Program Overview

Take steps to enable you to work in one of the fastest growing sectors in Australia. After completion of your qualification with Horizon institute of early childhood you will be able to work with children in a range of settings, supporting their wellbeing, learning and development. This nationally recognised Certificate enables you to commence your career in the Children’s Services Sector in the role of:

  • Early Childhood Educator
  • Family Day Care Educator
  • School Age Care Educator
  • Nanny
  • Playgroup Supervisor
  • Recreation Assistant

Horizon institute of early childhood has designed the course delivery with current industry practitioners and leading experts from both the Early Childhood Education  and Vocational Education and Training professions. This means that you have the opportunity to work with people knowledgeable in the sector and up to date learning resources designed to support your success in the course and in the future.

Skills Recognition

Skills recognition could benefit you by recognising skills and knowledge gained from previous studies, informal training or experience gained at work and in everyday life. This may include:

  • External Credit. If you have received a pass/competent result in the same unit from another training organisation and it is part of the program you are enrolling in, you will get competency credits at no charge.
  • RPL.  If you have acquired relevant skills and knowledge as a result of work experience, life experience or previous informal training education, you may be able to have these formally recognised. Please contact our student support team for more information.

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements, however we recognise that year 10 (or equivalent) schooling, employment experience or other qualifications will indicate your likely success in the program. Please note that students undertaking compulsory vocational placement in this course will be required to undergo the Working with Children check and apply for a Blue Card. For more information visit It is advisable that you visit the website before your program commences.

Program Duration and Delivery 

The program is designed as one year part time program, with commencements regularly in each year. Depending on your circumstances the program will be delivered flexibly, working with you in your workplace, and in workshop and tutoring sessions. All Children’s Services courses have vocational placement components of approx 120 hours which is compulsory to obtain the qualification.  If you do not currently work in an Early Learning Centre you will be assisted to source appropriate placement(s)

Program Fees

For the program fees please read our current price list

ECEC January 2021

All fees are required to be paid or an arrangement agreed at the time of enrolment.

Links to additional information

 Department of Development, Employment Small Business and Training

Certificate III Guarantee and Apprentice and Trainee information

Health and Community Services Workforce Council

Enrol in this Program

To find out more information or talk to us about your program please complete our enquiry form and we will call you, or, SMS or call us on 0413 155 164.

Program Outline

Students are required to complete 13 core competencies and  5 electives (which are marked **)

Legislation and Policy

CHCLEG001 – Work legally and ethically

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

CHCECE009 – Use an approved learning framework to guide practice

Children's Health and Wellbeing

CHCECE002 – Ensure children’s health and wellbeing

CHCECE004 – Promote and provide healthy foods and drinks

CHCECE017** – Foster the holistic development & wellbeing of the child in early childhood

Effective Safe Work Practices

HLTWHS001 – Participate in workplace health and safety

BSBWOR301** -Organise personal work priorities and developments

CHCPRT003** – Work collaboratively to maintain an environment safe for children and young people

Respectful Practice

CHCECE001 – Developing cultural competence

CHCDIV002 – Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety

CHCDIV001** – Work with diverse people


CHCECE007 – Develop positive and respective relationships with children

CHCECE006** – Support behaviour of children and young people


CHCECE013 – Use information about children to inform practice

CHCECE011 – Provide experiences to support children’s play and learning

Learning and Development

CHCECE005 – Provide care for babies and toddlers

CHCECE003 – Provide care for children

CHCECE010 – Support the holistic development of children in early childhood

First Aid Requirement

HLTAID004 – Provide an emergency 1st aid response in an education and care setting