Post-school VET – Early Childhood Education and Care

This qualification is recognised as the entry-level qualification for employment in the Child Care industry and would suit students who are interested in a career in the industry or part-time work while undertaking further study.

The qualification reflects the role of workers in a range of early childhood education settings who work within the requirements of the Education and Care Services National Regulations and the National Quality Standard. They support the implementation of an approved learning framework, and support children’s wellbeing, learning and development. Depending on the setting, educators may work under direct supervision or autonomously.

This course is available to students who have successfully completed all Units of Competency in the 360 hour Early Childhood Education and Care course as part of their HSC studies.

This industry requires students to have:

  • Current immunisation and vaccination records
  • National Police check
  • Working with children check (for students 18 years and over)


CHC30113 – Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Course Duration and Workshop Dates

This is a 100 hour course that, in 2021, will commence in the October school holidays and conclude after the HSC exams have finished. There will be a break during Term 4, from Week 3 to Week 9, to allow students to prepare for and undertake their HSC exams.

To meet the requirements of the course students need to:

    • Participate in 5 workshops which will be held from 8.30am to 3.00pm.
      • Online workshops by Zoom
        • Monday 27 September
        • Wednesday 6 October
        • Wednesday 13 October
      • Face-to-face workshops at Southern Cross Catholic College, 17 Comer St Burwood (if possible – depending on NSW Health regulations)
      • Wednesday 8 December
      • Monday 13 December
    • Complete 55 hours of online course work in your own time.
    • Complete 4 days of work placement in a child care centre. Dates and centre locations will need to be approved by the school. NB – Students who are completing a school based traineeship do not have to do extra work placement. They will complete this requirement by continuing to work with their current employer. (NB. This requirement will be confirmed and explained by your teacher, depending on COVID-19 restrictions for November-December.)
Entry Requirements, Credit Transfer (CT) and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

To enrol in this course you must have completed the 360 hour Early Childhood Education and Care course for the Higher School Certificate including the units that are listed in the “Units of Competency” section below. You will be given Credit Transfer for these units.

If you have completed other training, either through your part-time work, TAFE or other school VET courses, or through experience gained in other ways you can also apply for RPL.

You will need to provide evidence of your achievement prior to commencing the course so that it can be considered in developing your training plan.

Units of Competency

To be eligible for this qualification you must successfully complete 18 Units of Competency: 15 core and 3 elective. These units will be delivered as follows:

Post-school VET course:

  • CHCECE001 Develop cultural competence (CORE)
  • CHCDIV002 Work with diverse people
  • CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically (CORE)
  • CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety (CORE)

Credit transfer for units completed while at school for the HSC:

  • HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety (CORE)
  • CHCECE002 Ensure the health and safety of children (CORE)
  • CHCECE009 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice (CORE)
  • CHCECE004 Promote and provide healthy food and drinks (CORE)
  • CHCECE003 Provide care for children (CORE)
  • CHCECE010 Support the holistic development of children in early childhood (CORE)
  • CHCECE005 Provide care for babies and toddlers (CORE)
  • CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk  (CORE)
  • HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting  (CORE)
  • CHCECE011 Provide experiences to support children’s play and learning  (CORE)
  • CHCECE013 Use information about children to inform practice  (CORE)
  • CHCECE007 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children  (CORE)
  • CHCECE012 Support children to connect with their world
  • CHCECE026 Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate education and care for children

Speak to the course coordinator if you believe you may hold other Units of Competency that could be considered for credit towards the qualification.

Work Placement

(NB. This requirement will be confirmed and explained by your teacher at the first workshop and will depend on COVID-19 restrictions for November-December.)

During this course, students will complete 4 days work placement – usually 1 day per week over 4 weeks. This is in addition to the 3 weeks students have completed while at school (a total of 4 weeks for the full qualification). Days worked as part of a School Based Traineeship satisfy these requirements. Trainees will continue their work during this time and do not have to do extra work placement.

