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CHC30121 – Certificate III in
Early Childhood Education and Care

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CHC30121 - Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care


The CHC30121 – Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care qualification is suited to the role of workers in a range of Early Childhood Educational settings who work within the requirements of the Education and Care Services National Regulations and the National Quality Standard. Having completed this course, you can support the implementation of an approved learning framework, and support children’s wellbeing, learning and development.

This course teaches you the skills and knowledge to provide care to children, and to plan engaging and educational activities to maximise their development. You will be able to create individual profiles and provide appropriate education and care for the children you are working with. You may choose to work under direct supervision or autonomously.

It is perfect for those who want to significantly boost education and work in child care, day-care, family day care, nannying, and other positions that call for prior expertise encouraging young people’s development and/or care.

After successfully completing the course, you will acquire the following skills:

  • Competency
  • Confidence
  • Critical thinking ability
  • Nationally accredited course certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care Online

There is a huge requirement for educators in early childhood education and care in Australia in the coming years.

Course Fees for Full Fee-Paying Domestic Students


Course Start Dates


Course Details

You could be eligible for
RPL or CT RPL : Recognition of Prior Learning
CT : Credit Transfer

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Amount of Training :  880 Hours
AQF Level :3
Course Delivery : Online Blended & Self-paced
Campuses : Melbourne, Sydney, Perth
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Victorian Funding

“This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government Funding”

Student Testimonials

  • Amount of Training is 880 Hours
  • Online Blended, on-campus and self-paced
  • Available to domestic students

17 units of competency are required for this qualification.

Placement hours: 160 hours (Childcare facility)

CHCECE055 Meet legal and ethical obligations in Children’s education and care
CHCECE056 Work effectively in children’s education and care
CHCECE032 Nurture babies and toddlers
CHCECE037 Support children to connect with the natural environment
CHCECE038 Observe children to inform practice
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
CHCECE054 Encourage understanding of Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ cultures
CHCPRP003 Reflect and improve own professional practice
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
CHCECE030 Support inclusion and diversity
CHCECE031 Support children’s health, safety, and wellbeing
CHCECE033 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children
CHCECE034 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
CHCECE035 Support the holistic learning and development of children
CHCECE036 Provide experiences to support children’s play and learning
HLTAID012 Provide emergency response in an education and care setting
Pathways from this Course

Associate Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care

Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood

Bachelor of Teaching in Early Childhood or Primary School Teaching

  • Early Childhood Educator
  • Childhood Educator Assistant
  • Family Day Care Educator
  • Nanny
  • Outside School Hours Care Programme Assistant
  • Playgroup Supervisor
  • Preschool Assistant

Day care centers

  • Family day care
  • Pre-schools
  • kindergartens

The total tuition cost for domestic students for the CHC30121 – Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care is:

State Funding
Victoria If the student is eligible, for Government funding, student pays: $0
Western Australia Check with us for Domestic Scholarships
New South Wales Check with us for Domestic Scholarships

*This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government Funding

*The Student tuition fees are indicative only and are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Additional fees may apply such as Student service and resource fees

*Over 50 years of age? Speak to our team to avail 50% course fee scholarship.

To know more about the IHNA Fees & Charges, click here

Melbourne (CBD) Campus
Level 5 & 6, 131 Queen Street, Melbourne, VIC – 3000, Australia
Perth Campus
Level 2, 12 St Georges Terrace, Perth, WA – 6000, Australia
Sydney Campus
Level 7, 33 Argyle Street, Parramatta, NSW – 2150, Australia



(Blended: online real time theory tutorials with on campus skills training in a simulation environment)

Students are required to attend 20 hours of classes per week including simulation based assessment and professional experience placements

20 contact hours per week will be delivered through synchronised Online learning which includes on- campus simulation based training and Professional experience placement.

Besides the above structured learning, students are advised that they will be required to do approximate 10 hours per week of unstructured learning.

The blended delivery mode is only available to domestic students on selected campuses and subject to eligibility.

Students must meet additional requirements for Professional Experience Placements as required such as a clear police check, working with children check & immunisations.

Self-paced mode delivery

The amount of training required for this course is 880 hours, however, depending upon the amount of time invested by you – it can be completed in a lesser timeframe.

Fully online IHNA curriculum * Can be completed in as little as 3 months

Intensive Mode: Students are encouraged to complete the course in an intense mode by learning for 40 hours per week or more, with ‘recognition of prior learning’ if available, allowing them to complete the course in as little as 3 months

SBA (1 to 2 weeks) at campus and Professional placement (160 hours – 3 to 4 weeks) is mandatory.

  • 18 years of age and above at the time of commencement of the course.
  • Successful completion of an ACSF test with demonstrated competence as per IHNA LLN requirements (issued within the last 12 months from the time of admission)
  • Basic computer skills

Additional requirement for Professional Experience Placement (PEP)

  1. A satisfactory National Police Clearance / Australian Federal Police Clearance Certificate (AFP) / NCC
  2. Working with children check (WCC)
  3. Applicable immunisation certification such as COVID-19 Certificate

IHNA highly recommends students to complete the immunisation process before the PEP start date as some facilities will not provide placement to student without Immunisation.

