Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Course Code: CHC30113
Study Area:
Children’s Services

You can study the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC30113) in one of two ways:

1. 100% online (excluding work placement)

2. Combination of remote and flexible delivery methods.

Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, we have adapted our course delivery to now encompass a combination of remote and flexible delivery methods. This includes easy to navigate online tutorials, video conferencing (classroom simulation) as well as face-to-face practical assessments and work placements – where safe and practical to implement. Therefore, you will require access to the internet and a computer to undertake this course.

Our flexible model allows you to continue to study in a safe, guided and fully supported manner with continued access to all learning, personal and wellbeing supports.

You will be advised by your facilitator on a case by case basis in relation to practical and work placement assessments, as some flexibility will be required during this challenging time.

Bendigo City campus

Next intake: Full-time class: January 2021. Online option: Enrol at any time.

Echuca campus

Next intake: Full-time class: January 2021. Online option: Enrol at any time

The Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC30113) will provide students with an understanding of supporting children’s wellbeing, learning and development, as well as the legal and ethical requirements of caring for and educating children. Upon completion of this course, you will be able to seek employment in a range of early learning settings, caring for children aged up to 12 years.

You may be entitled to free tuition fees for this course if you meet the eligibility criteria for the State Government’s FREE TAFE for Priority Courses initiative. It's important to know that you may incur other fees, such as student services fees or materials fees, and you'll need to cover these costs yourself.

  • Bendigo City Campus
  • Echuca Campus
Course Structure
  • Full time - Blended - 6 - Month/s
  • Off campus - Apprenticeship/Trainee - 12 - Month/s


This qualification is nationally recognised

Possible careers
  • Family day care worker
  • Preschool worker
  • Employment in after school care
  • Empolyment in early learning centres (long day care)

  • Individual interview
  • Language, literacy and numeracy assessment
  • Working with Children Check

Course overview

Direct entry. This qualification reflects the role of workers in a range of early childhood education settings who work within the requirements of the Education and Care Services National Regulations and the National Quality Standards. Workers in this field support the implementation of an approved learning framework, and support children's well-being, learning and development. This is a full time course delivered 2 to 3 days per week on campus over 6 months Practical placement- students will complete 2x 2week blocks of placement where student is expected to complete 5 full days for each week, totalling approx. 152hrs, which will be planned by our placement coordinator. Some students may need to travel outside of their home suburb/town to complete placement, but we will make every attempt to keep as local as possible Bendigo TAFE will organise practical placement for each student in various organisation across the sector. Students cannot begin placement until they have completed appropriate paperwork which includes, NPC, WWCC and placement agreements. Bendigo TAFEs Placement Support Officer will assist students with their placement needs in approved host organisations.

How to apply
Online application direct to Bendigo TAFE

Selection process

Recognition of prior learning (RPL)
Recognition of prior learning (RPL) may be given for skills and knowledge gained through previous study or other relevant experience.  Further information refer to RPL

Assessment Methods
  • Assignment
  • RPL
  • Practical Assessment
  • Observation
  • Knowledge Test

Learning options
  • Blended
  • Off campus
  • Online

Key study areas
• Diversity in the workplace • Legal and ethical requirements • Provide care to babies • Healthy eating • Cultural competency • Workplace health and safety

Further study opportunities
  • Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
  • Bachelor of Education specialising in primary or early childhood
  • Certificate IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma courses


Your fees are made up of four parts.
  1. Course enrolment type
  2. Materials
  3. Consumables
  4. Student Support Fee.   
Once you have determined the fees applicable to your situation you will be able to calculate a indicative total fee for your qualification.

Are you eligible for Government subsidised fees? Check for your eligibility here
Are you eligible for concession? Check for your eligibility here
Concessions for Diploma and Advanced Diploma course categories are only available to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders.

A.   Course enrolment type:Standard
Government subsidised - average total course fee*$2,805.66
Concession - average total course fee*$561.13
Full fee - average total course fee*$7,593.30
B.   Materials average fee**$210.80
C.   Consumables average fee**$82.50
Indicative pricing for:

*The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment and details of any other fees including but not limited to student services, amenities, goods or materials and consumables.
**Materials/Consumables fees may vary for each individual based on the units they are studying.
Average tuition fees are based on the typical number of student contact hours undertaken by a student to complete this course. Average fees displayed are purely indicative and may not be your actual fee. Fees vary based on the number/hours of electives chosen by the student. Read more on fees and charges

D.  Student Support fees
The Student Support fee is a non-tuition fee for Government subsidised (eligible) students and full fee paying (ineligible) students. Read more. Student support fees are non refundable . Student support fees are payable annually for the duration of your course, over and above tuition fees.

This page was last updated on 4/06/2020 2:13 PM

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