Click here for the information you need about arranging your work placement.


This course is competency based and the student’s performance is recognised against a prescribed industry standard. Assessment strategies may include:

  • Observation
  • Student demonstration
  • Questioning
  • Written tasks
  • Tests

Students are given a number of opportunities to demonstrate competence across the range of competency standards covered by this course.


***In 2021, Sydney Catholic Schools is able to access the NSW Government’s Skilling for Recovery program which provides fee-free training for school leavers. This means that the course is free for students who apply by 20 August and fully complete their enrolment by 15 September 2021. The following information is for students who apply after these dates.***

There are three cost categories for this course:

  1. Full fee. The full fee for the course is $500. This applies to students who are not eligible for either of Categories 2 or 3.
  2. Smart and Skilled subsidised. (See further information below.) The estimated fee for students who are eligible for Smart and Skilled funding is approximately $400. This can only be confirmed once the students have been entered on the Smart and Skilled database and may vary slightly. The fee may be less if you have completed further Units of Competency that count for Credit Transfer or RPL under this program.
  3. Fee exemption. Depending on evidence provided, some students are exempt from paying the fee or may receive further reductions. This includes students who:
    • identify as having Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander background;
    • have a confirmed disability;
    • are welfare recipients or a dependent of welfare recipients, or
    • are currently completing a school based traineeship in this qualification.

Smart and Skilled funding:

  • As places for Smart and Skilled funding are limited, they will be issued to students on a first come first served basis.
  • Students must meet the eligibility criteria set by the NSW Government. (see the Post-school VET page).
  • As the student fee is set by the NSW Government the actual fee for individual students depends on a number of circumstances and will be confirmed after you apply. The fee is compulsory and cannot be varied.
  • It’s important to note also, that this will count as your first Certificate III qualification completed post-school. If you then decide to do another qualification that is subsidised under Smart and Skilled you will pay a slightly higher student fee. However, if you enrol in a Diploma, an Advanced Diploma or, in some cases, a Certificate IV qualification, you may be eligible for a VET FEE-HELP loan.
Other Course Requirements / Equipment / What to Wear

Equipment: All students must have a fully charged laptop in good working order (not a tablet). It is recommended that students also bring a charger. 

What to Wear: Students should wear clothing that is appropriate to working the industry, including closed in shoes. School uniform is not required.

Further Study
  • Diploma in Early Childhood
  • Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary)
Career Information

Job Roles

Following a successful outcome, relevant job roles may include a career as a: childcare assistant, family day carer, nanny or kindergarten assistant.

Duties and Tasks

Early childhood teachers may perform the following tasks:

  • Plan activities using a variety of materials and equipment to develop good coordination, social skills, creativity, self-expression and an interest in learning
  • Promote language development and self-confidence through storytelling, drama, music and discussions
  • Help to organise and participate in excursions to enhance learning experiences
  • Encourage children to question and explore the world in which they live
  • Observe children to evaluate and record their progress and to detect signs of developmental disorders, ill health or emotional disturbance
  • Work with guidance officers, speech pathologists and psychologists to assist children with special needs
  • Help integrate children with special needs into mainstream classes
  • Promote health and safety concepts and social interaction with other children
  • Promote awareness and appreciation of diversity in multicultural societies
  • Attend to sick children and those in need of first aid
  • Comfort children who are hurt or distressed
  • Assist children with their toileting and t with parents and other educators
  • Discuss the aims of the education programme with parents
  • Participate in community activities and parent/staff committees
  • Supervise and work with student teachers and trainee childcare workers.

Personal Attributes

  • Able to relate to children and their families
  • A keen desire to teach children
  • Willing to learn
  • Good problem-solving skills
  • Sound literacy and numeracy skills
  • High-level planning and organisational skills
  • Enthusiastic, tactful, patient and a sense of humour
  • Prepared to work outside of school hours.

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This page was last updated on 31 August 2021.