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

Monday 3rd August 2020

Full time: 5 months (Mon - Fri, 9am - 4pm)

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.

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Career Outcomes

After successful completion of our early childhood education and care course you'll be a qualified Certificate III in Early Childhood Educator.

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

All applicants must complete a core skills profile and attend an interview

You will be required to have a current Working with Children Check and may be required to provide 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. 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

Free TAFEGovernment Subsidised ConcessionsGovernment Subsidised StandardFull Fee
Tuition Fee$0$712$3,561$9,567
Service Fee$160$160$160$160
Core Skills Support Fee$80$80$80$80
Material Fee$135$135$135$135
Retain Course Items$155$155$155$155
Total Course Estimate$530$1,242$4,091$10,097
Payable Estimate (at commencement)$530$1,242$4,091$10,097

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 2020 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

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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