Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (VIC only)

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Nepean Industry Edge Training
  • Awarded by

    Nepean Industry Edge Training (RTO: 22214)

  • Qualification

    Certificate III

  • Study Mode

    On campus

  • Payment Options

    Payment planVIC Skills First Funding

  • Duration

    2 days a week for 38 weeks

  • Start Date

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  • Location


  • Career Outcomes

    Child Care Worker | Child Carer | Family Day Care Educator | Early Learning Coordinator | View all

This course meets the Nationally Recognised Training standards. It is listed on the Australian government's National Register for Vocational Education and Training (VET). Studying this course leads to a qualification that's recognised throughout Australia, and lets employers know that you have the right skills for the job.

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  • In a Nutshell

    Dedicating your life to helping children develop skills, improve their wellbeing and become competent learners must be one of the most rewarding vocations out there!

    The CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care from Nepean Industry Edge Training (NIET) is a great first step to take towards a career in early childhood education. The course will help you acquire the fundamental knowledge and skills of working with young children in early childhood settings. 

    This qualification covers topics including children's health and safety, learning frameworks, working with babies, and more. Put your classroom knowledge into action with 160 hours of practical placement. 

    Through a fun, dynamic, flexible and supportive learning environment, you will develop the confidence you need to succeed and embark a rewarding career.

    The course can be completed by attending classes at NIET's Frankston campus (two days per week over 49 weeks), or flexible delivery (self-paced, approximately 5 hours per week over 12-18 months).

    Government funding available: this course is subsidised through Victorian Government's Skills First program, and eligible students can have a large portion of their fees covered through the program. Please enquire to see if you qualify.

  • What You'll Need to Get In

    There are no formal prerequisites to study this course at NIET but there are some requirements you should know about:

    • You must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident currently residing in Victoria;
    • If you're doing this course part-time, you must commit to at least 8 hours of study per week;
    • If you're doing this course full-time, you must commit to at least 16 hours of study per week;
    • This course does not require a computer and is not conducted online.
  • Subject Breakdown

    In this early childhood education course, the subjects you may study include:

    Core units

    • CHCDIV002 - Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
    • CHCECE001 - Develop cultural competence
    • CHCECE002 - Ensure the health and safety of children
    • CHCECE003 - Provide care for children
    • CHCECE004 - Promote and provide healthy food and drinks
    • CHCECE005 - Provide care for babies and toddlers
    • CHCECE007 - Develop positive and respectful relationships with children
    • CHCECE009 - Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
    • CHCECE010 - Support the holistic development of children in early childhood
    • CHCECE011 - Provide experiences to support children's play and learning
    • CHCECE013 - Use information about children to inform practice
    • CHCLEG001 - Work legally and ethically
    • CHCPRT001 - Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
    • HLTAID004 - Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting
    • HLTWHS001 - Participate in work health and safety


    • CHCDIV001 - Work with diverse people
    • CHCECE006 - Support behaviour of children and young people
    • CHCECE012 - Support children to connect to their world
  • Why Nepean Industry Edge Training?

    Want to give back to your community with your career? Study a course in Ageing Support, Disability, Celebrancy, Early Childhood Education or more with Nepean Industry Edge Training (NIET) and get the right skills to accelerate your career and help do good for others.

    Study on-campus with NIET and learn from trainers who have years of experience in their field and who understand what the workplace is looking for. Graduate from NIET armed with job-ready skills, the latest in industry information and a qualification that is nationally recognised.

    With a mantra to Engage. Inspire. Motivate, you can trust Nepean Industry Edge Training to create a quality, memorable and positive learning experience with support from their team every step of the way.

    From start to finish you’ll be guided by the dedicated team at NIET, including your very own Student Support Coordinator who will even assist you in finding practical work placement during your studies.

  • Campus locations

    This course can be delivered on campus to provide you with practical training in a face-to-face learning environment. It is available to study at the following locations:

    You can also choose to study this course online with some on-campus components (blended learning).

  • Where will this course take you?

    Upon completion, you'll receive a CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care from Nepean Industry Edge Training.

    This is a nationally recognised course that can assist in gaining employment in a range of rewarding positions in the early childhood sector.


  • Career Outcomes

    Wondering where a career in Early Childhood Education could take you? Potential job outcomes may include; Early Childhood Teacher, Primary Teacher, Child Care Coordinator, Early Learning Coordinator, Kindergarten Teacher, Professional Development Educator, Child and Family Services Manager, Community Worker, Family Day Care Educator, Mobile Service Educator, Occasional Care Educator.

  • Let's talk price

    The full fee for this course is $2,999.

    Government funding available: this course is subsidised through Victorian Government's Skills First program, and eligible students can have a large portion of their fees covered through the program. Please enquire to see if you qualify.

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