Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

This qualification enables you to plan experiences and provide education and care to children, facilitating their leisure and play and enabling you to foster children's development.

Graduates may work under direct supervision and, in some settings, may also have limited supervisory responsibilities of volunteers. You are required to have an understanding of a range of cultures and work with local communities in the provision of services.

Program Commencement Dates

February and July

Career Opportunities

  • Child care assistant
  • Family day carer
  • Nanny
  • Out-of-school hours care assistant
  • Recreation assistant


On campus delivery is available at the City, Moorabbin and Waverley campuses.

Course length and attendance
Full time: 6 months. You must attend four days per week. Some evening and weekend study may be scheduled over the duration of the course.

Practicum Placement
Placements of between 2 and 5 days per week will be scheduled with each of the relevant age groups of children throughout the duration of the course.


Assessment is based on the demonstration on specific knowledge and skills, and a combination of observation, discussion, written assignments, tests, and/or practical application and work related projects, including those undertaken through practicum placement.


  • Minimum 16 years of age
  • Working with Children Check

Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer

You may be able to shorten the length of your chosen course by measuring skills acquired through work, life experiences or qualifications obtained from formal studies or training. AQTF qualifications and statements of attainment issued by another registered training organisation will be recognised by Holmesglen.

Please see Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer for more information.

How to Apply

Directly to Holmesglen

Apply directly to Holmesglen 

Applicants must submit an Application Form and contact the department to arrange an interview.


  • Interview and written exercise
  • IELTS test may need to be undertaken


This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible students.

Fees are calculated according to the level of course being studied, and the number of hours being undertaken, up to Government established maximums. Eligible students are able to access a Government Subsidised Place and certain categories of Full Fee Paying students may be able to access an Eligibility Exemption. Assistance is available in the form of VET FEE HELP or a Holmesglen Payment Plan for students who are unable to afford fee payment up front.

For further information please visit the Fees and Charges page or contact the department via phone, email or through the Enquire Now form on this page.

Qualification & Recognition

On successful completion of this course, you will be eligible to receive a nationally endorsed Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.

Quick Stats

Program Code:CHC30712
Start Date(s):
Study Mode:Full time
Program Length:
  • Full time - 6 months
Location:Moorabbin; Waverley; City - St Kilda Rd
Program Enquiries:Early Childhood Education Department
03 9564 6267

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