Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Course Code: CHC30113

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The CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care is Australia’s leading child care course. This nationally accredited qualification is the current industry minimum standard to become a qualified early childhood educator and assistant in a child care centre.

Inspire Education’s Cert III Child Care is regarded as one of the best in the country. Get qualified with Inspire and be at the forefront of the child care industry by gaining Australia’s most current Child Care Qualification with one of Australia’s more respected early childhood education training institutes!

Note: You can enrol directly into the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC50113) without a certificate-level qualification!  The Cert III level child care qualification is not required. Click here to enquire about the child care Diploma course today.

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Where Can The Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care Take Your Career?

Australia’s Leading Cert III Child Care Course – the CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care is a nationally-accredited course designed for anyone wanting start a career in early childhood education, to gain roles such as:

  • Early Childhood Educator
  • Playgroup supervisor
  • Family day care worker
  • Childhood Educator
  • Childhood educator assistant
  • Nanny
  • Mobile assistant

Course Delivery

Inspire Education (RTO# 32067) delivers its Cert III Child Care thorough a combination of online and Mixed Mode Delivery, which means it will be self-paced and completed via distance education using Inspire’s online student portal.  Delivery includes face-to-face webinars, self-paced study, directed research and online learning and assessment materials and activities.

It is the most popular and effective method of delivery for this course. Students are able to complete their early childhood education training from anywhere in Australia – whether it be from remote areas and small towns, or major cities like Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane or Adelaide.

COVID-19 Safe Online Workshop delivery is also available for the CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care. Stay safe at home during the pandemic as you attend workshops set in virtual classrooms. You may choose between the options below:

  • 1-Week Workshop – Set yourself up for success by attending ONE introductory, 5-day Online Cert III Child Care workshop with an expert trainer! During the workshop, you will undertake several of the core projects and requirements of this course, including analysing case studies and answering written questions
  • 2-Week Workshop – Breakthrough a huge portion of your course by attending TWO, 5-day Online Cert III Child Care workshops. You will undertake more of the critical assessment tasks and projects, including more written questions and more case studies, plus everything in the 1-week workshop
  • 3-Week Workshop – Maximise your time and study in the most efficient way possible by attending THREE, 5-day Online Cert III Child Care workshops. You will commence more case studies and written questions in the advanced workbooks, plus everything in the Week 1 and Week 2 workshops
  • 4-Week Workshop – Fast-track your training and gain your qualification by attending four (4), 5-day Online Cert III Child Care workshops. Go through your subjects with expert trainer guidance as you continue working on more case studies in the more advanced workbooks

The schedules are as follows:


All online workshop delivery options come with up to 12 months self-paced online learning, allowing students to work at their own pace and at times most convenient to them.

You will have up to 12 months to complete this course from your commencement date.

You will consolidate your skills and knowledge through undertaking a minimum of 120 hours of vocational placement in a regulated Child Care service (must be registered with ACECQA).

Please find our student policies and procedures on the Inspire Education student handbook by clicking here.

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What Will You Learn in this Early Child Education Course?

Australia’s newest Accredited early child care course, the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care – CHC30113 supersedes the older Certificate III in Children’s Services – CHC30712 qualification.

The CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care is one of Australia’s most popular child care courses, and is a nationally recognised and accredited Australian Cert III child care qualification. It is suitable for anyone wishing to develop their child care skills to and work in childcare roles across Australia.

In this course will learn a range of early childhood education and care skills – designed to help you give young children the best possible start in life.  Throughout the course you will learn a range of skills in early childhood education.  You’ll learn how to ensure children’s health and safety, including promoting healthy eating; how to work effectively to aid learning; and how to support the physical and emotional well being of children in your care.

Our Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care course (CHC30113) will teach you the ways to provide experiences of play and learning to support children’s development, plus many other practical skills while helping to education young children.

Life is too short!  Why not start a career doing what you LOVE? Get qualified with the Cert III in Early Childhood Education and Care.

Course Outline & Structure

Inspire Education has adopted a “clustered” approach to our CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care course. This means we have divided our courses into just seven workbooks (instead of 18 separate units). This means you will have only seven workbooks to complete successfully to complete your Cert III Child Care qualification!

You will complete a Personal Learning Plan Evaluation as part of your enrolment. You will then be provided with a training plan that identifies your Cohort, taking into account your existing level of relevant knowledge and skills. The amount of training and support required for each learner will vary on these 4 Cohorts:

  • Beginner (Full Study Model) – Limited relevant knowledge or skill in the competence contained in this qualification. No recent related industry experience. Study hours is up to 1000 hours
  • Intermediate (Partial Study Model) – Moderate relevant knowledge and skill with limited recent related industry experience. Study hours is up to 780 hours
  • Advanced (Partial Recognition Pathway) – Extensive relevant knowledge and skill with recent related industry work experience of 1 year or more. Study hours is up to 520 hours
  • Expert (Assessment only) – Current industry experience of 2 or more years and extensive relevant knowledge and skill. These candidates are recommended to undertake a full recognition pathway. Study hours is up to 460 hours

Expected Study Hours: This early childhood education course has an expected study time of up to 1000 hours (including the Vocational Placement), however students can work at their own pace and complete the course faster if they like.

Assessment Methods: This Cert III child care course is assessed through a combination of questioning, product-based methods, portfolio, direct observation, third-party evidence, and direct credit.

