Not all elective units listed may be available to study, please enquire for more information.

Early childhood educator

Whether you're a school leaver, an aspiring apprentice, looking to kickstart a career, or you're upskilling, reskilling, or re-training, there's a TAFE NSW course to give you the skills you need for the job you want.

Course Location

156 Green Street, Ulladulla
Phone 131 601

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