Certificate III in
Early Childhood Education and Care

Quick Facts


of course graduates reported an improved work status.


in the early childhood education & care sector


is the average annual salary for child care workers.

Course Overview

Pursue a rewarding career with our Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, tailored for those aiming to shape young minds in Australia’s regulated childcare settings. This course offers the essential skills and knowledge to support children’s wellbeing and development, fostering your ability to work with discretion and judgement within established frameworks.

Gain practical experience with a mandatory 160 hours of work placement in services like long day care, family day care, pre-schools, or kindergartens. This qualification not only prepares you for immediate entry into the early childhood sector but ensures you’re equipped to provide high-quality educational experiences, laying the groundwork for a significant impact on children’s early learning journeys.

Career Outlook

After completing a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, here’s what you can expect:

What types of job roles could I pursue?

Early Childhood Educator
Family Day Care Worker
Childcare Assistant
Playgroup Supervisor

What might my employment setting look like?

Childcare Centres
Family Day Care Centres
Preschools & Kindergartens

What types of skills are important for these roles?

Child Development Knowledge
Communication Skills
Emotional Intelligence
Health, Safety, and Hygiene Awareness

Course Description

Course Delivery

Our Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care is offered in two formats: classroom-based learning at select locations and workplace-based training for those enrolled in a traineeship program. This course is delivered through Gateway Training Academy, a Registered Training Organisation (RTO ID 32305).

Student Resources Provided

Depending on your chosen method of course delivery, the following resources may be provided:
– Comprehensive workbooks for course material.
– Access to computers and relevant software during classroom sessions.
– A personalised student training plan.
– Guidance from dedicated and qualified trainers
– Specialised assessment tools for effective learning.
Note: The availability of certain resources is contingent upon whether you are enrolled in classroom-based learning or workplace-based training.

Entry Requirements

This course has no specific academic prerequisites. Students are required to provide a Unique Student Identifier (USI) – assistance available – along with photo identification, and meet the necessary language, literacy, and numeracy standards.

Certification Upon Completion

Successful completion of this qualification results in:
– A Nationally Recognised Certificate & Transcript, or
– A Statement of Attainment for competency in at least one unit.

Course Structure

This program requires you to complete 17 units of competencies: 15 core units and 2 elective units.

Core Units
Unit Code
Unit Name
Support inclusion and diversity
Support children’s health, safety, and wellbeing
Nurture babies and toddlers
Nurture creativity in children
Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
Support the holistic learning and development of children
Provide experiences to support children’s play and learning
Support children to connect with the natural environment
Observe children to inform practice
Encourage understanding of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples’ cultures
Meet legal and ethical obligations in children’s education and care
Work effectively in children’s education and care
Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
Participate in workplace health and safety
Provide First Aid in an education and care setting
Elective Units
Unit Code
Unit Name
Develop and use emotional intelligence
Follow basic food safety practices

Government Subsidies

The Jobs & Skills WA program offers government financial assistance to eligible students, aimed at supporting the development of a skilled workforce in Western Australia. Gateway Training Academy (RTO Code: 32305) is proud to be contracted by the State Government to deliver select qualifications through this program.

Smart and Skilled is a New South Wales government initiative that enables eligible students to access affordable, government-subsidised training courses. Gateway Training Academy (RTO Code: 32305) is a Smart and Skilled provider, offering a range of qualifications under this program.

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