Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

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NOTICE – This course is only open to individuals who hold permanent Australian residency or citizenship. It is NOT available to those on Student Visas.

Learn the skills and knowledge to pursue a fulfilling career in Early Childhood Education

Course Overview

Our CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care course is designed for individuals who want to make a positive and meaningful impact in a child’s life.This course provides you with the knowledge and skills you need to care for children in various age groups. You will learn how to select healthy food and drinks, implement approved learning frameworks, and provide a safe and nurturing environment for children. Upon completion of the course, you will be qualified to work in early childhood education environments that comply with National Quality Standards and Education and Care Services National Regulations.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Am I eligible for government funding?
Please use the Eligibility Checker
What other costs do I need to pay?
The course payment covers all textbooks, handouts, assessments and resources – there are no other costs. Other training organisations may offer lower fees, but check to see if you are require you to pay other costs. Our payment is one fee, that includes everything.
How many days does the classroom based course go for?
It is two days a week, from 9am to 3pm. There is one-on-one support available after each class for those who need it, from 3pm to 5pm
I cannot attend classes two days a week, can I complete the course another way?
We offer Flexible Delivery for the many of our courses. Flexible Delivery allows you to learn from home or your workplace, at times that are suitable for you. Flexible Delivery gives you timelines that you must complete each unit by, so that you stay on track. We provide you with all the materials needed for the course and there is a pre-record webinar for every subject you can watch. You also have a teacher you can contact for support. All courses can be completed using Flexible Delivery, except for the CHC41015 Certificate IV in Celebrancy, and the CHC43415 Certificate IV in Leisure and Health.
Do I have to complete Practical Placement?
Practical placement gives you a chance to learn in the workplace, so that you can put the skills and knowledge learnt in class to use. Placement is a mandatory part of the course, and must be completed in full. We have a range of organisations that take students for placement, so we can support you in finding a placement employer. Some students like to find their own organisation to complete placement with.
How long is this course?
48 weeks with two classes or 15 hours of study per week.
What is the weekly time commitment for NIET courses?
Regular study time is essential. For on-campus courses, attend two days per week and dedicate 2-3 hours weekly for homework. For courses with Flexible Delivery, a minimum of 8 hours per week is recommended to finish in a timely manner.
How often are classes scheduled at NIET?
Classes are held two days per week from 9am to 3pm. Additional one-on-one Study Support with the teacher is available from 3pm to 5pm.
What does Flexible Delivery involve?
Flexible Delivery combines various learning methods, allowing you to study from any location. It includes printed materials, pre-recorded webinars for each subject, and a mandatory in-person class for practical skills. Expect to spend at least seven hours per week on activities like reading, watching webinars, completing assessments, and contacting your teacher for queries.
Can I receive government funding for these courses?
To find out if you're eligible for subsidised courses, use the NIET Eligibility Checker at NIET Eligibility Checker.
What is the cost of NIET courses? Are there any Free TAFE options?
Course costs are detailed in the Statement of Fees on the NIET website and the Course Outline. Government funding and payment plans are available for eligible students. While Free TAFE options exist, NIET's courses are often more affordable, as TAFE includes various fees and generally only one is waived.
How does NIET handle Practical Placements?
NIET assists with finding placement organizations, although students can also secure their own. Practical Placement is essential for all courses except Celebrancy, involving real-world work experience under teacher and staff support. We advise completing placement progressively or in a concentrated block, depending on your schedule.
Do I need a computer to complete NIET courses?
A computer is necessary for the Celebrancy and Early Childhood courses. While it's advantageous for all courses, NIET provides a computer area accessible from 8.30am to 4.30pm on weekdays.


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