CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Qualification:  CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
Duration:  18 months

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CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Duration:  18 months

Enrol now

Start a rewarding career working with young children to create brighter futures with a nationally recognised Certificate III.

Study online to gain a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC30121) with Swinburne Open Education. Learn essential skills in areas such as how to communicate with children, support play, learning and basic development needs, provide food and basic health services including first aid and work health and safety processes.

Graduate ready to work in long day care centres, family day cares, pre-schools and kindergartens. Students can also go on to study a higher level course or certificate while employed within the field.

Maintain work / life balance with flexible online study, allowing you to continue in a current role. Enrol to study Early Childhood Education and Care online. Work towards your Certificate III with Swinburne Open Education.

You will learn:

  • Gain the essential skills and knowledge to work in the early childhood sector

  • Build your technical and soft skills, including how to communicate with children, support play, learning and basic development needs

  • Learn basic health services including first aid and work health and safety processes

  • The Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care is the minimum requirement to work in the early childhood sector.

Career options include:

  • Early childhood educator

  • Family daycare educator

  • Out of school hours care educator.

Start your career in the childcare sector


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67.1% Career Improvement

Percentage of course graduates that started or expanded a business, landed on a new job, or skilled up for a promotion or pay raise.

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79.5% Community and Personal Service Workers

Percentage of course graduates working as community and personal services workers.

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99.9% Graduate Satisfaction Rate

Percentage of graduates in the Education field who were satisfied with the training (Certificate III) .

Source: Statistics (accessed on 14 September 2022) are for course graduates in the Education field (Certificate III). See more details at

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To obtain this qualification, students must complete an introductory module as well as 17 Units of Competency (15 core and 2 electives). These Units of Competencies are linked to 13 modules.

CHCECE030 Support inclusion and diversity


CHCECE031 Support children's health, safety and wellbeing


CHCECE032 Nurture babies and toddlers


CHCECE033 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children


CHCECE034 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice


CHCECE035 Support the holistic learning and development of children


CHCECE036 Provide experiences to support children's play and learning


CHCECE037 Support children to connect with the natural environment


CHCECE038 Observe children to inform practice


CHCECE054 Encourage understanding of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples' cultures


CHCECE055 Meet legal and ethical obligations in children's education and care


CHCECE056 Work effectively in children's education and care


CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk


HLTAID012 Provide First Aid in an education and care setting


HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety


BSBSUS411 Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices


HLTFSE001 Follow basic food safety practices


* Students will be required to complete HLTAID012 externally and submit the awarded transcript to obtain credit transfer (CT) for the successful completion of this unit. Note, while the First Aid certificate is valid for 3 years from completion, the CPR component of the training expires after one year from completion. It is the students’ responsibility to maintain the currency of their First Aid Certificate.

Frequently asked questions

We understand you need to fit study around your busy life. Our online learning platform is designed with this in mind, so you can study on any device, anywhere, anytime.

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Q.   How can I access trainer support?

You can access our dedicated trainer support using your choice of communication – online chat, email, phone call, or video chat.

Q. Do you help me find a job once I graduate?

At Swinburne Open Education, it’s not only about qualifications. We know you want to get a good job when you finish your studies, and our Careers Team will help you with valuable job-hunting skills such as CV writing and interview techniques. We are here to support you every step on the way. Our job finishes when yours starts.

Q. Can I pause my study if something in my life changes?

Self-paced learning gives you the flexibility to fit study around your life. We understand life doesn’t always go to plan. You can apply for extensions for up to 6 months (3 months per extension) if needed. See more details in our full FAQs.

Q. What if the course end up not being right for me?

If you are less than half way through your enrolment period and it’s not working out, you can opt-out of the second half and reduce your course fee liability to 50% of the total course fee. Refer to the Student Agreement for full terms and conditions.

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