Why Certificate III is the minimum qualification

Posted in: Childcare Programs, RTO, Study child care

To work in child care, Australian law requires all educators to hold, as a minimum, a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care. This course is an introduction to the complex work of educating our youngest minds.

“This qualification (Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care) reflects the role of workers in a range of early childhood education settings who work within the requirements of the Education and Care Services National Regulations and the National Quality Standard. They support the implementation of an approved learning framework and support children’s well-being, learning and development. Depending on the setting, educators may work under direct supervision or autonomously”. 

Source: https://training.gov.au/Training/Details/CHC30113

At level 3 of the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), the Certificate III qualification aims to prepare graduates to be work-ready with theoretical, compliance knowledge and practical skills to work as part of a team in early childhood education programs. Graduates can also work in outside school hour care, as program assistants, offering continued support to children aged up to 12 years of age.

“It’s a gateway into the field, let’s you get in sooner and earn income as soon as you’re enrolled”

– Gowrie Victoria Docklands educator