Certificate III in Early Childhood Education & Care



Commence your career in Early Childhood Education and Care in Australia with this entry level qualification at QAT.

This qualification is for people who want to work as an early childhood educator in a centre-based service and family day care. You will be able to facilitate play and ensure children’s health and safety while supporting their learning and wellbeing. Queensland Academy of Technology partners with some of the best early childhood education and care services in the industry to give you practical, on-the-job training and industry-relevant experience before you graduate.

QAT as a leading training college in Brisbane has a proven history delivering various work place traineeship programs. We are committed to fully engaging with our reputable Host organisations to understand the specific needs, and provide solutions through implementing our trainee programs engaging with high performing school students.


An Australian school based trainee or apprentice must:

• Be a full time school student aged 15 years or older
• Have the school’s agreement to undertake school-based training
• Have parent/guardian’s permission (if under the age of 18)


Skills and knowledge assessments are an essential step in progressing through your course. You may be assessed in a number of ways while you study at the Queensland Academy of Technology, including observation, written assessment, questioning, portfolios, work samples, third-party feedback. Credit transfer is available for students who have successfully completed units of competency through a nationally recognised provided. Evidence of transcript will be requested prior to commencing the course.


The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete 18 units of competency. Completing placement is compulsory, and you will be expected to manage family and work commitments in order to complete your shifts. You are required to complete a minimum of 750 hours of placement to satisfy this component of your qualification.

CHCDIV002 - Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety

CHCECE001 - Develop cultural competence C

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

CHCLEG001 - Work legally and ethically

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 workplace health and safety

BSBINN301 - Promote innovation in a team environment

CHCECE006 - Support behaviour of children and young people

CHCECE012 - Support children to connect with their world


Students can pursue further studies by enrolling into Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care through our pathway programs.

Alternatively, for a shorter study duration and reduced tuition fees, apply to study a packaged course. In this packaged course you will study both a Certificate III and Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.


Training is free to school based trainees.




Duration - 2 years

Units 18

Delivery Mode

  • Traineeship

Intake Dates

Any Date

Work Placement

750 hours


FREE for School based trainees

Employment Opportunities

Job prospects upon successful completion of this course include:

• Early Childhood Educator
• Early Childhood Education and Care Assistant
• In Home Care Provider
• Family Day Care Educator
• Out of School Hours Care Worker
• Playgroup Supervisor

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Apply to enrol in this course to qualify for exciting work opportunities in Childcare.