CHC30113 - Certificate III Early Childhood Education and Care

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This qualification has been designed to meet the employment requirements of Ignite Minds which is a Family Day Care service.


Graduates will also be eligible to work in any Family Day Care or Long Day Care service anywhere in Australia.


Students are encouraged to work and study at the same time, work 3 days and study 2 days per week and can charge up to $120 per child per day to look after children in their own homes in the Inner suburbs of Melbourne.


Whilst Family Day Care Educators can look after up to 7 children at any one time within their own homes, Ignite Minds educators look after on average 4 children and earn around $480 per day. Please follow link to if you would like to research this opportunity further.



In line with Ignite Minds education philosophy, this course has been structured around a play based curriculum that promotes practical hands on approach to recognising that children learn through play.


Nestled within the Abbotsford Convent education precinct, we utilise a Rudolph Steiner philosophy and a play based curriculum to facilitate learning and purposeful enriching play, enabling children to achieve their developmental outcomes. This qualification is the entry level qualification to any accredited childcare service including Family Day Care, Centre Based care, and occasional care program.


Occupational titles may include:

  • Child care worker/ assistant

  • Playgroup supervisor

  • Family day care worker

  • Outside school hours care assistant

  • Recreation assistant

  • Nanny

Course Outline

This course is delivered over 6 defined clusters of units over 6 months.  With a rolling enrollment, students can commence at the first class of the month of enrollment and will continue for 6 months until completion of all 6 modules.


Each month students are required to attend 2 classes and allocate up to 20 hours for homework activities.


Students are expected to enroll in volunteer work placement for 5 hours per week for at least 120 hours over the 6 month course duration.  During placement you will engage with 3 focus children and assessment activities will center around the developmental needs and interests of these children.  Your assessor will visit you once per month during placement to conduct an observation assessment.


Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course Consultants will gain:  

  • CHC30113 Certificate III Early Childhood Education and Care


Students may be eligible for credit transfer for entry into related courses.  All participants will be advised to discuss this option with future training providers if they undertake training in a ‘like’ area.  Students will be encouraged to participate in CHC50113 Diploma of Early childhood education and care.



There are no prerequisites qualifications for entry into this course.


Entry Requirements.

Students will need to successfully pass the following selection criteria to study this course

  • Victorian Working with Children's Check

  • National Police Check
  • Pass a Language and Literacy test of ACSF Level 3 (equivalent to Year 10 English)

  • Attend pre enrollment interview and demonstrate a genuine desire to work in the industry.

Who should attend:

Anyone who is passionate about working with children and is seeking the additional know how to set themselves up in Family Day Care. Our graduates are being paid $120 per child per day (up to 7 children) working for Ignite Minds family day care. We have high expectations of all our students and can reward you for demonstrating excellence in your studies.


Support Services:

Organisational Learning Australia promotes and models inclusive social practice.  We understand that the world is not equally accessible and we will do everything we can to overcome barriers to accessing our learning program.  Please discuss your particular needs with your Trainer either on the phone or in person when you meet.  Alternatively, please email and our privacy officer will make a time to discuss options with you.  We trust we can work together to provide a supportive and proactive learning environment.  More details can be found in our Student Welfare Policy at Student Information page

People with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

We aspire to a world where people are valued and promoted on their ability and have the necessary tools and aids to leave the term ‘disability’ redundant. Click here to view our Access & Equity Policy.

Location: Can be delivered on your work premises in Victoria.


This course comprises 15 core subjects and 3 electives. Students that have completed other similar qualifications may apply for 'credit transfer' which may reduce the total number of units to be completed. Credit Transfer is direct recognition of units of competence completed at other institutions. You can discuss eligibility upon enrollment.


Units Delivered

Days of Delivery

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

Wednesday 11th January, and

Wednesday 1st Feb


Wednesday 19th July and

Wednesday 2nd August

CHCECE003 - Provide care for children

CHCECE005 - Provide care for babies and toddlers

CHCECE004 - Promote and provide healthy food and drinks

Wednesday 8th February, and

Wednesday 22nd February


Wednesday August 16th, and

Wednesday August 30th

CHCECE012 - Support children to connect with their world

CHCECE007 - Develop positive and respectful relationships with children

CHCECE009 - Use an approved learning framework to guide practice

HLTWHS001 - Participate in work health and safet

Wednesday 8th March, and

Wednesday 22nd March


Wednesday 6th September, and

Wednesday 20th September

CHCECE002 - Ensure the health and safety of children

CHCLEG001 - Work legally and ethically

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

Wednesday 19th April and,

Wednesday 3rd May,


Wednesday 11th October, and

Wednesday 25th October

CHCSAC004 Support the Holistic Development of Children in School Aged Care


Wednesday 17th May, and

Wednesday 31th May


Wednesday 8th November, and

Wednesday 22nd November

CHCDIV001 - Work with diverse people
CHCDIV002 - Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
CHCECE001 - Develop cultural competence

Wednesday 14th June, and

Wednesday 21st June,


Wednesday 6th December, and

Wednesday 20th December

Students will need to complete 'HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting' which is a 2 day course run every month. This unit is included as pert of this course.

Elective units have been chosen from extensive industry consultation and to meet the requirements for the Certificate III Children’s Services.

Pricing Information: 

This course has 878 nominal hours.

Full Fee Paying coursework and RPL

$ 6.10 per nominal hour = $5355.80

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.  Payment plans available.