IHNA Nationally Recognized Training IHNA Course IHNA Future Skills WA
Course Code : CHC30113 Course Name : Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
Department : School of Education Course Duration : 52 weeks
CRICOS Code : 093192F
Funding : DTWD funding & VTG funding available
AQF Level : Level 3 - Certificate III Course Location : Melbourne, Perth, Sydney, Online (Blended)
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A Brief Introduction to Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Start a rewarding careers in early childhood education by studying for the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC). This qualification is designed to help people kick start their career in the childhood education industry, such as: early Learning centres, family day care etc.

The Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) aims to educate students to be able to handle roles within an early childcare education setting, they will be able to learn how to interact with children, assess them to develop their thinking, social and communication skills. Students will be able to work as a childhood educator assistant, or a preschool assistant.

The course will be offered using a blended learning approach, including a combination of eLearning, simulation based training and assessment in a simulated children services lab environment and Practical Placement (PP).

The total structured duration of the course is one year including PP. Completion time frames will however vary between students based on their individual skills, experiences and previous studies.

After completing this course, students will be able to gain employment in the Early Childhood Education Industry in such settings as Child Care Centre’s, Pre-school programs, After School programs, Family Day Care Centre’s, Play Groups and other community settings.

Course learning outcomes:

• Be able to manage the activities given by your supervisor at the early learning centre.
• Understanding and ensuring the health and safety of the young children in childcare centre.
• Demonstrate the knowledge and understanding of the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.
• To be an active team member within the organisation, and assist team leaders and managers with their activities.
• The ability to work with families from different cultures and backgrounds, and counsel them about their children.
• The ability to respond to emergencies by providing first aid situations when needed.
• The ability to provide young children with the educational knowledge that helps them develop their mental activities and social skills.

"Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are encouraged to apply".

Course Overview


Online Blended Learning

Start your program at anytime from anywhere in Australia - all you need is internet access!

Interact with classmates online through high quality online collaboration platform designed by IHNA

Regular feedback and assistance from our student support team

Communicate with your Course Coordinator and teachers at any point in the course during regular consultation

Finance made easy! - Interest free payment plans

Select payment plans based on your financial situation

Pay no interest, don't get in debt

No credit card surcharge/fee

No loss of income - Study while you continue working in the current job

Plan your study to fit with your work commitments

Don't miss valuable career opportunities

Get a head start! - Gain credit transfer or Recognition of prior learning (RPL) for previous study and work place experience and fast-track your studies.

Those who have completed a certificate III program and are working in the childcare sector may be eligible for RPL/ credit transfer and able to fast-track the certificate IV and Diploma of childcare program with IHNA.

IHNA has in place admission criteria for courses in its scope as required by its ‘Application and Enrolment Procedure for VET Courses’ to ensure that candidates meet industry requirements.

• Applicants are required to be 18 years old and above and need to be Secondary School year 10 pass,
• Be of mature age which can be demonstrated by a candidate who is at least of 21 years and has at least 2 years industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication.

In addition, all the applicants are required to have successfully completed an ACSF test and demonstrate competence as working at Level 3 for all indicators to enrol for this qualification (issued within the last 12 months from the time of admission).

Additional Requirement for professional experience placement:
Satisfactory National police clearance / AFP/ NCC and WWCC
IHNA highly recommends students to complete the immunization requirements before the professional experience placement start date

It is also essential for the student to possess basic computer skills.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are encouraged to apply.

Physical requirements

While IHNA will work with you to make "reasonable accommodations" in the campus lab and classroom, there are work place practice conditions that occur in the workplace environment that are beyond IHNA's control. The physical requirements below are necessary to function in the healthcare facility and/or community setting. Students must be able to perform and complete course objectives and requirements with or without reasonable accommodations otherwise you will not be enrolled.

