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Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Free TAFE Code: CHC30113 CRICOS: 082862G

Overview

Campus
Campus
Duration

6 months full time / 12 months part time

Duration

6 months

Next Intake

February, July

Next Intake

February, July

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 CHC30113 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

Our Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care CHC30113 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 a child's holistic development.

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 the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care CHC30113 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 Assistant
  • Nanny
  • Childcare Centre Coordinator

Study Pathways

Students may continue to study and enrol in our Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care CHC50113 and then a Bachelor of Education (Early Years and Primary) or Bachelor of Early Childhood Education.
Portrait of education student Claudia
I heard from people who have been at TAFE that it’s more hands-on than university, and I am more of a hands-on worker.
Claudia Condello
Early Childhood Education and Care Graduate

Course Details

Delivery methods

You must complete 120 hours of work placement undertaken over a four week period

Due to the current COVID19 restrictions we have developed a learning program for you that is a combination of remote and online learning for all units except for HLTAID004 and placement requirements. This will allow you to study from home so please be aware that you will require access to a computer and the internet to be able to access your learning resources.

All of our normal student support services and teacher guidance will be accessible with this delivery model.

  • Practicum

How you will study

Each course has a dedicated learning method that is designed to let you thrive in your studies.

On-campus / Virtual classroom

A blend of both face-to-face and virtual learning with scheduled classes taking place on-campus and in virtual classrooms.

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.

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

Attend an Information Session

Our information sessions will give you an in-depth look at your chosen area of study and answer your questions about your course.

Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Free TAFE Concession Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $0 $710 $3550 $10800
Materials fee $0 $0 $0 $0
Maximum annual amenities $250 $175 $250 $250
Total payable $250 $885 $3800 $11050
Per year $12800
Per semester $12800

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

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.

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. Contact us to find out if you’re eligible for a Government subsidy.

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 2021. 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.

Materials

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

Fees explained

The State Government’s Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative covers the cost of tuition (excluding Amenities Fees and Materials Fees) for students who are eligible for government subsidised training and enrol into one of the Priority listed course.

Free TAFE is available to eligible students for one course enrolment in a lifetime.

Free TAFE places are limited. Please call 1300 635 276 and we can advise you whether Free TAFE places are still available.

Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative covers the cost of tuition fees for students who are eligible. Materials and amenities may still apply.

The Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative will pay your tuition fees for only one course. Once you have commenced in a tuition-free priority course, you are not eligible for further tuition-free places again, even if you do not finish your first tuition-free priority course.

Check your eligibility

The fees for those ineligible for a government-funded enrolment. 

Check your eligibility here.

The cost of tuition for those eligible for government funding.

Check your eligibility here.

Concession fees are charged at 20 per cent of the standard fees for enrolments in Certificate I to IV courses. To be eligible students must meet Skills First eligibility criteria and present a valid:

  • Commonwealth Health Care card, or
  • Pensioner Concession card, or
  • Any dependent spouse or dependent child of one of the above cardholders, or
  • Veterans Gold card.

The following groups are eligible for concession fees from Certificate I to Advanced Diploma level:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
  • Asylum Seekers and victims of human trafficking

Additional expenses

The Student Services and Amenities Fee is charged at forty cents (40 cents) per student contact hour and is capped over a twelve (12) month period, effective from the enrolment date, to:

  • $250 for full fee-paying students; and
  • $175 for concession-paying students studying Certificate I, II, III, or IV.

Amenities fees are used to improve non-academic services including libraries, counselling services, student support, and recreational activities.

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

Scholarships on offer

Portrait of Natalie Butler

'We’d been discussing what projects we had coming up that we needed to go and buy materials for.  And so then the scholarship came and it was just a sigh of relief.'

See what scholarships are available

Requirements

Local applicants are encouraged to attend an information session.

Applicants should be over 18 years old on commencement of the course and hold a Working with Children Check (WWC).

You must have already received three doses of the COVID-19 vaccine (or have an exemption) to be able to work and undertake placement in a healthcare setting. See coronavirus.vic.gov.au for recommended vaccination doses.

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 from the Apply Now page.

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 our Skills and Job Centre, 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 Tuition Payments Plans here.

If you need assistance with your application and the next steps, you can contact one of our Education and Course Advisors on 1300 635 276 or follow a step-by-step guide to enrolling for vocational education local students.

When we receive your application, the International Office will be in contact with you shortly to discuss your application and provide you additional instructions.

If you'd like to speak to one of our International Office staff directly, call 1300 635 276

Recognising Organisations

Nationally Recognised Training

Nationally Recognised Training This course is government accredited and has national recognition.

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