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Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Course Code: CHC30121 | CRICOS: 114912A

Course Duration: 12 Months

Course Summary

Embark on a rewarding journey in the nurturing field of early childhood education with our Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care course. At South Sydney College, we provide comprehensive training tailored to prepare you for a fulfilling career in childcare and education.

This course provides the foundational knowledge and practical skills to become a qualified childcare educator. You’ll learn to provide safe, nurturing, and stimulating environments for infants, toddlers, and young children.

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What You Will Learn
  • Child development: Understand the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development of children from birth to school age.
  • Effective care: Develop skills in providing sensitive care for children’s hygiene, nutrition, and well-being.
  • Play-based learning: Design and implement engaging learning activities that foster creativity, exploration, and development through play.
  • Communication and relationships: Build strong relationships with children, families, and colleagues through effective communication practices.
  • Safety and first aid: Ensure a safe environment by learning emergency procedures, first aid, and risk management strategies.
  • Following regulations: Understand the legal and ethical frameworks that govern early childhood education and care.


This course is ideal for:

• Individuals passionate about working with young children.
• Those seeking a rewarding career in early childhood education.
• People looking to make a positive impact on children’s lives.

Course Structure- CRICOS |114912A (Core)
CHCECE030 Support inclusion and diversity (Core)
CHCECE031 Support children’s health, safety and wellbeing (Core)
CHCECE032 Nurture babies and toddlers (Core)
CHCECE033 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children (Core)
CHCECE034 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice (Core)
CHCECE035 Support the holistic learning and development of children (Core)
CHCECE036 Provide experiences to support children’s play and learning (Core)
CHCECE037 Support children to connect with the natural environment (Core)
CHCECE038 Observe children to inform practice (Core)
CHCECE054 Encourage understanding of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples’ cultures (Core)

CHCECE055 Meet legal and ethical obligations in children’s education and care (Core)
CHCECE056 Work effectively in children’s education and care (Core)
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk (Core)
HLTAID012 Provide First Aid in an education and care setting (Core)
HLTWHS001 Participate in work health and safety (Core)
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people (Elective)
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice (Elective)

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements:

  • Must be at least 16 years old
  • Must hold a current Approved visa for study in Australia (at the time of course commencement)
  • Must demonstrate satisfactory completion of studies in applicant’s home country equivalent to an Australian Year 12 qualification*
  • Are required to provide evidence of any one of the following tests of upper intermediate proficiency in English: (see exemptions below)
English Language Tests
ItemTest NameAlso known asMinimum Test Score
1International English Language Testing systemIELTS Test

• Overall band score 6.0; or;

• Overall band score 5.5 if packaged with at least 12 weeks ELICOS; or

• Overall band score of 5.0 if packaged with at least 24 weeks ELICOS.

2Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) testCertificate in Advanced English

• 169; or

• 162, if packaged with at least 12 weeks ELICOS; or

• 154, if packaged with at least 24 weeks ELICOS.

3Pearson Test of English AcademicPTE

• 50; or

• 42, if packaged with at least 12 weeks ELICOS; or

• 36, if packaged with at least 24 weeks ELICOS.

4Occupational English TestOET• A score of at least B for each test component of the OET.

*On 26 July 2023 the TOEFL internet-based test (TOEFL iBT) stopped offering English language tests for Australian visa purposes. A score for a TOEFL iBT test taken on or after 26 July 2023 will no longer satisfy the English langauge requirement for Approved visa for study in Australia purposes. Only TOEFL iBT scores from a test taken on or before 25 July 2023 are accepted for Approved visa for study in Australia purposes.

* Under 18 students must have welfare and accommodation arrangements approved by the Department of Home Affairs.


You do not need to provide evidence of an English test score with your visa application if one of the following applies:

  •  You are a citizen and hold a passport from the UK, USA, Canada, NZ, or Republic of Ireland
  • You are an applicant who is a Foreign Affairs or, Defence sponsored student or a Secondary Exchange student (AASES)
  • You are enrolled in a principal course of study that is a registered school course, a standalone English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS), a course registered to be delivered in a language other than English, or a registered post-graduate research course
  •  You have completed at least 5 years’ study in English in one or more of the following countries: Australia, UK, USA, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, or the Republic of Ireland
  • In the 2 years before applying for the approved visa for study in Australia, you completed, in Australia and in the English language, either the Senior Secondary Certificate of Education or a substantial component of a course leading to a qualification from the Australian Qualifications Framework at the Certificate IV or higher level, while you held a approved visa for study in Australia.

Note: You may be required to provide evidence of an English test score with your visa application if you hold a British National Overseas (BNO) passport.


Study Pathway

Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC30121) can also serve as a stepping stone to further qualifications in early childhood education, such as:

1. Certificate IV in Childcare
2. Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
3. Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)

Career Pathway

Full-time share


Employment size

165000 workers

Average age

33 years

Weekly pay

$ 1059

Gender share

95% female

Future growth


Jobs Roles

Jobs Roles Available Avg. Salary Offered Annual Salary Range Offered Weekly Salary Source of occupation and Salary Range
Childcare Worker
$ 55068
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Early Childhood Educator / Qualified Teacher
$ 55068
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Family Day Care Educator
$ 55068
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Out-of-School Hours Care (OSHC) Assistant
$ 55068
Kindergarten Teacher
$ 86632
Job Role Descriptions

Upon completing our certificate program, you’ll be equipped with the skills and knowledge needed for a variety of roles, including:

Childcare Worker:
Average Salary: AUD 55,068 per year
As a childcare worker, you’ll play a vital role in providing care and support to young children in daycare centers, preschools, or kindergartens. Your responsibilities may include facilitating activities, ensuring safety, and fostering developmental growth.
Early Childhood Educator / Qualified Teacher:
Average Salary: AUD 55,068 per year
As an early childhood educator or qualified teacher, you’ll engage with young children in educational settings, promoting learning through play-based approaches and curriculum implementation. Your role involves nurturing the social, emotional, and cognitive development of children.
Family Day Care Educator:
Average Salary: AUD 55,068 per year
Operating within a home-based environment, family day care educators provide a nurturing and educational setting for children. You’ll create a safe and stimulating environment, offering learning opportunities tailored to each child’s needs.
Out-of-School Hours Care (OSHC) Assistant:
Average Salary: AUD 55,068 per year
In this role, you’ll support children outside of regular school hours, offering a range of activities and supervision in before and after-school care programs. Your responsibilities may include assisting with homework, organizing recreational activities, and ensuring a safe environment.
Kindergarten Teacher:
Average Salary: AUD 86,632 per year
As a kindergarten teacher, you’ll lead educational programs for children in the crucial early years of their development. You’ll create engaging lesson plans, assess learning progress, and collaborate with families to support children’s holistic growth and school readiness.
With our certificate and diploma programs, along with the diverse career pathways they offer, you’ll be well-prepared to make a meaningful impact in the lives of young children and families. Join us at South Sydney College and take the first step towards a rewarding career in early childhood education. Enroll today and unlock your potential!

Course Fee

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Special pricing is available for applicants currently applying within Australia.

Please contact our Education Advisors for details on specials that may be available for your country and course.

Latest fees and schedules are in the course infopack.

Intake Dates

To Be Announced

Campus Location

Surry Hills City Campus

Unit: 403, Level: 4
410 Elizabeth St,
Surry Hills, NSW 2010,
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+61 2 8599 8866

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