Course Description

The CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care will prepare you for a future career in an early childhood setting, helping educators to provide a healthy, safe and caring environment for children. The course will give you the skills to communicate and work collaboratively with educators and colleagues, as well as to support the holistic wellbeing, health and safety of all children. You will master the skills that you need to effectively help children learn and become confident and involved learners. During your studies, you will also learn how to support children with behavioural issues.

The course will train you to navigate and comply with all the current legal and industry related requirements, policies and procedures. You will become adept at supporting planned education programs in early childhood settings, as well as assisting with the organisation of classrooms and community education centres.

During you journey through this course you will also have the opportunity to learn about the ‘Early Years Learning Framework’ and how you can support children in their development.

The CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care is perfect for people who are wanting to start a career in early childhood settings, as well as for those who are already working in the area but who need to formalise their qualifications to take the next step in their career.

This course involves work placement that currently needs to be undertaken in Australia. More information available in our FAQs

Potential career outcomes

  • Early Childhood Educator
  • Family Day Care Educator
  • Mobile Service Educator
  • Occasional Care Educator
Course number E1049
Qualification name CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
Course duration Maximum 18 months
Delivery Method Online with Work Placement
Recognition Nationally Recognised Nationally Recognised Training
Assessments Case studies, Interviews, Logbook, Portfolio, Projects, Quizzes, Short-answer questions, Simulation, Workplace assessments
Awarded by
  • Open Colleges (Provider number: 90796)


You will need to have completed year 10, or equivalent. Equivalency can be demonstrated by one of the following:

  • A qualification at Certificate II level or higher OR
  • 2 years of industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication.

Minimum age

You will need to be at least 18 years old.


This course involves reading and undertaking a range of written assessments, as well as engaging in online forums and discussions. Furthermore, the delivery mode relies on the extensive use of written communication. As such, entry to the course requires the successful completion of English to Year 10 level.

If you haven't successfully completed English at Year 10 level, you can demonstrate equivalency through one of the following:

  • Successful completion of a Nationally Recognised Training qualification at Certificate II level or higher; or
  • 2 years relevant industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication

Open Colleges recognises that not all people are able to read, write and perform calculations to the same standard. See the Language, Literacy and Numeracy Considerations section for more information on tools, resources and support services provided to by Open Colleges.


You will need access to a computer and the internet and have basic computing skills. Minimum specifications for your computer are:

All users:

  • Microsoft Office 2010 or equivalent
  • Broadband internet connection
  • 2GB of RAM
  • CD-ROM or DVD drive
  • Adobe Reader XI or equivalent
  • Adobe Flash Player 10 or higher.
  • Access to printer and associated software
  • Access to scanner and associated software
  • Digital imaging software
  • File compression software.

Windows users:

  • Microsoft Windows 7 or higher (Windows 8 recommended)
  • 1 Ghz or faster processer (2GHz recommended)

Mac OS users:

  • Mac OSX v10.5 or higher (Mac OSX v10.6 recommended)
  • 1 Ghz or faster processer (2GHz recommended)


To successfully complete this course, you will require basic computing skills. This includes:

  • Creating, saving and editing Microsoft Office documents
  • Accessing and searching the internet
  • Downloading and saving documents from websites
  • Uploading documents through websites
  • Participating in online discussions
  • Compressing image files
  • Recording, compressing and uploading videos.

Physical requirements

Students will need to be reasonably physically fit to undertake the work placement as the tasks and activities associated with the work placement may involve manual lifting and other physical activities.

Language, Literacy and Numeracy

Our free online assessment tool can help give you an idea of the language, literacy and numeracy skills needed to study a VET course. This tool can also help you determine your learning level and help you plan your future studies. You can access the Language, Literacy and Numeracy tool here.

Open Colleges may make changes to the course from time to time to reflect changes introduced to the relevant Training Package or other regulatory requirements. Please download the course guide for current information about the course and its status.

Module 1

  • Identify and respond to legal requirements
  • Identify and meet ethical responsibilities
  • Contribute to workplace improvements

Module 2

  • Identify learning frameworks
  • Apply the learning framework

Module 3

  • Reflect on own cultural identity and biases
  • Identify and develop cultural competency
  • Research Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities
  • Support individual cultural identities
  • Create environments to support children’s cross-cultural understanding and relationships
  • Support the implementation of inclusive learning experiences
  • Support children in developing confidence and strength in personal and cultural identity

Module 4

  • Identify cultural safety issues in the workplace
  • Model cultural safety in own work
  • Develop strategies for improved cultural safety
  • Evaluate cultural safety strategies

Module 5

  • Implement work practices which support the protection of children and young people
  • Report indications of possible risk of harm
  • Apply ethical and nurturing practices in work with children and young people

