Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Course Code: CHC30113


This nationally recognised qualification is the legal minimum requirement you need as a childcare educator. You will learn how to care for children and nurture their development from qualified early childhood educators with current skills, knowledge and strong links to industry.


Under the Education and Care Services National Law (2011) the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) publishes lists of approved early childhood education and care qualifications and information regarding regulatory requirements here: www.acecqa.gov.au



Employment Outcome


Job roles and titles vary across different industry sectors. Possible job titles relevant to this qualification include:


  • Early Childhood Educators who work directly with children in early childhood settings

  • Support Staff for Lead Educators


Delivery Mode


Blended Delivery: This is a full time course. Learning and assessment for this course is primarily delivered online however students are supported through regular progress sessions with the trainer. Students are also expected to attend workshops/webinars and simulation sessions to reinforce learning and provide opportunity to practice skills and knowledge in realistic early childhood education and care environment. Students must complete 160 hours of mandatory work placement. SIELL will make arrangements for work placement for each student.


While the main responsibility for learning is with the students, trainer/mentor will be available to support students by phone and email.



Recognition of Prior Learning


Recognition of Prior Learning or RPL pathways is available to students who can provide evidence that they meet the skills and knowledge to the standards required for this course:

  • RPL is offered to all students prior to commencement of the course.

  • RPL is based on a portfolio and interview approach, where students accept the main responsibility for identifying, gathering and submitting evidence about their achievement of the competencies.

  • For those units where the participant cannot provide evidence to the standards required, the participant has the option to complete the learning and assessment for individual units or clusters as required.

Course Prerequisites

  • There are no prerequisite requirements for individual units of competency.

  • All participants will be screened for compliance with Prohibitive Employment (Child Protection) legislation prior to work placement.

  • Students must be 18 years or older to commence employment in the industry – this is because the Childcare Centre cannot count them as part of the ratio of staff to children until the staff member is 18.  However, they can commence study if they are under the age of 18.

  • It is SIELL's policy that all students will complete the First Aid component of this course prior to commencing work placement. 

Working with Children Check


This course requires people to agree to have their background checked. Students need to check the procedure for completing this in their State. This is explained to all students. 


Is this course right for you?


This course is ideal for:

  • People with no prior children’s services experience who are seeking employment in children’s services in early childhood education and care facilities.

  • School based trainees who are seeking employment in children’s services in early childhood education and care setting.

  • People who are seeking a career change and are seeking employment in children’s services in an early childhood education and care setting.

Course Length


This program is a full-time course completed over a period of 12 months (this includes 11 weeks of holiday). A student may take up to 18 months to complete the course i.e. complete assessments and fulfil work placement responsibilities.