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Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Course Code: CHC30113
Study Area:
Children’s Services

Start date: 17 July 2018

Days per week: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

Duration: 20 weeks

End date: 14 December 2018

​The Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care 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.

  • Bendigo City Campus
  • Echuca Campus
Course Structure
  • Full time - Blended - 6 - 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 / Semester one and two 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
  • Group interview

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
  • Traineeship

Key study areas
This course prepares students to plan and provide activities, education and care for young children. Topics include supporting children’s wellbeing, learning and development, as well as legal and ethical requirements. All students will engage in practical placement.

Further study opportunities
  • Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
  • Bachelor of Education specialising in primary or early childhood


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 annual 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 annual course fee*$1,716.00
Concession - average annual course fee*$343.20
Full fee - average annual course fee*$3,861.00
B.   Materials average fee (per year)**$286.00
C.   Consumables average fee (per year)**$90.00
Indicative pricing for:05/02/2018

*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

This page was last updated on 16/05/2018 2:28 PM

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