Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

50 weeks | Blended Learning | Evening or Daytime Classes
Enrolments Open | FREE*

Have you recently started working or intending to start a rewarding career in the childcare services industry and wanting to get suitably qualified? 



Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC30121) covers the basics of childhood development and caring for children. You will gain the skills and expertise to provide quality education in an early childhood setting, helping educators to provide a healthy, safe and caring environment for children. The qualification reflects the role of educators in early childhood education and care who work in regulated children’s education and care services in Australia. They support children’s wellbeing, and development in the context of an approved learning framework.

Students facing barriers to education and employment are encouraged to apply; including people with disabilities, women and mature aged students.

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements or prerequisites for this qualification. You will be enrolled in a qualification at the level appropriate to your needs. You will be need to complete a Pre-Training Review, including a language, literacy and numeracy assessment, to identify if strategies need to be developed to assist you during your study.

Additional Requirements

  • Clear Police Check
  • Working with Children Check

Assessment Methods

  • Questioning (oral or written)
  • Portfolio/Project/Report
  • Workplace (observation/demonstration tasks)
  • Self-reflections and evaluation

Education Pathways

  • CHC40221 – Certificate IV in School Based Education Support
  • CHC50121 – Diploma of Early Childhood

Career Pathways

  • Education and Care
  • Childcare Educator
  • Family Daycare Educator
  • Occasional Care Educator
  • Nanny
  • Playgroup supervisor
  • Out of School Hours Care worker


Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care course is delivered across 50 weeks (not including school holidays, public holidays and practical placement).

  • 14 hours per week of blended delivery (online trainer-led delivery), includes once per month simulated workplace learning at our training centre at WCIG Footscray
  • 4 hours per week of additional individual learning support
  • 10 – 15 hours of student led activity per week
  • 160 hours of work placement

Delivery Mode

Blended learning (Face-to-face at WCIG Footscray, Online via Zoom)

Units of Study

This course consists of 15 core units and 2 elective units as listed below:

Code Title
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 guise 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
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
CHCECE039 Comply with family day care administration requirements

*Course Fees

Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding is available. Eligibility criteria apply. Click here for our course fees

Further Information 

WCIG recognises and awards credit transfers where applicable. A nationally recognised Certificate will be issued after successful completion of the course.

Enrolments are welcome at any time, as classes are ongoing and individually paced. If you don’t see a date or time that suits you in our course calendar, contact WCIG to explore flexible learning options.

Next Step

Interested in studying a Certificate III of Early Childhood Education and Care with WCIG, but want more information? Our expert training team can answer any questions you have to help you make the next step.

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