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Make a real difference to a child's development

​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. They support the implementation of an approved learning framework, and support children's wellbeing, learning and development. Depending on the setting, educators may work under direct supervision or autonomously. Course details

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Workplace: up to 2 years

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Share your knowledge and skills with a career in education...

Do you want to work in the rewarding early childhood education and care profession? from our courses you'll learn to care for children, nurture their development and make sure their environment is safe and supportive. You can also gain the skills you need to foster children's educational outcomes, and to ensure their emotional, physical and social wellbeing whilst in your care.

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From 1 January 2015 if you are undertaking a nationally recognised program at TAFE Queensland you will need to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). Learn all about the USI and how to get your USI for your study.

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Workplace Any time Workplace

Entry requirements

Students must be employed as an apprentice or trainee and have a signed Registered Training Contract, stating TAFE Queensland South West is the Supervising Registered Training Organisation (SRTO).

The Queensland Government's Apprenticeships Info website provides information about apprenticeships and traineeships (including school-based) in Queensland.

For further information about probationary periods for this trade qualification, visit Queensland Training Information Service (QTIS).


Delivered in workplaces throughout Queensland

Resources required

You will require access to a reliable internet connection to access TAFE Queensland's online systems, and a computer with up-to-date software, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player. This equipment and software is available for students to use at a number of TAFE Queensland locations.

You will also require a valid and appropriate email address, closed-in shoes, a broad brimmed hat, and personal stationery (pen and paper).


As a traineeship, this qualification is delivered full-time over a nominal term of up to 24 months (2 years).

The training plan and order of study will be negotiated between the trainee, employer and Teacher/RTO representative upon sign up. This training plan and order can be updated at any stage throughout the course of study.

It is expected that you will undertake a minimum of approximately 7 hours of self-directed study each week. Throughout your training you will be supported by teachers from a TAFE Queensland South West location closest to your residential address. We have teachers based in Dalby, Chinchilla, Kingaroy, Roma, Springfield, Toowoomba and Warwick. Workplace visits will occur each term (dependant on location). These visits will be negotiated with Employer, Apprentice and Teacher.

Important Information

​To be eligible for a traineeship you are required to work a minimum of 15 hours per week in a regulated Education and Care service.


The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete 18 units in total, including 15 core units and 3 elective units.

The training plan and order of study will be negotiated between trainee, employer and Teacher/RTO representative upon sign up. This training plan and order can be updated at any stage throughout the course of study. If the apprentice is under the age of 18 years of age a parent/guardian maybe required to attend sign up.

Cluster 1 - Health and Safety
CHCECE002 Ensure the health and safety of children Core
CHCECE004 Promote and provide healthy food and drinks Core
Cluster 2 - Legal
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk Core
CHCECE009 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice Core
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically Core
Cluster 3 - Interactions and Care
CHCECE007 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children Core
CHCECE003 Provide care for children Core
CHCECE005 Provide care for babies and toddlers Core
Cluster 4 - Culture
CHCECE001 Develop cultural competence Core
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety Core
CHCECE026 Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate education and care for children Elective
Cluster 5 - Play and Learn
CHCECE010 Support the holistic development of children in early childhood Core
CHCECE011 Provide experiences to support children's play and learning Core
CHCECE013 Use information about children to inform practice Core
CHCECE006 Support behaviour of children and young people Elective
Cluster 6 - Workplace
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety Core
BSBWOR301 Organise personal work priorities and development Elective
Cluster 7 - First Aid
HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting Core
Alternative Electives
CHCECE021 Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children Elective
CHCECE020 Establish and implement plans for developing cooperative behaviour Elective
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people Elective
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice Elective
CHCSAC004 Support the holistic development of children in school age care Elective


The elective units available may vary between locations, delivery modes and intakes.

What are my payment options?

No matter what your circumstances, TAFE Queensland South West has a payment option to suit you. If you are unsure of what's right for you, call us on 1300 914 754. We're here to help.

For more information about the costs associated with undertaking an apprenticeship or traineeship, please give us a call.


CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Job prospects

  • Early Childhood Education and Care Educator
  • Early Childhood Educator
  • Outside School Hours Care Worker
  • Family Day Care Carer

Are you ready to enrol?

If you are already employed as an apprentice or trainee, let your employer know that you want TAFE Queensland South West to be your Supervising Registered Training Organisation (SRTO), then contact an Australian Apprenticeships Centre to organise your training contract.

If you aren't employed yet, contact an Australian Apprenticeships Centre or a job service agency for help getting a job. Alternatively, contact us on 1300 914 754 for further information on how we can help you make great happen.

For information about your rights and responsibilities as a student, check out the student handbook and refund policy

Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of prior learning

Fast-track to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. Getting recognition for the skills you've gained from the workplace and/or previous learning means less study time for you and getting qualified a whole lot sooner.

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Note: All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolments.

Last updated on 18 August 2017

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