Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Free TAFE course
Course Code CHC30113
Locations Warrnambool, Portland, Hamilton, Colac

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Study Mode Full-time, On Campus
Length 10 months
Commencement February, July
Timetable 2 days a week on campus plus work placement
Course Overview

Want a rewarding career working with children?

This course will equip you with the knowledge and skills to gain entry-level employment in the early childhood education and care sector.

You will gain the skills and knowledge to support the development and care of children from birth to pre-school.  You will learn how to implement an approved learning framework within the requirements of the Education and Care Services National Regulations and the National Quality Standards.

Through on-campus study and work placement, you will gain hands-on and practical skills in areas including: caring for babies and children up to 12 years old, responding to children and people at risk, effective interaction with children, providing nutritional food, childhood development, sustainable practices, first aid and work health and safety procedures.

This course also provides a pathway and meets the entry requirements to complete the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.

What will I Learn?

Through a combination of on-campus study and work placement, you will gain practical on-the-job knowledge and skills you need to support the implementation of a learning framework, and support children’s wellbeing, learning and development.

You will develop practical skills and knowledge in:

  • caring for babies and children up to 12 years old
  • developing positive and respectful relationships with children
  • providing experiences to supports children's play and learning
  • responding to children and young people at risk
  • effective interaction with children
  • childhood development
  • sustainable practices
  • effective interaction with children
  • first aid
  • work health and safety procedures

Course Outcomes and Career Opportunities

This course equips you to work across a range of age groups by providing care for babies, toddlers and children. Job roles include:

  • Childhood Educator Assistant
  • Outside School Hours Aide
  • Preschool Assistant
  • Nanny


Following the completion of this course, you may choose to continue study in the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.

Completion of the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care meets the entry requirements and provides credits for the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care at South West TAFE. 


You will be required to complete a minimum of 150 hours of practical placement in a regulated early childhood service during this course. Placement is usually 1 day per week.

We will arrange this placement for you.

Information Session

Why don’t you come along to our next course info session to find out everything you need to start your learning journey? You can chat with our teachers, tour our facilities, learn more about the course, find out about the application process and get your questions answered by our course experts. 

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Course in Transition

Industry is constantly having input into training packages to ensure course content is relevant and industry specific.  Where this occurs, the course code, title, units and content may change in the future and you may be enrolled into the new qualification.  If relevant, further information will be provided on our website, upon enrolment and/or during the course of your training.

Course Requirements
Entrance requirements & pre-requisites

Entry Requirements for this course include:

  • Successful application for a current Working with Children Check card
  • You must be a minimum of 17 years of age
  • Demonstrated desire and suitability to work in the early childhood field


Course requirements

To be eligible for this qualification you must successfully complete 18 units; 15 core and 3 electives.

Units offered

Core Units

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Unit Code Unit Name Unit Hours Unit Consumables
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety 25 $0.00
CHCECE001 Develop Cultural Competence 70 $0.00
CHCECE002 Ensure the Health and Safety of Children 63 $0.00
CHCECE003 Provide Care For Children 70 $0.00
CHCECE004 Promote and Provide Health Food and Drinks 35 $0.00
CHCECE005 Provide Care For Babies and Toddlers 60 $0.00
CHCECE007 Develop Positive and Respectful Relationships With Children 70 $0.00
CHCECE009 Use an Approved Learning Framework to Guide Practice 70 $0.00
CHCECE010 Support the Holistic Development of Children in Early Childhood 70 $0.00
CHCECE011 Provide Experiences to Support Childrens Play and Learning 40 $0.00
CHCECE013 Use Information About Children to Inform Practice 40 $0.00
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically 55 $0.00
CHCPRT001 Identify and Respond to Children and Young People at Risk 40 $0.00
HLTAID004 Provide an Emergency First Aid Response in an Education and Care Setting 20 $50.00
HLTWHS001 Participate in Workplace Health and Safety 20 $0.00

Elective Units

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Unit Code Unit Name Unit Hours Unit Consumables
BSBWOR301 Organise personal work priorities and development 30 $20.00
CHCECE006 Support Behaviour of Children and Young People 30 $0.00
CHCECE012 Support children to connect with their world 40 $0.00

This course involves accredited units.  You will be required to complete assessment tasks to demonstrate your underpinning knowledge, skills and attributes to meet the course outcomes.  A combination of written, oral and practical assessment strategies will be used in either a classroom, online or workplace environment. 

Where units require demonstration of skills in a workplace environment, you will have the opportunity to do this either in your own workplace (where appropriate), through a practical placement, or by using one of the Institute's simulated workshops/classrooms.  Detailed information about the types, conduct and dates of assessments will be provided in advance.  You will also be provided with information about the opportunity for reassessment and appeal.

