Our Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care provides the foundation for a career working with children. Learn how to provide care and education for children up to six years of age in long day care, occasional childcare, and in kindergarten.
Establish your career in early childhood education and care
This course is designed to develop your understanding of issues relevant to the children’s services sector and to enhance your practical skills needed to deliver high quality care and education to young children. You will learn first aid, how to care for babies and toddlers and how to support holistic development of children.
The Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care allows you to work unsupervised in a room if required and as an assistant to a Diploma qualified educator.
Melbourne Polytechnic’s combined qualification
If you’re from a bilingual background and wish to improve your English skills while working in the child care sector, Melbourne Polytechnic’s combined Certificate III in EAL (Employment) – English for Child Care stream and Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care may increase your employment options.
Industry connections and resources
Melbourne Polytechnic provides hands on experience by conducting a playgroup for local children every Wednesday morning. You will gain experience setting up play, preparing and serving food safely, and by observing the children.
This course has a 210-hour workplace requirement. This is taken by working 35 hours per week for 6 weeks. Students are required to have 7 hours per day of direct contact with children during this placement.
You will be qualified to work as a unsupervised carer or assistant educator in the following fields:
- Long Day Care
- Kindergarten Assistant
- Out of School hours care and/or vacation care, working with children aged 6 to 12 years
- Nanny – working privately for families as per their requirements. Nanny positions can be found through agencies.
- Occasional Care – usually run at Leisure centres, gyms, local councils where parents may be undertaking study
Various methods of assessment, including written reports, presentations, group activities and practical demonstration of skills.
Contact and expression of interest
Part-time available by negotiation.
Class Schedule: *
Tue - AM and PM
Wed - AM
Thu - AM and PM
Fri - AM and PM
**Classes run across these days and times. Detailed timetable information is available from an Education and Career Advisor
Modes of DeliveryWork placements, Classroom
FeesFind out more on fees and charges
Entrance RequirementsMinimum age on commencement of this course is 18 years. You will be required to have a Working with Children Check (WWC).
Assessment MethodsVarious assessment methods, including written reports, presentations, group activities and practical demonstration of skills
MaterialsYou will need to provide your own stationery and writing materials and a list of additional materials and text books that you need to provide will be distributed at course commencement
Pathways to further studyGraduates of the Certificate III can apply for entry into the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care. The Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care is a prerequisite to the Diploma, and 13 of the 28 units are the same. Many students enrol into the Diploma course to take advantage of VET-FEE help, especially if they do not have a concession card, which reduces the cost of the courses substantially.
Career PathwaysGraduates can work as assistants in long day care, occasional care and kindergartens
Units Of Study
The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact the department for the latest student contact hours information.
|CHCDIV001||Work with diverse people||40|
|CHCDIV002||Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety||25|
|CHCECE001||DEVELOP CULTURAL COMPETENCE||70|
|CHCECE002||ENSURE THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF CHILDREN||63|
|CHCECE003||PROVIDE CARE FOR CHILDREN||70|
|CHCECE004||PROMOTE AND PROVIDE HEALTHY FOOD AND DRINKS||35|
|CHCECE005||PROVIDE CARE FOR BABIES AND TODDLERS||60|
|CHCECE007||DEVELOP POSITIVE AND RESPECTFUL RELATIONSHIPS WITH CHILDREN||70|
|CHCECE009||USE AN APPROVED LEARNING FRAMEWORK TO GUIDE PRACTICE||70|
|CHCECE010||SUPPORT HOLISTIC DEVELOPMENT OF CHILDREN IN EARLY CHILDHOOD||70|
|CHCECE011||PROVIDE EXPERIENCES TO SUPPORT CHILDREN'S PLAY AND LEARNING||40|
|CHCECE012||SUPPORT CHILDREN TO CONNECT WITH THEIR WORLD||40|
|CHCECE013||USE INFORMATION ABOUT CHILDREN TO INFORM PRACTICE||40|
|CHCLEG001||Work legally and ethically||55|
|CHCPRT001||IDENTIFY AND RESPOND TO CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE AT RISK||40|
|HLTAID004||PROVIDE AN EMERGENCY FIRST AID RESPONSE IN AN EDUCATION AND CARE SETTING||20|
|HLTFSE001||Follow basic food safety practices||30|
|HLTWHS001||PARTICIPATE IN WORKPLACE HEALTH AND SAFETY||20|
Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.