Children's Services

CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care is part of the Community Services Training Package. It reflects the role of an educator in a range of early childhood education setting.  As an educator you will work within the requirements of the Education and Care Services National Regulations and the National Quality Standard.  Educators implement the approved learning framework, and support children’s wellbeing, learning and the children’s overall development. Depending on the setting, educators may work under direct supervision or autonomously.

This qualification is for educators who will provide care for children birth to 5 years in an early childhood education and care setting whether that is as a family day care educator or in a long day care centre.  The educators plan and implement programs that will enable children to learn through play in a safe and supported environment.  Educators work in partnership with families to provide individual care for their children.

To enrol in this program you will need:

  • to be involved in a an information and suitability process
  • be able to satisfy a Department of Justice, Working With Vulnerable People Check
  • to participate in work placement in an Early Childhood Education and Care environment

This qualification would suit:

  • people who are currently working in a licensed early childhood setting
  • people who would like to work in children’s services
  • people who are looking for a career change
  • people who enjoy working with children and parents

Career Opportunities

Completing CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care qualification can lead to a range of employment opportunities and is a pathway to further study in the following:

Employment opportunities as an educator may include full time, part time or relief work for the following early childhood education and care environments;

  • Family day
  • In home care
  • Nanny
  • Long day care
  • Outside School Hours Care
  • Playgroup

Further study:

  • CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood education and Care
  • UTAS Bachelor of Education

Dates and Times

Please Note:
Employment based students (apprentices/trainees/commercial) can enrol and start at any time.
For further information call 1300 655 307.

Clarence Campus

  • Next Intake:  February 2019
  • Information Sessions:   Tuesday, 27 November 2018 – 10am – 11am OR 5pm – 6pm
    • Venue:  Theatrette, Clarence Campus, 4a Bounty Street, Warrane
  • Contact us on 1300 655 307 to register your interest
  • Application Session:  Tuesday, 4 December 2018 – 10am to 12pm
    • Venue:  Room C1-03/04, C Block, Clarence Campus, 4a Bounty Street, Warrane
  • You MUST attend the Information Session to be eligible for the Application Session

Alanvale Campus
To be eligible to enrol in this qualification in the North – Alanvale Campus, you need to reside in the North and North East regions of Tasmania.

Campus Based and Off Campus Delivery (Online & Work Placement) 

  • Next Intake:  February 2019
  • Duration:  2 days per week plus work placement
  • Information Sessions:  Wednesday, 28 November 2018 – 10am OR 2pm OR 6pm
    • Venue:  C Block, Alanvale Campus, Alanvale Road, Newnham
  • Contact us on 1300 655 307  to register your interest.
  • The team will contact you with further information.

Devonport and Burnie Campus

  • Next Intake:  February 2019
  • Information Sessions:   Wednesday, 28 November 2018 – 10am OR 2pm OR 6pm
    • Burnie Venue:  Room C3.15, C Block, Burnie Campus, Mooreville Road, Burnie,  OR
    • Devonport Venue:  Room A2.18, A Block, Devonport Campus, 20 Valley Road, Devonport
  • Contact us on 1300 655 307 to register your interest

Learning Options

Learning options may include:

  • On campus full time or part time; – participation in timetabled workshops at TasTAFE and practical placement in an Early Childhood Education and Care setting
  • Off the job – As an off campus student through the TasTAFE online learning platform, workshops, and individual learning support meetings with a teacher and a work placement in an early childhood education and care environment
  • DVD s and videos – resources that give you additional information
  • In-Service Programs

Suitability Process

Additional information regarding the Suitability process

  • Full-time (day) students must participate in a selection/suitability process that requires attendance at an Information & Suitability Session involving –
    • Completion of a suitability assessment booklet, that is a requirement for entry into our courses, which takes about 15-30 minutes; and
    • One-on-one interview with a teacher.
  • Support is available to help candidates who have literacy/numeracy difficulties and must be advised to us, prior to attending the session, so that teaching staff are aware and able to assist on the day.
  • Within 21-28 days a Letter of Offer will be sent to successful candidates or a Letter of Offer to an alternative course, if unable to place into desired qualification.

Assessment Process

A range of assessment methods are used for each unit or cluster of units when assessing competence.  Assessment methods used for the program include:

  • Written questions
  • Scenarios
  • Performance evidence portfolio (PEP)
  • Observation checklists
  • Third Party reports

If required, other assessment methods may be used for students (eg. verbal tests instead of short written tests)

Resources and Equipment

Early Childhood teachers supplies most of the resources and equipment needed by students in all courses.  The following resources are in the library and available for students and teachers to loan.

  • Textbooks
  • DVD’s

The following resources are supplied for students and teachers use in classrooms.

  • Teaching equipment including ceiling mounted projector and data projectors, television, DVD/Video player and whiteboard.

The following resources are supplied to students for workplace learning

  • Practical placement folder/booklet
  • Information for the workplace

Students may also purchase the following resource if they wish to have their own copy. However, copies of these are available for loan from the library.

  • Recommended text book The Early Childhood Educator for Certificate III, McGraw-Hill


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Fees and Payments

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Are there any ‘Other Fees’?

Yes – $100
This may include Polo Top, USB, First Aid and specialised workshops/guest speakers

Students are required to pay the costs for the following items:

  • Working with Vulnerable People card
  • Resources for project/practical placement

Students are also encouraged to purchase:

  • Appropriate clothing to wear on work placement, including closed non slip shoes and sun safe clothing.


Full-time and Part-time (day) students must participate in a selection/suitability process.

Industry Expectations

Children’s Services students are expected to:

  • read and interpret workplace documents such as those relating to workplace health and safety and workplace policies and procedures
  • record information about children that is legible and accurate
  • read and understand theory materials
  • meet and greet parents and other clients
  • an ability to communicate well and work as part of a team to care for children
  • care for children’s routine, physical needs

Support is available to help students who may have difficulty meeting the above requirements. Some of these skills may be improved through the learning process.

Qualification Requirements

Course consists of 18 competencies consisting of 15 core units and 3 electives.

The choice of electives will be guided by the type of service delivery and the setting.   This course includes a period of work placement in the industry for experience.

The study program includes a variety of learning processes to encourage and improve the learning process.


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