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Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Free TAFE Code: CHC30121 CRICOS: 11181G

Overview

Campus
Campus
Duration

9 months full time / 15 months part time

Duration

9 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 CHC30121 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 CHC30121 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 CHC30121 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.

  • Nanny
  • Early Childhood Worker
  • Early Childhood Educator

Study Pathways

Students may continue to study and enrol in our Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care CHC50121 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 160 hours of work placement undertaken across the time you are enrolled.

Delivery is a combination of face-to-face classes and online learning as well as practical experience.

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. Visit the How You'll Study page for more information.

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
CHCECE030 Support inclusion and diversity Core 63
CHCECE031 Support children's health, safety and wellbeing Core 160
CHCECE032 Nurture babies and toddlers Core 108
CHCECE033 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children Core 100
CHCECE034 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice Core 80
CHCECE035 Support the holistic learning and development of children Core 100
CHCECE036 Provide experiences to support children’s play and learning Core 75
CHCECE037 Support children to connect with the natural environment Core 50
CHCECE038 Observe children to inform practice Core 40
CHCECE054 Encourage understanding of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples' cultures Core 55
CHCECE055 Meet legal and ethical obligations in children's education and care Core 60
CHCECE056 Work effectively in children's education and care Core 65
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk Core 40
HLTAID012 Provide First Aid in an education and care setting Core 22
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 $960 $4800 $13300
Maximum annual amenities $250 $175 $250 $250
Total payable $250 $1135 $5050 $13550
Per year $16400
Per semester $8200

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 1st of November. 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.

Education courses at Melbourne Polytechnic

Bachelor of Education (Early Years and Primary)
Education - Full Time, Part Time - Preston
VTAC Education - Full Time, Part Time - Preston
The Bachelor of Education provides you the expert knowledge and classroom practice to succeed as an educator in the early childhood and primary setting.
Associate Degree of Early Years Studies
Education - Full Time, Part Time - Preston
VTAC Education - Full Time, Part Time - Preston
If you’re inspired to work with young children and would like to work as an educator in day care or a kindergarten, our Associate Degree of Early Years Studies is ideal for you.
Certificate IV in Training and Assessment TAE40122
Education - Full Time - Online, Epping, Preston
Free Tafe Education - Full Time - Online, Epping, Preston
Share your expertise with the world as a VET trainer. With our Certificate IV in Training and Assessment TAE40122, you will be qualified to deliver the absolute latest in training and assessment services in the vocational education and training sector.
Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care - Traineeship CHC50121
Education - Traineeship - Workplace and Industry, Preston
Free Tafe Education - Traineeship - Preston, Workplace and Industry
The Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care CHC50121 provides students with the skills and knowledge to plan and operate educational programs for children based upon their skills and interests.
Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care - Non-Traineeship CHC50121
Education - Part Time - Preston
Free Tafe Education - Part Time - Preston
The Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care CHC50121 provides students with the skills and knowledge to plan and operate educational programs for children based upon their skills and interests.

Requirements

  • You must have a current Victorian Working with Children Check to be able to complete placement requirements.
  • You must be at least 17 years and 3 months of age at time of course commencement. Applicants under the age of 18 must obtain parental agreement.

People who work with children are at increased risk of vaccine-preventable diseases. Staff in these workplaces can also transmit vaccine-preventable diseases to the children in their care. For more information please visit the Victorian Department of Health website.

Academic: Australian Year 12 equivalency

English: Academic IELTS 5.5 (Academic level) with no individual band below 5.0, Pearson PTE Academic 42 overall with no individual communicative skill below 36, or Melbourne Polytechnic recognised equivalency.

Other:

  • Attend a course information interview session by the Department before an Offer can be processed. Interviews via Skype/ zoom or telephone are available for overseas or interstate applicants.
  • Applicants will need to provide a current volunteer Victorian Working with Children Check (WWCC) and recent international police check to complete placement requirements.

Next Steps

The first step to enrolling is completing the application short form from the Apply Now page.

After you complete that form we will send you an email with a link to an application form webpage. If you don’t receive the email, check your spam and junk folders.

Complete the application form on the application form webpage.

You will be required to complete an online literacy and numeracy assessment.

Once you are ready to enrol, you will be invited to attend an enrolment appointment over the phone or on campus.

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