Would you like to develop the skills and knowledge to work with children and families in a range of early childhood settings. Our early childhood education and care course is ideal for people who want to make a difference in the lives of young children and families.

In this course you’ll learn from experienced and supportive trainers and participate in extensive industry work placement. You gain the knowledge to:

  • develop and implement play and educational programs
  • support and guide children’s behaviour
  • maintain a safe, clean and appealing environment
  • assist in implementing policies and procedures in early childhood services

You may be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning if you are currently working in early childhood and need to update your existing qualification to meet the current minimum qualification standards.

National Code CHC30113
Study Areas Community Services
Study Level Certificate III
Study Type Local
Study Mode

Full time: 6 months

Course Type Victorian TAFE Course
Campuses Box Hill, Lilydale, Workplace

Tuition Fee Type Estimated Fee
Gov. Subsidised - Standard $3,432.00
Gov. Subsidised - Concession $686.00
Full Tuition Fee $9,438.00
Service Fees Estimated Annual Fees
Service & Amenities* $155.00
Core Skills Support** $75.00
Annual Material Fees $9.00
Retain Course Items*** $210.00

* Does not apply to VETiS or Short course students.

** Does not apply to VETiS, International students, Short Courses, Graduate Degrees , or re-enrolling students who re-enrol in the same course.

***Retained Course Items are purchased by the student once prior to commencing. The course items bought by the student become the property of the student. Such items retain a generic application for other purposes outside the student's course of study (e.g. textbooks).

Annual student tuition & material fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees listed are for 2019 and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. Advertised start dates and delivery locations are subject to viable student numbers. For more information please contact our Course Advisors on 1300 BOX HILL.

This training is provided to eligible individuals with funds made available by the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments

4 February 2019

Intake for traineeships are at the commencement of each term

Full time: 6 months (Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm)

Box Hill, Lilydale, Workplace

You should attend an information session.

You will be required to show evidence of a current Working with Children and National Police Check to participate in work placement and to apply for future employment opportunities.  You should be physically fit, enjoy being with children, have patience, understanding, energy, adaptability and willingness to take responsibility.

Traineeship applicants must also 

  • be registered with an Australian Apprenticeship Centre and have a training contract with an employer
  • or be employed in a registered early childhood education and care service for a minimum of 2 days a week

Successful completion can provide a pathway to the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.

Direct entry

This course is government accredited and has national recognition

The qualification is aligned with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 3

After successful completion, you will be a qualified Early Childhood Educator (Level 3).

You may wish to apply for a range of career opportunities including:

  • early childhood educator
  • outside school hours care assistant
  • play group supervisor
  • recreation assistant
  • family day care educator
  • nanny
  • childcare educator/assistant

Completion of 18 units (including 15 core and 3 electives). 

To be assessed as competent in this qualification you are required to undertake a minimum 120 hours supervised work placement in a registered education and care service , for example, long day care service, preschool,kindergarten and out of hours school care program.

Evidence provided by a workplace supervisor will contribute to assessment of your ability to work at this level.


Last updated: February 22, 2019 12:59pm