A unique pathway to help you start your career in early childhood education & support children's growth & development


Mixed Delivery:
Online and In-Person

12 Months Completion

Multiple Funding Options

Course Description

Through the CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, you will be introduced to working in the field of early childhood and provide education and care to children in a range of services. This is the minimum qualification to gain employment within an ACEQA approved early childhood service. It is often the starting point to those wanting to begin their career in early childhood education.

You will be required to complete theory as well as work placement hours. Additionally, you will be required to complete first aid and child protection training as part of this qualification. 

You will begin to understand, plan and develop educational programs that support a child in their learning, development and that promote their well being.

Those looking to gain their Certificate 3 or Diploma of Early Childhood Education can study directly with us – Let us take care of your placement requirements by utilising one of our 3 partner Early Learning & Care Centres across Adelaide. 


Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Course Code


Nationally Recognised



Full Time: 52 Weeks

Part Time: 104 Weeks

Self Paced: Opportunity to fast track qualifications student driven

Delivery Modes

You can choose the delivery mode that best suits your circumstances from the following:

  1. Earn as you learn partner site Trainee placement
  2. Online
  3. Traineeship / Apprenticeship

Placement Hours of Work

To achieve this qualification, the individual must have completed a total of 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.

International Delivery

This course is not currently available to international students.

A sound ability to read, write and speak English.

A basic ability to apply numeracy.

Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
Support inclusion and diversity
Support children’s health, safety an
d wellbeing
Nurture babies and toddlers
Develop positive and respectful relationships with children
Use an approved framework to guide practice
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 practice
Encourage understanding of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people’s cultures
Meet legal and ethical obligations in children’s education & care
Work effectively in children’s education and care
Provide first aid in an education and care setting
Participate in workplace health and safety


Promote innovation in team environments
Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

  • Direct real time assessment in the workplace
  • Prepared individual work pieces ie. reports, projects, displays, role plays, presentations
  • Written questionnaires
  • Reports from workplace supervisors

ELC Training Australia’s preferred method of payment of student fees is by instalment in arrears. This is supported by the folllowing payment methods available to you:

  • Credit Card
  • Direct Debit
  • Payment Plans

Multiple funding options are available. Find out more about it on our Fees page

The Certificate III qualification provides for employment in the following roles:

  • Assistant Educator in Long Day Care, Childcare Centres
  • Assistant Educator in a Kindergarten or Preschool program
  • Assistant Educator in Occasional Care
  • Family Day Care Educator
  • In Home Care Provider
  • Playgroup Supervisor
  • Nanny
  • Other education based employers may accept this qualification, such as working as a tutor, education support staff or as a teacher aide.

On completion of this qualification, as a course prerequisite you can gain entry into the CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care to continue your education career.

Work with us while you study

We are in a unique position to be able to provide not only flexible study modes, but potential employment while you study through our partner ELC’s, taking the need for lengthy unpaid placements out of the equation. We offer on the job support and training by a qualified trainer and assessor to help you achieve your study needs, all while having the option to be paid. We offer subsidised wages to cover the cost of your study eliminating up front hefty fees. Those students who perform at an exceptional level may have the opportunity for long term employment prospects with leading centres within the industry. For more information about subsidies and Earn While You Learn option go to the Fees page. 

Why study early childhood education and care?

Quality trained and highly professional educators are in high demand throughout Australia. It is a rapidly growing industry with strong future career growth likely within the sector as demand increases. Currently, there is a shortage of passionate, highly trained educators to support the high demands for quality education and care within the early childhood sector. 

From the ages of 0-8 years marks the most rapid development of an individuals life and by the age of 4, a child is considered to have at least 50% their cognitive pathways already developed. Early childhood is the critical window of time in supporting a child’s healthy development of their cognitive, emotional, social and physical behaviour that will support them to be active, thriving citizens of the world. 

You will witness first-hand all of the amazing journeys that these children will go through whilst they look for you for guidance, support and are developing life long memories.

All applications to enrol in our accredited Early Childhood courses are subject to the selection process and course student capacity constraints, there is no guarantee of acceptance into a course. As part of the application process, you will be enrolled in a “holding class” titled “ECEC Eligibility Check” in which you will be required to complete a LLN test and provide the following documentation: South Australian Working with Children Check, Covid-19 Vaccination Certificate (includes second vaccination), RRHAN-EC Fundamentals and Masterclass Certificate, Provide First Aid in an Education and Care Setting (Diploma Only) and Previous Qualifications (Diploma Only). Your application will then be reviewed and you will be contacted regarding your application outcome. There is no fee incurred for the application process. If you have any issues during this process, please contact our administration team via email at admin@elctraining.com.au

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