Childcare certificate III - Linx Institute

CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Childcare Certificate III Course Information

Demand for qualified early childhood educators and carers continues to grow here in Australia. The Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care is your entry into a career working as an educator and carer. If you want to get started working as an educator in a childcare centre, or family day care centre, this is the course for you. You may also be able to work as an in-home educator and carer on completion of this course.

This course is the launch pad for your career as an early childhood educator. Keep in mind, you may be able to start working as an educator and carer while you are studying and working towards completing your qualification. Take the first step and speak with one of our friendly and professional course advisors – Call us – (02) 8776 3933 .

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What will I learn in this course?

Study areas include:

  • Children’s health and safety
  • Child development
  • Caring for babies
  • Working with parents and families in the active care for children

You will learn how to:

  • Interact effectively with children, parents and families
  • Support and stimulate a child’s play and learning
  • Identify and respond to children who may be exposed to levels of risk and harm

Study pathways and recognition of prior learning

If you complete the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, you may be eligible to continue into the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care with Linx Institute and receive credit transfer for the units you have already completed.

Do you have previous experience in the childcare industry?

Linx Institute offers a range of options for students who have significant and verified experience in childcare, including formal study in Australia, on the job training, non-accredited courses and workshops and experience in the Australian childcare industry.

All students studying with Linx Institute will be asked to attend a mandatory Orientation session with their trainer, which can be completed over the phone, via video-conferencing or in person at the Parramatta Campus. It is important to complete this process in order to enjoy a smooth introduction to your studies. The induction will cover:

  • An overview about Linx Institute and the benefits of studying with us
  • Canvas 101 (our online learning platform)
  • Resources and learning materials
  • Access to your trainer
  • The level of support you can expect from your trainer and Linx Institute.

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Quick Course Information


Course Code
Study Modes
  • Parramatta Campus
  • Online
  • Workplace
Payment Options
  • Fee for Service
  • Interest free payment plan
  • State subsidised training*
    (* eligibility requirements apply)
Entry Requirements
Linx Institute has the following entry requirements:
Students must:
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Participate in a course entry interview to determine their needs and assess suitability
  • Have sufficient language, literacy and numeracy skills, for example, to read materials relevant to the course, participate in discussions and observations and apply numerical concepts such as in relation to time management. This will be tested through a LLN assessment as part of the course entry process. Students will need to achieve ACSF Level 3 for reading, writing, numeracy and oral communication to enter the course.

International Students
Entry Requirements

Structure – Units
  • Total number of units =
  • 15 Core Units
  • 3 Elective Units
Course Duration

Domestic students – 12 months
International students – 12 months

Work Placement

120 hours

Career Pathways

Early Childhood Educator
Preschool Educator
Family Day Care Educator
In-home Care Educator



Course content

The following 18 units plus 120 hours of work placement must be satisfactorily completed in order to gain the qualification.

Core Units:
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safey
CHCECE001 Develop cultural competence
CHCECE002 Ensure the health and safety of children
CHCECE003 Provide care for children
CHCECE004 Promote and provide healthy food and drinks
CHCECE005 Provide care for babies and toddlers
CHCECE007 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children
CHCECE009 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
CHCECE010 Support the holistic development of children in early childhood
CHCECE011 Provide experiences to support children’s play and learning
CHCECE013 Use information about children to inform practice
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting
HLTWHS001 Participate in work health and safety
Elective Units:
CHCECE019 Facilitate compliance in and education and care setting
CHCECE006 Support behaviour of children and young people
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people


Additional course information

Course Code

Study Mode

  • Parramatta Campus
  • Online Study

  • Payment Options

    Flexible payment options
    Instalment plans available

    Mandatory – Phone, on Campus or via video-conferencing apps

    Minimum of 20 hours per week
    (Note: this does not include work placement)

    Work Placement
    120 hours of work placement

    Resources Required
    Internet Connection
    Computer or tablet
    Email Address

    All online learning tools and materials are supplied by Linx Institute

    Study Structure

    Domestic Students:
    Online Learning
    Live webinars
    Online assessment
    Work placement
    Additional study

    International Students:
    Classroom-based learning
    Classroom assessment
    Work Placement
    Additional Study

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