CHC30121 – Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

The Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care will provide you with the knowledge and skills to work in a range of child care settings with children ranging from new-borns to school age.

The course is focused on ensuring that educators in Children’s Services relate to children in a positive and professional way. Certificate III gives you the initial qualification you now need to work in the Child Care industry.

Many of the core units, can go towards the Diploma if you plan to do further studies after your Certificate III.

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As part of your course you will need to complete 160 hours of vocational placement. This gives you the opportunity to put the theory into practice, and experience what a career in Child Care actually looks like.

Once you have received your Blue Card you can being your Vocational Placement while you are undertaking your theory components.

– QLD Blue Card
To work with Children in QLD you MUST have a Blue Card (Working with Children Check).  If you do not already have one Horizon2 can assist you with the application process.

Course Content

The course units are selected with input from employers to ensure you cover the material which is most relevant for employment. The Certificate III course includes 17 units of which 15 are core units. The 2 elective units are selected from the list below, depending on which units best fit your client base and organisation.

CHCECE030 – Support inclusion and diversity C
CHCECE031 – Support children’s health, safety and wellbeing C
CHCECE032 – Nurture babies and toddlers C
CHCECE033 – Develop positive and respectful relationships with children C
CHCECE034 – Use an approved learning framework to guide practice C
CHCECE035 – Support the holistic learning and development of children C
CHCECE036 – Provide experiences to support children’s play and learning C
CHCECE037 – Support children to connect with the natural environment C
CHCECE038 – Observe children to inform practice C
CHCECE054 – Encourage understanding of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples’ cultures C
CHCECE055 – Meet legal and ethical obligations in children’s education and care C
CHCCEC056 – Work effectively in children’s education and care C
CHCPRT001 – Identify and respond to children and young people at risk C
HLTAID012 – Provide First Aid in an education and care setting C
HLTWHS001 – Participate in workplace health and safety C
Choice of 2 electives  
CHCDIV001 – Work with diverse people E
CHCPRP003 – Reflect on and improve own professional practice E
HLTFSE001 – Follow basic food safety practices E
CHCSAC010 – Foster holistic learning and development and wellbeing for school age children E

Course Structure and Fees

Qualifications can be completed via a combination of self-paced, study group or classroom. The duration will vary dependent on the delivery style and training plan negotiated for each student.

Where relevant assessment of competency may involve recognition of prior learning or credit transfer if prior skills or certification is held.

Fees for the program vary dependent on whether the individual holds a concession card, whether there are credit transfers available. Please contact our office to discuss your situation

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Student Testimonials

My trainer was fantastic, easily understandable and explains each topic in detail.


The length of the course allowed me to gain employment within the industry sooner.


The pace and reliability of the timetable worked perfectly with my timetable and my trainer delivered the content well and shared her wealth of knowledge and experience.