CHC30113 Course Units

The CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care is comprised of 15 core units, and 3 electives. This early childhood education course includes elective units which have been carefully selected to ensure they meet the needs of a wide range of child care professionals.

Unit Clustering: The CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care has been clustered into just 6, easy-to-follow theory workbooks – and 1 practical skills journal.   This deisgn is to help you complete your course faster by reducing duplicate content and assessing any learning objectives that overlap across units just once!

Core Units:

CHCLEG001 – Work legally and ethically
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
HLTAID004 – Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting *
HLTWHS001 – Participate in workplace health and safety
CHCDIV002 – Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety


CHCECE006 – Support behaviour of children and young people
CHCECE016 – Establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment for children
CHCDIV001 – Work with diverse people

*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.

Units from the CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care are now included in the CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care qualification. This means you can now enrol directly into the Diploma qualification if you wish to work in the child care industry at a supervisor or manager level.  For details on other child care courses available with Inspire, click here.

Alternatively, you can complete the Cert III child care qualification separately, and apply for credit for those units if you wish to continue on to Diploma training at a later date.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal prerequisites required to enter this qualification. However, it is preferred that students:

  • Are 18 years or older
  • Have sound language and literacy skills (at least Year 10 English and Math, or equivalent)
  • Have basic computer skills

Students are also required to:

  • Obtain a Unique Student Identifier (USI)
  • Provide a valid ID with his/her picture and signature
  • Undertake a Language, Literacy and Numeracy Evaluation
  • Undertake a Personal Learning Plan Evaluation before accessing the course materials and commencing studies
  • Obtain a positive National Criminal History Check
  • Obtain an eligibility for relevant Working with Children Check (state-based)

All students considering a self-paced online course should give consideration to the following prior to enrolment:

  • Ability to access any required technologies
  • Information technology skills in accessing and using online programs
  • Experience and self-motivation to learn on their own
  • Competing pressures, such as work and family commitments, that may impact self-paced study time

Take our “Online Study Readiness Survey” to do a self-assessment! Visit the Inspire FAQ page for more info.


To support your studies Inspire will provide:

  • Access to a student account in the Learning Management System (LMS) for submission
  • Learning Materials and Assessment Workbooks
  • Simulations, where applicable
  • Templates for completing Project Documents

To complete your studies you will need to have access to:

  • Computer with:
    • Internet access through Google Chrome
    • MS Word, MS PowerPoint, or equivalent applications
    • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Printer and scanner for use of template documents
  • Webcam and headset (for online workshops)
  • Video recording equipment (e.g. mobile phone or video recorder) to record role-play activities
  • At least one (1) volunteer for the assessment tasks

Vocational Placement Component in this Child Care Course

To successfully complete your CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care qualification, 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

The Vocational Placement Provider must provide access to:

  • An approved and registered Child Care Service workplace
  • A supervisor
  • National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Care
  • Relevant approved learning framework under the National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Care
  • Access to service policies and procedures
  • Materials and equipment to facilitate play and leisure
  • Cleaning equipment and materials
  • Access to a diverse range of children and parents
    • Gender
    • Race and culture (including Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander children)
    • Age
    • Interests and preferences
    • Social context and lifestyle
    • Communication style
    • Personality
    • Length of time attending service/child care
  • Appropriate opportunities for the following age groups:
    • For infants:
      • Objects to explore by mouth, swinging toys, rattles, toys to encourage sensory exploration, poke, squeeze, push along floor
      • Outdoor play
    • For 3 to 5-year olds:
      • Opportunities to develop fine motor skills, such as puzzles, peg boards, beads to string, construction sets, crayons, brushes, scissors
      • Opportunities through indoor and outdoor play to practise large muscle and fundamental movement skills, such as running, jumping, throwing and catching a ball, dancing, and cycling
  • A range of experiences in the child care centre, including:
    • Formally organised activities
    • Time and place for unplanned interaction
    • Meetings
    • Travelling
    • Walks
    • Setting up environment/venue

Note: Students are required to complete a Police Check, Blue Card or Working With Children Check, and additional manual handling training prior to commencing their vocational placement at their chosen facility. Any costs will be shouldered by the student. For students planning to do their vocational placement, the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) recommends immunisation for hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and influenza.

Qualification Pathways

Ths Cert III level child care and early childhoos education course is suitable for anyone looking to work in child care – and seeking entry level employment in a range of early childhood education centres.

After completing this course, learners can continue their child care studies with the CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care. The Diploma qualification is suitable to pursue roles as a group leader, family day care coordinator or centre manager.

Once enrolled in this course you may also consider additional training to complement your child care skills when you also enrol in a CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support course. This is perfect for anyone wanting to provide teacher aide support in schools.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

The RPL pathway is offered to any Learner who can provide evidence of competency for the units offered in the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care course. See the RPL Guide for more information on this process and how to apply.

Certification Requirements

Under the Education and Care Services National Law (2011) the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) has set minimum training standards for all educators who are directly working with children in Birth to Preschool age Long Day Care Centres. Educators must hold or be working towards an approved Certificate III level education and care qualification (or higher).  All Family Day Care educators must also hold or be working towards an approved Certificate III level education and care qualification (or higher).

Inspire works with a range of reputable parties to market and recruit for national qualification and courses. Students of Inspire Education may be recruited by other parties under specific arrangements.

Helpful Guides and Articles

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