Course Info

Qualification Overview

Our CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care course is the entry level qualification for early childhood professionals. The course equips you with the skills and knowledge needed to plan activities and provide care for children. As well as learning the necessary theory, there is a strong practical focus, enabling you to gain required skills through application.

Course Units

Total number of units = 17 Core units - 15 and Elective units - 2
  • CHCECE030 Support inclusion and diversity - Core
  • CHCECE031 Support children’s health, safety and wellbeing - Core
  • CHCECE032 Nurture babies and toddlers - Core
  • CHCECE033 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children - Core
  • CHCECE034 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice - Core
  • CHCECE035 Support the holistic learning and development of children - Core
  • CHCECE036 Provide experiences to support children’s play and learning- Core
  • CHCECE037 Support children to connect with the natural environment- Core
  • CHCECE038 Observe children to inform practice- Core
  • CHCECE054 Encourage understanding of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Peoples cultures - Core
  • CHCECE055 Meet legal and ethical obligations in children’s education and care- Core
  • CHCCEC056 Work effectively in children’s education and care- Core
  • CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk- Core
  • HLTAID012 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting- Core
  • HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety - Core
  • CHCEDS056 Provide support to students with autism spectrum disorder - Elective
  • CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice - Elective


There are no formal pre-requisites to this qualification however students will need to demonstrate pass a Language Literacy and Numeracy skills test upon enrolment and must have cleared Working with Children’s Check before commencing their placement.

Study Modes Available

We have a variety of study modes available to suit you.

  • Classroom – face to face learning in class. We provide one -on -one guidance to our classroom students. our classes are only conducted during school terms and are once a week from 9.30 am to 3pm
  • Online – Self-paced learning (flexible learning)
  • Virtual classes – virtual classes are done through Teams for students who are not able to attend face to face classroom training but prefer face to face learning. You have the flexibility to attend virtual class from wherever you are. They are conducted during school terms and are once a week.


Average completion time is 12 months. The full qualification must be completed within 24 months from date of enrolment and regular submission of assessment tasks is required.


This course requires a minimum of 160 work placement hours to be completed within an accredited child care facility which we provide.

Assessment Methods

  • Knowledge Questions, projects and written assessments
  • Demonstrations
  • Observations
  • Practical placement assessments
  • Practical placement diary

Career Opportunities

  • Child Care Assistant
  • Family Day Care Educator
  • Nanny
  • OSHC Assistant

Fees & Charges

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government Funding. It is available for eligible students.
SWTS support and encourage individuals with disabilities to access training subsidised through the Skills First Program.

Please contact our office on 03 9748 9233.

Start Dates

  • Monday, August 5, 2024


  • Hoppers Crossing

Virtual Classes

  • Ballarat
  • Colac
  • Geelong
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Why South West Training Services

We offer people a range of career options through the provision of government accredited vocational education and training provided both in the workplace and at our education centre.

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