CHC30121 – Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care – for Domestic Students

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CHC30121 - Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care


Early childhood educators work in long daycare centres, family daycare, pre-schools or kindergartens.

To achieve this qualification, the individual must have completed a total of at least 160 hours of work in a regulated children’s education and care service in Australia as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of units of competency. The total number of hours may be applied collectively across all units of competency that include the requirement for workplace hours.

No occupational licensing, certification or specific legislative requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.      

Online training is available for this course.
Qualification Mapping Information

CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care supersedes and is not equivalent to CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.


Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care is suitable for anyone who wants to work in a regulated children’s education and care services.


You will gain the skills to assist in planning learning program to enhance children’s’ learning and develop their holistic development.

Entry Requirements



This qualification is delivered over a period of 20hrs weekly. Participants enrolled in this course will have up to 13 months or 56 weeks including holidays to complete the course requirements.

Delivery Format

This course will be delivered using a blended delivery model with a combination of online learning and practical practice that can be undertaken at your current place of work. Educators will be available to provide necessary support on request.

Training Delivery / Instructional

Methods of delivery are designed to develop the theoretical and practical knowledge as outlined in the individual units of competency. To ensure effectiveness, training programs combine a mixture of classroom presentation and student participation.

These will include class group discussions, student participation in skills and practice training, scenarios and projects, use of student learner guides, audio visual aids and technology as learning tools to further build student performance knowledge.

A variety of presentation types including eLearning resources are available for classroom-style delivery. Such methods are well suited to present fundamental and theoretical knowledge.

To ensure the effectiveness of the training sessions and to encourage student participation class sizes will be up to 5 to 25 students. These restrictions will maximise trainer/student interaction on training materials. Trainee feedback and student evaluations will be considered in modifying and improving training.

This Training and Assessment Strategy ensures that students have adequate time to learn the topics, and opportunities for reinforcement, and complete/submit set tasks required for assessment purposes.

Delivery Location

Online lectures and Skills Training and Practice at 189 Plenty Road, Preston, VIC 3072.

Student Support

An orientation session will be provided to students prior to commencing their study. ALACC offers student support services as per ALACC student support policy and helps with both academic and non-academic matters as applicable.

Work Placements

Work placements are organised by the College, however, if the individual is current place of work accepts the student or the student find a work placement close to their place of residences. However, the College will assess the appropriateness of the work placement

Work placement Agreements with individual Providers is compulsory before the work placement is accepted by ALACC and that the student has provided all the relevant documentation required.

Employment Job Opportunities

Successful completion of this qualification will enable students to gain employment in any of the following field in any children services sectors

Few examples of occupational titles may include:

  • Early Childhood Educator
  • Family Day Care Educator
  • Out of School Hours Care (OOSH) Assistant
  • Kinder garden Assistant
  • Pre-School Educator
  • Recreation Assistant
  • Nanny
  • In-Home Care Educator
  • Playgroup Supervisor
Career Pathway

Successful completion of this qualification will enable you to progress to other courses conducted by ALACC as below

You may be interested to combine other qualifications:
We offer the opportunity to combine the Qualification with another Qualification. By taking advance of common and imported units, you can complete 2 qualifications for less.

  • Certificate III in Aged Care
  • Certificate IV in Aged Care
  • Certificate IV in Disability
  • Diploma of Mental Health
  • Diploma of Community Services
  • Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management
  • Diploma of Quality Auditing
  • Diploma Leadership and Management
  • Advanced Diploma of Leadership Management
Qualification Description

This Diploma qualification is designed to equip participants with the required knowledge and skills to conduct safety practices within their organisation.

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Assessments will be conducted to determine the achievement of competency-based learning outcomes. Assessments may include written assignments, projects, written reports, online workshop attendance and simulated workplace assessments.

All assessments will be undertaken in accordance with the ALACC Assessment policy. Students will be advised of the assessment requirements at the beginning of each unit. Individual Unit outlines also contain assessment information. As this is a competency-based qualification, assessment continues throughout until the participant either achieves competency in the assessment tasks or a further training need is identified and addressed.

Refer to the Evidence Gathering Techniques below for required assessment methods.

Note: Details on planning and conducting the assessment along with Assessor and Student Instructions are outlined in the individual Unit Assessment Resource/ Student Learning and Assessment Record Book.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

ALACC has a simple & methodical RPL process which is outlined in detail in the RPL policy, Student Prospectus and on the ALACC website, are encouraged to apply if you believe that they may be eligible.


Students may be able to shorten the length of their studies through the recognition of experience and qualifications gained elsewhere.  Applications can be made for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). These will be assessed according to the College’s policy to determine if and how much-advanced standing will be granted.

Credit Transfer

ALACC recognises AQF qualifications and Statements of Attainment issued by any other Registered Training Organisation in Australia. Students may request total credit for a whole unit or qualification based on study in an identical unit or qualification at another institution. Suitable documentation such as a Statement of Attainment/ Transcript of results must be provided when applying for Credit Transfer.  Applications can be made for Credit Transfer (CT) via online form from ALACC website or Student Portal.

Other Relevant Information

Other relevant information available for students enrolling in the course.

  • Information on ALACC Website:
    • Student Prospectus on ALACC website
    • Policies and Procedures on ALACC website
    • Forms on Student website
    • Library services
    • Student Counselling
  • Information on Student Learning Management – Moodle once fees are paid
    • Orientation will be provided when student comments
    • Course Handbook (course outlines, details about each unit and assessments)
    • Learning resources and assessments
    • Access to Moodle
    • Timetable, Training Plan and other notices for students
  • Work placements
    • The College arranges for placements, however if a student finds placements close to their residence or currently work in the same field then a Workplace Agreement will be provided to the Provider of the Workplace/Organisation.
    • Application for Placements will need to be made.
    • Relevant documentation to be provided (Work with Children Check, Immunisation, evidence COVID Booster, Placement Book 2, good class attendance and assessments to completed for units undertaken).
Course Units

Please ask us about credit transfers.

Core Units

Support inclusion and diversity
Support children’s health, safety and wellbeing
Nurture babies and toddlers
Develop positive and respectful relationships with children
Use an approved learning framework to guide practices
Support the holistic learning and development of children
Provide experiences to support children’s play and learning
Support children to connect with the natural environment
Observe children to inform practices
Encourage understanding of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples’ cultures
Meet legal and ethical obligation in children’s education and care
Work effectively in children’s education and care
Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
Provide First Aid in an education and care setting
Participate in workplace health and safety

Elective Units 5

Work with diverse people
Comply with family day care administration

Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care requires successful completion of 17 units comprised of five (15) core units and five (2) Elective Units selected from the A and B listing in the packaging specification as specified in the Community Services Training Package.

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Full Fee
AUD 3,000.00
Fees: AUD 2,160.00
Registration Fee: AUD 500.00
Uniform: AUD 40.00
Materials: AUD 300.00

*Indicative fees - subject to change with the CPI rise

Government Funding Subsidised Fee (Concession)
AUD 232.00
Fees: AUD 42.00
Registration Fee: AUD 50.00
Uniform: AUD 40.00
Materials: AUD 100.00

*Indicative fees - subject to change with the CPI rise

Government Funding Subsidised Fee (Non-Concession)
AUD 400.00
Fees: AUD 210.00
Registration Fee: AUD 50.00
Uniform: AUD 40.00
Materials: AUD 100.00

*Indicative fees - subject to change with the CPI rise

Government Funding Eligibility

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*Eligible students must: –

  • Present a Green Medicare card
  • Be a Permanent resident in Australia
  • Not have a qualification higher or equal to qualification being applied

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