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Course Type:
Accredited Course; Free TAFE; JobTrainer
Study Mode:
On Campus
12 months
Starting Date:
Bairnsdale: 03/10/2022, 13/02/2023
Morwell: 14/02/2023
Warragul: 13/02/2023
Bairnsdale, Morwell, Warragul
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Course Overview

Are you passionate about children? Do you love helping them learn? Then a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care is for you!

There has never been a more exciting time to enter early childhood education and play an important role in supporting children’s wellbeing, learning and development.

The possibilities this course provides are varied. Depending on what you choose, you’ll work as an educator under direct supervision, or on your own while meeting the requirements of the Education and Care Services National Regulations and the National Quality Standard.

You’ll experience a mixture of face-to-face and practical classes with work placements to build your confidence when working with children.  Because the course structure is flexible, you can fit study around your life, not the other way around.

You’ll also learn how to create safe, healthy environments for children as you cater to their individual needs. There are few things more rewarding than that!

The best thing about this course is the opportunity to work in the sector as an Early Childhood Educator or Kindergarten Assistant, a Nanny, at a Family Day Care or as a Support Worker.  It will allow you to take the time to decide the next steps in your career, because we understand these choices aren’t always easy.

Those next steps could be a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care or a Bachelor of Early Childhood Studies (offered at Federation University). The Diploma in Early Childhood Education will allow you to work as a Qualified Educator in an Early Childhood Service – see, this course really can take you so many places!

Caring and knowledgeable teachers are always in high demand, so come and work with us to give yourself exciting career opportunities with so much future potential.

ATTENTION: As much as we’d love to offer more, we can only offer one Free TAFE course per person. If you’ve already enrolled and commenced, or enrolled but didn’t complete a Free TAFE course at any Victorian TAFE in the past you will NOT be eligible for another and will need to pay tuition and materials fees when you enrol. Reach out to us if you think this is you.


Intake Attendance Days
Bairnsdale 03/10/2022 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 9.00am-3.00pm
Bairnsdale: 13/2/2023 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 9:00am–3:00pm
Warragul: 13/2/2023 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 9:00am–3:00pm
Morwell: 14/2/2023 Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9:00am–3:00pm

Qualifications and Recognition

Upon successful completion of this course students will be eligible to receive the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.

Career Opportunities

  • Early Childhood Educator or Kindergarten Assistant
  • Nanny
  • Family Day Care
  • Support worker

Opportunities for Further Study

Further Information

Course and Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

The Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care is physically demanding, in order to be successful with the Certificate coursework and practical placement, students are required to perform and demonstrate a number of skills in a safe manner to themselves, other students, staff and those within their care.

By understanding the task required within the course work and practical placement students can make an informed decision whether the program is suitable prior to enrolment.

Click here to read the Inherent Requirements for this course

To attend placement or be in the workplace, students are required to have three COVID-19 vaccinations as determined by the State Government on public health recommendations. Students are required to have the third COVID-19 vaccination by March 25th, 2022. Further information can be found here


Not Applicable

Online requirement

Not Applicable


Course Cost

VET Student Loans

Not Applicable for this course

Help with Fees

Specialist Course Information

Specialist Course Information



Students are required to complete a minimum of 160 hours work placement
Placement is arranged by: Institute

Pathway to Industry Licence

Not Applicable

Material and Equipment supplied by students

Not Applicable

Student Services

Support is available for students at every stage of the study journey. Please speak to any of our friendly reception or teaching staff.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Many TAFE Gippsland courses offer Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Click to learn more about RPL and how it can benefit you.

Course Structure

Sample course units

CHCECE055 Meet legal and ethical obligations in children’s education and care
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
HLTAID012 Provide First Aid in an education and care setting
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
BSBPEF403 Lead personal development
CHCECE030 Support inclusion and diversity
CHCECE031 Support children’s health, safety and wellbeing
CHCECE032 Nurture babies and toddlers
CHCECE033 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children
CHCECE034 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
CHCECE035 Support the holistic learning and development of children
CHCECE036 Provide experiences to support children's play and learning
CHCECE037 Support children to connect with the natural environment
CHCECE038 Observe children to inform practice
CHCECE054 Encourage understanding of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples’ cultures
CHCECE056 Work effectively in children's education and care


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