The Course

The CHC30121 Certificate lll in Early Childhood and Care qualification provides students with the skills, knowledge and qualification required to work in a regulated early childhood setting. The qualification has 17 units of competence – 15 core and 2 electives.
Each unit covers the key skills and knowledge required to practice as a qualified Early Childhood Educator. Students will learn how to:

  • Safely care for babies, toddlers and young children from 0-5 years
  • Understand the theory behind how a child develops and grows
  • Plan creative and fun experiences that foster the child’s development, wellbeing and creativity
  • Develop rewarding and positive relationships with children and their families
  • Understand the legislative and regulatory frameworks that govern the industry and ensure you work legally and ethically
  • Understand the importance of cultural competence and how to ensure all families and children are cared for in an inclusive environment
  • Perform the principles of First Aid – HLTAID012 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting - requires a physical capability of performing uninterrupted CPR for at least 2 minutes on an adult/child resuscitation manikin placed on the floor.
All learning and assessment resources are provided by Benchmark College. To complete the self-directed learning and assessment component, access to the internet and a computer is also required.

Course features

  • Work experience for classroom-based training
  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Includes HLTAID012 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting
  • Industry-experienced trainer

Course Content

Core Units
CHCECE030 | Support inclusion and diversity
CHCECE031 | Support children’s health, safety and wellbeing
CHCECE032 | Nurture babies and toddlers
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
CHCECE037 | Support children to connect with the natural environment
CHCECE038 | Observe children to inform practice
CHCECE054 | Encourage understanding of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples’ cultures
CHCECE055 | Meet legal and ethical obligations in children’s education and care
CHCECE056 | Work effectively in children’s education and care
CHCPRT001 | Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
HLTAID012 | Provide First Aid in an education and care setting
HLTWHS001 | Participate in workplace health and safety

Elective Units
CHCDIV001 | Work with diverse people
CHCPRP003 | Reflect on and improve own professional practice

Entry Requirements

  • Be a minimum age of 16 years old or over
  • Unique Student Identifier (USI)
  • Hold a current Working With Children Check (WWCC) or ability to obtain one prior to
  • attending work experience and field days
  • Complete the pre-enrolment process including the pre-enrolment Language, Literacy and Numeracy assessment.
  • Hold a Covid19 vaccination certificate

Work Experience Requirements

This qualification requires students to complete at least 160 hours of work in a regulated children’s education and care service. During work experience, students must provide & wear their own sun safe, industry appropriate clothing & a hat and be able to travel to the host employer.

Pre-enrolment information

Benchmark College has policies, procedures and information to help create a working and learning environment that is safe and healthy, culturally diverse, friendly and non-discriminatory. We encourage students to visit the student section of our website to view all relevant policies and procedures.

Government funding*

This training is subsidised by the NSW Government. To be eligible to receive funding, the following eligibility criteria must be met:

  • be an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident, a humanitarian visa holder or a New Zealand citizen and;
  • be aged 15 years or older and;
  • have left school and;
  • live or work in New South Wales
* Further eligibility criteria may apply. For more information on NSW Government funding (including concessions and fee-free scholarships), and to check eligibility, please visit or call 1300 722 104.

CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Play a vital role in children’s educational development and learning
The CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care will provide students with the skills to plan engaging and educational activities to help children develop to their full potential. Learn how to create individual profiles and work with families to provide appropriate childhood education and care.