Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care


If you are passionate about children’s learning and development, interested in working with children, and want to make a real contribution in the future generation then consider our excellent Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care. We provide excellent training to get you work ready for a fulfilling career you love.


Make a real difference in early childhood education

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, our combined Certificate III in EAL (Employment) 22254VIC 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.

Employment outcomes

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.

Recognition of Prior Learning

You can seek RPL where your work or qualifications of an advanced and related nature have been undertaken. Academic Credit is granted on a case-by-case basis, according to our Academic Credit policy and associated procedures. Applications for Academic Credit will be assessed by relevant Melbourne Polytechnic academics and where appropriate, industry experts.

Contact and expression of interest

Please apply online, or contact an Education and Careers Advisor, on 9269 8400, or by email.

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03 9269 8400


Full-time: 8 months

Part-time: available
Part-time available by negotiation.

Class Schedule: *

Mon - AM and PM
Tue - AM and PM
Wed - AM
Thu - AM and PM

*Classes run across these days and times. Detailed timetable information is available from an Education and Career Advisor

Modes of Delivery

Work placements, Classroom



The student tuition fees as published are correct at time of publication and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. All enrolments excluding RPL/RCC and Higher Education incur an Amenities fee with a maximum cap of $250

Find out more on fees and charges

Assessment Methods

Various assessment methods, including written reports, presentations, group activities and practical demonstration of skills


You will need to provide your own stationery and writing materials and information regarding additional materials and text books that you may need to provide will be distributed at course commencement

Entrance Requirements

Minimum age on commencement of this course is 18 years. You will be required to have a Working with Children Check (WWC).

Pathways to further study

Graduates 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 Pathways

Graduates can work as assistants in long day care, occasional care and kindergartens

Enrolment Intake

  • February
  • April
  • July

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.

Code Subjects Hours
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

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Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.