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Early Childhood Education and Care

CHC30121 Certificate III in early Childhood Education and Care

Diploma in early Childhood Education and Care

This qualification reflects the role of educators in early childhood education and care who work in regulated children’s education and care services in Australia. They support children’s wellbeing, and development in the context of an approved learning framework. Educators use a range of well-developed skills and knowledge using discretion and judgment when carrying out their work in the context of established policies and procedures. They may work independently or under the guidance of others, though in some contexts that guidance may not be on-site.

Early childhood educators work in long day care centres, family day care, pre-schools or kindergartens.

Course code


Course name

Certificate III in early Childhood Education and Care (Release 1)

Study area

Early Childhood Education


52 Weeks

Course Overview

Upon completion of the qualification you will have the skills and knowledge required to provide care for individual and groups of children. This includes planning activities facilitating their leisure and play, enabling children to achieve their developmental outcomes. You will learn to support the implementation of an approved learning framework; organisational policies procedures and profiles support, children’s wellbeing, learning and development.

Optimistic Futures promises the quality of the training and assessment being delivered in this course and for the issuance of the AQF Certification documentation.

Entry Requirements

  • There are no entry requirements for this qualification. However, learners need to possess the required Language, Literacy and Numeracy Skills, which are essential to successfully complete this qualification.

Practical Work Placement

To achieve this Qualification, students are required to undertake work placement of 160 hours. Workplace documents are provided and students are advised to complete a National Police Record Check and Working with Children Check on commencement of the course in preparation for work placement.
The work placement is mandatory and students are required to participate in work placements enabling them to achieve the competency.

Possible Career Outcomes

After success completion you may wish to apply for a range of career opportunities including.

Early Childhood Educator Playgroup supervisor
Family day care worker Childhood educator
Childhood educator assistant Nanny
Recreation Assistant Outside school hours care assistant

We do not guarantee the desired outcome after successful completion of this qualification. Students are advised to undertake analysis of the market before deciding to start the course

Further Studies

Successful completion of this course, students are eligible to enrol in  CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Course Structure

Completion of 17 units (including 15 core units and 2 elective units)

Core Units

The below table represent Unit code, name and their scheduled hours

Unit Code Unit Descriptor Scheduled Hours
CHCECE030 Support inclusion and diversity 80
CHCECE031 Support children’s health, safety and wellbeing 160
CHCECE032 Nurture babies and toddlers 108
CHCECE033 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children 100
CHCECE034 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice 80
CHCECE035 Support the holistic learning and development of children 100
CHCECE036 Provide experiences to support children’s play and learning 75
CHCECE037 Support children to connect with the natural environment 50
CHCECE038 Observe children to inform practice 60
CHCECE054 Encourage understanding of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples’ cultures 55
CHCECE055 Meet legal and ethical obligations in children’s education and care 60
CHCECE056 Work effectively in children’s education and care 65
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk 60
HLTAID012 Provide First Aid in an education and care setting 22
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety 20

Elective Units

The below table represent Unit code, name and their scheduled hours

Unit Code Unit Descriptor Scheduled Hours
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people 55
CHCECE039 Comply with family day care administration requirements 50

Note: Optimistic Futures has chosen these Electives based on industry consultation.

Assessment Marking System

  • Satisfactory (S) result: the student’s submitted work satisfies the learning requirements and all competency standards for the unit (in accordance with the National Register
  • Not Yet Satisfactory (NYS) result: the student’s submitted work does not demonstrate their understanding of all competency standards in the unit. If a student receives a ‘not yet satisfactory’ outcome, he or she will receive written feedback from a trainer/assessor, clearly outlining where the gaps are. The student will then be required to rectify these gaps and re-submit their assessment for marking.

Once a student receives a satisfactory result for all required assessment tasks a competent (C) outcome will be awarded for the entire unit. The student must demonstrate their understanding of all competency standards in each unit before receiving a competent outcome.

National Recognition

These competencies have been drawn from the nationally endorsed industry training package the Community Services Training Package (CHC). Upon successful completion of the training and assessment, the qualification CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care will be issued. A transcript listing all units of competency will also be issued. The qualification and units of competency are nationally recognised and provide individuals with a valuable qualification that can be applied throughout Australia within the community services sector.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Applicants can apply for recognition of prior learning of their existing skills and knowledge that are relevant to the units of competency within the program. These skills and knowledge may have been obtained through workplace training or experience and may reduce the number of unitsrequired to be completed during the program. Students are encouraged to notify Optimistic Futures of their interest or intention to apply for RPL prior to their enrolment.

Credit Transfer

Applicants can apply for a credit transfer for any units successfully completed, as part of AQF qualification, at any other Registered Training Organisation (RTO) or TAFE. Credit transfers will be granted upon the receipt of sufficient evidence to support the application prior to the commencement of training.

Student Information

Detailed student information is provided in our Student Handbook, which is supplied with the enrolment package. This Booklet contains important information about a student’s rights and obligations, such as their right to privacy, a safe training environment, right to complaint or appeal an assessment decision, meeting course progress requirement and maintaining appropriate student behaviour. It is important that person applying for enrolment must have had reviewed this information first.

Students are expected to bring along notebook and pen to take notes, may also bring a laptop.


On fulfilling the requirements, an AQF Qualification in CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care  will be issued to learners within 30 days of completion of the qualification. Students completing units but not completing the qualification will be issued with Statement of Attainment detailing the units that have been completed successfully

Cooling Off Period

The standards for Registered Training Organisations require an RTO to inform the prospective students of their right to statutory cooling off period. A statutory cooling off period of 10 days is applicable under Consumer Law to withdraw from a consumer agreement, if the agreement has been through unsolicited marketing and sales tactics. However, it may be noted that we do not engage in any aggressive marketing tactics like door to door marketing, hence Statutory cooling off period will not as such be applicable to our students who have enrolled into a program. However, for refund options students may refer to our refund policy available in Student Handbook.

Refund Policy

For information about the refund policy please refers to the student handbook, find it on our website under ‘Student Information’ section or speak to one of our friendly customer services staff.

Assessment Requirements

Showing Competence in all assessment is a necessary part of this program to show that you have achieved the skills and knowledge set out in the competency standards. Optimistic futures will be conducting of realistic workplace tasks, project, knowledge tests, case studies, feedback from supervisors.

Mode of Delivery


Note: For the avoidance of doubt face to face includes both in-class and online  delivery.

Unique Student Identifier

Each participant enrolling in a course will need a Unique Student Identifier (USI) number to obtain their certificate or qualification when studying nationally recognised training in Australia. A USI gives you access to your online USI account which will help keep all your training records together. Certificates and Statements of Attainment cannot be issued without this number.

Course Fees

Fee for service:- Fee for service cost is $3200 this includes all workbooks /material and/or equipment.
Mode of Payment:- Both Cash and Card are accepted
Initial Deposit:- No deposit required.
Details of fees (Subject to change without notification):- The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

Complaints and Appeal Process

If student has any complaint against Optimistic Futures’s policies, procedure, staff, fellow students, assessments, marking or learning resources, they can obtain a complaint form, from the reception of the Optimistic Futures, and submit as soon as possible for an early action

For further information about the complaints and appeal process, please refer to student handbook or speak to one of our staff.

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