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Course Type:
Accredited Course; Free TAFE; JobTrainer
Study Mode:
Online (With on-campus workshops)
8 months
Starting Date:
Bairnsdale: 22/02/2021, 13/07/2021
Morwell: 23/02/2021, 12/07/2021
Bairnsdale, Morwell
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Course Overview

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.

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 support children’s wellbeing, learning and development.

The possibilities this course provides are endless. 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.


Intake Attendance Days
22/02/2021 Bairnsdale Monday, Wednesday 9:00am - 3:00pm
23/02/2021 Morwell Tuesday, Thursday 9:00am - 3:00pm
12/07/2021 Morwell Monday, Wednesday 9:00am - 3:00pm
13/07/2021 Bairnsdale Tuesday, Thursday 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

Mandatory entry requirements

  • Students must obtain a clear police check and working with children's check to be eligible to complete the placement hours required. Students must have access to a laptop with camera and microphone to be able to participate in the online Collaborate sessions that will be run throughout the course.

Recommended entry requirements

  • Recommendation is that students should be a minimum 17 years of age to undertake the course.


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



During the course the students will complete placement one day per week, starting term 2 for the Semester one intakes and term four for the mid-year intake, this will continue for the duration of the course.
Placement is arranged by:

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

Course Modules

Course units
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
CHCECE025 Embed sustainable practices in service operations
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety
HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
CHCECE013 Use information about children to inform practice
CHCECE012 Support children to connect with their world
CHCECE011 Provide experiences to support children's play and learning
CHCECE010 Support the holistic development of children in early childhood
CHCECE009 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
CHCECE007 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children
CHCECE005 Provide care for babies and toddlers
CHCECE004 Promote and provide healthy food and drinks
CHCECE003 Provide care for children
CHCECE002 Ensure the health and safety of children
CHCECE001 Develop cultural competence
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people


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