About the course

About the course

This early childhood education course is the minimum entry requirement for working in the early childhood sector.

You'll learn from experienced and supportive teachers and you must complete work placement with children aged birth - 6 years.

You will gain the skills and knowledge to:

  • maintain a safe and hygienic environment and practices
  • promote healthy eating and ensure that food and drinks provided are nutritious, appropriate for each child and prepared in a safe and hygienic manner
  • apply strategies to guide responsible behaviour of children and young people in a safe and supportive environment
  • provide children with opportunities to maximise their potential and develop a foundation for future success
  • understand and comply with legislation and regulatory requirements

Course will be replaced

Please note: This training package will change in the near future and minor alterations to the course will occur. All new students will be enrolled into the new course.

Course Details


Intake Dates & Course Length

February & July 2022

  • February: Elgar & Lilydale Lakeside campus (Full time, Mon - Fri, 9.30am - 3.00pm, blended delivery)
  • February: off campus/trainee remote delivery (students must be employed in a regulated early childhood education and care setting minimum 15 hours per week)  - 1 evening per week, 2 hour session
  • July: Elgar & Lilydale Lakeside campus 

Full time: 6 months

Off Campus/Traineeship: 11 months

This is a blended delivery course which will include a combination of online, remote and face to face delivery. Blended learning can involve a range of online programs and resources including StudentWeb, Microsoft Teams, Cisco Webex, Skype, specific industry platforms, pre-recorded sessions, assigned reading, tutorials, discussion boards, and online activities. Blended learning also involves face-to-face attendance at classes or practical placements.

For information regarding dates such as enrolment, orientation and study breaks please visit the Academic Calendars page

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Career Outcomes

After successful completion, you may wish to apply for roles in work settings including preschools/kindergartens, long day care, out of hours school care, recreation and mobile care services.

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Entry Requirements

You must

  • be at least 17 years of age
  • have a current Working with Children Check 
  • have achieved the required scores in a Core Skills Diagnostic test and
  • completed a Pre Training Review 

As per Victorian Government guidelines, all staff working in the early childhood sector will need to have their first COVID vaccination by 18/10/2021 and to be fully vaccinated by 29/11/2021 (unless a medical exemption applies) - this will be required by students in order to undertake mandatory work placement.

You may be required to provide a National Police Check (with no disclosable outcomes) to be able 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 a willingness to take responsibility. You'll also need a good level of digital literacy.


To assist prospective students to determine whether a course is suitable and appropriate for the individual needs, Box Hill Institute will assess all students’ language, literacy and numeracy and digital literacy by asking you to undertake a self-assessment review prior to the enrolment.

A course advisor will discuss the outcomes of the review and make recommendations about whether the course is suitable for you, and identify additional support where required.


Direct entry

Recognition of Prior Learning is available.

Pathways & Accreditation

After successful completion you may wish to apply for entry into the CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.

With changes to the National Training Package, the Certificate III Early Childhood Education and Care will be the pre-requisite to the new Diploma Early childhood Education and Care (CHC50121).

This course is government accredited and has national recognition

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

Fees & Finance Options

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

Free-TAFE or Job TrainerGovernment Subsidised ConcessionGovernment Subsidised StandardFull Fee
Tuition Fee$0$755$3,775$9,996
Service Fee$166$166$166$166
Core Skills Support Fee$83$83$83$83
Material Fee$135$135$135$135
Retain Course Items$155$155$155$155
Total Course Estimate$539$1,294$4,314$10,535
Payable Estimate (at commencement)$539$1,294$4,314$10,535

Retain Course Items are purchased once by the student prior to commencing. Those items then become the property of the student. Fees listed are at 2022 rates and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. The student tuition fees listed are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. For more information please contact our Course Advisors on 1300 BOX HILL.

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Course Structure

You will need to complete 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, working with children aged 0 - 6 years of age.

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

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