Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
Secure a support role, helping to care for children, babies and toddlers
Do you have great written and verbal communication skills, the ability to adapt to change and a passion for working with children? Begin your career in childcare with the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, completed online with Foundation Education.
According to the Job Outlook website, published by the Australian Government, employment for Education Aides has grown almost 50% over the past 10 years, and is expected to continue growing strongly by November 2020*. A career in childcare provides you with the flexibility to fit work around your family life, study or other commitments, with 79.3% of Education Aides working on a part-time and casual basis*.
The Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care equips you with the knowledge and skills you need to support the implementation of an approved learning framework, and support children’s wellbeing, learning and development. This course equips you to work across a range of age groups by providing care for babies, toddlers and children and depending on the setting, you may work under direct supervision or autonomously.
As a graduate in Early Childhood Education and Care, you can work as a Child Care Assistant, Family Day Care Assistant, Education Assistant, Outside School Hours Aide or Pre-School Assistant. Many early childcare positions offer flexibility in shifts and hours, allowing you to find a work-life balance that suits your lifestyle. If you are enthusiastic, motivated and committed to quality education, there is great career development potential for you. You can work your way up into a teaching position, or pursue further study and gain the qualification needed to work in a leadership position.
This nationally recognised course is delivered through a combination of online theory and practical work placement in a regulated childcare or education centre. Theory can be completed at your own pace through My eCampus, our innovative and interactive online learning platform. All course material and assignments are accessible wherever and whenever suits you. The practical component of the course exposes you to a real childcare environment, where you will work with children, and gain the experience and confidence to join this ever-growing industry. Our dedicated Student Support team are available to assist you in your work placement application.
You will need to have completed year 10, or equivalent. Equivalency can be demonstrated by one of the following:
- A qualification at Certificate II level or higher OR
- 2 years of industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication.
You will need to be at least 16 years old. If you are under 18 your enrolment form will need to be signed by a parent or guardian.
You will need to be a permanent Australian resident or equivalent.
In order to complete the on-line part of the course you will need regular access to the following:
Computer: Laptop or desktop computer with working speakers or headphone points
Internet: High speed internet such as Broadband or ADSL, T1/T2, fibre optic or cable
(Dial-up access will be significantly slower and is not recommended)
Windows : Operating system – Windows XP or Vista 7 or above
Internet Browser – Internet Explorer 7 or higher or the latest version of Google Chrome
MAC : Operating system: OS X 10.4 or later
Internet Browser – latest version of Google Chrome
Software: Flash, Adobe Reader, Microsoft Word (or Open Office which is free to download)
Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
Online, combined with 120 hours of practical work placement available
Up to 18 months
18 months to complete 18 units of theory online, with 120 hours of practical work placement
Online, combined with 120 hours of practical work placement: Contact us on 1300 61 61 97 for course costs
Cost & Payment Options
Your course fee includes the delivery and assessment of your qualification, your study materials (including all resources) and ongoing support from our Education Team.
Upfront payment All course costs can be paid in total via VISA/MasterCard or bank deposit.
Instalment plan Paid via a series of regular weekly or fortnightly instalments.
Course fees include course delivery and assessment, study materials and dedicated student support services. Please note this course does not qualify for assisted government funding.
Course Structure & Prerequisites
Check the currency of CHC30113
Recognition of Prior Learning
Given that some students may already be able to demonstrate their competence in some units, a recognition of prior learning (RPL) assessment process may be available to students to recognise skills and knowledge that may have been gained through formal and informal training and/or learning, work experience and life experience.
Why choose us?
Flexible Online Study
All of our courses are delivered online, giving you the flexibility to choose your course length.
Dedicated Student Support
Our industry experienced Technical Advisors, Assessors and Support Officers will support you from enrolment through to graduation.
Course material is developed in consultation with industry experts to equip you with job-ready skills.
Nationally Recognised Training
All of our courses are Nationally Recognised and accredited.