Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Jobs and Skills WA: Childcare courses
Want a career working with children?

Early childhood educators work in long day care centres, family day care, pre-schools or kindergartens; and facilitate education and care programs to young children.

With this qualification, you'll learn how to support children’s wellbeing and development within an approved learning framework. You'll learn about developmental needs for children of different ages, including babies and toddlers; inclusion and diversity; how to observe and manage the health, safety and wellbeing of children; developing and delivering experiences to support children’s play and learning; and so much more! 

Half price
Existing worker traineeship
School-based apprenticeship or traineeship (SBAT)
VET for secondary students
Industry: Education and Community Services
National course code: CHC30121 | WA State ID: BGY3

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If you would like further information such as when the course is available and how to enrol, and details of course fees, or if you have questions about how the course is delivered, please follow the Find out more link to go to the TAFE's website where you will find full course details and contact information so that you can speak to the TAFE directly.

The sector is demanding higher qualifications and training from educators in this field to ensure consistently high standards of education and care for children placed in these services. This can be achieved by completing the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.

You'll learn how to interact and foster the development of the children while working within legal requirements and ensuring the children's health and safety are not at risk. You will work closely with children from different backgrounds and cultures and provide care and support for them in various child care situations.

You will gain skills in:

  • Caring for children
  • Applying health and hygiene principles
  • Understanding legal and ethical requirements
  • Providing nutritional needs for babies and children
  • Developing and implementing play experiences
  • Understanding child development stages
  • Working with families and working effectively in a team environment. 

Your gateway to a rewarding career in a growing industry

Early Childhood Education and Care is an expanding industry for those with a genuine interest and passion in the care and education of young children up to the age of 5 years. The childcare industry is demanding higher qualifications and training from educators in this field to ensure consistently high standards of education and care for children placed in these services. This can be achieved by completing the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.

You'll learn how to interact and foster the development of the children while working within legal requirements and ensuring the children's health and safety are not at risk.

As part of this qualification you will undertake a work placement where you will be able to apply the skills and knowledge you have learned.

You will work closely with children from different backgrounds and cultures and provide care and support for them in various child care situations.

North Metropolitan TAFE is offering early childhood training to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, visit First Nations Traineeship Program(opens in a new tab) for more information.

Locations

Joondalup (Kendrew Crescent)
Leederville
Midland

Help shape the future of our young people.

Make a difference in childrens’ lives by learning how best to support their wellbeing, learning and development. This course is the nationally regulated entry level qualification for working in Early Childhood Education and Care settings.

Participants will learn how to implement the National Quality Framework, National Regulations and National Quality Standards to support the education and care of children from birth to school age. Participants will develop skills in facilitating children’s play, cultural competence, and creating healthy and safe environments.

As part of this qualification, participants will undertake 120 hours of supervised work placement where they will be able to apply the skills and knowledge learned throughout the course. A federal police clearance and Working with Children Check are required prior to placement.

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Locations

Broome Campus
Karratha Campus
Pundulmurra Campus

Early Childhood Education and Care is an expanding sector for those with a passion for the care and education of young children up to the age of 5 years. The sector is demanding higher qualifications and training from educators to ensure consistently high standards of education and care for children placed in these services. This can be achieved by completing the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.

90% of surveyed students were highly satisfied with this course.

Students are required to obtain a Working with Children Check before attending work placement.

Is this the right course for you?

Have you got what it takes to be successful in this career? Our Core Skills guide lists the skills and attributes necessary to study and work in this field.

See the core skills required

Locations

Armadale
Mandurah
Murdoch
Rockingham
Thornlie

When you complete the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care you’ll be on your way to a career as a preschool assistant or childcare centre assistant. You will gain the knowledge and skills to work effectively as an educator, supporting the development and wellbeing of children aged 0 to 5 years, understanding children’s learning, providing learning support, working with children from culturally diverse backgrounds, identifying and responding to children at risk, and workplace health and safety.

Study modes and durations differ depending on your local campus. Please check with your local campus for more information.

Locations

Albany
Bunbury
Busselton
Esperance
Harvey
Katanning
Manjimup
Margaret River
Narrogin

Choose a private training provider that delivers this course

This course is also available from registered training organisations (accredited private training providers) that are funded through Jobs and Skills WA. Select from the list below, and follow the link to the provider’s website for further information.

This qualification reflects the role of educators in early childhood education and care who work in regulated children’s education and care services in Australia. They support children’s well-being, and development in the context of an approved learning framework. Educators use a range of well-developed skills and knowledge using discretion and judgement when carrying out their work in the context of established policies and procedures. They may work independently or under the guidance of others, though in some contexts that guidance may not be on-site.

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

Funded through PIT and Equity programmes; Traineeship funding is for those employed in the industry.

Delivery locations

East Perth
Workplace

This qualification reflects the role of educators in early childhood education and care who work in regulated children’s education and care services in Australia. They support children’s well-being, and development in the context of an approved learning framework. Educators use a range of well-developed skills and knowledge using discretion and judgement when carrying out their work in the context of established policies and procedures. They may work independently or under the guidance of others.

Our students gain skills in:

  • Providing care for babies & children
  • Child behaviour
  • Health and hygiene for children
  • First aid
  • Identifying children at risk
  • Developing & supporting a play environment
  • Child development

This qualification is delivered both in the classroom for existing workers, or as a traineeship (on the job and flexible in your work environment)

Call us today on 1300 046 744 to find out more!

Delivery locations

Morley
Rockingham

Description 

This qualification reflects the role of educators in early childhood education and care who work in regulated children’s education and care services in Australia. They support children’s well-being, and development in the context of an approved learning framework. Educators use a range of well-developed skills and knowledge using discretion and judgement when carrying out their work in the context of established policies and procedures. They may work independently or under the guidance of others.

Pathways from this Qualification 

Higher level such as CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care. 

Duration of this Qualification 

This qualification will take 18-36 months to complete as either a traineeship or Priority Industry Training and you must have completed at least 160 hours of work in a regulated children’s education and care service in Australia.

Please Note: This qualification is directly aligned with priority industry areas where jobs are today, and into the future. As part of the state government Lower fees, local skills program, through to 31 December 2025 you will only pay half the tuition fees (plus resource fee) capped at $1,200; or $400 if you are aged 15-24 or eligible for a concession.’

How will I be Assessed? 

  • Verbal/written assessment/s of underpinning knowledge 
  • Observation within the workplace 
  • Workshop action learning scenarios 
  • In-class participation 
  • Workplace projects 

RPL is available for this qualification. 

What will I get at the end of this Qualification/Course? 

Statement of Attainment for units completed

Certificate: If all required units are completed.

Delivery locations

Perth
Midwest

The information presented on the course lists within this website is provided to the Department of Training and Workforce Development by the WA TAFE colleges and private training providers, and is offered as a guide only. It is updated regularly, however some changes to details may occur in between updates. You should always contact the TAFE or private training provider directly to confirm details and/or ask questions.