The Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care is the nationally accredited qualification required to work in Childcare in Australia.  Previously known as the Certificate III Children’s Services course, a review into Education and Training in the Child Care industry resulted in a number of changes being recommended. A new scope for delivery of Early Childhood Education and Care was consequently developed with an emphasis on learning more about First Aid and working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

Recently there have been some major changes to the Child care industry, so those formerly working without qualifications are now finding they need to complete their studies to maintain employment.

For those with some Child Care industry experience and are looking to formalise their skills by gaining a Nationally Recognised qualification, or for those wishing to make a start in and pursue a career as a Child Care worker, this is the course you need to study.

The course allows you to develop skills for working with children in pre-school care and also out of school hours care (OHSC).

Along with this course, to work in the Child Care industry you will need to maintain your First Aid and Working with Children Certification.

Entry requirements: All students must be at least 18 years of age or older. 

Along with these theory modules, students need to complete 120 hours of work placement at a Child Care Facility.

Courses Direct has a partnership with Online Courses Australia (RTO number: 32080) to provide access to the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC30113). 

Potential career options include:

Child Care Worker

Recreation Assistant

Family day carer

Professional nanny

Playgroup Supervisor

Childcare assistant
Mobile assistant


Course Outline
Course Code: 
500 hours - Access for 12 months
Nationally accredited Certificate III
Lesson Structure: 
  1. CHCCS400C Work within a relevant legal and ethical framework
  2. CHCECE001 Develop cultural competence
  3. CHCECE002 Ensure the health and safety of children
  4. CHCECE003 Provide care for children
  5. CHCECE004 Promote and provide healthy food and drinks
  6. CHCECE005 Provide care for babies and toddlers
  7. CHCECE007 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children
  8. CHCECE009 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
  9. CHCECE010 Support the holistic development of children in early childhood
  10. CHCECE011 Provide experiences to support children's play and learning
  11. CHCECE013 Use information about children to inform practice
  12. CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to young people at risk
  13. HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting
  14. HLTWHS001 Participate in work health and safety
  15. HLTHIR404D Work effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people
  16. CHCORG303C Participate effectively in the work environment
  17. CHCEDS005 Support the development of literacy and oral language skills
  18. HLTHIR403 Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers
Aims - the learning objectives of the course: 

Once you have completed your studies potential career positions include

  • Child Care Worker
  • Recreation Assistant
  • Family day carer
  • Professional nanny
  • Playgroup Supervisor
  • Childcare assistantMobile assistant