(CHC30113) Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

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Course Overview

This qualification will teach you the knowledge and skills required to work in a team that provides care for children aged 0-5 years. Upon successful completion of this course, you will have the skill to develop learning programs and facilitate children’s play to help them achieve developmental outcomes.

You will be required to undertake a Childcare Safety Screening, including a police check.  An AU$140 textbook is also recommended, but not compulsory. 

AQF Code
Course Duration
44 weeks
Intake Dates
Study Mode
Full time, on-campus
Course Fee
$12,000 (price includes all materials)
Additional Fee
$19.00 (Working with Vulnerable People registration)
English Language Requirements
IELTS 5.5 (no band less than 5.0) or equivalent
Required Prior Study

Career Opportunities

Children’s Services qualifications at this level prepare you for work in a number of settings, including long day care centres, outside-school-hours care, vacation care programs, and family daycare.

Occupations can include:

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

Pathways to further study

Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care   

Course Structure

This course is delivered on campus. Study includes hands-on training in real child care situations and centres. The study program includes a variety of learning processes to encourage and improve learning.

Learning options may include:

  • Participating in a work placement in an Early Childhood Education and Care environment
  •  Participation in workshops and simulated children’s services settings at TasTAFE
  • Demonstrations 
  • Online learning – an online space that connects you to other students and provides you with information and tools to guide your learning.
  • Learning support – to provide you with individual support with your learning
  • Workshops – that provide you with background information, information from guest speakers and opportunities to engage in practical learning tasks


To achieve a Certificate III in Early Childhood Educattion and Care, 18 units must be successfully completed:

15 Core Units
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
CHCECE001 Develop cultural competence
CHCECE002 Ensure the health and safety of children
CHCECE003 Provide care for children
CHCECE004 Promote and provide healthy food and drinks
CHCECE005 Provide care for babies and toddlers
CHCECE007 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children
CHCECE009 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
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
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety
3 Elective Units

Electives may vary from region to region, contact GETI Tasmania for a full list of electives.


Assessment Process

Throughout all assessments, Work Health & Safety procedures must be followed. Options for assessment may include:

  • Short written assessments – question and answer style tests
  • Projects – group or individual, may be practical or research-based
  • Assignments – research topics and provide a written response
  • Practical – you will be observed doing tasks
  • Work samples – you will be asked to complete tasks on the job and collect examples of your work

If required, other assessment methods may be used for students (eg. verbal tests instead of short written tests)

Entry Requirements

  • 5.5 IELTS General Training (no band less than 5.0) or equivalent.

Recognition of Prior Learning

At TasTAFE we believe that the things you already know how to do should be formally recognised.

Regardless of how, when or where the learning occurred, you may be eligible to apply for recognition of your skills and experience.  When you apply to attend TasTAFE you can ask for recognition of:

  • schooling
  • formal/informal learning
  • life experience
  • employment/work experience.

You may also be able to apply for credit transfer for units/modules that you have completed previously at another training organisation. 

It is also possible to apply for credit for TasTAFE subjects if you decide to study at university.


Course information displayed on this website is subject to change.

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