The course is assessed using the following 3 methods.

  • Questions
  • Projects
  • Simulations

The questions or knowledge-based assessments are made up of a series of relevant short to medium length questions and multiple-choice options for learners to respond.

The projects assessments require learners to respond to relevant scenarios, case studies and tasks. These can include, writing short or medium length reports or proposals. Analysing data and preparing reports. Templates are provided to assist learners to write policies and produces. Composing appropriate business style emails, preparing notes for meetings, presentations and reflecting on the learning.

The simulation assessments are supervised, in-class or online (real time) simulated activities consisting of various methods. They may include the following: Group and individual projects, role plays, individual and group activities including presentations.

With RPL we assess your competency based on formal, non-formal, informal learning or direct work experience based on the required skills of the course.

We use CT where you’ve completed units of study at another TAFE College or Registered Training Organisation that meet the requirements of another course. We grant credit according to the Certification, Issuing, and Recognition of Qualifications and Statements of Attainment. Assessing a CT is free.

If you’re eligible for RPL or CT you may be able to complete the course in a shorter duration with reduction to total course fees.Check your eligibility with us.

What is a L – Portfolio?

L – Portfolio is a collection of work, skills and interests (evidence) in an electronic format that showcases learning and experience over time.

When you think about your L-Portfolio and the types of evidence that it contains, it is important to think carefully about its purpose and intended audience.

Your L-Portfolio may contain all or some of the following:

  • Files of various formats (text, pictures, video, etc.)
  • Evidence related to courses taken, programs of study, etc.
  • Writing samples (which might include several drafts to show development and improvement)
  • Projects prepared for class or extracurricular activities
  • Evidence of creativity and performance
  • Evidence of extracurricular or co-curricular activities, including examples of leadership
  • Evaluations, analysis and recommendations

Uses of L-Portfolio

Recognition of Prior Learning application:

Our RPL tool is in the form of an L-Portfolio, and allows students to put on record all their life experiences, interests and skills. Not only will their academic achievement be listed out, but also any life experiences that could potentially be taken into account for extra credit as Recognition of Prior Learning. For instance, an individual who has taken care of his or her bedridden parent has already gained valuable caregiver experience, which could be chalked up against practical expertise and added to their resume.

This L-Portfolio could be sent to employers when applying for work, to universities while applying for extra credits through RPL, or in any other ways to market their expertise.

Showcase/Professional L Portfolios

These L-Portfolios are used as a way to demonstrate (showcase) the highlights of a student’s academic and professional career.

Learning Portfolios

These portfolios are typically created by a student as part of a course as a way to demonstrate learning and the learning process. These portfolios are often shared with other students to elicit peer feedback. Learning portfolios support the idea of formative feedback as an essential part of the learning process.

  1. Application: Submit your online application by clicking “Apply Now” on the top right corner of the course page.
  2. Interview: Once you’ve met IHNA’s eligibility criteria you will be contacted for an interview with an admissions consultant
  3. Offer Letter: If you’re successful with the interview you will be offered a place for the course as per the availability of each intake.
  4. Enrolment Fee: After signing the offer acceptance an invoice will be issued for the course. You may be eligible for government funding, so please call our team to know more.
  5. Confirmation of Admission: We will issue a conformation of admission once the enrolment fee has been received.

Call us on 1800 22 52 83 for any questions regarding your application.

  • How long it will take to complete this course ?

    Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care courses is 52 weeks long. But you can fast-track the study.

  • Can I study at my own time ?

    Yes, Self- paced mode delivery is available. all course content and recorded sessions are available in Canvas

  • Do I need to visit campus for any session, if I prefer self-paced mode delivery ?

    Yes, you will be needing to come for SBA in an allocated week.

  • How many days I must visit campus for SBA ?

    One to two weeks

  • Is there any flexibility in attending SBA ?

    It is preferable to attend SBA in a childcare simulated environment.

  • How long it will take to complete the professional placement ?

    3 to 4 weeks (160 hours)

  • Are the SBA and PEP (Professional Experience Placement) mandatory ?

    Yes, student must finish both SBA and PEP component of the course.

  • How many days I must attend class, if I prefer Online Blended mode delivery? Is there any flexibility in attending class ?

    If you are preferred Blended mode delivery – 2.5 days of class a week (Online interactive session). 4 hour class a day, Wednesday (Half day) support session.

  • How long it will take to get the certificate ?

    Maximum 30 days as per IHNA policy

  • How many days I must attend class, if I prefer on-campus mode delivery?

    2.5 days of class a week (Time – 8.30 Am to 5.00 Pm) Wednesday (Half day) support session

  • Can I get RPL or credit transfer ?

    Yes, based on prior knowledge and experience you may be eligible for RPL or direct CT.

  • What is the catch-up arrangement in case I miss one or two days of classes in Blended mode/ On-campus delivery ?

    Our trainers are available Monday to Friday, you can contact them via Teams, email or Phone and setup a time that suits trainer as well as yourself and you can have student support/ facilitation session

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