Module 6

  • Support each child’s health needs
  • Provide opportunities to meet each child’s need for sleep, rest and relaxation
  • Implement effective hygiene and health practices
  • Supervise children to ensure safety
  • Minimise risks
  • Contribute to the ongoing management of allergies
  • Contribute to the ongoing management of asthma

Module 7

  • Promote safe sleep
  • Provide positive nappy-changing and toileting experiences
  • Promote quality mealtime environments
  • Create a healthy and safe supporting environment
  • Develop relationships with babies and toddlers
  • Develop relationships with families

Module 8

  • Provide physical care
  • Promote physical activity
  • Adapt facilities to ensure access and participation
  • Help children with change
  • Settle new arrivals

Module 9

  • Communicate positively with children
  • Interact positively with children
  • Support and respect children
  • Maintain the dignity and rights of children

Module 10

  • Promote healthy eating
  • Plan food and drinks that are nutritious and appropriate for each child
  • Maintain food safety while carrying out food-handling activities

Module 11

  • Support physical development
  • Support social development
  • Support emotional development
  • Support cognitive development
  • Support communication development
  • Create an environment for holistic learning and development

Module 12

  • Gather information about the child through observation
  • Gather information about the child from secondary sources
  • Record observations appropriately
  • Use observations and information collected to contribute to program planning

Module 13

  • Create an environment for play
  • Support children’s play and learning
  • Facilitate children’s play, learning and physical activity

Module 14

  • Follow safe work practices
  • Implement safe work practices
  • Contribute to safe work practices in the workplace
  • Reflect on own safe work practices

Module 15: Electives

Choice of 3 electives

Choice of three electives:

  • CHCPRT003 Work collaboratively to maintain an environment safe for children and young people*
  • CHCECE006 Support behaviour of children and young people
  • CHCECE012 Support children to connect with their world
  • CHCECE014 Comply with family day care administration requirements
  • CHCECE015 Attend to daily functions in home based child care
  • BSBSUS301 Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices 

​​*This unit requires 120 hours of work placement in a child protection service. You should only select this elective if you are currently employed in a child protection service.

HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting**

**Open Colleges does not provide this unit. You will need to provide a current Education and Care First Aid Certificate
to satisfy competency for this unit.



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Find out more

Angie Bailison

Angie has been working in early childhood education and care services throughout Australia and overseas for nearly 20 years. Angie has seven years’ experience as a lecturer in early childhood education and care at TAFE. She regularly facilitates education workshops for parents with young children and has been published in parenting magazines. She has an Associate Diploma in Social Science, Certificate IV in Training & Assessment & Parent Education Leadership Training Certificate.

Diana Penson

Diana Penson started her teaching career as a graduate of Sydney Day Nursery Teachers' College and Mitchell College of Advanced Education. She taught in a number of preschools, infant and primary schools whilst completing her Bachelor's degree. In recognition of her work operating a mobile preschool for isolated regions, the NSW Department of School Education awarded Diana a full-time scholarship to undertake post graduate studies in Early Childhood Special Education. On completion, Diana was commissioned to undertake a pilot program to identify and set up programs for young children requiring specialist assistance. The program flourished and grew from one location to eight locations within a major NSW regional area. This experience led Diana into the training of adults and workplace assessment. In addition to tutoring students in our Certificate III in Children's Services and Diploma of Children's Services since 2005, Diana has also lectured at universities and written content for a range of vocational courses.

Rimpreet Bedi

Rimpreet holds a Bachelor of Education as well as a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. She has over 7 years’ experience working with children, families and educators in early childhood education, and has also continuously furthered her qualifications and professional development. Throughout her career she has undertaken numerous roles. Most recently she worked as a trainer and assessor in early childhood education and care. Rimpreet enjoys mentoring students and is passionate about her work helping students progress along their learning journey.

After enrolling in this course and completing the first module, you're eligible for a FREE one year membership to Early Childhood Australia (ECA), Australia's peak child care body, worth over $150! Open Colleges

The course contains a minimum of 120 hours of work placement

Your Work Placement will need to be conducted in a registered child care facility, supervised by a qualified staff member. You will also need to secure your own Work Placement, however Open Colleges can provide advice and direction through our Work Placement Support Team.

There are a number of statutory checks required by workplaces, such as a Working with Children Check. These may vary by state. In addition, individual workplaces may impose additional requirements on students undertaking work placement. You will be responsible for the costs of any such checks or requirements. Please see the Workplace Assessment Guide for details on the individual statutory requirements for your state or territory.

You will also need to complete a First Aid Certificate to demonstrate competency for HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting at your own cost prior to undertaking your work placement.

Your work placement will need to be completed in Australia, and you will be responsible for the costs of any travel, accommodation, statutory checks or other requirements related to your work placement.

During your placement an Open Colleges workplace assessor will visit you to observe you performing some of your tasks.

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