Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care Online

Course Code: CHC30113

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If you want to start or enhance your career in child care, then the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC30113) is the right course for you.

The online Cert III in Early Childhood Education is Australia’s minimum standard when it comes to qualifications of child care workers. This nationally accredited training course teaches you the essential skills and knowledge you need to become a Early Childhood Educator,  Child Care Assistant and other similar roles.

Australia’s Leading Child Care Qualification

The CHC30113 is one of the top qualifications in the child care industry. This qualification is popular among new and experienced educators because it gives you the training background required by national industry bodies to get into child care-related roles.

You can take up the Cert III ECE as an online course. This means you can enrol in course and start gaining your qualification anytime Australia-wide. This online self-paced delivery is available across the country including all major cities and remote areas.

The certificate course is ideal for Australians who are pursuing roles including Early Childhood Educator, Family Day Care Assistant, Child Care Assistant, Nanny and other related job positions. All the important practical skills and theoretical knowledge is covered by this course, enabling you to confidently fulfill your professional responsibilities.

Online Cert III in Early Childhood Education and Care: What Will You Learn?

The online CHC30113 will teach you everything you need to know to work in the child care industry. This includes the day to day tasks of early childhood educators, how the child care industry functions and the framework behind it.

You will learn how to ensure the health and safety of children who are under your care. This includes how to treat babies and toddlers and develop a positive relationship with other children. Providing food and drinks that are healthy and how to support them in their play and learning experiences will also be taught to you.

General workplace skills that are relevant to the child care industry are covered by the Cert III ECE as well.  You will learn how to work with colleagues and clients from different cultures, participate in occupational health and safety and working within a legal and ethical framework.

All these skills and more will prepare you for working in an actual centre-based facility, family day care or other child care service providers.

Online CHC30113 Units

The Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care has 18 total units.  This consists of 15 core units and 3 electives.

The core units will equip you with the skills all early childhood educators need. The remaining elective units will allow you to deepen your understanding of the industry and work together better with other people.

Core Units:

CHCCS400C – Work within a relevant legal and ethical framework
CHCECE001 – Develop cultural competence
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
CHCECE007 – Develop positive and respectful relationships with children
CHCECE009 – Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
CHCECE010 – Support the holistic development of children in early childhood
CHCECE011 – Provide experiences to support children’s play and learning
CHCECE013 – Use information about children to inform practice
CHCPRT001 – Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
HLTWHS001 – Participate in workplace health and safety
HLTHIR404D – Work effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people
HLTAID004 – Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting*


CHCECE006 – Support behaviour of children and young people
CHCORG303C – Participate effectively in the work environment
HLTHIR403C – Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers

*The HLTAID004: Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting unit is NOT delivered by Inspire Education, students must organise the completion of this unit via an external provider.

Nominal hours for this course is 1200 hours which already counts the required Vocational Placement duration. You will have 12 months to complete the course, but you can study online on your own schedule and complete the course as fast as you can because you are free to set your own pace.

You will be assessed throughout the course using a variety of tools. This includes a skills journal, case studies and written questions.

Vocational Placement for Child Care

You are required to undergo Vocational Placement in a registered child care facility to gain the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care. This will give you valuable hands on experience where you can apply the lessons you’ve learned in the course and be familiar with how the industry works. Vocational Placement prepares you to work with children, including babies and toddlers, when you pursue educator roles after you gain your qualification.

You need to complete at least of 120 hours of service to fulfill the Vocational Placement requirement.  The maximum you can earn during the course duration is 240 hours.


There are no formal prerequisites to study the Cert III ECE, but it is recommended that you are at least 18 years old, have Year 10 English or its equivalent since literacy and language skills are integral for child care workers. Basic knowledge in computers is also recommended.

Take note that students are required to undergo a background check by the police before being able to work in the aged care industry. Requirements and criteria vary depending on your state or territory.

Recognition of Prior Learning

You can apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) if you already posses the competencies taught by the Cert III in Early Childhood Education and Care. RPL is granted depending on whether you can provide sufficient evidence to back up your claims.

You can refer to the RPL Guide if you would like to know more about how the RPL process works and the application requirements.

Training Schedule

Online training courses in child care are available throughout the year Australia-wide. You can enrol and start studying anytime by accessing the resources on the online student portal.

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