Skills and abilities that are needed to perform client care to pass the course objectives and requirements are:

Strength: Sufficient to assist with lifting and transferring a client, and perform CPR
Mobility: Sufficient mobility to bend, stoop, and bend down to the floor; ability to move around rapidly; and to move in small, confined areas.
Hearing: Sufficient to hear through the stethoscope to discriminate sounds; to hear cries for help; to hear alarms on equipment and emergency signals; and various overhead pages.
Vision: Sufficient to make physical assessments of client and equipment.
Communication: Able to communicate in both verbal and written formats; and interact with clients, staff, and faculty supervisors.>

If you have a disability that will require reasonable accommodations to fulfil these requirements then please declare in your course application.

The Certificate III of Early Childhood Education and Care has a total of 18 units; 15 core units and three elective units.

Core Units


Work legally and ethically


Develop cultural competence


Ensure the health and safety of children


Provide care for children


Promote and provide healthy food and drinks


Provide care for babies and toddlers


Develop positive and respectful relationships with children


Use an approved learning framework to guide practice


Support the holistic development of children in early childhood


Provide experiences to support children's play and learning


Use information about children to inform practice


Identify and respond to children and young people at risk


Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting


Participate in work health and safety


Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety

Elective Units


Support children to connect with their world


Work with diverse people


Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children

Face to face Delivery

Melbourne CBD

Jul 31, 2017
Oct 03, 2017
Dec 04, 2017
Feb 05, 2018
Apr 09, 2018
Jul 02, 2018
Oct 08, 2018
Feb 04, 2019
Apr 08, 2019
Jul 08, 2019
Oct 14, 2019
Feb 03, 2020
Apr 06, 2020
Jul 06, 2020
Oct 05, 2020

Online (Blended) Delivery


Oct 03, 2017
Feb 05, 2018
Apr 09, 2018
Jul 02, 2018
Oct 08, 2018


Oct 03, 2017
Feb 05, 2018
Apr 09, 2018
Jul 02, 2018
Oct 08, 2018


Oct 03, 2017
Feb 05, 2018
Apr 09, 2018
Jul 02, 2018
Oct 08, 2018

Melbourne CBD

Jul 31, 2017
Oct 03, 2017
Dec 04, 2017
Feb 05, 2018
Apr 09, 2018
Jul 02, 2018
Oct 08, 2018
Feb 04, 2019
Apr 08, 2019
Jul 08, 2019
Oct 14, 2019
Feb 03, 2020
Apr 06, 2020
Jul 06, 2020
Oct 05, 2020

Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care will be offered in blended delivery mode and face-to-face.

Students will have the change to study their theory online, and perform certain hours of practical learning in our simulation labs. Clinical placements are essential for our students to graduate as they are required to do 120 hours of clinical placements.

Notice: Please note that students who are studying in our Melbourne Campus will have to attend mandatory weekly one day class on every Saturday starting from 8th July 2017. Class timing will be 9 am to 5 pm.

What is Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)?

RPL is about the skills and knowledge you've gained through work and life experiences, no matter how, when or where the learning occurred. We acknowledge your previous achievement of competencies or learning outcomes that may count towards your qualification. RPL acknowledges that people learn in many different ways and that learning may have been obtained through:

•  Formal learning - which takes place within an institution, such as in a school system, college or at TAFE, and is formally recognised with grades, diplomas or certificates
•  Work Experience (Informal Learning) - occurs in a variety of places, such as at home, work, and through daily interactions and relationships with members of society.
•  Life Experience (Non-formal learning) - you had a formal learning environment, but is not formally recognised within a curriculum or syllabus framework (e.g. from workshops, short courses, seminars, community or interest based courses, conferences).
•  A mix of the above.

This recognition process is evidenced in accordance with the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) and could provide you with a full or partial qualification and avoid duplication of training. You may be able to complete your course faster through recognition of your previous study, work skills and past experience as credits towards completion of your course.
Some of our courses also have recognised study pathways, making learning more accessible. Applications for RPL can be made prior to enrolling.

How are my skills assessed?

We have developed an RPL Assessment Kit, to assess your skills, and experiences against industry standards. This is done by an RPL assessor. You may be asked to:
•  Perform tasks or jobs.
•  Talk about and explain how you do those jobs (through a structured interview process).
•  Provide evidence of your work.
•  A visit to your workplace may be organised so you can demonstrate your abilities. You may have to provide job descriptions, references or documented evidence of performance appraisals.
•  The assessor will consider your skills and knowledge and match them against a suitable qualification.

