Early childhood education


Who is this Early Childhood Education and Care Course for?

This qualification is for people who want to work as an early childhood educator in a centre-based service or family day care. This is a nationally regulated entry level qualification for working in the early childhood education and care industry.


This qualification relects the role of workers in a range of early childhood education settings who work within the requirements of the Education and Care Services National Regulations and the National Quality Standard. They support the implementation of an approved learning framework, and support children’s wellbeing, learning and development. Depending on the setting, educators may work under direct supervision or autonomously.

Employment opportunities

This qualification is for people who want to work as an early childhood educator in a centre-based service or family day care. Employment opportunities may include:

  • Early childhood educator.
  • Family day care educator.
  • Child care assistant.
  • Nanny.

Aim of course

This nationally accredited Certificate is a comprehensive course designed to give the learner the skills and knowledge in a range of fundamental areas including:

  • The support and implementation of approved learning frameworks.
  • Supporting children’s well being, learning and development.
  • Ensure children’s health and safety, in a nurturing supportive environment.
  • Developing positive and respectful relationships with children.

Learning period and Fees

30 teaching weeks + 6 weeks holiday
Total 36 weeks

AUD $12000


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Assessment for this qualification includes underpinning knowledge questions, written assignments, work-based projects and third party reports. There is also a required practical placement within the Early Childhood sector. The assessments you will complete during your placement, including the observation when your trainer visits you in the workplace, are probably the most important part of your course. This is where you are required to demonstrate that you can apply the theory in the real world.

All students studying this course will be required to undergo a working with children check.  Our staff will advise you regarding how to apply.


After achieving the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care participants could take on Diploma qualifications e.g. Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.


There are no prerequisite requirements for individual units of competency.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Students who have completed units of study from nationally recognised courses can apply for Credit Transfer. Those who have existing knowledge from practical experience can apply for RPL. To check eligibility, please discuss with Australian Careers College prior to enrolment.

Mandatory Work Placement

Australian Careers College can assist in work placement where students will be provided with orientation, supervision and will have the opportunity to fully develop their skills in the actual workplace. However, students are encouraged to seek work placement opportunities independently.


Unit Code Unit Title Core/Elective
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety Core
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety Elective
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk Elective
CHCECE013 Use information about children to inform practice Elective
CHCECE011 Provide experience to support children’s play and learning Elective
CHCECE010 Support the holistic development of children in early childhood Elective
CHCECE009 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice Elective
CHCECE007 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children Elective
CHCECE005 Provide care for babies and toddlers Elective
CHCECE004 Promote and provide healthy food and drinks Elective
CHCECE003 Provide care for children Elective
CHCECE002 Ensure the health and safety of children Elective
CHCECE001 Develop cultural competence Core
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically Core
HLTAID004 Provide and emergency first aid response in an education and care setting Core
BSBWOR301 Organise personal work priorities and development Elective
CHCECEO12 Support children to connect with their world Elective
CHCECE006 Support behaviour of children and young people Elective