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Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Join one of Australia's Fastest Growing Industries

With over 50,000 job openings expected in the next five years and 130,000 people currently employed (Department of Employment, 2014), childcare is an exciting growth industry offering many opportunities for those who possess the right skills and qualifications.

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    IHNA Nationally Recognized Training IHNA Future Skills WA IHNA Course
Course Code: CHC30113 Course Name: Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
CRICOS Code: 093192F
Department: School of Education
AQF Level: Level 3 - Certificate III Funding: DTWD funding & VTG funding available
Course Location: Melbourne, Perth, Sydney, Online (Blended) Course Duration: 52 weeks

Witness Learning and Development

Childcare educators are with children as they reach important milestones in their lives. Seeing a child speak their first sentence or take their first steps is a great source of satisfaction and fulfilment as well as a privilege. Children are the future of our world and contributing to their cognitive and social development at important formative stages in their lives is an amazing opportunity as well as a great responsibility.

Flexibility - Work, Study and Live

Start working as soon as you enrol! Most childcare facilities require that you be progressing toward a childcare qualification as a condition of employment, so you can work in the industry as soon as you enrol.

With mixed mode (blended) course delivery, fitting your study in with your other commitments has never been easier. Mixed mode course delivery uses exciting and innovative eLearning and communication technologies, extensive student teacher interaction via webcams and social media and rich multimedia content to ensure that delivery of theory components of the course is exciting and engaging. Practical components are still taught in a hands on way in the classroom, the simulation laboratory and through placements in childcare facilities.


IHNA's comprehensive training course in Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care is designed for those who wish to make their career caring for young children, and planning activities that focus on the child's development. Graduates can practice in a range of Early Childhood Educational settings.

The course modules are structured to provide a balanced program of theory and practice relevant to the needs of employers, to optimise career opportunities across the Childhood Education and Care sector in Australia.

The CHC330113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care is nationally accredited and is suited to early childhood educators who wish to work with very young children.
The total tuition cost for the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

VictoriaAUD $2,800
New South WalesAUD $2,800
Western AustraliaAUD $3,800

State Government Funding is Available for Eligible Students.
Other funding options are available, for more information please contact us on: enquiry@ihna.edu.au

Enrolling in this qualification and availing the relevant state funding, may affect student's future training options and the eligibility for further government subsidised training.

Students eligible and opting for government funding must attend 20 hours of classroom sessions per week. Students failing to attend the classroom sessions will not be able to avail the funding and will be required to pay the full course fees.

The total structured duration of the course is one year including PP. Gain credit transfer or Recognition of prior learning (RPL) for previous study and work place experience and fast-track your studies. Call us to find more.


CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
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
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
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety


CHCECE012 Support children to connect with their world
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
CHCECE021 Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children
This course is delivered in a blended mode, with online theory and simulation based training + Practical placements of 825 hours in all.

Online (Blended) [A New Experience in Learning]

  • Theory Online :
    • Interact online with classmates, teachers and support staff
    • Attend live webinars and chats
    • Attend optional support sessions on campus
    • Engage with stimulating multimedia content
    • Access online library resources
  • Practical placement, at approved childcare facilities across Australia
Notice: Please note that students who are studying in our Melbourne Campus will have to attend mandatory weekly one day class on every Saturday starting from 8th July 2017. Class timing will be 9 am to 5 pm.

After successful completion of the program, the candidates may gain employment as early childhood educators, outside school hours care assistants, personal care assistants, playgroup supervisors, in-home respite workers, recreation assistants, family day care workers, community support workers, nannies, childhood educators, community care workers, relievers, or childhood educator assistants (among other job descriptions).

IHNA has in place admission criteria for courses in its scope as required by its ‘Application and Enrolment Procedure for VET Courses’ to ensure that candidates meet industry requirements.

• Applicants are required to be 18 years old and above and need to be Secondary School year 10 pass,
• Be of mature age which can be demonstrated by a candidate who is at least of 21 years and has at least 2 years industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication.

In addition, all the applicants are required to have successfully completed an ACSF test and demonstrate competence as working at Level 3 for all indicators to enrol for this qualification (issued within the last 12 months from the time of admission).

Additional Requirement for professional experience placement:
Satisfactory National police clearance / AFP/ NCC and WWCC
IHNA highly recommends students to complete the immunization requirements before the professional experience placement start date

It is also essential for the student to possess basic computer skills.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are encouraged to apply.

Physical requirements

While IHNA will work with you to make "reasonable accommodations" in the campus lab and classroom, there are work place practice conditions that occur in the workplace environment that are beyond IHNA's control. The physical requirements below are necessary to function in the healthcare facility and/or community setting. Students must be able to perform and complete course objectives and requirements with or without reasonable accommodations otherwise you will not be enrolled.

Skills and abilities that are needed to perform client care to pass the course objectives and requirements are:

Strength: Sufficient to assist with lifting and transferring a client, and perform CPR
Mobility: Sufficient mobility to bend, stoop, and bend down to the floor; ability to move around rapidly; and to move in small, confined areas.
Hearing: Sufficient to hear through the stethoscope to discriminate sounds; to hear cries for help; to hear alarms on equipment and emergency signals; and various overhead pages.
Vision: Sufficient to make physical assessments of client and equipment.
Communication: Able to communicate in both verbal and written formats; and interact with clients, staff, and faculty supervisors.>

If you have a disability that will require reasonable accommodations to fulfil these requirements then please declare in your course application.

Interested in this course?

Then applying for the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care with IHNA. Before applying for the course, please check the entry requirements for this course.

If you require any assistance, please feel free to contact us on: enquiry@ihna.edu.au or call us on our TOLL FREE: 1800 2252 83

Face to face Delivery


Mar 05, 2018
Dec 04, 2018

Online (Blended) Delivery


Feb 05, 2018
Apr 09, 2018
Jul 02, 2018
Oct 08, 2018

Note: Information provided as a guide only. The units taken into account may vary depending on the course provider. Please contact us for specific information on units and credit transfers.


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