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Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

  • National Course Code: CHC30121
  • TAFE NSW code: CHC30121-01V01-22OTE-024

Location – TAFE Digital (Traineeship)


Self paced



Course Start Date

01 Jul 2022

Study Commitment

17 Hours per week


1.5 years

  • 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 gives you the foundational skills to begin your career in the industry. Graduate job-ready armed with work placement experience to give the next generation a flying start with a quality early childhood education.


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

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


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • A commitment to the well-being and education of children
  • High energy, commitment and dedication to a career in education and care
  • Well developed communication and interpersonal skills
  • A professional attitude
  • Patience and empathy
  • An enjoyment of practical tasks


Completing this course will provide you with:

  • A nationally accredited qualification at Certificate level
  • Certification that meets the legal requirement to work as an early childhood educator
  • A First Aid certificate
  • A strong pathway to continue your study and enhance your career opportunities

Career opportunities:*

  • Early childhood educator
  • Preschool assistant
  • Family day care educator
  • Outside school hours educator
  • Long daycare centre educator
  • Nanny


Take your career further with the:

  • Certificate IV in School Based Education Support
  • Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
  • Bachelor of Early Childhood (Birth - 5) with TAFE NSW Degrees

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 education and care sector 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
  • The ability to kneel on the floor to perform at least two (2) minutes of uninterrupted single rescuer CPR (5 cycles) on a manikin
  • Any additional evidence your work placement provider requires
  • Completion of any required work placement readiness activities

Your teacher will let you know when you need to take:

  • A Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skills test and achieve a score of Level 3 or above for Learning, Reading and Oral Communication, a score of Level 2 or above for Writing and Numeracy and score of Level 1 for Digital Literacy.

This skills test helps us to understand your individual study needs and to provide you with the appropriate support for your study success.


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.

During your course, you will undertake a mandatory 160 hours (minimum) of work placement with a suitable industry employer.

Depending on your mode of study, TAFE NSW will arrange your work placement for you or support you to find one.

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

Decisions on where you will be placed are guided through a nomination process of your preferred centre and your personal circumstances.


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
  • Excellent self-management skills

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 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 trainees 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.

Discover the skills you need, for the job you want at a TAFE NSW Information Session.


This is a self paced online course. You will need to complete approximately 17 hours of online study, each week, for your enrolment duration of 18 months.
You can increase the hours of online study per week to complete the course sooner.

You can also expect to complete approximately 5 hours of additional study each week outside of online study hours, including private study, assignment preparation, participation in webinars and forums, practice of skills, work experience and research.


There are additional learning and study tools available for this course, including:

  • learning from qualified Early Childhood Teachers with current skills, knowledge and links to industry
  • being closely monitored and supported by the Trainee Teacher
  • individual teachers are assigned to trainees to offer face to face visits and assessor visit support
  • regular contact is scheduled with all trainee employers/workplace supervisors to ensure best learning outcomes for trainees
  • inactive trainees (and their employers) are formally informed of their need to be actively engaged in the course

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.

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.

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?

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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.

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Enrolling with us is easy, though the exact process does depend on your course and any prerequisites that go with it. Be sure to read all course information carefully to make sure it is the right qualification, location and study type for you. Enrol and pay online via our secure payment gateway to secure your place. As you progress through the enrolment process you will be prompted to provide additional information.

For further information or assistance, call 131 601.

If you are interested in studying as a Trainee please call 131 601 for full details. (only if available as a trainee)

Core Units
Number Title
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
Elective Units
Number Title
BSBSTR401 Promote innovation in team environments
BSBSUS411 Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices
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
HLTFSE001 Follow basic food safety practices

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

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

TAFE Digital (Traineeship)
Phone 131 601

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