Child Care Courses | Online Child Care Courses

Want a job that you love going to every day?  Then why not start one of our nationally recognised child care courses and start an amazing new career working with young children?

Join thousands of students studying your child care course online, with Inspire – and get ready to embark on a fun and rewarding job as an early childhood educator.

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

Our Certificate III child care course will give you the practical skills you need to work as a child care worker in the children’s services industry in centres and facilities right across Australia.

The Diploma level course is designed to give you the advanced skills to support the holistic development of children in the child care industry- and teach you more advanced skills and knowledge to assist in coordinating and running a child care centre.

Inspire’s online child care courses are designed to give Australian children the best start in life!

The CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care and the CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care were released on 19 July 2021. They supersede the CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care and the CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care qualifications, respectively.

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Our 2 Most Popular Child Care Courses:

Australia's leading child care course

CHC30121 | Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

The latest CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care is perfect if you want a job where you work with children – such as a child care worker or a family day care worker, and work in a child care centre.

Australia's most popular advanced child care qualification

CHC50121 | Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

50% of educators in a child care centre must hold, or be working towards a Diploma level course.

As such, the latest CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care is a more advanced qualification for early childhood educators looking to advance their career in child care.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Holding a qualification in early childhood education and care is the minimum standard to work in most early childhood education centres, throughout 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 during my child care course?

You’ll learn a range of practical skills designed to help you work in early childhood education. You’ll learn how to ensure children’s health and safety, provide healthy food, work effectively using learning and ethical frameworks, and support the physical and emotional well-being of children.

How long does it take to complete the Diploma and Cert III child care courses, online?

For the Cert III in Child Care, the expected study time is up to 1,283 hours (including the Vocational Placement), however, students can work at their own pace and complete the course faster if they wish.  Click here to get more info on the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care course page.

And for the Diploma in Early Childhood, this qualification has a total of 1,300 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.  Click here to get more info on the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care course page.

How can I apply for Recognition of Prior Learning?

If you wish to apply RPL for qualifications in childcare, examples of acceptable evidence 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.

Do I need work placement in a child care centre, and where should I get a placement?

Yes. Vocational (work) placement is required if you wish to complete both the Cert III and Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care courses.

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
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