Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Course Code CHC30113
Campus Seymour - Wallis Street, Shepparton - Fryers Street, Wangaratta - Docker Street
Duration 868 hours

Course Overview

The CHC30113 is the recognised minimum entry-level qualification to become a qualified Early Childhood Educator. The course will provide participants with the skills they need to gain employment in Child Care Centres, Family Day Care services, Preschools, Playgroups and Before and After School Care settings.

This course has a focus on the skills needed for supporting children’s play, learning, behaviour and development; providing for young children’s wellbeing; and working effectively, legally and ethically.

This qualification can be completed on campus, as a School Based Apprenticeship or as a Traineeship.

Participants will be enrolled into a nationally recognised qualification and will be given access to trainers who are industry current and highly skilled in facilitating training in the area of Early Childhood Education and Care.

You will be enrolled into a current qualification.

Pathways / Employment Opportunities

The CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education & Care is designed for those wishing to further their knowledge and skills to seek employment in the Early Childhood Education and Care industry.
Job roles may include:

  • Early childhood educator
  • Outside school hours care assistant
  • Playgroup supervisor
  • Recreation assistant
  • Family day care worker
  • Nanny/Au pair
  • Mobile assistant

Working in this industry may involve working outside of usual business hours, working with children who have additional needs, and working with parents, families and guardians, as well as other service providers and Early Childhood Education staff.

Working in this industry can also be physically demanding. Applicants should consider their physical ability to complete the job role e.g. bending, lifting, manual handling etc.

Further studies
After gaining the CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, you might wish to undertake further study in the CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.

Sessions - Dates/Times

Campus Times
Seymour – Wallis Street Starts Wed 3rd July, 3 Days a week, 9am to 4pm / 2019
Seymour – Wallis Street Starts Monday 3rd Feb (3 Days a Week), 9am-4pm /2020
Shepparton – Fryers Street Starts Monday 3rd Feb (3 Days Mon, Tue, Wed), 9am-4pm /2020
Shepparton – Fryers Street Starts Monday 13th July (3 Days Mon, Tue, Wed), 9am-4pm /2020
Wangaratta – Docker Street Starts Wed 3rd July, 3 Days a week, 9am to 4pm / 2019
Wangaratta – Docker Street Starts Monday 3rd Feb (3 Days Mon, Tue, Wed), 9am-4pm /2020
Wangaratta – Docker Street Starts Monday 13th July (3 Days Mon, Tue, Wed), 9am-4pm /2020

Attendance and Commitment

It is important that students commit to all course requirements, including study and assessments the student may need to complete outside their normal training sessions.
Students are encouraged to attend all face-to-face sessions and participate in any Workshops and/or Webinars.

Due to its demanding nature, this course requires high level of commitment. If you are considering undertaking the course you should be able to commit to at least 6 hours of self-directed learning per week to:

  • Review content
  • Undertake readings and research in preparation to underrating assessments.

This is in addition to time required for undertaking assessment requirements and preparing for practical placement.

Course Co-ordinator

Name: Fiona Corish
Location: Shepparton

Name: Sue Hewitt
Location: Wangaratta

Name: Beth Fletcher
Location: Seymour

Fee Information
Type Average Enrolled Hours Hourly Fee Rate Indicative Tuition Fee Hourly Govt Subsidy Rate Total Govt Contribution
Govt Subsidised-Standard 868 $4.10 $3,558.80 $7.00 $6,076.00
Govt Subsidised-Standard Concession 868 $0.82 $711.76 $7.00 $6,076.00
Govt Subsidised-Trainee 868 $4.10 $3,558.80 $7.00 $6,076.00
Govt Subsidised-Trainee Concession 868 $0.82 $711.76 $7.00 $6,076.00
Full Fee 868 $6.66 $5,780.88 N/A N/A
Course Materials 868 $0.35 $303.80 N/A N/A

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

You will receive an Indicative Fee Statement when you decide upon your course. A finalised invoice will be issued upon enrolment. Students will be invoiced for the components of the course that they are enrolled into for each year or semester.

Material fees cover costs associated with the following where applicable, and not limited to:

  • Classroom activity consumables, handouts and booklets
  • E-Learning resources and associated license access fees
  • Excursions

Additionally some courses require students to purchase or supply text books, kits, tools, uniforms and personal protection equipment. Some specific materials may be purchased through the GOTAFE Book Shop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your Course Information session or during the Pre-Training review Interview.

Entry Requirements

Training package entry requirements
There are no training package entry requirements for this qualification.

GOTAFE preferred entry requirements
Before being accepted into the course you must:

  • Attend an interview
  • Undertake a Pre-training Review to document your previous work experience and qualifications and assess your suitability for the course
  • Complete a CSPA test to ensure you have the required language, literacy and numeracy levels required for the course
  • Register with the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (Apprentices and trainees only)

Applicants must also supply:

  • a current and successful Police Check
  • a current Working with Children Check
Units of Competency

CHC30113 – Core Units

CHCECE001 – Develop cultural competence
CHCECE007 – Develop positive and respectful relationships with children
CHCECE002 – Ensure the health and safety of children
CHCPRT001 – Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
HLTWHS001 – Participate in workplace health and safety
CHCDIV002 – Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
CHCECE004 – Promote and provide healthy food and drinks
HLTAID004 – Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting
CHCECE005 – Provide care for babies and toddlers
CHCECE003 – Provide care for children
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
CHCECE013 – Use information about children to inform practice
CHCLEG001 – Work legally and ethically

CHC30113 – Elective Units

BSBWOR301 – Organise personal work priorities and development
CHCEDS031 – Provide support to students with autism spectrum disorder
CHCECE006 – Support behaviour of children and young people
CHCDIV001 – Work with diverse people

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods will vary to best suit the assessment requirements of the unit. These may include:

  • Presentations
  • Question and answer tasks
  • Scenarios
  • Simulations
  • Projects
  • Demonstrations
  • Workplace observations
Skills Recognition

Skills Recognition is an assessment only process that may result in credits towards a part or full qualification.  There is no formal training involved, although you may choose to complete further training as a result of the assessment process.

You can apply for Skills Recognition before you enrol in the qualification you are seeking.  You can apply for Skills Recognition through one or both of the following processes:

  • Credit Transfer for formal training that might be equivalent to a new qualification or partial qualification
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for people who have relevant and current skills and knowledge that they have gained through non-formal or informal learning i.e. work or life experience.
Information Sessions

For further information regarding this course please call 1300 468 233.


Please note:  Eligible individuals who wish to access a government subsidised place, must participate in a Pre-training Review.  This will consider your:

  • Aspirations/career goals
  • Educational attainment and capability
  • Literacy and numeracy skills
  • Suitability for Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer
Individual Needs

Enrolment in general public entry courses will require a selection interview. Please call 1300 468 233 to enquire further.
Enrolment in an apprenticeship course is commenced after GOTAFE receives a Training Contract completed at an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN). To locate an AASN, please go to australianapprenticeships.gov.au or call 13 38 73.

Learner’s Rights

Refer to the Student Handbook for information regarding Learner’s Rights Student Handbook.
Further information is provided at course induction.

Student Welfare Unit

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you will be welcome to access a variety of non-academic support services from the Student Welfare Unit. These services are designed to best support you to successfully complete your course.

Services include on campus supports and remote supports

  • Counselling
  • employment information
  • careers
  • activities etc.
Educational Support Services

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you may access a wide range of academic support services to assist you to meet the academic challenges of your course from our Learning Support Unit.

Where to from here?

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