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CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Certificate 3 in Childcare

To work in early childhood you must have, or be actively working towards, at least a CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, so this course is your very first stepping stone to becoming a skilled early childhood educator.

Once you are qualified, you can begin a fruitful career working with children in a wide variety of childcare setting.

Flexible Study Options

Study Cetificate 3 in Childcare Online

Study Online

NAoEC offers a range of amazing course materials and videos online, as well as amazing trainer support for 24/7 learning at a time that suits you!


Face-to-face training in our state-of-the-art classrooms, support with work placement, available for weekday, weekend, and night classes.

From a Nanny to a Playgroup Supervisor, Family Day Care Educator to an Out-of-School-Hours Care Coordinator, this is where your dream career begins.

This course includes essential learning for working in early childhood education and care, such as:

  • supporting early childhood development
  • setting up play experiences for children to support development
  • working with families
  • supporting cultural diversity
  • Essential early childhood education and care practices for children 0-5 years
  • Healthy nutrition for children
  • ensuring children’s health and safety
  • supporting children’s behaviour

As per the training package, this qualification has no prerequisites.In order to qualify for this course, you will be required to complete a pre-training review and a Language Literacy and Numeracy test.

Students under the age of 16 are required to attend an interview prior to the acceptance of their enrolment.

Students may choose to continue their learning in this field by enrolling in the CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care. We’ve made things easy for you by creating a further learning pathway that’s both cost effective and time-efficient.

This course is delivered via a classroom based delivery option, together with an online assessment model.Classroom based delivery :  Approx. 22 weeks including work placement (Fulltime)Minimum and maximum class numbers apply for each course. Class times may vary for operational reasons. Length of the course will increase if interrupted by Public Holidays and School Holidays scheduled by Pragmatic Training.’

The course is also offered online with a range of online content and videos that caters to those who want a more flexible option with 18 months to complete the course.

Work Placement

Students will be required to complete 240 hours of work placements (in 2 blocks of 120 hours) with a variety of age groups to meet the training package requirements and to ensure that you have gained the practical skills and knowledge to work in the industry.

You’ve got this!

Work placement gives you the opportunity to develop your practical skills in a professional early childhood service such as Childcare Centre, Pre-school, Kindergarten etc with different age group.

You will work under the guidance of professional early childhood educators and gain first-hand experience as an important part of your training.

This helps ensure that you obtain the practical skills and experience required to thrive within the early childhood education and care industry and helps you get job-ready.

You will be required to complete 150 hours of practical placement within an Early Childhood service.

What’s in it for me?

Here are some of the benefits of work placement:

  • work with children of various ages to build up your skills
  • see first-hand how an early childhood service operates
  • get feedback from professionals currently working
  • learn current industry practice.

How does it work?

We encourage and support you to find your own work placement. This means you can decide what best suits you, we will support you through the entire process of finding and screening a suitable centre that will help you meet your course requirements.

Our students find this an incredibly beneficial process when it comes to applying for jobs in the childcare industry once they are qualified. In fact, many of our students do such a fantastic job during their work placement that they sometimes end up being offered permanent employment.

Further details on the Work Placement program will be explained during the enrolment process.

You can choose to study at either our Melbourne CBD or Peninsula campus.Online Study is also available. Please contact us with regards to how to apply for Online Study

  • A Childcare Educator
  • Nanny
  • Out of School Hours Care Educator
  • Playgroup Supervisor
  • Family Day Educator
  • Recreation Educator
  • Mobile Educator
Code Module Name
 Core units
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
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
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 workplace health and safety
Elective units
BSBWOR301 Organise personal work priorities and development
CHCECE006 Support behaviour of children and young people
CHCECE012 Support children to connect with their world

Credit Transfer

Credit Transfer is the process by which the RTO accepts and provides credit to learners for units of competency where these are evidenced by:

  • AQF certification documentation issued by another RTO
  • AQF authorised issuing organisation such as University, OR,
  • Authenticated VET transcripts issued by the Registrar


Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Recognition of prior learning is the process of recognising an individual’s current skills and competencies, which were attained through prior experience, and/or learning. This includes:

  • Previous study of either a formal or informal nature
  • work experience
  • general life experience
  • any combination of the above.

We need to assess RPL on a case by case basis so it is only available on application. Students will be charged per unit of competency at the cost equal to the tuition fee of the unit(s) of competency. Please discuss your intention to apply for RPL with your consultant.

Tuition Fees

Tuition Fees no kit required $5,936
FFS/(FFS) $5,936
Facilities and Amenities $295

Fee for Service

Upfront and flexible payment options are also available.

Skills First

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding*^.

Eligible students can access State Government funding available through the Skills First. Click here for more information.

Skills First eligible students who choose to access this Funding Program will have the tuition fees reduced by the amount paid by the Government. Accessing this funding may have implications for future eligiblity to government funding entitlements and subsidy.

For further information on fees under the Skills First program , refer to the Fee structure

^ Additional eligibility or enrolment criteria may apply.

* People with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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* Please note that minimum and maximum class numbers apply for each course. Class times may vary for operational reasons. Enrolments must be received a minimum of 1 week prior to the commencement of the course.

^Length of the course will increase if interrupted by Public Holidays and School Holidays scheduled by Pragmatic Training.

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Why Study @NAoEC

To explore the diverse range of career opportunities in the growing early childhood education and care sector, you need practical education, with the positive study outcomes that are made easier with supportive and experienced trainers.

At National Academy of Early Childhood, you experience:

  • Motivated trainers who are there for you
  • Fun, flexible learning
  • Job-ready, essential industry qualifications
  • Motivation and support in a modern classroom
  • Tuition fee assistance through potential Skills First funding
  • Practical industry placement

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