Certificate III in Early Childhood Education & Care (CHC30113)

Entry Requirements

  • You must have completed year 10 or equivalent or be considered a mature aged student.
  • All applicants must also complete a literacy and numeracy assessment at AHEA.

Course Duration

  • 23-25 weeks (approximately), including 4 weeks of Supervised Field Placement
  • Additional placement time may be required if assessed as Not Yet Competent
  • AHEA usually does not hold classes during periods designated as school term breaks by the West Australian Department of Education or on gazetted public holidays.

Delivery Mode

  • Full Time:
    • This course requires participants to complete up to 5 hours of individual prereading and preparation before each class.
    • AHEA’s classes are small in size, usually a maximum of twelve students. This allows for a more intense form of instruction and personalised delivery.
  • Flexible /External (only available for students working or volunteering in the Childcare Industry)
  • RPL/RCC available: Contact the Academy if you need more details

Course Costs

  • Go to our Fees and Charges page or contact the Academy for current course costs.
  • Please note that the course costs do not include The Working with Children Check which is an industry requirement.
  • Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care may be available at a discount to eligible participants of various Programs. These programs may be funded by the Commonwealth Government and the Government of Western Australia – call the Academy for current details.

Qualification Information

This qualification covers workers who use organisational policies, procedures and individual children’s profiles to plan activities and provide care to children, facilitating their leisure and play and enabling them to achieve their developmental outcomes. It is the minimum qualification required to work in licensed child care services across Australia.

Depending on the setting, workers may work under direct supervision or autonomously.

Occupational titles may include:

  • Child Care Assistant Educator
  • Family Day Care Educator
  • Nanny

Study Pathways

Upon successful completion of this course, you can progress to the following qualifications

  • Certificate IV in School Age Education and Care
  • Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Please Note

*** All units require students to demonstrate that they have gained competence from on-the job training (Supervised Field Placement).

*** Students must ensure they can obtain a Working With Children’s Check. This is not provided as part of the course and is the responsibility of the student. Students may also be required to provide a medical clearance at their own expense.

*** All resources are provided on loan for use by students during the course.

Units of Competency covered

Core Units

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

Elective Units

CHCDIV001Work with diverse people
CHCECE006Support behaviour of children and young people
CHCECE012Support children to connect with their world