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Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

  • Qualification:

    Certificate III

  • Study mode:

    On Campus

  • Payment options:

    Payment plan
    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    12 months full-time (for employment based traineeship)

  • Start date:

    Enquire now for start dates!

  • Awarded by:

    Benchmark College

  • Location:


  • Course fees:

    Price may vary

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This course meets Nationally Recognised Training standards. It is listed on the Australian government's National Register for Vocational Education and Training (VET). Studying this course leads to a qualification that's recognised throughout Australia, and lets employers know that you have the right skills for the job.

What you'll learn

About this course

The Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, offered by Benchmark College, equips students with the skills and knowledge needed to plan engaging educational activities for children and help them develop to their full potential.

You'll learn how to provide care for young children, plan activities for education, leisure and play, and help children meet key developmental outcomes. You will also discover how to create individual profiles for the children in your care and how to work with the entire family unit to provide the best quality care and early childhood education.

The course consists of 15 core units and three elective units, covering subjects ranging from health and safety to learning frameworks to identifying and responding to children at risk.

This course has flexible delivery options;

  • School-based Traineeships - which allow year 10, 11 and 12 high school students to commence or complete a traineeship at school.
  • Employment-based Traineeship - all training and assessments are conducted in the workplace so that you learn on the job in a practical and relevant way.
  • Classroom-based - courses are scheduled throughout the year, in locations throughout NSW. Enquire now for more information.
  • On-Campus - this course is available at the Benchmark campus. Enquire now for more information.


To be eligible to study this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Candidates must have a Unique Student Identifier; AND
  • Candidates must complete a LLN quiz upon entry.

Areas of study

In this early childhood education course, the subjects you may study include:

  • CHCDIV002 - Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
  • 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
  • CHCDIV001 - Work with diverse people
  • CHCECE006 - Support behaviour of children and young people
  • BSBWOR301 - Organise personal work priorities and development
Benchmark College Benchmark College raises the standard in education excellence! Study with Benchmark and gain nationally recognised skills and qualifications that are valued by employers and fellow training providers.

From business administration to early childhood learning, management, retail, logistics and more – they’ll equip you with the useful tools to succeed in your chosen field. Take advantage of their strong ties to various industries and associations, and partake invaluable work experience programs to give yourself the added edge.

Join over 10,000 graduates when you join Benchmark College!
Benchmark College is dedicated to offering their students access to learning support throughout their entire study journey.

The change and growth that occurs in students while studying is supported and nurtured by the dedicated team at Benchmark. Experienced trainers have the student as their main focus, and are committed to modelling best practice techniques both in and out of the classroom.

Students may also have the opportunity to attend free tutorials and workshops to optimise their learning experience.

Campus locations

This course can be delivered on campus to provide you with practical training in a face-to-face learning environment. It is available to study at the following locations:

  • New South Wales: Penrith

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care from Benchmark College.

Graduates will be equipped with the base legal requirement for every childcare worker in Australia, and will be able to pursue a range of roles within the early childhood education and care environment. Graduates may also wish to pursue further studies in the form of a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.

Payment options & support

Finance options

Benchmark College offers a range of payment options to suit any budget:

  • Upfront payment - All course costs can be paid in full via VISA/MasterCard, Ezidebit, cheque or bank deposit
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