Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Course Code CHC30121

  • Full Time
  • 10 months
  • On Campus
  • Glen Waverley
  • Moorabbin

This course is not available for International Students

Free TAFE Course

You may be eligible to study this course for FREE.


Enrolling in the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care provides you with a comprehensive skill set. This program equips you to proficiently plan and execute suitable care and educational experiences tailored to the developmental needs of young children, fostering their growth and learning in a supportive environment.

Career Opportunities

  • early childhood educator
  • family day carer
  • nanny
  • out of school hour care assistant
  • recreation assistant
  • kindergarten assistant

Pathway to further studies

  • CHC50121 ,Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Studying the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care at Holmesglen

Through a combination of face-to-face, online and practicum based learning, you will acquire the necessary skills and knowledge to work effectively as a professional team member in an early childhood service.<p>These skills include gaining an understanding of legal and ethical requirements, engaging with young children and their families, facilitating children's leisure and play, and fostering holistic development and wellbeing.<p>Graduates may work under direct supervision and may also have limited supervisory responsibilities of volunteers.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible, students must be at least 17 years of age at the commencement of the program.<p>Students must be able to participate in assessable industry placements to successfully complete the course. A current Working With Children Check card is required for placement and proof of COVID-19 vaccination may be required for placement by individual centres or businesses.<p>Candidates must be able to physically complete the practicum requirements of this course.<p>Candidates must present evidence of COVID-19 vaccination to be eligible for on-campus studies and practical placement in an education and care service.
Prior to enrolment or commencement of training you will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment and a pre-training interview. These will assist with determining your suitability to the course, verify your training plan, and identify any learning support needs.

Recognition of prior learning

You may be able to reduce the number of units to be studied in your chosen course by measuring skills acquired through work, life experiences or qualifications obtained from formal studies or training. AQF qualifications and statements of attainment issued by another registered training organisation will be recognised by Holmesglen. Read more about Recognition of Prior Learning, Credits and Advanced Standing.

Course Structure


Classes run from 9am to 4pm - Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday (four days per week on campus)<p>Learners are required to participate in a total of 180 hours comprising of 3 blocks of 2 weeks placements in a Registered Education and Care service. Start and finish times will vary on practical placement between the hours of 6.30am to 6.30pm.
Unit code Unit name
CHCECE056 Work effectively in children's education and care
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety
CHCECE035 Support the holistic learning and development of children
CHCECE031 Support children's health, safety and wellbeing
CHCECE033 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children
CHCECE034 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
CHCECE038 Observe children to inform practice
CHCECE036 Provide experiences to support children's play and learning
CHCECE032 Nurture babies and toddlers
CHCECE055 Meet legal and ethical obligations in children's education and care
CHCECE037 Support children to connect with the natural environment
CHCECE030 Support inclusion and diversity
CHCECE054 Encourage understanding of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples' cultures
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
HLTAID012 Provide First Aid in an education and care setting
Unit code Unit name
BSBPEF403 Lead personal development
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people


Assessments are designed to provide learners with opportunities to demonstrate they have attained the required skills and knowledge using a range of practically based activities and tasks, as required by recognised standards.

How to apply


Click the ‘apply’ button below to get your application started with us. Our friendly Holmesglen team will be in touch to discuss your study opportunities and pre-training requirements.

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Qualification and Recognition

On completion you will receive the CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.

Industry Connections


Tuition fees GST exempt Cost
Full Fee $12,410
Government subsidised $3,858
Concession $772
Free TAFE eligible student FREE
Mandatory materials Cost
Materials fee $245

Additional Course Cost

Up to $30 for external accreditation of Safe Sleeping Certificate (SIDS)

All fees are indicative only. Your fees will be calculated on your individual circumstances at the time of enrolment. Training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth funding. <a href="/study-with-us/tafe-study/tafe-fees-and-scholarships/government-subsidised-training">Find out now if you are eligible for Government-subsidised fees or Concession. </a>


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