Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care


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12 Months Self Paced


Workplace Traineeships, Online Learning, Classroom Courses

About this Course

METS trainers will inspire you as you begin your career in the world of Early Childhood Education and Care. Explore one of the most fulfilling career paths for those with a love of children, early education and a passion for childhood development. 


This nationally-recognised course includes 15 core units and 2 electives. You will gain an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of a Certificate III level educator which may include, but are not limited to:


  • Providing Education and Care to Children
  • Supporting children’s learning and development, including contributing to the educational program and practice
  • Assisting the delivery of an approved learning framework
  • Developing positive relationships with children and families
  • Supporting the daily routines of children
  • Contributing to the delivery of National Quality Standards requirements
  • Ensuring compliance with service policies and national and/or state-based legislation.


Enjoy potential options of flexible hours within your childcare career, where you will foster the holistic development of children aged 0-5.

To achieve this qualification, the individual must have completed a total of least 160 hours of work in a regulated children’s education and care service in Australia as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of units of competency. The total number of hours may be applied collectively across all units of competency that include the requirement for workplace hours

Career Prospects
  • Early Childhood Educator
  • Outside School Hours Care Educator
  • Family Day Care Educator
  • Childcare Support Worker
  • Pre School Assistant
  • Qualified Nanny
  • 18 months (full-time)
  • Fee-for-service: 12 months
Entry Requirements

There are no stated entry requirements. We require students have computer literacy and literacy skills.

Funding and Payment Options

There are a wide variety of funding options available. From government funding through to fee-for-service. To find out what you are eligible for, click here

Elective Units

CHCDIV001          Work with diverse people

CHCPRP003          Reflect on and improve own professional practice

Core Units

CHCECE030 – Support inclusion and diversity 

CHCECE031 – Support children’s health, safety and wellbeing 

CHCECE032 – Nurture babies and toddlers 

CHCECE033 – Develop positive and respectful relationships with children 

CHCECE034 – Use an approved learning framework to guide practice 

CHCECE035 – Support the holistic learning and development of children 

CHCECE036 – Provide experiences to support children’s play and learning 

CHCECE037 – Support children to connect with the natural environment 

CHCECE038 – Observe children to inform practice 

CHCECE054 – Encourage understanding of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples’ cultures 

CHCECE055 – Meet legal and ethical obligations in children’s education and care 

CHCECE056 – Work effectively in children’s education and care 

CHCPRT001 – Identify and respond to children and young people at risk 

HLTWHS001 – Participate in workplace health and safety 

HLTAID012 – Provide First Aid in an education and care setting 

Education Pathways

Education pathways after completing  CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care may include: 

• CHC40313 Certificate IV in Child, Youth and Family Intervention 

• CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care 

• CHC50313 Diploma of Child, Youth and Family Intervention

Am I eligible for a traineeship?

To be eligible to commence a traineeship, a participant must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident working full or part time within a service (minimum 15 hours). The participant must have the support of their employer, an accredited RTO (such as METS) and an Australian Apprenticeship Centre.

How do I find a traineeship?

Finding a traineeship is similar to finding any job. You’ll need to network with employers and job recruitment agencies and market yourself within your chosen sector.

I am not eligible for a traineeship. Can I still complete the qualification?

If a participant is ineligible for a traineeship due to their employment status (casual, part-time working under 15 hours etc.), they can still complete the course as a Fee for Service Student.

If a participant is ineligible for a traineeship due to their residency status, they can in some cases still complete the qualification Self-Funded, however visa restrictions do apply. It is best to speak to your immigration officer and/or us regarding your eligibility.

What kind of assessments will I be completing?

Depending on the unit of study, you will complete both theory and practical based assessments to achieve competency in your qualification. Assessments may include short answer, project work, case students and reflection logs.

Can I extend by traineeship if I am not able to complete it by the end date?

Yes. Under certain circumstances your traineeship can be extended, however this process can take some time and applying for an extension should be considered as a last resort. You should speak to us and/or your Australian Apprenticeship Centre if you are considering applying for an extension.

Have more questions? Visit our student frequently asked questions page or contact us!

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