Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

National Code: CHC30113
TAFE SA Code: TP00612


Develop the skills and knowledge you need to inspire and support children as an Early Childhood Educator. You could work in a childcare, preschool, classroom, out-of-school-hours care or even a community education setting.

Please be aware this course is available to regionally-based students only.

Government subsidised places are available for this course with other providers in metropolitan areas. The Department for Innovation and Skills can help you with information on what training providers can deliver your preferred course in your area. Explore your options at https://www.skills.sa.gov.au/course-search

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Up to 12 months 

Full Time or Part Time equivalent

Child Care Educator

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Course Admission Requirements

If there are more applications for this course than places available, applicants will be ranked by date of application to this course
If you have a verified disability/medical condition and require additional support to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills please contact Student Services prior to applying to discuss your needs. To be eligible for support you must provide medical documentation to verify your disability/medical condition.

Average cost per semester
Total Fees for the 12 month course
$826 - $869
$1,653 - $1,739

This course also has an incidentals cost of $60.00 for the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI) Child Related Employment Screening Check.

Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary. Fee updates will be available prior to offers being made.

    • This course has a blended learning approach, incorporating online learning, weekly contact sessions (on campus/Skype) and some on campus workshops. Attendance at all of these components is essential to enable successful completion of the qualification. This course mode requires you to have access to a computer connected to the internet.
    • Prior to commencing your vocational placement you are required to have a Child-related Employment Screening clearance letter from the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion; a Child Safe Environment certificate for Children's Services; Responding to Abuse and Neglect-Education and Care (RAN-EC) certificate for Department for Education school or service or a private school or service in South Australia.
    • PLEASE NOTE: This course is intended for people who are not attending high school / secondary school. If you are currently still enrolled in high school or a Flexible Learning Option (FLO) student, please contact your VET Coordinator at your school regarding the VET for Schools programs.
    • Reading, writing and numeracy skills are assessed using the Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA). This assessment is used to determine whether you will be required to undertake additional support units alongside your qualification or undertake a pathway course before commencing your chosen qualification. If you receive an offer, more information will be provided at your enrolment session.
    • As per the Emergency Management (Education and Early Childhood Settings Vaccination) (COVID-19) Direction 2021 it is mandatory for all students undertaking work placements in education and early childhood settings to have had a COVID-19 vaccination from 11 December 2021. If you are not vaccinated a placement provider may not be able to offer you a placement . This will impact on your ability to complete your qualification.
  • Upfront Payment

    Each semester, fees can be paid online with VISA or Mastercard or at an Australia Post outlet.

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    Payment Plan

    If you have difficulty paying your fees upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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  • Employment Outcomes

    The Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care is the minimum requirement for employment in the early childhood industry.

    Under the Education and Care Services National Law (2011) the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) has set minimum training standards for all educators who are directly working with children in Birth to Preschool age Long Day Care centres. Educators must hold or be working towards an approved Certificate III level education and care qualification (or higher). The list of approved early childhood education and care qualifications and information regarding regulatory requirements can be found here: www.acecqa.gov.au

    Note: Completion of a TAFE SA course does not guarantee an employment outcome. Formal requirements other than educational qualifications (eg licensing, professional registration), may apply to some occupations.

    Qualifications & Skills Covered

    Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC30113)
    This course provides the skills needed by educators in a range of early childhood education settings who work within the requirements of the Education and Care Services National Regulations and the National Quality Standard. They support the implementation of an approved learning framework, and support children’s wellbeing, learning and development. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 15 core units and 3 elective units.

    Note: Students who successfully complete only one or more units of competency but not the full qualification are eligible to receive a Statement of Attainment.

    of TAFE SA graduates find jobs or continue studying.
    of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.

    * 2020 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of elective units you will be enrolled into depends on the campus you attend, and the qualification packaging rules described on www.training.gov.au.

    Not all elective units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.


    Name Nominal Hours
    Develop cultural competence 70
    Develop positive and respectful relationships with children 70
    Ensure the health and safety of children 63
    Identify and respond to children and young people at risk 40
    Participate in workplace health and safety 20
    Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety 25
    Promote and provide healthy food and drinks 35
    Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting 20
    Provide care for babies and toddlers 60
    Provide care for children 70
    Provide experiences to support childrens play and learning 40
    Support the holistic development of children in early childhood 70
    Use an approved learning framework to guide practice 70
    Use information about children to inform practice 40
    Work legally and ethically 55


    Name Nominal Hours
    Nurture creativity in children 80
    Support children to connect with their world 40
    Work with diverse people 40
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