We’re developing the next generation of childcare professionals with the right set of skills for the 21st Century.
6.5 Months
828 Nominal Hours
From $2,754

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The Certificate III in Early Childhood (CHC30113) provides you with the knowledge and skills required by child care workers across a range of early childhood education settings. Start a rewarding career in the booming child care industry as a qualified early childhood educator.

CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood

  • Overview
  • Pathways
  • Course Units
  • Delivery

About this course

Child care workers with a Certificate III qualification are able to implement an approved learning framework, support children’s well-being, learning, and development. Depending on the workplace, child care workers may work autonomously or under direct supervision.

Is this career right for me?

Do you enjoy helping people? Do you want to make a difference to the lives of children and their families?
Do you have:

  • Reliability and flexibility?
  • The ability to be a good listener?
  • Team working skills and the ability to use your own initiative?
  • A friendly and caring approach?
  • The ability to relate to children and families from a wide variety of backgrounds?
  • A desire for a  career where you can make a difference in the lives of children
  • A creative and spontaneous nature?
  • The ability to work well as part of a team?
  • A love for being around children?

If you answered yes to the above, then this course will help you begin a rewarding career in the child care industry.

How much will it cost me?

Fee for Service

E-flexi payment plans are available.
Prices start from $2754.00 on a Weekly or Fortnightly Payment Plan.

Enable College through our Debit Success student financial management system will take payment for all course fees (additional charges may apply).
As a fee Protection measure, Enable College will take upfront payments of installments no greater than $1500.00 per payment (Most Certificate IV and Diploma courses are not eligible for payment through this option)

Entry Requirements

This course requires successful completion of the Snapshot Reading and Numeracy indicator as part of the Core Skills Profile for Adults. (CSPA)
For more information, visit https://www.acer.org/cspa/ for an overview.

This course requires the ability to apply for a DCSI – working with children employment screening. Upon enrolment, Enable College will notify you to complete an application. This will be an additional cost to your course unless advised differently in writing.

Pathways in Early Childhood Education & Care

Certificate III is the launch pad for rewarding careers in the booming child care industry. This qualification unlocks many different career choices by providing you with relevant skills and expertise and as a result, enables you to work within a range of early childhood education settings. This course is also a stepping stone to further Diploma and bachelor qualifications in Children’s Services


Possible Outcomes

  • Child Care Assistant
  • Playgroup supervisor
  • Family day care worker
  • Child care worker
  • Outside school hours care assistant
  • Recreation assistant
  • Nanny
  • Mobile assistant

Course Units

This course is made up of 18 units of study, divided into 15 core and 3 elective units. Our range of electives is based on our experience, knowledge and understanding of what employers and the industry are looking for. You will also be expected to complete 120 Hours of Work Placement.

Core Units [15]
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
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting
HLTWHS001 Participate in work health and safety
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
+ 3 ELECTIVES of choice
CHCECE006 Support behaviour of children and young people
BSBINN301 Promote innovation in a team environment
CHCPRT003 Work collaboratively to maintain an environment safe for children and young people
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
BSBWOR301 Organise personal work priorities and development
BSBSUS301 Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

What if I have studied before?

If you have existing knowledge or skills relating to the requirements of this course you can apply for recognition of prior learning (RPL). RPL may be granted for knowledge or skills obtained through prior education, training, work and life experiences.

If granted, you may be eligible for credit towards this course, allowing you to finish your study sooner.


The Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care is offered as both full time and part time at our Adelaide campus or through our blended learning model. As part of this course, you will also have the opportunity to experience real life situations through work placement.

Full-time training: This usually allows you to complete your course in a shorter amount of time and involves a workload of around 40 hours per week. There is also an expectation that Assessment Activities for one Unit of Competency will be submitted for assessment each week.

Part-time training:  This option will take more time to complete than the full-time option. The workload is generally around 20 hours per week  There is an expectation that Assessment Activities for one Unit of Competency will be submitted for assessment each fortnight.

In Class Learning

This form of learning allows you the benefits of working with a Trainer/Assessor face to face. Learning materials are provided to you to work through in class, and complete remaining questions in personal study.

External Learning

Learning materials are provided to you to work through at home. As Units of Competency are successfully completed we will send you the next units for the course.  Whilst most of the course can be completed this way you will still be required to attend specific Practical Sessions/workshops and your Work Placement.

Blended Learning

Through our blended learning model, you will receive course materials to work through at your own pace as well as attend practical training seminars as required. This form of learning allows you the benefits of also working with a Trainer/Assessor face to face.


Whichever delivery method you choose, our experienced trainers will support you every step of the way. You are able to change your mode of study under most circumstances throughout your enrollment as your needs change.To find out the best option for you to study Early Childhood Education and Care, call Enable College and speak with one of our course advisers today.

  • Study on Campus
  • Work Placement
  • Study Online
  • Full Time Available
  • Part Time Available

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