Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Campus: Wollongong
Duration: 12 Months (3 Sessions)
Course Code: CHC30113
CRICOS Code: 086156B
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The Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (formerly Certificate III in Children’s Services) is highly regarded for early childhood professionals or for those non-professionals that are looking for a rewarding career enhancing a young child’s early years. The qualification is a nationally recognised qualification, so you can use it anywhere in Australia.

You will learn skills such as supporting the implementation and management of programs in early childhood services, in accordance with licensing, accreditation and duty of care requirements.

Career opportunities may include working as an early childhood educator within early childhood services, such as long daycare, family daycare, preschool and out of school hours care programs.

Successful completion of the Certificate will also allow entry into the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care qualification at UOW College.

Career prospects

Job roles and titles vary across different industry sectors. Possible job titles relevant to this qualification include:

  • Early childhood educator
  • After-school care educator
  • Group/team coordinator (children's services)
  • Family day care service educator

Entry Requirements

Domestic Entry Requirements
  • Aged 16 and over, AND
  • Complete a UOW College basic literacy and numeracy test with results of level 2 or higher.
International Entry Requirements
  • No Academic entry requirements
  • IELTS 5.5 Academic (minimum of 5.5 in all bands) or equivalent. 

Students may be considered as meeting the English language requirements if successfully completing two years of secondary or tertiary study at an approved institution where the language of instruction was English; and was located in a country where the official language is English.

If the above entry requirements are not met, students will be assessed on a case by case basis.

Course Delivery

Students are required to attend classes at the University of Wollongong, Main Campus three days per week. The course is delivered full-time for 12 months (3 sessions) and incorporates a variety of delivery methods:

  • Face-to-face lectures and workshops
  • Practical skills development in the UOW Early Start Discovery Space
  • Hands on experience during work placement.

UOW College Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care students will have unique access to the UOW Early Start Discovery Space where they will engage with children and their carers in a range of play based experiences to embed the theoretical learning component of their course.  

Students are also required to complete a minimum 120 hours of mandatory work placement as part of this course. UOW College will arrange student work placements at various early childhood services, such as the Big Fat Smile Group, within the Illawarra and Southern Sydney regions. Work placement will provide students with practical, real-life training to enable seamless entry into professional employment.

Students will be required to attend a minimum of 20 hours of face-to-face study per week.

For VET courses with work placement components:
Please Note: Course fees do not include additional uniform requirements for work placement (eg, shoes) and any other associated costs (eg, travel or parking costs). Additional costs may also be incurred to attend excursions.

Units of Study

Students are required to complete eighteen (18) units of competency including 120 hours worth of work placement.

Code Subject Name
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
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
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 work health and safety
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
CHCECE006 Support behaviour of children and young people
CHCECE017 Foster the holistic development and wellbeing of the child in early childhood

*Electives subject to change at UOW College discretion in accordance with training package rules and industry requirements.

Payment Options

  1. NSW Government Smart and Skilled funding available
  2. Upfront payment by session
  3. Pay by instalment plan

Included Course Materials

  • Learning resources/texts
  • Student workbook including assessment guide
  • Class power point presentations, notes and handouts
  • UOW College uniform shirt and name badge


The Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care can be used as a pathway to Certificate IV-level programs (excluding Certificate IV in Fitness) at UOW College. Students can also apply for the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care on successful completion.

Last reviewed: 9 February, 2018