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CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

National ID: CHC30121 State ID: BGY3
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Make a difference in the lives of our children. 

The early childhood education and care sector is experiencing increased demand, driven by population growth and an emphasis on the importance of early childhood development. 

This course is the nationally regulated entry-level qualification for educators who wish to support the development and wellbeing of children from birth to school age in an early childhood education and care setting. You will learn how to implement the National Quality Framework, National Regulations and National Quality Standards. 

Throughout this course, you will learn about best practices for facilitating children’s play, creating healthy and safe environments and cultural competence. You will learn how to facilitate development in the context of an approved learning framework, following established policies and procedures.

Throughout this course, you will gain skills in: 

  • Supporting the development and wellbeing of children from birth to school age 
  • Implementing the National Quality Framework, National Regulations and National Quality Standards 
  • Facilitating children’s play, cultural competence, and creating healthy and safe environments
  • Working within the context of established policies and procedures 
  • Working independently or under the guidance of others
  • You seek a career in the early childhood education and care profession 
  • You currently work in the early childhood education and care sector and seek to formalise your skills 
  • You are a school student enrolled in an approved VETDSS program 
  • You have a keen interest in supporting the development and wellbeing of children aged 0 – 5 years
Free in 2023

This course will be FREE from 1 January 2023. The course fees are 100 per cent subsidised by the WA State Government.

Some eligibility conditions apply for the free training, and other fees may apply for some courses. Please see the FAQs on our Skills Ready page for further information.

As there is a compulsory work placement component in this qualification, all students over 18 years of age must hold a Working with Children Check and a Police History Check from the Department of Education WA.

You must complete 160 hours of work placement in a regulated children’s education and care service as part of this course. If you are not currently employed in an early childhood education and care setting, your lecturer will assist you in finding a suitable placement for this period. During your work placement, you will observe, develop and put your theoretical skills into practice while shadowing a workplace supervisor.

This qualification prepares you for roles such as: 

  • Early childhood educator 
  • Outside school hours care assistant 
  • Family day care worker 
  • Nanny 
  • Teacher’s aide 

Job titles and qualification requirements may vary between organisations. 

For more information about job and career pathways, visit JobOutlook(opens in a new tab) or Jobs and Skills WA(opens in a new tab) .  

Delivery locations and study options

Available all year

Qualification details

Details
Duration 1 Year
When Available all year
Where Broome Campus
Karratha Campus
How Off campus
On campus
Still in school
Traineeship
Course fee
Tuition fee* Resource fee Total fee
General $1,720.44 $28.05 $1,748.49
Concession $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

Our estimated fees are based on:

  • Full time study in 2022
  • A selection of elective units designed to meet local industry demand for skills (different unit selections will attract different fees)
  • The government rate for Australian Citizens over the age of 18, permanent visa holders, visa sub-class 309, 444, 820 or a 457 dependent visa

These fees are estimates only and depend on your eligibility for government funding, concession rates, the units you choose to study or seek to be recognised under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Additional resource, material and/or equipment costs may apply. Visit our Fees and Charges page for more information, including on consumer rights.

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