Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

CRICOS Course Code: 110949JCourse Code: CHC30121

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.

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Pathway from the qualification

After achieving this qualification candidates may undertake CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care or a range of Diploma level qualifications within the CHC Community Services Training Package, or other Training Packages.

Course duration and fees

The total duration will be 52 weeks including the breaks.

See: Academic Calendar & Fees for detailed information.

Qualification sturcture

  1. Course Units
    HLTAID012 Provide First Aid in an education and care setting
    HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety
    CHCECE034 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
    CHCECE055 Meet legal and ethical obligations in children’s education and care
    CHCECE033 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children
    CHCECE038 Observe children to inform practice
    CHCECE037 Support children to connect with the natural environment
    CHCECE036 Provide experiences to support children’s play and learning
    CHCECE035 Support the holistic learning and development of children
    CHCECE031 Support children’s health, safety and wellbeing
    CHCECE032 Nurture babies and toddlers
    CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
    CHCSAC009 Support the holistic development of children in school age care
    CHCECE030 Support inclusion and diversity
    CHCECE054 Encourage understanding of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples’ cultures
    CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
    CHCECE056 Work effectively in children’s education and care

Entry Requirements

It is recommended that individuals should:

  • Be 18 years or older; and
  • Have completed Year 11 or its equivalent with suitable English language skills.
  • International Students are also required to have an English ability at the IELTS 6.0 or equivalent.
  • A working with children check is required for work placement and for gaining employment.

Jobs Roles

  • Early Childhood Educator

  • Family day care educator

  • Preschool assistant

  • Nanny or in home care educator

Mode of Course Delivery

67% Face-to-face + 33% Online + 170 hours of mandatory work placement

Work Placement & FAQs

Students are required to participate in a minimum of 170-hour practical placement within an accredited early childhood education and care service.

Students are responsible for finding their own work placement however BBI has agreements with different Childcare centres which students may contact if they can’t find their own.


Q: What is work placement for?

A: Work placement provides practical training for students. You will work under the supervision of a supervisor in a real workplace. The work placement enables you to practice and develop your skills and is a compulsory requirement in order to gain your qualification.


Q: Is the work placement mandatory?

A: It is a mandatory requirement to complete work placement in order to receive your Childcare qualifications at BBI


Q: Who is responsible to organise the work placement?

A: Students are responsible for finding their own work placements. However, BBI has agreements with different childcare centres in case students need any assistance finding placements.


Q: Can I use my own employer for work placement?

A: Yes, if they meet the mandatory criteria for work placement assessment students can use their current job as a Work Placement. It does not affect at all the current student-employer relationship. A BBI assessor will assess and decide on the suitability of the work placement settings.


Q: When can I start the work placement?

A: Students are eligible to participate in work placement upon completion of at least two weeks of theoretical study at the institute. Students are only deemed eligible by the Trainer to participate if they possess the required attributes and skills.

A WORKING WITH CHILD CHECK is required for work placement and for gaining employment in a childcare centre


Q: How long is the work placement?

A: For Certificate III the minimum amount of work placement hours required to complete is 170 hours. For the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care the minimum amount of work placement hours to complete is 285 hours.


Q: Can I change my work placement?

A: We don’t recommend. However under extenuating circumstances we may consider. Request will be assessed by work placement coordinator or Academic coordinator


Q: I feel sick on the day of work placement. What do I do?

A: If you are sick, you are required to phone your supervisor immediately and let your supervisor that you are not coming in. In addition, you are required to email Student Support and your Trainer of your absence. You will also be required to email a copy of your medical certificate to Student Support for our records. Please note that you are still required to make up the hours you miss.


Q: My bus/train was late. Is that ok?

A: No, it is very important that you are punctual to your work place. Remember, every day is like a job interview and you need to make a good impression. Plan your trip to take into account possible delays and make every effort to arrive earlier to avoid being deemed late.


Q: What if I fail (Not Yet Competent) my work place Assessments?

A: Should a student not demonstrate competency within a single work placement, students may be required to undergo additional work placement hours and an additional assessor visit. An additional assessor visit will incur a fee of $200.


Q: Do I need to attend classes during my work placement?

A: Yes, please follow your individual study plan. There will be no classes during the work placement block weeks but you must continue your online learning throughout this period.


Please refer to the STUDENT HANDBOOK for detailed work placement guidelines and procedures


The Class timetable may differ from the actual(face-to-face) class timetable. The nature of student support and engagement may also vary during this online delivery period.

Please contact the college if you have any enquiries regarding the mode of delivery and the timetable

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