About the course

About the course

If you'd like to develop the skills and knowledge to work in a range of early childhood settings and make a difference in the lives of young children and families, our early childhood education and care course is ideal.

In our course you’ll learn from experienced and supportive trainers, and participate in extensive industry work placement. You'll 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

Course Details


Intake Dates & Course Length

Week commencing 3 February 2020

Full time: 5 months (Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm)

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Career Outcomes

After successful completion of our early childhood education and care course you'll be a qualified Early Childhood Educator (Level 3).

You can then apply for a range of career opportunities including as an:

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

Applicants must be a minimum of 17 years of age.

You should attend an information session.

You will be required to show evidence of a current Working with Children and National Police Checks 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. Students also need a good level of digital literacy.


To apply for this course, you must also be registered with an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network Provider and have a training contract with an employer. 

We can provide information and support on how to apply for a traineeship with an employer listed by an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network Provider. Contact the Skills & Jobs Centre on (03) 8892 1350 or email sajc.elgar@boxhill.edu.au.


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.


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Recognition of Prior Learning is available.

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Pathways & Accreditation

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

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

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***$115.00
* 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.
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Course Structure

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, 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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