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CHC30113 – Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care*

“The most memorable days often end with the messiest clothes”


Congratulations! You’re looking at a career in Early Childhood.

It takes a special person to devote their career to caring for our 0 – 12 year olds. Will your career choice take you to the magical world of a nursery filled with our youngest Australians? Will you become an outside school hour’s carer where you become involved in the lives of energetic 6 – 12 year olds whose next journey will be that of high school? Will you be part of the dynamic preschool years where life is one big adventure? Or, do your dreams see you as managing these types of services in your role as Centre Manager or Service Coordinator? Wherever a qualification in Early Childhood takes you, it is assured it will be one that is both challenging and rewarding that will significantly impact on many lives including parents, children, coworkers and the community.

Carers are professionals. They are warm, friendly approachable human beings, who demonstrate patience, understanding, imagination and energy.

If that’s you – then a career in Early Childhood has been a perfect choice.


The Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care is regarded as the entry level qualification to a career in the early childhood industry. This qualification reflects the role of an Educator in a range of early childhood education settings who work within the requirements of the Education and Care Services National Regulations and the National Quality Standard. It is the minimum qualification to gain employment in ACECQA approved early childhood services and the most popular qualification studied for those wanting to begin a career in early childhood education.

Course code

CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Delivery mode

  • Workplace Based
  • Class Based
  • External
  • Traineeship

Course duration
TLC offers a rolling intake which means you can commence study at anytime of the year.

For classes, you can join us at commencement of next cluster.

Enrolment valid for:

  • 18 months – workplace based
  • 12 months – recognition of prior learning (RPL)
  • 12 – 24 months – State funded traineeships (depends on training contract)
  • 24 months – external
  • 9 months – class based

Vocational placement hours
Minimum of 120 hours (working hours can be incorporated as placement hours for workplace students)

Government funding available
Yes – QLD and NSW

Payment methods
EziDebit (payment plans)
Direct Debit
Credit Card (over phone)
Study Loans

Assessment Methods

Students will be assessed:

  • Theory: written tasks, case studies, questions, activities and/or workplace projects, portfolios.
  • Practical: vocational placement or employment in an ACECQA approved early childhood service. Workplace tasks, observation, projects, third party reports. This will be for no less than 120 hours spread over the duration of the qualification. Actual hours completed is dependent on student capability.  Placement working with children under 2 years of age is required.

Study Commitments

The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) provides a guide to volume of learning which describes how long a student who does not hold any of the competencies identified in the relevant units of competency or modules would take to develop all the required skills and knowledge. ‘Volume of learning’ includes all teaching, learning and assessment activities that a typical student must undertake to achieve the learning outcomes, including any minimum on the job component.

For a Certificate III level qualification this time could vary from 1200hrs to 2400hrs.

Based on TLC’s model of delivery and resources, and using a 12mth enrolment as a guide, we advise students to be prepared to allocate approximately 23hrs a week to their studies. This time will include all trainer time, personal study time, on the job placement and completion of assessments.

Time required will increase or decrease depending on mode of study and length of enrolment.


  • Ability to read, write and speak English
  • Able to apply basic numeracy
  • A current Working with Children Check


Course Topics Compulsory Units (15)
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
CHCECE002 Ensure the health and safety of children
CHCECE003 Provide care for children
CHCECE004 Promote and provide healthy food and drinks
CHCECE005 Provide care for babies and toddlers
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
CHCECE001 Develop cultural competence
CHCECE007 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children
CHCECE011 Provide experiences to support children’s play and learning
CHCECE009 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting
HLTWHS001 Participate in work health and safety
CHCECE010 Support the holistic development of children in early childhood
CHCECE013 Use information about children to inform practice
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
Course Topics Elective Units (3)

TLC has pre-selected the following electives to ensure graduates gain diverse experience relevant to childcare settings:

Both these units:

CHCECE006 Support behaviour of children and young people
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve professional practice

Plus one of the following:

CHCECE012 Support children to connect with their world
CHCECE014 Comply with family day care administration


Vocational outcomes for graduates of this qualification may include:

  • Early childhood educator (long day care, outside school hours care, occasional care, kindergartens)
  • Family day care worker
  • Nanny
  • In home care provider
  • Playgroup supervisor
  • Other education based employers may accept this qualification, such as working as tutor, education support staff or as teacher aides

On completion of this qualification, you can gain credit into CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care to continue your education career.


TLC offers a variety of payment methods including direct debit, Ezidebit (payment plan), cheque, study loans, credit card or money order.

A student handbook is available prior to enrolment which outlines all policies in relation to fees, refunds, suspensions and cancellations.

Your quoted fee will depend on study mode chosen, whether you have any credit transfers or, if applying for RPL, whether there is any gap training required.

State funded Trainees and Certificate 3 Guarantee students pay a student contribution fee with remainder of course fees paid by the State government.

This course has been approved for Centrelink student related payments.

Certificate 3 Guarantee (QLD ONLY)

Concession Fee

*Enrolment Fee: $100

*Resource Fee $100 (hard cover books) or $75 (e-book option)

Course fee: $54 ($3.00 x 18 units)

Total Cost including First Aid: $154 plus relevant resource fee

Non-concession Fee

*Enrolment Fee: $150

*Resource Fee: $50

Course fee: $90 ($5.00 x 18 units)

Total Cost including First Aid: $240 plus relevant resource fee

*Enrolment and resource fees are non-refundable

Classes held on campus currently on hold due to COVID-19. Students can join the class-based model if they have access to Zoom.

Traineeships (QLD and NSW)

NSW: Student contribution fee $1000 (non-concession) or $240 (concession)

NSW trainees that commence their traineeship qualification on or after 1 January 2020 may be eligible for fee free training. For more information, go to vet.nsw.gov.au. For eligible trainees there will be no requirement to pay the student fee.

QLD: Student contribution fee $1.60 per nominal hour (non-concession) or $64c per nominal hour (concession) – Approx. 938 nominal hours

Fee for Service – External or Workplace Based (QLD and NSW)

Enrolment Fee $150

Resource Fee $200 (or $100 with provision of e-text books)

Per Unit Fee $150

Fee for Service – Recognition of Prior Learning (QLD and NSW)

Enrolment Fee $150

Per Unit Fee $120

Please note: Some students may be exempt from fees depending on eligibility:

Year 12 School leavers (QLD) Read Here

Aboriginal Torres Strait Islanders (NSW) Read Here

Students with a Disability (NSW) Read Here

School Based Trainees (QLD) Read Here

*Please note this is a superseded qualification.