Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Course Code: CHC30113
Study Area:
Children’s Services

Bendigo City campus

April intake: Thursdays and Fridays – 13th April 2020 to 27th November 2020

Echuca City campus

Tuesdays and Thursdays – 13th March 2020 to 14th November 2020

​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.

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
  • Total number of units = 18

    15 core units

    3 elective units

    At least 1 must be selected from the electives listed below

    Up to 2 units may be selected from any endorsed Training Packages or accredited courses – these units must be relevant to the work outcome.

    All electives chosen must support the overall integrity of the AQF level of this qualification and contribute to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome.

    Core units delivered within the program
      CHCLEG001 - Work legally and ethically
      CHCECE001 Develop cultural competence
      CHCECE002 Ensure the health and safety of children
      CHCECE003 Provide care for children
      CHCECE004 Promote and provide healthy food and drinks
      CHCECE005 Provide care for babies and toddlers
      CHCECE007 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children
      CHCECE009 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
      CHCECE010 Support the holistic development of children in early childhood
      CHCECE011 Provide experiences to support children’s play and learning
      CHCECE013 Use information about children to inform practice
      CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
      HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting
      HLTWHS001 Participate in work health and safety
      CHCDIV002 - Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
    Elective units
      CHCECE006 Support behaviour of children and young people
      CHCDIV001 - Work with diverse people
      CHCECE012 Support children to connect with their world


This qualification is nationally recognised.

Possible careers
  • The field of early childhood education includes, but is not limited to, the following jobs:
      •Long day care
      •Family day care
      •Occasional care
      •Outside school hours care (OSHC)

  • Attended an individual interview Complete an Language, Literacy and Numeracy assessment Successfully obtain and clear National Police Check (NPC) and Working With Children’s Check (WWCC). Under current ECEC legislative requirements for workers all participants must have no disclosures.

Course overview

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.

Practical placement- students will complete 2x 2week blocks of placement where student is expected to complete 5 full days for each week, totalling approx. 140 hours, 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.

You will be provided with a timetable before you start your training. As well as attending classes at Bendigo TAFE, practical placement within the education industry is scheduled throughout the course.

All students will undertake an induction session at the commencement of their training program. It is important that you attend ALL timetabled sessions

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
  • • Written test and/or written assignment • Observation on practical placement • Questioning and quizzes • Role play • Case studies • Research tasks

Learning options
  • In-class delivery

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 (CHC50113)
  • Certificate IV in Education Support (CHC40213) I Bachelor of Education


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 31/01/2020 1:20 PM

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