Certificate III In Early Childhood Education And Care

Course Code: CHC30113
Study Area:
Community Services

If you are enrolling in this course as a Traineeship, you must have employment in the relevant industry before commencing the course.


Campus: Bendigo City

Start Date: February 2022 

End Date: October 2022  

Days & Times: 2 days per week, Wednesday & Thursdays


Trainee Intakes:

Start Date: Rolling Enrolments (enrol any time)

End Date: 12 months from Program Start Date

Days: Flexible

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.

Our course delivery features a combination of on-campus and remote (online) learning. This flexibility allows our students to continue to study in a safe, guided and supported manner.

All students required to attend on-site learning must be fully vaccinated in line with Bendigo TAFE’s Vaccination Policy

Free TAFE and JobTrainer

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. If you are aged 17-24 or looking for work, you may be eligible for 80% discount on the tuition fee through JobTrainer. 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. To find out more, call 13 TAFE (13 8233).

Normally a Skills First student is only entitled to one Free TAFE fee waiver. However, you may be able to enrol even if you have previously used your Free TAFE entitlement in a second Free TAFE course under JobTrainer. You may be able to get an exemption if you don’t meet the upskilling requirement.

  • Bendigo City Campus
Course Structure
  • Full time - Blended - 9 - Month/s (Mixture of on campus and on line delivery)
  • Wednesdays and Thursday 9.30am-12.30pm 
  • Off campus - Apprenticeship/Trainee- 12 - Month/s


This qualification is nationally recognised

Possible careers

This course will provide students with a Nationally recognised qualification for employment in animal care industry.

Job role titles covered by this qualification may include:

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

  • Evidence of full Covid-19 vaccination status (2 x doses) or a medical exemption by a medical practitioner
  • Individual interview
  • Language, literacy and numeracy assessment
  • Working with Children Check
  • Victorian Police Check
  • Minimum age is 17 years and 11 months at the time of course start date.

If you are enrolling in this course as a Traineeship, you must have employment in the relevant industry before commencing the course.

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 remotely and with several on campus practical assessments and classes over 9 months

    Placement agreements

Practical placement- students will complete 2x 2 week 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

Practical Placement is a mandatory component of this course. Bendigo TAFE will make efforts to secure an appropriate placement. 

Before you can start your practical placement, you will need to provide the following compulsory requirements:

    Evidence of full Covid-19 vaccination status (2 x doses) or a medical exemption by a medical practitioner
    A valid Working with Children Check (Volunteer)
    A satisfactory National Police Check - National Police checks are conducted via fit2work. An account with fit2work will be created using the students name and the BT issued student email address, once studies in the program have commenced. Further information will be provided once enrolment has been completed.

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

You will be assessed throughout the course, these are listed below. These assessments are designed to show that you have achieved the skills and knowledge required in order to achieve this qualification. Your teacher will provide you information on how you will be assessed for each unit. We use a online Learning Platform to communicate to students, distribute learning materials and assessment. Your assessment will be required to be submitted using our Online Platform also

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

There is the opportunity for re-assessment and appeal, which you can discus with your teacher. 

Learning options
  • Blended
  • Off campus
  • Online
  • Traineeship

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.

Some or all of this training is provided with State or Federal Government funding. Are you eligible for Government Subsidised fees? Find out now!

Are you eligible for Government subsidised fees? Check for your eligibility here
Are you eligible for concession? Check for your eligibility here
To check your eligibility click here.
Free TAFE and JobTrainer courses only: Students eligible for Free TAFE receive the tuition rate free. Students eligible for JobTrainer pay 20% of the tuition. Materials, consumables and student services fees are payable by all students and do not receive a JobTrainer discount, however concession rates for student services fees are available for concession card holders, apprentices, trainees and 100% off campus delivery courses. Please note that these tuition rates only apply to courses offered under the Free TAFE or JobTrainer schemes.
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*$3,075.80
Concession - average total course fee*$615.16
Full fee - average total course fee*$7,783.13
B.   Materials average fee**$210.80
C.   Consumables average fee**$82.50
Indicative pricing for:
A.   Course enrolment type:Traineeship
Government subsidised - average total course fee*$2,926.30
Concession - average total course fee*$585.26
Full fee - average total course fee*$7,387.38
B.   Materials average fee**$162.00
C.   Consumables average fee**$40.00
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 10/12/2021 3:02 PM