After applying

Once you have applied for your chosen course, you will receive a thank you email from South West TAFE with a few steps to help process your enrolment.

Complete a Pre-Training Review
You will receive an email to complete a Pre-Training Review online evaluation. This evaluation helps us tailor your training to suits your needs.

Create or provide a Unique Student Identifier (USI)
A USI is a nationally recognised reference number that provides an online record of your training qualifications gained in Australia.
Create your USI
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Skills recognition
If you have experience or prior qualifications, you may be eligible to apply for recognition of prior learning and gain credits. You will be asked to provide any relevant Statement of Attainment to support identified credits.

Course Fees

Everyone has different circumstances that can affect what you pay and how much you pay. Your fees each year are made up of 2 different elements:

  • Tuition fee
  • Consumables/material fee

There are 3 different rates of tuition fees. Only one will apply to you depending on your eligibility and circumstances. The 3 categories include:

The fees listed below are indicative only and may be subject to change without notice and given individual circumstances. Your actual fees will be calculated based on your individual circumstances at the time of enrolment. Funding made available to eligible individuals by State and Commonwealth Governments. If funding is utilised, this may affect future opportunities to access additional funding in the future. 

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Course fees by student type Indicative Course Fee
Government subsidised rate (if eligible) $2,235.00
Concession rate $450.00
Full fee rate (if not eligible for govt subsidy) $6,950.00
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Additional course fees Indicative Course Fee
Course consumable/materials (approximate) $90.00
This is a Free TAFE course

From 1 January 2020, students who are eligible for Victorian government-subsidised training will not pay course tuition fees for the duration of their enrolment in this course.
Find out more or chat with our Customer Service team on 1300 648 911, or visit a SWTAFE Campus.

Consumables/Materials Fees

You may be required to pay the cost of some goods or materials necessary for your course, eg: tools of the trade, uniform and books. The maximum consumables/materials fees are made up of course consumables, core unit consumables and the maximum elective units you will pay.

Final costs will be determined at enrolment and you will be informed of the fees associated with course consumables and resources via your Statement of Fees. 


Your course may require you to purchase additional materials or books. You can choose where to purchase these items from. You can download the booklist for this course here: HERE

Which fee applies to me?

Government-subsidised rate - Skills First
You could be eligible for a government-subsidised rate depending on your age, educational history, and citizenship or residency status. If you are eligible, the government will contribute to the cost of your training.
Check your eligibility

Skills First Exemptions
As a Victorian Government TAFE, South West TAFE is able to provide exemptions for prospective students. Contact our Customer Service Team to find out if you are eligible for an exemption.

Concession rate
If you are eligible for a Skills First government-subsidised place and hold a current healthcare or pension card, that you can provide at enrolment. You may be eligible for the concession rate. 
Find out more about concession rates

Full fee rate
If you are not eligible for a Skills First government-subsidised place, exemption, concession or are enrolling in a course that isn't government-subsidised, you may be required to pay the full fee rate. 


How do I pay my fees?

Once we have processed your enrolment form, you will receive an email with your invoice.

You have three options when organising your payment:

  1. Upfront payment - can be made over the phone with EFTPOS
  1. Payment plan - can be directly debited from your bank account, debited from your Centrelink payments or via a VET Student Loan (for diploma or advanced diploma courses only)
  1. Paid by employer, school or job network agency - if your fees are being paid by your employer, school or job network agency, you will need to complete an Authority to Invoice form.

Payments will need to be arranged within five(5) business days of receiving the email containing your invoice.

We also offer a range of scholarships each year which you may be eligible to apply for to assist with course fees.

Next Steps
Careers and Course Advice

Not sure which course is right for you? South West TAFE will help you find your way.

Our Pathfinders Skills and Jobs Centre is here to support you. Whether you’re exploring career options, transitioning from school to the workforce or looking to study after school we’re here to help you. Call, email or drop in.

Call 5564 8515 or email skillsandjobscentre@swtafe.edu.au

How to apply

There are five simple steps to apply for a course with us.

  1. Apply - complete a short online application form. Once this form is submitted we'll send you a thank you email.
  2. Get ready - your thank-you email will contain links to a pre-training review, to a unique student identifier and to government-subsidised training eligibility.
  3. Chat with your teacher - your teacher or course specialist will contact you about your Pre-Training Review outcomes and additional course information.
  4. Enrol - after chatting with your teacher, you will receive an email with your enrolment form and a link to verify your identity.
  5. Sign - once you've completed your enrolment, you will receive a declaration form to review and sign.

If need any assistance with applying, contact our Customer Service team on 1300 648 911 or visit your nearest campus.

Student Support

As a SWTAFE student, you can access a variety of support services that will enhance your study experience and help you complete your studies successfully. For more information about any of these services, visit our student page.