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Early Childhood Education and Care

Certificate III Of

Code: CHC30113 Cricos: 082862G

Overview

Campus

Preston, Epping

Campus

Preston

Duration

6 months full time / available part time

Duration

6 months full time / available part time

Next Intake

April, Midyear

Next Intake

February, July, February, July, Midyear

Make a real difference

Early childhood education and care is a sector is an area of increasing demand due to population growth and growing recognition of the importance of childrens’ development. This is an in-demand skill set, and employment in this industry has increased over time, with further projected increases across the next five years. Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care will help you take your love of teaching and working with children and turn your hand to a career where your skills will be valued. If you enjoy nurturing, learning and caring for children, this is the career for you.

Learn to nurture young minds

Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care is designed to develop your understanding of issues relevant to the children’s services sector and enhance your practical skills 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 childrens’ holistic development. This course has a 210-hour workplace requirement, usually undertaken over a six week period.

You’ll learn by doing, under the guidance of Melbourne Polytechnic’s industry-experienced teachers through real-world situations, including conducting a playgroup for local children. You will gain experience by setting up play, preparing and serving food safely and observing the children.

Graduate with an industry-recognised qualification

Graduates will be qualified to seek employment in the field of children’s services, caring for young children up to the age of six in a variety of child care settings. You may work as an assistant educator in Early Learning Centres, kindergartens, primary out-of-school care, nannying and occasional care, usually run at leisure centres, gyms or local councils.

Career Pathways

Where will this take me

On completion, you may seek employment in the field of children's services, caring for young children up to the age of six in a variety of child care settings. Jobs include room leader, centre coordinator, or a nanny for private clients

  • Childcare Centre Room Leader
  • Childcare Centre Coordinator
  • Childcare Assistant
  • Nanny

Pathways

Students may continue to study and enrol in our CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care and then a HEFEEDEY Bachelor of Education (Early Years).

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"It means future to me now. All I was doing before this was working in small jobs, or jobs that aren't going to get me far in life, so studying is a huge deal to me. It got me where I am now.... And it actually, studying gave me a path to go somewhere in my life."

Course Details

Class Schedule

Part-time available by negotiation.

Assessment Methods

Assessment for each competency will be through a combination of on-the-job (practicum) and off-the-job tasks. Off-the-job assessment is a combination of class exercises, assignments and practical demonstrations

Units of Study

The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact us for the latest student contact hours information.

Units of Study
Code Subject Elective Hours
CHCECE004 PROMOTE AND PROVIDE HEALTHY FOOD AND DRINKS Core 35
CHCECE011 PROVIDE EXPERIENCES TO SUPPORT CHILDREN'S PLAY AND LEARNING Core 40
CHCLEG001 WORK LEGALLY AND ETHICALLY Core 55
CHCECE005 PROVIDE CARE FOR BABIES AND TODDLERS Core 60
CHCECE012 SUPPORT CHILDREN TO CONNECT WITH THEIR WORLD Core 40
HLTAID004 PROVIDE AN EMERGENCY FIRST AID RESPONSE IN AN EDUCATION AND CARE SETTING Core 20
HLTFSE001 FOLLOW BASIC FOOD SAFETY PRACTICES Core 30
CHCECE010 SUPPORT HOLISTIC DEVELOPMENT OF CHILDREN IN EARLY CHILDHOOD Core 70
HLTWHS001 PARTICIPATE IN WORKPLACE HEALTH AND SAFETY Core 20
CHCECE007 DEVELOP POSITIVE AND RESPECTFUL RELATIONSHIPS WITH CHILDREN Core 70
CHCPRT001 IDENTIFY AND RESPOND TO CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE AT RISK Core 40
CHCECE002 ENSURE THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF CHILDREN Core 63
CHCECE001 DEVELOP CULTURAL COMPETENCE Core 70
CHCECE003 PROVIDE CARE FOR CHILDREN Core 70
CHCDIV002 PROMOTE ABORIGINAL AND/OR TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER CULTURAL SAFETY Core 25
CHCDIV001 WORK WITH DIVERSE PEOPLE Core 40
CHCECE013 USE INFORMATION ABOUT CHILDREN TO INFORM PRACTICE Core 40
CHCECE009 USE AN APPROVED LEARNING FRAMEWORK TO GUIDE PRACTICE Core 70

Fees & Costs

Displayed course fees are indicative only. There are many variables that impact the total amount of your full course costs including qualification for government subsidies, concessions or recognition of prior learning. Tuition fees do not include the cost of student amenities or material costs.

To find out if you’re eligible for a Government subsidy we recommend you contact us help you find out.

Melbourne Polytechnic offers a range of payment options to help you pay your tuition fees, so you can get on with your studies.

Fees displayed are effective for new applications received on or after 1 November 2019. Tuition fees do not include textbooks, course materials or overseas student health insurance and visa fees.

After initial deposit, international students are able to pay tuition fees in installments, four times per year.

For more detailed information please read the International Student Fees.

Tuition Fees
$3100.00 - $10000.00
$12300 per semester
Estimated based on eligibility
Course Fees are only estimated. Find out what subsidies apply to you by contacting us.

Materials and Amenities cost

Lists of required materials, books and timetables will be provided at course induction or class enrolment by the teaching department. Lists of required materials, books and timetables will be provided at course induction or class enrolment by the teaching department.

Attend an Info Session 

Now’s the time to register for our information and enrolment sessions. We give you an in-depth look at your chosen area of study and a tour of our department facilities.

Requirements

Local applicants are encouraged to attend an information session where they will need to perform a written task and undertake a pre-training review.
Applicants should be over 18 years old on commencement of the course and hold a Working with Children Check (WWC).

Academic: Australian Year 12 equivalency
English: Academic IELTS 5.5 with no individual band below 5.0, Pearson PTE Academic 42 overall with no individual communicative skill below 36, or Melbourne Polytechnic recognised equivalency.
English language ability equivalent to IELTS 5.5 (Academic) level.
Other: Applicants must provide a 300-500 word written statement outlining any experience in they have in this sector (voluntarily, informally, or by paid employment) and the reasons why they want to study this course.
Applicants will need to provide a Working with Children Check (WWC) and a police check

Next Steps

We're really excited for you to join the Melbourne Polytechnic community and we look forward to supporting you on your education journey.

The first step to enrolling is completing the application short form. You'll then receive a link to complete a few more personal details.

It is a mandatory government requirement for all prospective students to complete an online literacy and numeracy assessment. Once you are ready to enrol, you will be invited to attend of our Skills and Job Centres, or come to campus to complete your enrolment in person.

For certificate-level courses, you can pay by weekly or fortnightly direct debit using our Tuition Payment Plan. Read more about TPPs here.

If you need assistance with your application and the next steps, you can contact one of our Education and Course Advisors on 03 9269 8400 or follow a step-by-step guide to enrolling for vocational education local students.

All future international students will need to complete the short application form. After this, you will be redirected to the full enrollment application form and provide further documentation and forms specifically for International Students. Following this, you will be contacted by a member of the International Office who will support you in the next steps.

You'll find a step-by-step guide to enrolling for international admissions here

If you'd like to speak to one of our International Office staff directly, call +61 03 9269 8400