Cricos Code 108598A


Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care



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.

Course Duration and Study Options


• IELTS 5.5 or equivalent* (No band below 5.0)
• Completion of Year 12 (or equivalent in the student’s home country)*
• Students who have not completed high school must have relevant work experience or a qualification that indicate a likely success of course completion.

*Alternatively, students are required to take a pre-test before enrolment.


Please contact us for tuition fee of this course.


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.

You can choose to package this course with the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care for a shorter duration and less cost of the combined programs. Contact us to find out more!


We have many payment options available depending on each individual student. Please Contact QAT to know what payment option suits you.

Why Study with QAT?


The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete 17 units of competency. A requirement of this course is that students undertake a mandatory industry placement. 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 160 hours of placement to satisfy this component of your qualification.

**Prior to work placement you are required to apply for a blue card (working with children check).

CHCDIV001 - Work with diverse people
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
CHCPRP003 - Reflect on and improve own professional practice
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


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.


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
• Outside Hour School Care Educator
• Playgroup Supervisor

Any Questions?

For assistance, our Enrolments Team are more than happy to help you with any questions you may have. Contact us now and we'll get you started.


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