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Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Provided by  Open Colleges

Course Overview

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Get into the rewarding field of early childhood education with the nationally recognised Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.

This course will teach you how to care for babies, toddlers and children as well as support their development during the vitally important early childhood years. You will also learn how to promote safe sleep; provide positive nappy-changing, toileting and meal time experiences; and create a healthy, supportive and safe environment for babies and toddlers.

Caring for slightly older children is also covered, you will learn how to promote kids’ development in a safe, healthy and inspiring manner, as well as how to encourage physical activity and how to help them adjust to change.

Work anywhere in Australia as an accredited child care worker with this Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) nationally recognised qualification.

The work placement component in a real day care centre of your choosing gives you the confidence and practical skills neccecary.

The Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care is ideal for people wanting to begin a career in early childhood education and also for those who want to formalise their qualification.

Course Quick Look

Awarded By:
Open Colleges
Certificate lll
Study Mode:
Maximum 18 months
Nationally Recognised:


Work legally and ethically

  • Identify and respond to legal requirements
  • Identify and meet ethical responsibilities
  • Contribute to workplace improvements

Use an approved learning framework to guide practice

  • Identify learning frameworks
  • Apply the learning framework

Develop cultural competence

  • Reflect on own cultural identity and biases
  • Identify and develop cultural competency
  • Research Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities
  • Support individual cultural identities
  • Create environments to support children’s cross-cultural understanding and relationships
  • Support the implementation of inclusive learning experiences
  • Support children in developing confidence and strength in personal and cultural identity

Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety

  • Identify cultural safety issues in the workplace
  • Model cultural safety in own work
  • Develop strategies for improved cultural safety
  • Evaluate cultural safety strategies

Identify and respond to children and young people at risk

  • Implement work practices which support the protection of children and young people
  • Report indications of possible risk of harm
  • Apply ethical and nurturing practices in work with children and young people

Ensure the health and safety of children

  • Support each child’s health needs
  • Provide opportunities to meet each child’s need for sleep, rest and relaxation
  • Implement effective hygiene and health practices
  • Supervise children to ensure safety
  • Minimise risks
  • Contribute to the ongoing management of allergies
  • Contribute to the ongoing management of asthma

Provide care for babies and toddlers

  • Promote safe sleep
  • Provide positive nappy-changing and toileting experiences
  • Promote quality mealtime environments
  • Create a healthy and safe supporting environment
  • Develop relationships with babies and toddlers
  • Develop relationships with families

Provide care for children

  • Provide physical care
  • Promote physical activity
  • Adapt facilities to ensure access and participation
  • Help children with change
  • Settle new arrivals

Develop positive and respectful relationships with children

  • Communicate positively with children
  • Interact positively with children
  • Support and respect children
  • Maintain the dignity and rights of children

Promote and provide healthy food and drinks

  • Promote healthy eating
  • Plan food and drinks that are nutritious and appropriate for each child
  • Maintain food safety while carrying out food-handling activities

Support the holistic development of children in early childhood

  • Support physical development
  • Support social development
  • Support emotional development
  • Support cognitive development
  • Support communication development
  • Create an environment for holistic learning and development

Use information about children to inform practice

  • Gather information about the child through observation
  • Gather information about the child from secondary sources
  • Record observations appropriately
  • Use observations and information collected to contribute to program planning

Provide experiences to support children's play and learning

  • Create an environment for play
  • Support children’s play and learning
  • Facilitate children’s play, learning and physical activity

Participate in work health and safety

  • Follow safe work practices
  • Implement safe work practices
  • Contribute to safe work practices in the workplace
  • Reflect on own safe work practices

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