Child Care Courses

Want a job that you love going to every day?  Then why not start a nationally recognised child care course, online?! Join the hundreds of students studying an online child care course with Inspire – and get ready to embark on a fun and interesting career, by getting professional child care training!

We offer Australia’s two most popular child care courses, the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, and the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.  Study your child care course in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, or in fact anywhere in Australia through online learning!

The Cert III child care course will enable you to work at any child care centre in Australia, as a child care worker, while the Diploma child care course is designed to give you the advanced skills you need to be able to participate in the running and week-to-week organisation of a child care centre.  Inspire’s child care courses as designed to give you and the children you will be caring for the right start!

Our 2 Most Popular Online Child Care Courses:

Cert III Early Childhood Education

CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

The Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC30113) is perfect for anyone wishing to become an Assistant Educator, Child Care Educator, Family Day Care Educator or Assistant, Mobile Childcare Assistant Educator, or Nanny.

Diploma Early Childhood Education

CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

This Diploma level course suits educators looking to implement and manage learning frameworks and programs within a care service as well as running day-to-day functions.

Frequently Asked Questions

What types of jobs can people completing child care courses normally pursue?

Holding a qualification in early childhood education and care is the minimum standard to work in many types of child care services in Australia.

You can typically apply for the following child care jobs:

  • Child Care Assistant
  • Child Care Educator
  • Family Day Care Educator
  • Mobile Child Care Assistant
  • Early Childhood Education Assistant
  • In-Home Child Care Provider
  • Lead Early Learning Educator
  • Director in a Child Care Centre

What main skills will I learn when I complete a course in child care?

Our early childhood education and care course will teach you a range of skills designed to help you give young children the best start in life possible.  You’ll learn how to ensure children’s health and safety, promote healthy eating,  work effectively using learning and ethical frameworks, and support the physical and emotional well-being of children.

How long will it take me to complete each childcare qualification?

For the Cert III in Child Care, the expected study time is up to 1000 hours (including the Vocational Placement), however, students can work at their own pace and complete the course faster if they wish.

And for the Diploma in Early Childhood, this qualification has a total of 1390 expected study hours. As this course is also self-paced, you can study and complete your qualification in less time if you are able to.

What evidence can I submit if I want to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning for a course in Early Childhood Education?

If you wish to apply RPL for qualifications in childcare, the examples of acceptable evidences are the following:

  1. Course transcripts, statement of attainment, and certificates
  2. References and documentation of your previous work responsibilities
  3. Work samples

To apply, simply indicate on your enrolment form that you wish to receive RPL. An RPL Assessor will contact you to check your eligibility for each unit and explain what you need to submit. The amount of RPL you receive will depend on the evidence you provide and any remaining assessment can be completed through gap training.

Is vocational (work) placement required, and where should I get a placement?

Yes. vocational (work) placement is required if you wish to complete your course in childcare.

You will need to initiate contact with a registered Early Education & Care facility (must be registered with ACECQA) to complete workplace-based experience (minimum 120 hours and maximum 240 hours). This will help you solidify your practical experience and skills in working with children and allow you to demonstrate your practical competencies in a real workplace. The vocational placement is the only way to demonstrate all necessary skills and abilities and is required to complete the course.

To view what is required by your Vocational Placement Provider, click here: Vocational Placement FAQs

Become an Early Childhood Educator

I did my Cert III in Childcare through Inspire Education.
I have always wanted to be a childcare worker but working full time I didn’t think I would be able [to]. I was then talking to my sister and she suggested that I do the study online.
We then looked up online courses and [came] across Inspire Education. It was well priced so I thought why not. I started doing my course and I loved it.
I had so much support from the team at Inspire that I am now going to complete my diploma through them. Can’t wait!!!!

Vanessa Taglierini – Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
^To enrol now, pay only the upfront fee and take advantage of easy monthly payments for the remaining course balance. View the course information pack for complete pricing details.
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