Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

This qualification reflects the role of educators in early childhood education and care who work in regulated children’s education and care services in Australia. They support children’s wellbeing, and development in the context of an approved learning framework. Educators use a range of well-developed skills and knowledge using discretion and judgment when carrying out their work in the context of established policies and procedures. They may work independently or under the guidance of others, though in some contexts that guidance may not be on-site. Early childhood educators work in long day care centres, family day care, pre-schools or kindergartens.
This course is offered at multiple locations, select your prefered campus to see when it is offered.
Ballarat - Mt Helen
Wimmera - Horsham
Workplace - Ballarat
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Ballarat - Mt Helen
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Wimmera - Horsham
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Workplace - Ballarat
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Length
1 year
Qualification Code
CHC30121

Free TAFE

This course is in the Free TAFE for Priority Courses list. Find out about the initiative and your eligibility

This certificate is an essential qualification* that ensures you develop the skills and knowledge you need to commence working in the Australian childcare industry, providing care for children from birth up to 12 years old.

Early childhood services play an important role in nurturing the development of all infants and children attending childcare.  Educators support the implementation of approved learning frameworks, and assist in supporting children’s wellbeing, learning and development. Depending on the setting, you may work under direct supervision or autonomously. 

Much of your time during this program will be spent within children's services, watching and learning from other professionals.  Once you graduate, you can work in pre-school centres, long day care, family day care centres and more - or you may choose to further your knowledge and study our Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care or the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) degree.

You can study this program as a traineeship or as an on-campus program. Note that traineeship eligibility requires that you are employed as a trainee within the Early Childhood Care sector, and that you and your employer are able to enter into a training agreement.

* To work within the early childhood sector, a Certificate III is the minimum qualification required by Australian law.

  • Centre based care educator
  • Occasional care educator
  • Out of school hours educator
  • Pre-school centres co-educator
  • Family day care educator

The course content below provides all possible units related to the course. If the course has various streams, the units you are required to study will depend on your chosen stream.

PARTICIPATE IN WORKPLACE HEALTH AND SAFETY
HLTWHS001
PROVIDE FIRST AID IN AN EDUCATION AND CARE SETTING
HLTAID012
IDENTIFY AND RESPOND TO CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE AT RISK
CHCPRT001
WORK EFFECTIVELY IN CHILDREN'S EDUCATION AND CARE
CHCECE056
MEET LEGAL AND ETHICAL OBLIGATIONS IN CHILDREN'S EDUCATION AND CARE
CHCECE055
ENCOURAGE UNDERSTANDING OF ABORIGINAL AND/ OR TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER PEOPLES' CULTURES
CHCECE054
OBSERVE CHILDREN TO INFORM PRACTICE
CHCECE038
SUPPORT CHILDREN TO CONNECT WITH THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT
CHCECE037
PROVIDE EXPERIENCES TO SUPPORT CHILDREN'S PLAY AND LEARNING
CHCECE036
SUPPORT THE HOLISTIC LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT OF CHILDREN
CHCECE035
USE AN APPROVED LEARNING FRAMEWORK TO GUIDE PRACTICE
CHCECE034
DEVELOP POSITIVE AND RESPECTFUL RELATIONSHIPS WITH CHILDREN
CHCECE033
NURTURE BABIES AND TODDLERS
CHCECE032
SUPPORT CHILDREN'S HEALTH, SAFETY AND WELLBEING
CHCECE031
SUPPORT INCLUSION AND DIVERSITY
CHCECE030
FOLLOW BASIC FOOD SAFETY PRACTICES
HLTFSE001
SUPPORT INDIVIDUALS WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER
CHCCCS024
Classes are held two days per week (Tuesday and Thursday), from 9.30 am - 4.30 pm. Tuesday classes are held remotely (online via MS Teams) and Thursday classes are on campus.

Delivery: Combination of classroom and online.

Entry requirements (year 12)

There are no formal entry requirements for this program.

Entry requirements (non year 12)

There are no formal entry requirements for this program.

Extra Requirements

All applicants are required to

  • undertake a literacy and numeracy assessment test (LLN)
  • attend an interview
  • hold a valid Police Check
  • hold a valid Working With Children Check (WWCC)
  • hold a valid NDIS check

Please note the Police Check and Working With Children Check (WWCC) will be at your own expense.

If enrolling as a Trainee, all Trainees must have a signed training contract between employer and trainee lodged with an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN). Information on Government employment incentives/subsidies and wages is also available from AASN's.

For information in relation to the University and students rights and responsibilities please refer to the VET Information Guide.

Applicants need to demonstrate the literacy and numeracy skills required to undertake this course through a test as part of the application process. The test will be conducted through Federation College prior to commencement of training. Feedback will be provided to the applicant on their results and types of support, if necessary, available to them.

The application method varies depending on your circumstances, please visit our How to apply page for further information.

VTAC application: Yes

VTAC code: 3700311194 (Wimmera - Admin Campus), 3700511194 (Ballarat - Admin Campus)

Direct application: Yes

Federation University code: LBA

National course code: CHC30121

Tuition Fees

The tuition fees you will pay depends on your eligibility for a Victorian Government subsidised place under the Skills First Program.

Find out more about eligibility here.

2023 total estimated tuition fees for Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
Concession
Government Subsidised Place
Standard
Government Subsidised Place
Full Fee Place
(Not eligible for government subsidy)
$995$4,975$13,360

*Fees displayed are estimates for the total program and may change depending on individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees are subject to change annually.

Visit our TAFE enrolment fees page for more information.

Material Fees

Material fees cover the cost of items which are purchased by the university and provided to the student, such as tools, materials, uniforms, textbooks, excursions and other incidentals associated with the program.

The estimated material fees for this program are $112

Eligibility Exemptions

You could be eligible for government subsidised study at Federation University through the Skills First eligibility exemptions initiative.

If you have been deemed ineligible for a government-subsidised place because you have a higher qualification or have commenced two qualifications at the same level, you may be eligible to enrol in a government-subsidised place with an eligibility exemption.

Please note: A limited number of TAFE eligibility exemptions are available so contact us now to secure your place for 2023.

Important Information

Direct Debit Payment Plans are available for eligible students to help manage the payment of tuition and material fees throughout the enrolment year (excluding Diploma/Advanced Diploma tuition fees).

Students accessing government-subsidised training under the Skills First Program need to be aware that enrolling in a qualification may affect their ability to access future government-subsidised training.

Free TAFE: Under the Victorian Government Free TAFE initiative, some programs have free tuition for eligible students, however material fees (if applicable) will be payable by the student.  Free TAFE is subject to availability and eligibility requirements.

Visit the TAFE fees website. for further information on fees, payments and refunds.

If what you have learned at work, from other programs, courses, from life experience or training provided at work is relevant to this program, you may be entitled to gain subject credits or exemptions. The University is obliged to recognise the AQF qualifications and statements of attainment issued by other registered training organisations. For further details contact Federation University on 1800 333 864.

Successful completion of this program provides a direct pathway into the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.

Placement will be required to be completed with a total of 160 hrs.

A range of student services are available at most campuses. For further information on these services or for course information, please contact us on 1800 333 864.

The commencement of all programs is subject to available funding and enrolment quotas.

All information contained in this program overview including the availability of programs and fees, is correct at the time of being published, however the University reserves the right to alter any program, procedure or fee. Students should check for any amendment prior to enrolment.

CRICOS Provider No.00103D
Please note: This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.
National RTO Code: 4909

School department

Centre for Health and Communit

Course coordinator

Lee Wheeler