Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

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Course Description

The Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care is a nationally recognised qualification for those that are seeking employment in the Early Childhood industry.

Graduates would be responsible for supporting the implementation of an approved learning framework, and supporting children’s wellbeing, learning and development.

Graduates work within the requirements of the Education and Care Services National Regulations and the National Quality Standard, and may work under direct supervision or autonomously depending on the setting. 


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Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care Information Booklet


Mode of Study

This course is ideal for those with minimal to no experience in the early childhood industry. It is delivered as a full time classroom and practicum based course over a 9-month period. Students attend classes 3 days per week (9:30am – 3:00pm) with practical placement hours completed throughout the duration of the course. For full details regarding practical placement, please refer to the practical placement section within this booklet or speak with an FYI student advisor.

This qualification may also be delivered and assessed as a workplace based traineeship model. For further information regarding this model, please contact FYI Training and speak to a student advisor.


Occupational Titles May Include:

  • Childhood Educator Assistant
  • Playgroup Supervisor
  • Family Day Care Educator
  • Early Childhood Educator
  • Nanny
  • Mobile Assistant


Course Materials

  • Course text
  • Written Assessments
  • Practical Placement Workbook and log
  • Various handouts
  • Videos
  • Online reading/research materials



  • Written assessment tasks/case studies/projects/presentations
  • Practical placement assessment tasks
  • Observation assessments/practical tasks


Entry Requirements

This qualification does not have any entry requirements


Government Funding Eligibility Criteria

For full details of the Eligibility Criteria for Government Funding (Skills First Funding), please go to our website www.fyitraining.com.au. This information is located on the Pre-Course Info page under the Student Information tab.


Language Literacy and Numeracy

All candidates will be required to complete a language, literacy and numeracy assessment upon enrolment to ensure that they can meet the assessment outcomes of the qualification. Therefore it is recommended that all applicants be competent in written and spoken English.

Any language, literacy and numeracy concerns identified at this time will either be referred internally to arrange appropriate support strategies or externally for additional support services. Internal support strategies vary depending on the student’s needs. Please speak to a student advisor for more information or to find out what would be right for you.


Required Documents

As part of the practical placement program, it is required for all students to have a Working with Children’s Check (WWC) prior to commencing placement. Students are responsible to apply for this and are responsible for any costs associated with the WWC.

Any candidates that have gained employment in the Early Childhood industry do not need to apply for their WWC for FYI Training, but alternatively need to supply FYI Training with a completed Employment Confirmation Letter prior to enrolment. To receive a copy of this form, please speak to a student advisor. 


Physical Requirements

This course is physically demanding and FYI actively encourages all candidates to discuss any concerns with a student advisor prior to enrolling. 



FYI has a mandatory attendance requirement of at least 90% of all scheduled classes and practicum. This is to assist students with their learning journey and to assist students to gain the required skills and knowledge prior to graduation.  



To be deemed competent in each individual unit of competency, students are required to successfully complete all forms of assessment relating to that unit. This involves written assessment tasks, practical placement work tasks, and observation assessments.


Practical Placement

What is Practical Placement?

Practical placement, as explained by the Victorian Department of Education and Training, is structured workplace learning that provides students with first hand experience and on the job training relating to their course.

It is a fantastic opportunity for students to implement the skills they are learning about, gain confidence with their future role within their chosen industry, develop their job-related skills, and to gain an insight into how the industry works before they graduate.

FYI Training arranges student’s placements with trusted networks that are reliable and understand what it takes to support students and provide them with the best possible experience. This is to ensure that all FYI Training graduates understand the expectations of the industry and have the confidence and necessary knowledge to provide high quality care and education in the Early Childhood industry.

Practical Placement Requirements

Students are required to complete a total of 160 hours of practical placement within the Early Childhood Education and Care sector. This will be in a long day care service catering to children under the age of 5 years.

Practical placement hours in a Childcare service range from 6:00am – 6:00pm, students must complete an 8 hour day and shifts will be set between these times. FYI Training attempts to arrange placement as close to the students home address listed on their enrolment as possible, however this could be up to half an hour travel by car.

Practical placement is only able to be completed during the week and is unavailable on the weekends (Monday – Friday only).

As stated previously, candidates are required to successfully pass a Working with Children’s Check and supply a copy of their WWC to FYI Training prior to the commencement of practical placement.


Placement is structured to allow students to complete their full 160 hours during the course dates and is factored into the course duration.

Placement is structured in a way to allow students to implement different strategies and techniques that they learn over a period of time. This allows students to build on their knowledge and skills, improving their abilities and confidence.

For the placement dates for a specific course, please see the course schedule.


Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning

Credit Transfer (CT) is the transfer of units from one qualification over to another. To be applicable, the units for both qualifications must have the same unit code.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) involves a formal recognition of the skills and knowledge students have already achieved through previous studies, work and life experiences.

Potential students should contact FYI Training, read through the student handbook or look on the FYI Training website for more information prior to enrolling.


Support Services

A wide variety of support services are available to students to assist them with completing their chosen qualification. If amendments to course resources are required, this is arranged upon enrolment, otherwise a meeting with the nominated trainer is arranged on the first class to allow the trainer to work with the student to put in place any additional supports. This can also be done at any time during the course if students find they require it.

To find more information regarding what supports are available, it is recommended that candidates read through the FYI Training student handbook prior to enrolling.


Additional Requirements/Technical Requirements

It is recommended that all students type their assessment tasks. However, if this is not possible it can be arranged for students to hand write their assessments, but this must be discussed with the nominated trainer prior to the submission of the assessment.

Due to this, it is recommended that students have basic computer skills including typing skills and the ability to open and save word documents.


18 Units are Required to Complete this Qualification

Code Description
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically 
CHCECE001 Develop cultural competence 
CHCECE002 Ensure the health and safety of children 
CHCECE003  Provide care for children 
CHCECE004  Promote and provide healthy food and drinks 
CHCECE005  Provide care for babies and toddlers 
CHCECE007  Develop positive and respectful relationships with children 
CHCECE009  Use an approved learning framework to guide practice 
CHCECE010 Support the holistic development of children in early childhood 
CHCECE011 Provide experiences to support children's play and learning
CHCECE013 Use information about children to inform practice
HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety 
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
CHCECE016 Establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment for children
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk 
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety
CHCECE018  Nurture creativity in children 


 This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment


9 months

Non funded fees

Full fee: $3,632.00
Full fee concession: $2,906.00
Materials fee: $110.00
Deposit: $836.20 (Materials fee and 20% of the tuition fee)

Goverment funded fees

Funded: $250.00
Funded concession: $50.00
Materials fee: $110.00


Upon completion of this qualification, candidates may seek to enrol into a higher qualification within a similar discipline. Some institutions may recognise this qualification and it may provide credits.

Course code : CHC30113

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