Stanley College
Stanley College

CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Course Overview

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.

  • Duration:
    52 weeks including 12 weeks of holidays

    • Work Based Training of 12 weeks @ 24 hours per week (total=288 hours)

  • Tuition Fee:

    • International Students:
      $9,800 + Materials Fee $680*
    • Easy payment plans available.

  • Mode of Study:
    The delivery methods for this course include:

    • Face-to-Face Classroom-Based Learning
    • Simulated Work Experience (in the Stanley College Crèche)
    • Work-Based Training

  • Intake Dates:

    • 2024: 15 Jan, 12 Feb, 18 Mar, 15 Apr, 20 May, 17 Jun, 15 Jul, 19 Aug, 16 Sep, 21 Oct, 18 Nov

    • 2025: 6 Jan, 10 Feb, 10 Mar, 14 Apr, 12 May, 9 Jun, 21 Jul, 11 Aug, 15 Sep, 13 Oct, 10 Nov

  • Location:

  • CRICOS Code:

  • Duration:
    28 weeks (this course includes no holidays)#

    • Work Based Training of 5 weeks @38 hours per week (total=190 hours)

  • Tuition Fee:

    • Domestic Students:
      $2,800 + Material Fee $680*
    • Government Funding Available for eligible domestic students

  • Mode of Study:
    The delivery methods for this course include:

    • Face-to-Face Classroom-Based Learning
    • Simulated Work Experience (in the Stanley College Crèche)
    • Work-Based Training

  • Intake Dates:

    • 2024: 15 Jan, 12 Feb, 18 Mar, 15 Apr, 20 May, 17 Jun, 15 Jul, 19 Aug, 16 Sep, 21 Oct, 18 Nov

    • 2025: 6 Jan, 10 Feb, 10 Mar, 14 Apr, 12 May, 9 Jun, 21 Jul, 11 Aug, 15 Sep, 13 Oct, 10 Nov

  • Location:

Classes are rostered for 3 days per week + Self-study component.
Full-Time studies require students to attend a minimum of 20 scheduled course contact hours per week.
#Note: Course duration does not include any holidays, where your schedule includes a term break/holiday, this time will be added to your overall course duration.

Funding is available for Domestic Students ONLY under the Jobs and Skills WA Program:
Course Fee: $0.00

For more information on Funded Courses, including Entry Requirements and Resources Fees, click here

^ The Student tuition fees are indicative only and are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Additional fees may apply such as resource fees and other fees. These must be charged in accordance with the Fees and Charges Policy. Eligibility criteria apply. Prices as per the VET Fees and Charges Policy 2024.

*The Materials Fee covers equipment and resources used in the delivery of your course at Stanley College.

Please familiarise yourself with the applicable Stanley College Refund and Cancellation Policy:
International Student Refund and Cancellation Policy
Local Student Refund and Cancellation Policy

Course Entry Requirements

  • Completion of Australian Year 10 or equivalent

Intermediate Level of English
IELTS Test Score of 5.0
Other recognised English Language tests such as:

  • TOEFL iBT: 35-45
  • PTE Academic: 36
  • Cambridge English: 154
  • OET: D Grade
  • Duolingo English Test: 75-80
  • CEFR Levels / Oxford Test: B1

Completion of Australian qualifications, evidence of certificate III level or above

Other Requirements

No prerequisite entry requirements exist for this course.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition is available (on application) to students with prior skills, experience, knowledge or qualifications obtained from formal studies or training, in a related area. Recognition may reduce the duration of your studies.

Job Outlook

This qualification suits students seeking a career in the following job roles:

  • Family Day Care Educator
  • Kindergarten Assistant
  • Long Day Care Educator
  • OSHC Educator

Work Based Training

During Work-Based Training, you will be able to practice your skills and knowledge in real workplace settings. This will assist you to be job-ready> at graduation. Stanley College has entered into Work-Based Training agreements with a number of employers.

All Work-Based Training are organised by Stanley College’s Employment Liaison Team in consultation with students.

Before commencement of Work-Based Training, students are also required to provide additional documentation:

  • Current Working with Children Check (WWCC)
  • National Police Clearance (WA)*

All fees/charges associated with the additional documentation listed above are not included in course tuition fees and payment is the responsibility of the student.

*Please note – To be employed in the Early Childhood Education industry, a National Police Clearance (NPC) is not required.
However, some Work-Based Training employers may require that you obtain one prior to commencing your Work-Based Training. National Police Certificate (NPC) contains a list of a person’s disclosable court outcomes and pending charges from all Australian police jurisdictions. This includes traffic and non-police prosecuted matters. Where a student has ‘disclosable outcomes or pending charges’ then this may impact Stanley College being able to successfully place them with a Work-Based Training Host Employer, which may impact students being able to successfully complete their studies.

>completing a course at Stanley College, does not guarantee a migration outcome. If you decide you want to undertake further study or work in Australia, on graduation, you will need to check whether your visa allows this or whether you need to apply for a new visa by referring to for more information.

Course Content

Students must successfully complete the following units:

Unit code Unit title
CHCECE030 Support inclusion and diversity
CHCECE031 Support children’s health, safety and wellbeing
CHCECE032 Nurture babies and toddlers
CHCECE033 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children
CHCECE034 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
CHCECE035 Support the holistic learning and development of children
CHCECE036 Provide experiences to support children’s play and learning
CHCECE037 Support children to connect with the natural environment
CHCECE038 Observe children to inform practice
CHCECE054 Encourage understanding of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples’ cultures
CHCECE055 Meet legal and ethical obligations in children’s education and care
CHCECE056 Work effectively in children’s education and care
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
HLTAID012 Provide First Aid in an education and care setting
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people

Training and Assessment

For further information on where this qualification is trained/assessed and the types of assessment methods used, please click here

Government Funding

Domestic students may be entitled to Youth Allowance, Austudy/Abstudy or the Pensioner Education Supplement. For enquiries, please contact Centrelink on 132 490.

Other Expenses

For other fees and expenses including Administration Fee, Health Cover, Recognition of Prior Learning, Late and Reassessment Fees click here

Further Studies

On completion of the CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care course, students may pursue a CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care at Stanley College or other CRICOS registered training organisations.

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In the spirit of reconciliation, Stanley College acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their Elders, past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.