Do you have a passion for the growth and development of young children? Find you have a very caring and nurturing personality? Then this qualification could be your ticket to a rewarding career working in early childhood education and care.

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This is a nationally accredited qualification

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Sounds just like the course you're after? Speak with a career consultant to discover what it's like to study the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC30113) – send us an enquiry and we'll get in touch.

Course Description

The Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care covers the basic competencies of childhood education and care. The material includes providing care for children and toddlers, supporting development during childhood and the behaviour of children and young people. 

There are 18 units of competency delivered in this holistic course, training graduates in all the necessary functions required for a early childhood educator and or carer. 
The online training program is our most popular delivery method and provides access to a fully customised e-learning environment, MyUpskilled. MyUpskilled includes powerpoint resources, reading materials, discussion boards, forums, access to assessments, resources, videos (including access to the video training library) and blogs. The course is conducted over a 12 month period with an expectation of submitting assessments each month.
Classroom and Blended delivery formats are also available, but subject to minimum numbers. Please contact our Education managers to find out more about our face-to-face options.


  • All students will be provided with access to Catapult learner resources and a text book that covers each unit of competency
  • Access to fully customised online learning platform, MyUpskilled
  • Access to the Student Support Services (Help desk) where students can receive support and assistance in the use of the LMS as well as any administration enquiries
  • Regular contact with their trainer via email, telephone and/or LMS communication tools
  • Trainer/Student Messaging System
  • Unlimited access to world leading video training provider
  • Access to Upskilled's Student Rewards Program


There are no formal prerequisites for this qualification; however, the preferred pathways into this qualification include:

  • Certificate II in a relevant discipline or other relevant qualification OR
  • with vocational experience

Work Placement

The Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care requires a minimum of 120 hours to be completed in a registered and licensed children's service over the period of the qualification. Allocated study hours will vary depending on student's prior experience with assessments and experience in industry.  Placement must occur for the full duration of study in the qualification. Applicants are expected to source a service suitable in their area.  Support can be given upon request, where Upskilled will in its best endeavour assist applicants to gain appropriate work placement.

Recognition Of Prior Learning (RPL)

RPL is available for each Unit of Competency based on relevant workplace experience, formal training, or other expertise. To apply for RPL, please submit documentation in portfolio form for evaluation by Upskilled assessors.


A participant is deemed competent when all relevant evidence is gathered.  Upskilled is receptive to evidence gathered from a variety of sources including our own assessment processes.  Upskilled assessment processes include: 

  • Recognition of Prior Learning/Credit Transfer 
  • Written/Oral Questions
  • Written reports/Portfolio Assessments
  • Projects
  • Scenarios/Case Studies
  • Demonstration of skills in the work place

Regular training and assessment contact will be maintained by Upskilled in conjunction with the participant and their employer (where applicable). Critical dates during the program will be identified for participants to ensure compliance to assessment due dates and attendance at classroom sessions/monthly webinars as required.

Unit Outline

Unit Code
Unit Name
CHCLEG001Work legally and ethically
CHCECE013Use information about children to inform practice
CHCECE007Develop positive and respectful relationships with children
CHCECE009Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
CHCECE011Provide experiences to support children's play and learning
CHCECE002Ensure the health and safety of children
CHCDIV002Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
HLTWHS001Participate in workplace health and safety
HLTAID004Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting
CHCECE003Provide care for children
CHCPRT001Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
CHCECE004Promote and provide healthy food and drinks
CHCECE010Support the holistic development of children in early childhood
CHCECE001Develop cultural competence
CHCECE005Provide care for babies and toddlers
CHCSAC004Support the holistic development of children in school age care
CHCPRT004Work effectively in child protection to support children, young people and families
CHCECE006Support behaviour of children and young people

Career Outcomes

Successful graduates of the course will be equipped with the basic knowledge required for working in early childhood education and care. Possible job titles relevant to this qualification include:

  • Out of hours school carer
  • Day care employee
  • Home child carer

Flexible Payment Options

Upskilled offers three flexible payment options for our students. Enquire now for more information on payment methods and government funding.

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Total course cost: $3,270

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Total course cost: $3,850

Government subsidies

No government funding available

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