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Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care


The Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care course will teach you how to work collaboratively with educators to provide care and support to children. Successful completion of this course may lead to career opportunities as a family day care worker, early childhood educator, playgroup supervisor, team leader, childhood educator or childhood educator assistant.

Who is it For?

There are no entry requirements for this qualification. MTC recommends that students have language, literacy and numeracy skills at ACSF Level 3.

Smart & Skilled Initiative

This course is available to all students as a traineeship as well as under the Smart and Skilled initiative of the NSW Vocational and Educational (VET) system. To be eligible for Smart and Skilled funding, you must:
• Be an Australian citizen, permanent resident or humanitarian visa holder
• Be aged 15 years or older
• Live or work in New South Wales
• Have left school and have no previous qualifications at Certificate IV or higher.

For more information on your eligibility, please contact our Customer Care team on 1300 232 663 or enquire online.

How it Works

Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care is delivered via a combination of face-to-face and distance-based learning, and is comprised of 15 core and 3 elective units (18 units of competency in total).

Core units

• Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety • Develop cultural competence • Ensure the health and safety of children   • Provide care for children   • Promote and provide healthy food and drinks   • Provide care for babies and toddlers   • Develop positive and respectful relationships with children   • Use an approved learning framework to guide practice   • Support the holistic development of children in early childhood   • Provide experiences to support children’s play and learning   • Use information about children to inform practice   • Work legally and ethically   • Identify and respond to children and young people at risk   • Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting   • Participate in workplace health and safety

Elective units*

• Reflect on and improve own professional practice • Support children to connect with their world • Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate education and care for children

*Elective selection may vary according to customer requirements.

*Please note: these classes may only be delivered remotely due to COVID-19.

Course dates and next steps

If you are interested in enrolling or to find out more, call us on 1300 232 663 or register your interest below and we will be in touch when there are new dates scheduled.

You can take all the above information with you to Centrelink or your job consultant by downloading and printing the course factsheet below.

Looking for an MTC Australia Location?

Due to COVID 19, all of our programs are currently being delivered online or remotely and visits to our sites is only under exceptional circumstances. If you want to attend a site or speak to one of our staff, please call Customer Care on 1300 232 663.