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 assistant and educator in a child care centre.

Inspire Education’s child care courses are regarded as some 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 child care training institutes!

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

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Where Can The CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care Take Your Career?

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

  • Child Care Assistant in a Child Care Centre
  • Child Care Educator
  • Family Day Care Assistant or Educator
  • Mobile Childcare Assistant or Educator
  • Nanny
  • Anyone wishing to build a career in child care

Course Delivery

Inspire Education Offers TWO flexible delivery options for you to undertake the CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care in the way that suits you the best. All delivery methods have a 12-month course duration.

1. Online Delivery – the most popular and effective method of course delivery. Students are able to complete their training from anywhere in Australia, from remote areas and small towns to major cities like Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane or Adelaide. Online study allows students to work at their own pace, at times most convenient to them.

2. “Express 1-Week” Face to Face Blended Workshop – Set yourself up for success by attending a 5-day face to face workshop with an expert trainer! During the workshop, you will undertake several of the core projects and requirements of the course, and gain a clear direction on how to undertake the remaining assessment tasks during the self-paced learning portion (up to 12 months).

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What Will You Learn in this Child Education and Care 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 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC30113) is Australia’s most popular child care course, and is a nationally recognised and accredited Australian child care qualification. It is suitable for anyone wishing to develop their child care skills to and work in childcare roles across Australia.

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.  Throughout the course you will learn how to ensure children’s health and safety while in a care environment, including promoting healthy eating, how to work effectively using learning and ethical frameworks, 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 also teach you the ways to provide experiences of play and learning to support children’s development plus many other excellent child caring and work-based skills.  Life is too short… so why not start a career doing what you LOVE?  By studying Australia’s leading early education and child care qualification with Inspire, you can start doing what you love right away!

Course Outline & Structure

Inspire Education has adopted a “clustered” approach to our Cert III in Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC30113) 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 submit to complete your course! By using this “holistic” approach our students are able to study at a good pace because information is not duplicated.

Expected Study Hours: This child care course has an expected study time of 1210 hours (including the Vocational Placement), however students can work at their own pace and complete the course faster if they like.

Assessment Methods: The course is assessed through a combination of written questions, case studies and a skills journal (completed during the Vocational Placement). This gives students the maximum opportunity to develop and demonstrate their childcare skills and knowledge.

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: Inspire Education has clustered the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC30113) into just 6 easy-to-follow theory workbooks and 1 practical skills journal – this 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. Alternatively, you can complete the Certificate III 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, or equivalent)
    • Have basic computer skills
    • Obtain a Unique Student Identifier (USI)

You will need to undertake a working with children/police check before completing the Vocational Placement (see your local state/territory regulations for more information).


To support your studies Inspire will provide:

  • Online Course Materials and Resources (hardcopies available for an additional fee)
  • Comprehensive Webinar
  • Multimedia and Simulated Learning Resources
  • Vocational Placement Information and Support
  • Ongoing Trainer Support via Phone and Student Messaging System
  • Workplace Policies, Procedures, Templates and Other Documentation

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

  • A computer (PC or Mac) with 5 mbps+ Internet (ADSL 2+ and Google Chrome is recommended)
  • Latest Adobe Flash Player Latest Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Latest Microsoft Word, Powerpoint and Excel
  • A registered facility to complete Vocational Placement
  • Recording devices, such as a camera or video recorder, may be required

Vocational Placement Component in this Child Care Course

To successfully complete your Cert III in Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC30113) qualification, you will need to initiate contact with a registered Early Education & Care facility 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

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

The CHC30113 early childhood education course is suitable for anyone looking to begin or formalise their education in the children’s services industry, and seeking entry level employment in the child care industry.

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:

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

RPL 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.

Workshop Location & Dates

Workshops run from 8:30AM to 5:00PM. The available dates and locations are the following:

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Helpful Guides and Articles

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