Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

CHC30113 | CRICOS 082223F

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Enter an extremely rewarding career for life!

The early years count! Education in a child’s early years provides a critical foundation for cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional and motor development. For this reason, becoming a professional childcare educator can be so rewarding.

By pursuing this career, you open up a plethora of opportunities in the childcare industry. childcare in the top 5 occupations in Australia with the largest number of new jobs expected by 2020, you can enter this career path knowing you are in high demand in the workforce.

Course Overview

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. This 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.

Course Duration
40 weeks
Entry Requirements

IELTS 5.5 or equivalent* (No band below 5.0).

Completion of Year 10 (or equivalent in the student’s home country).

Students who have not completed year 10 (or equivalent) must have relevant work experience or a qualification that indicate a likely success of course completion.

Tuition fees

From $6,000**

Work placement hours

120 hours

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

Intake Dates

Every second Tuesday; see the PDF for all the dates

* Alternatively, students are required to take a pre-test before enrolment
**Additional costs include: Materials $300; First Aid: $170; Enrolment fee: $250

Course Highlights

  • This entry-level course will equip students with all the essential skills and knowledge that they need to become a qualified educator in the early
  • This qualification is nationally recognised.
  • Students will be taught in real life settings. With the practical approach specifically designed for international students, students will acquire job ready skills through their training.
  • All our students gain real world experience visiting and working in local childcare centres since the beginning of the course.
  • QAT helps arrange work based training for our students.
  • Students can choose to further study a bachelor degree in the field with one of our partnered universities.

Course Units

Develop positive and respectful relationships with children
Ensure the health and safety of children
Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
Participate in workplace health and safety
Use information about children to inform practice
Provide experiences to support children’s play and learning
Support behaviour of children and young people
Promote innovation in a team environment
Support children to connect with their world
Promote and provide healthy food and drinks
Provide care for babies and toddlers
Provide care for children
Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting
Work legally and ethically
Develop cultural competence
Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
Support the holistic development of children in early childhood

Work Placement Centers

  • Goodstart Early Learning in Murarrie
  • World of Learning in Varsity Lakes
  • Kindy Patch Kids in Paddington
  • Mother Duck in Cannon Hill
  • Guardian Early Learning Group
  • Day One Early Learning Centres in Dakabin
  • Lead Childcare in Wooloowin
  • Perfect Beginnings Child Care Centre in Eight Mile Plains
  • Petit Early Learning Journey in Wooloowin
  • Kaleidoscope Kids Early Learning Centres in Goodna

Career Opportunities

  • Educator
  • Outside Hour School Care Educator
  • ISS – Educator Support
  • Centre Cook

Further Study

Students can pursue further studies by enrolling into a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care through our pathway program. For information on our pathways, please see the link below.


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.

What students are saying about QAT

“I had the opportunity to study at QAT, great people and great staff. I had many experiences, I had difficult moments and sometimes hard to express my frustrations, however the trainers always were there to support me, been patient with me they help me to continue until the end."
Leidy From Colombia
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