The Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care costs $3060.

Government funding options may be available – Click here for more information

  • all course materials
  • all assessment activities
  • Small group, Face to Face classroom or Live Online training options available
  • Direct contact with your trainer
  • Support throughout your course
  • Online support and guided online learning
Upfront Payments

Students may choose to pay up to $1500 for their course upfront. Further payments of up to $1500 can be made at a later in the students enrolment. Course fees are to be paid via bank transfer to Building Futures Education once an invoice is received.

Payment Plans

Building Futures Education offers payments plans to students who require it. Payment plans are individually created with the student to ensure they meet the needs of the student.

This Certificate III is designed to develop the range of skills for an Educator to work competently and support Lead Educators in the Early Childhood industry.

  • 1 – 2 years to complete

  • Compulsory Face to Face or Live Online training options
    (min 3 hours per month)

  • 160 hours in an early childhood and care setting

  • Guided online learning and resources

Duration and Scheduling

Learning will be conducted in the training centre for 3 hours of Live Online classes or 3 hours of face-to-face training at one of our Campus locations. These sessions are held on Wednesday nights from 5:30pm – 8:30pm.

There are 2 options for delivery of the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care:

Face-to-Face –

  • Workplace delivery
  • Blended flexible options including RPL where appropriate and by application.

Our lessons are conducted in the classroom with the mode of face-to-face learning, within an Early Childhood Environments and some online guided learning.

We give all students a set of learning guides and books, as well as online guided learning via our learner management system. Each student has access to their own personal portal where they can download and receive their assessments. Trainers are available via the phone, email, or face to face during classes. This ensures that students have full support from the college.

Virtual Learning Campus –

These lessons will be held in our virtual classroom. They are scheduled and hosted in real-time virtually with your trainer.

We give all students a set of learning guides and books, as well as online guided learning via our learner management system. Each student has access to their own personal portal where they can download and receive their assessments. Trainers are available via the phone, email, or during virtual classes. This ensures that students have full support from the college.

Both modes of learning are structured over a 1 – 2 year period, as per the Australian Qualifications Framework volume of learning indicators. A minimum of 1200 hours study is required to allow for sufficient understanding and application of the required skills and knowledge.

Methods of Study

We use competency-based assessment for all assessment activities. Students prove competency with demonstrations of written knowledge and practical skills. We take timelines into consideration for practical skills and students must meet the criteria as deemed industry competent by the assessor.

Formative evidence will be assessed in the form of an Assessment Task Portfolio. The Assessment Task Portfolio uses several assessment tools to accommodate the student’s individual needs. The assessment types include:

  • Written Assessments
  • Reflective Questions
  • Workplace Tasks
  • Third Party reports
  • Observation Tools
  • Recognition of Prior Learning

Entry Requirements

There are no academic pre-requisites. However, we require students to take a Language, Literacy and Numeracy test at time of enrolment.

Student Technology and Resource Requirements


  • A free Canva account: to create your account go to www.canva.com

  • A device, such as an Ipad or computer, to complete their learning, assessments and training sessions.

  • Video conferencing hardware including: a working computer camera, speakers and microphone on their chosen device. (Virutal Campus Students Only)

  • Reliable access to the internet.

  • Students to have a space to attend tutorials without interruption.

  • Students must have sound technology and digital literacy skills

Core Units

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

CHCCEC056 Work effectively in children’s education and care

CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk

HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety

*HLTAID012 Provide First Aid in an education and care setting

* HLTAID012 Provide First Aid in an education and care setting
NOT delivered by Building Futures Education; learners must organise and complete this unit via an external provider. A certified copy of the statement of attainment must be provided to Building Futures Education. This may incur additional costs depending on learner funding.

Elective Units

CHCDIV001Work with diverse people

HLTFSE001 – Follow basic food safety practices

Career Opportunities

Working within the Early Childhood Education industry with services who utilise the Montessori method. This may present as an Educator within a long day care environment, in the Family Day Care industry as an educator, or within a Montessori school setting as a teacher aide or in conjunction with teaching qualifications, as a Montessori teacher. Each sector has their own requirements and we recommend you contact your sector before enrolling.

Unique Student Identifier

From 1st January 2015, we can be prevented from issuing you with a Nationally Recognised VET Qualification or statement of attainment when you complete your course if you do not have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). In addition, we are required to include your USI in the data we submit to NCVER.

How to Apply

Step 1: Enrolment Enquiry

To let us know that you are interested in studying this course complete an Enquiry Form by clicking on Apply.  Once we have received this form and confirmed eligibility we will send you information regarding your course. You will be required to send back a confirmation that you would like to go ahead training with us.

Step 2: Complete Induction course

You will be sent a link to log into our Student Management System Axcelerate to complete our online induction course. During this induction you will be given in depth information about your course and Building Futures Education. Once this is complete you will be sent the online enrolment form.

Step 3: Commence Training

You will be enrolled into the Nationally Recognised Course you have chosen with Building Futures Education and you can commence your training.