National course code: CHC30113

Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

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Overview About this course

Take your first step into the world of early childhood as a childcare educator. Learn to provide safe, nurturing, meaningful and inclusive education and care for children in a fun and playful setting.

This course is superseded.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.

Outcomes What You'll Gain

Learning Outcomes

Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, 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

Course Outcomes

Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.

  • Complete 120 hours of work placement

  • Gain the industry recognised minimum qualification you’ll need to begin your career in early childhood education

  • Gain a First Aid certificate

  • Build a study pathway to advance your career

Suitability Is This Course Right For You?

Entry requirements

Some courses require evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol.

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

  • This course is also offered as a traineeship. Enquire today to check the traineeship eligibility requirements.

Completion requirements

During your study you’ll need to provide your teacher with the following evidence:

  • A valid Working with Children Check (WWCC)

  • Vaccination and health screenings

  • Any additional evidence your work placement provider requires

Entry recommendations

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 respond to emergency situations

TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.

Pathways Future Career and Study Options

Career pathways

Our graduates go onto roles like:

Child Care Worker

Child Care Workers provide care and supervision for children in programs, such as long day care and occasional care, in childcare centres, hospitals and educational centres.

  • Full-time share


  • Employment size

    33,500 workers

  • Average age

    35 years

  • Weekly pay


  • Average full-time

    40 hours

  • Skill level rating


  • Gender share

    96% female

  • Future growth

    Strong Growth

Other jobs include: Early childhood educator , Family day care educator and Nanny


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. To understand licensing requirements, head to ACECQA website.

Study pathways

Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:

Previous study 0 Courses

Begin here to gain experience and confidence in this study area.

The Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care does not have any pre-requisite courses.

Further study 1 Course

Advance your skills to take your career to the next level

Related study 1 Course

Strengthen your expertise and gain specialist skills to expand your employability.

Your experience counts

At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.

Units Subjects in this course

Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 18 Units of competency , including 15 core and 2 speciality units.

Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.

  • Promote and provide healthy food and drinks CHCECE004

  • Ensure the health and safety of children CHCECE002

  • Develop cultural competence CHCECE001

  • Develop positive and respectful relationships with children CHCECE007

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TAFE NSW Services Facilities and Support

TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service

  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support

  • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)

  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service

  • TAFE NSW Libraries

  • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

  • Smarthinking - online access to a tutor

  • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills

  • Student associations – get social with our student community

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