CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

  • This course will prepare you for an Early childhood educator job in the Early Childhood Education and Care industry.
  • You will be required to study 15 core units and 2 electives.
  • AMES Australia organises a work placement of 160 hours for each student at a regulated childcare service. (As a result of COVID-19 restrictions placements will be impacted, however students will not be disadvantaged)
  • All students are supervised during their placement.
  • All AMES Australia industry certificate courses provide specialist English language support for refugees and migrants. 

What will I learn?

  • Supporting Children’s Development and Learning 
  • Care and Nurturing children
  • Inclusion and Diversity 
  • Working in children’s education and care
  • Develop relationship with children
  • Work health and safety in the education and care setting

How will I learn?

The course will be offered in Mixed Mode Delivery

  • Classroom-based Learning (Face to face), where you attend AMES' campus with a Teacher/Trainer present
  • Online Learning, where you study remotely off campus via MS Teams, using training materials that are provided online or correspondence by the Teacher/Trainer
  • Practical placement where you become familiarised and obtain hands on experience through structured on-the-job practical placement arrangements in the workplace.

Industry Partners 

Employment and traineeship opportunities are available with our industry partner:

  • Raw Talent Recruiment


For more information visit AMES Australia online service standards.

  • Courses and Units

    Units of Competency_CHC30121_Early Childhood Education and Care

     The hours displayed below are nominal, and actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact us for the latest student contact hours. 

    Code and Title

    Core Elec Nominal Hours (***)
    Cluster 1 Care and Nurturing


    CHCECE031 Support children’s health, safety and wellbeing X


    CHCECE032 Nurture babies and toddlers X


    CHCECE033 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children X


    HLTFSE001 Follow basic food safety practices X 30
    Cluster 2 Supporting Children’s Development and Learning


    CHCECE034 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice X


    CHCECE035Support the holistic learning and development of children X


    CHCECE036 Provide experiences to support children’s play and learning X


    CHCECE038 Observe children to inform practice X 40
    HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety X 20

    Cluster 3 Inclusion and Diversity


    CHCECE030 Support inclusion and diversity X


    CHCECE054 Encourage understanding of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples’ cultures X


    Cluster 4 Working in Early Childhood X


    CHCECE055 Meet legal and ethical obligations in children’s education and care X


    CHCECE056 Work effectively in children’s education and care X


    CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk X


    Individual units


    HLTAID012 Provide First Aid in an education and care setting X


    CHCECE037 Support children to connect with the natural environment X


    BSBSUS411 Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices. X






What jobs can I apply for after completing this course?

  • Early childhood educators working in long day care centres
  • Family day care
  • Pre-schools or kindergartens

What further education can I do after completing the course?

  • CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (Offered at AMES)


To be eligible to study this course under government funding, the following requirements will apply

Course duration

Over 9 months including 160 hours of practical placement.

Course dates

9 intakes a year - enquire for specific start dates


Information sessions scheduled every Friday at 02:00 PM via Zoom.


Course Eligibility

An intermediate level of English is required, however your English level will be assessed on application.

One of the following should also apply:

  • an Australian Citizen
  • a Permanent Resident
  • a holder of a permanent visa
  • a New Zealand citizen

Asylum Seekers now eligible for Skills First courses

Training Providers which are TAFE Institutes or Learn Local Organisations are now able to confirm an individual’s eligibility for the Asylum Seeker VET Program by using the Commonwealth Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) to confirm if the individual holds a valid:

  • Bridging Visa Class E (BVE)
  • Safe Haven Enterprise (SHEV)
  • Temporary Protection Visa (TPV)


This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. Please refer to the schedule of fees for more information here or contact AMES Australia to check your eligibility for a concession fee.

There may be extra charges for learning materials, first aid certificate, police check & etc. 

A fee concession to a student enrolled under the Asylum Seeker VET Program can then be granted in accordance with the Guidelines about Fees.

How to Enrol

Enquire now to find out:

  • your eligibility
  • cost
  • arrange a time to have your English level assessed

The course will be run subject to enrolment numbers.

Register Interest


This course can be taken under the Government Subsidised Funding Programs below: