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Do you want to make a difference in the lives of children?
Are you passionate about the importance of young children’s learning and development?
Are you a patient, understanding, responsible and caring individual?

If you answered yes, then the CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care may be perfect for you!  This Nationally Recognised Training course equips you with the skills and knowledge to meet the requirements for working in this exciting and challenging industry.

This course is a pre-requisite for the CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.

About this course

With this course, you could become a skilled early childhood professional and qualify to work in a wide range of early childhood careers, for example:

  • Childhood educator assistant
  • Early childhood educator
  • Before and after school care assistant
  • Playgroup supervisor
  • Recreation assistant
  • Family day care worker
  • Nanny
  • Childhood Educator
  • Kindergarten teacher’s assistant
  • Long day care/Occasional care


What this course covers

This course comprises 17 units consisting of 15 core units and 2 elective units, covering skills and knowledge that includes:

  • ensuring the health and safety of infants and young children
  • caring for babies and toddlers
  • introduction to early childhood learning and development
  • how to use an approved learning framework
  • how to provide experiences to support children’s play and learning
  • and more!


Class-based with online resources and a 160 hour practical placement so that you can enjoy plenty of opportunity to practise your skills and knowledge throughout the course.

This program is held one day per week as face-to-face (Carnegie campus – Saturdays during school terms) or virtual classes with skills sessions as required.  The duration of the class delivery is approximately 40 weeks, with a course duration of 52 weeks. Should you require further time to complete your placement and/or studies, talk to us about an extension or deferral.

Learning Resources

Included in your fees, you will receive online resources at your first sessions and further resources will be supplied by your facilitator as required.  These comprehensive resources will support your learning throughout your course and become an excellent point of reference for your future career.

Assessment Methods

Assessment tasks are practical and oriented to the work or placement context for relevance. They consist of a variety of tasks requiring the ability to research, analyse and present your responses in written form, including reports and practical demonstrations.  Feedback on completion of tasks is given as you progress through the course.  You will also be assessed while on site completing your placement of minimum 160 hours.  Your placement supervisor will also be asked to provide third party reports on your progress and feedback on your overall placement performance.

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements, however to gain maximum benefit from this training, you will need to be able to speak, read and write fluently in English.  It is recommended that applicants have completed to at least a Year 10 secondary school level.  All applicants will be required to undertake a pre-training review, including an evaluation of existing language, literacy and numeracy skills.

Special note regarding placement during this course and employment after completion of this course

There are requirements for working and learning in the early childhood education and care sector that all applicants should be aware of prior to enrolment. As you must complete a placement in an approved, regulated early childhood education and care provider, you will be required to undergo a Working With Children check, as well as a National Police Check.  You can find more information about the WWC here.  Please consider this information carefully prior to enrolment to ensure you will be eligible to fulfil these requirements, as Phillips Institute cannot be held responsible for an inability of any student to meet their practical placement assessment requirements which are a non-negotiable component of this program.  For more information about these requirements, speak to one of our course advisors.


Pathway qualifications

On completion of this qualification, you can:

Units of competency


Support inclusion and diversity


Support children’s health, safety and wellbeing**


Nurture babies and toddlers**


Develop positive and respectful relationships with children**


Use an approved learning framework to guide practice


Support the holistic learning and development of children**


Provide experiences to support children’s play and learning**


Support children to connect with the natural environment


Observe children to inform practice


Encourage understanding of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples’ cultures


Meet legal and ethical obligations in children’s education and care


Work effectively in children’s education and care


Identify and respond to children and young people at risk


Provide First Aid in an education and care setting


Participate in workplace health and safety


Work with diverse people*


Follow basic food safety practices*

**These units require candidates to complete a minimum of 160 hours placement with a regulated education and care provider
*Please note: elective units as published may be subject to change – please confirm prior to enrolment.

Please note:  this qualification supersedes the previous version CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care. This qualification, or the previous version CHC30113, is required for entry into the CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care. 

Ready to get started?

Get ready for your future career in early childhood education and care – Call us on 1300 558 837 or just click Apply Now when you’re ready to apply.


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