Certificate III in

Early Childhood Education & Care


This course covers the fundamentals of early childhood development and caring for children. You’ll gain the skills and expertise you need to provide quality education for children in a range of environments and learning centres.
This qualification reflects the role of educators in early childhood education and care who work in regulated children’s education and care services in Australia. They support children’s wellbeing and development in the context of an approved learning framework. Educators use a range of well-developed skills and knowledge using discretion and judgment when carrying out their work in the context of established policies and procedures. They may work independently or under the guidance of others, though in some contexts that guidance may not be on-site.
This early childhood education course is the minimum requirement to work in the early childhood education and care sector. And is a prerequisite for entry into the CHC30121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.

Possible Employment Pathways May Include:

  • Early Childhood Educator
  • Kindergarten Assistant
  • Nanny or In-home Carer
  • Out of School Hours Care Assistant

Note: Completing a qualification does not guarantee a job outcome, the possible job titles above have been included as a guide only.

Further Education Pathways

After successfully completing this qualification, students may undertake:

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

Course Structure

The course includes a classroom component, off-campus study components and industry placement. Assessment is based on competency, which is the ability to demonstrate specific skills and will involve a combination of assessment methods. These assessments can include written assignments, discussion, interviews, workplace projects and practical demonstrations.

You will be required to complete 160 hours of unpaid practical placement during or at the end of the course at a workplace as agreed on with Cultura.

This qualification and the various delivery methods have been designed following consultations with industry, learners and other stakeholders.

Delivery Mode/s Workplace based

Delivery Site/s

Workplace based

Work Placement

This course requires 160 hours of work placement.

Cultura Training organises and administers work placements to students during course services.

Cultura Training ensures that students with special needs are provided with opportunities on the same basis as other students. This includes identifying and liaising with the workplace around adjustments and accommodations that students with disabilities may require.

Core Units

  • CHCPRT001 – Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
  • HLTAID012 – Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting
  • HLTWHS001 – Participate in workplace health and safety
  • CHCECE030 – Support inclusion and diversity
  • CHCECE031 – Support children’s health, safety and wellbeing
  • CHCECE032 – Nurture babies and toddlers
  • CHCECE033 – Develop positive and respectful relationships with children
  • CHCECE034 – Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
  • CHCECE035 – Support the holistic learning and development of children
  • CHCECE036 – Provide experiences to support children’s play and learning
  • CHCECE037 – Support children to connect with the natural environment
  • CHCECE038 – Observe children to inform practice
  • CHCECE054 – Encourage understanding of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Peoples cultures
  • CHCECE055 – Meet legal and ethical obligations in children’s education and care
  • CHCECE056 – Work effectively in children’s education and care

Elective Units

  • CHCDIV001 – Work with diverse people
  • HLTFSE001 – Follow basic food safety practices

This training is delivered by Cultura Training RTO: 45814

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.

Different levels of Government subsidy are available – Cultura Training can help you to determine if you are eligible for a Government subsidy of your training through Skills First. More information about Fees and Charges can be found in our Student Handbook which can be downloaded from Current Students page.

PLEASE NOTE: Fees may apply for placement depending on the facility. If additional fees apply, this will be discussed with any students affected individually.

Some courses are only available as full fee for service (FFS).

No charge for eligible students.

Am I eligible for a funded place?

You may be eligible for funding support from the State or Commonwealth Government under a range of training support and incentive programs.

The Victorian Government Skills First funding is making vocational education and training more accessible to students who do not hold a post-school qualification, or who want to gain a higher level qualification than they already hold.

The Skills First funding is an entitlement to a Victorian government subsidised place in recognised training that can be accessed at any time and it will continue to be available for training at successively higher levels.

However, please note, undertaking this course may affect your eligibility for funded training with the Victorian Government in the future, as:

  • You can’t start more than 2 subsidised courses in a year.
  • You can’t do more than 2 subsidised courses at the same time.


Cultura Training will check your eligibility before offering you a funded place. Information on how to prepare for your eligibility assessment is here: https://www.skills.vic.gov.au/s/how-to-check-your-eligibility

If you are eligible for funding, the Victorian Government Skills First can contribute to the cost of your training.

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The CHC National Training Package indicates that there are no qualification or other entry requirements for this qualification.

Cultura recommended entry requirements:

  • To be able to pass a Working With Children Check and National Police Check
  • 18 years of age
  • Certain level of Language, Literacy and Numeracy requirement

Technology Requirements

Cultura Training qualifications require students to have an intermediate understanding of the use of computers and the internet. If they do not have skills at the required level they will be provided with additional support such as one on one training, mentoring and peer support. Students are recommended to have access to a computer and a broadband internet connection at home.

Language, Literacy and Numeracy Requirements

All students are assessed prior to enrolment to ensure they achieve competence at the required ACSF level utilising Cultura’s Qualification Suitability Assessment tool (LLN Robot) and during the pre-training review interview.

The tool assesses Reading, Writing, Numeracy, Oral Communication and Learning skills; as well as the applicant’s suitability for the specific qualification applied for.

A Pre-Training Assessment is conducted prior to enrolment to determine the ACSF levels of the student. The assessment tools used are accompanied by a marking guide. This marking guide ensures consistency between assessors. All staff undertaking assessment of the completed ACSF pre training assessment tools have received training in this task.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

RPL involves a formal recognition of the skills and knowledge you have already achieved through previous studies, work and life experiences.

To obtain Recognition of Prior Learning you must satisfy the requirements for the entire unit, not just some parts of it.

If you believe you qualify, we will formally assess your existing skills and knowledge and determine if they can count towards your qualification and shorten the period of training. This will take into account;

  • work-related training courses
  • on-the-job skills and work experience
  • volunteer and community work
  • a combination of all of the above

Fees for RPL are determined based on units and nominal hours.

Credit Transfer

Obligation to recognise qualifications and statement of attainments (Credit Transfer)

It is our obligation to recognise qualifications and statements of attainment issued by other RTOs which align to your proposed course of study. This is known as Credit Transfer (CT).

You may be eligible for credit transfer of units if you have studied before. This means you will not need to repeat a unit if you can provide certified evidence of successfully completing a unit that is equivalent to a unit currently included in a course or traineeship.

To apply for a Credit Transfer you will need to present the original certified copy of Qualification or Statement of Attainment and a transcript clearly indicating the course and units undertaken and results obtained. This should take place prior to the commencement of the course.

If you are a full fee paying student, You will need to provide the evidence within 2 weeks of your enrolment application or you will be charged tuition for those units.

There is no fee for Credit Transfer.

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