Overseas qualifications

If your qualifications, training or skills were gained outside Australia, you might be able to get recognition for your skills or qualifications to determine your eligibility to gain credit for the intended course of study. We can initiate this process on the available courses for which RPL is applicable.

Applications for RPL

If you intend on applying for RPL:
•  Carefully read the information contained within the RPL Student Guide.
•  Send your RPL application to our Admissions Officer using the RPL Student Information Form (fully complete all sections).
•  Collate copies of all required documents to be used as evidence of your prior learning/experience.
•  Attach these documents with your application.
•  Submit the Application Form and documented evidences via email to
•  There is an Evaluation Fee of AUD$200.00 to conduct the RPL assessment and evaluation.

The total tuition cost for the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care is:
Domestic Students:

• Western Australia: AUD $3,800
• Victoria & New South Wales: AUD $2,800
International Students: AUD $12,000.00

State Government Funding is Available for Eligible Students

Other funding options are available, for more information please contact us on:

Enrolling in this qualification and availing the relevant state funding, may affect student's future training options and the eligibility for further government subsidised training.

Students eligible and opting for government funding must attend 20 hours of classroom sessions per week. Students failing to attend the classroom sessions will not be able to avail the funding and will be required to pay the full course fees.

There are a number of pathways that students can benefit from after studying the Diploma of ECEC, such as:
•   Diploma of ECEC
•  Advanced Diploma of ECEC
•  Bachelor Degree of Education (Early Childhood)
•  Graduate Diploma of ECEC
•  Master of Education
Successfully completing this course will enable students to work as a Childhood Education Manager or an Outside School Hours Coordinator within an early childhood sector.
There are other potential jobs the graduates can obtain employment in such as:
•  Early childhood educator Assistant.
•  Family day care educator Assistant.
•  Before and after school hours’ care Assistant.
•  Preschool assistant

149,600 persons were employed as Child Carers in 2015. Job openings over the next 5 years are expected to be greater than 50,000.
Source: Department of Employment. For full details on Child Carers visit Job Outlook

Employment Level and Growth

•  Over the five years to November 2019, the number of job openings for Child Carers is expected to be greater than 50,000.
•  Employment for this occupation rose very strongly in the past five years and rose very strongly in ten years. Looking forward, employment for Child Carers to November 2020 is expected to grow very strongly.
•  This is a very large occupation (149,600 in November 2015) suggesting that opportunities should be available in most regions.
•  The most common level of educational attainment for Child Carers is Certificate III/IV (33.6 per cent).
•  Child Carers are mainly employed in: Health Care and Social Assistance; Education and Training; and Other Services.
Information for this occupation (presented as charts and tables), includes employment level and growth.

job growth in Australia
These data show past and projected (to 2020) employment levels (thousands). Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Employment trend data to November 2015 and Department of Employment projections to 2020.

Interested in this course?

Then applying for the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care with IHNA. Before applying for the course, please check the entry requirements for this course.

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Our Heidelberg Campus in Melbourne is located in one of Melbourne’s busiest suburbs, the campus 10 minutes close to Rosanna train station, shopping centres and accommodation.

Melbourne City Centre (CBD) Campus

Our recently launched campus at CBD provides greater ease of access, thanks to its city-centric location, proximity to major landmarks and incomparable transit facilities.

Sydney Campus

Our Parramatta Campus in Sydney is located in one of Melbourne’s busiest suburbs, the campus 6 minutes’ walk to Parramatta railway station and 30 minutes away from Sydney CBD.

Study online (Blended Mode)

Our students can start their studies both online and face-to-face via our blended mode delivery. The blended mode delivery gives you more flexibility and time for you to study at your own pace. Learn more about our blended mode delivery here.


Note: Information provided as a guide only. The units taken into account may vary depending on the course provider. Please contact us for specific information on units and credit transfers.


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