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Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care


Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care CHC30113

Course Overview

With an increasing demand for Early Childhood Educators across Victoria, the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care is a stepping stone into the industry. No previous experience is required for this course, meaning it is ideal for individuals who are passionate about child development, with a desire to make a difference in a child's life.

This course teaches key skills for working with young children, including how to:

  • Support children's play, learning, behaviour, and development
  • Provide for young children's wellbeing
  • Work effectively, legally, and ethically

Prospective students must pride themselves on being empathetic, patient and accountable, with the ability to problem-solve and engage with adults.

This course consists of compulsory face-to-face classes, live webinars, and 120 hours of placement arranged by GOTAFE (for which travel in Victoria will be required). More information on placement can be found below under 'Attendance and Commitment'.

Classes consist of structured learning days both in person and online, active participation in small and large group activities, class presentations involving songs, reading and shared group information research, as well as the creation of learning experiences, simulations and roleplays.

The Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care is delivered in the following ways: on campus, as a school-based apprenticeship, as a traineeship, or as part of the VETDSS (VET Delivered to Secondary Schools) program.

Students interested in undertaking this course through VETDSS need to enrol through their school. When VETDSS students successfully complete this partial completion (Program 3) students will be eligible for recognition of up to six (6) VCE units of credit: two (2) units at Units 1 and 2 and up to two (2) Unit 3 and 4 sequences.

This course is available as part of the Free TAFE scheme as well as the JobTrainer initiative, for eligible students.

Please note: the information on this page is relevant for 2022 enrolments.

Studying during COVID-19 Restrictions

During COVID‐19 lockdown periods, this course will have the majority of the training delivered using online methods of teaching and communication while students engage from home with their trainers. Any required practical components of the course will be moved to a more appropriate time later in the year.

Career Pathways

This course prepares you to work in the early childhood education industry. Roles you may be eligible for include:

  • Early Childhood Educator assistant
  • In-home Family Day Care educator
  • Nanny/Aupair
  • Playgroup assistant
  • Out of School Hours Care assistant
  • Kindergarten assistant

Early Childhood Educators at this level:

  • are solely responsible for a maximum 4 children between the ages of 0 - 2 or a maximum of 11 children between the ages of 3 - 5 years, so it is important applicants understand this.
  • support Children's wellbeing, and development in the context of an approved learning framework
  • required to work during the hours of 6am-6.30pm
  • are required to participate in physically, mentally and intellectually demanding tasks, this may include; lifting children, moving furniture, participating in physical activities. There is continuous bending and squatting to engage with children at their level

Further Study

After successful completion of this course, students may wish to pursue further training and complete the CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care offered at GOTAFE and then progress onto further tertiary studies with a Bachelor of Education.

Course Dates & Times

Seymour - Wallis Street

Blended - Starts on 21/02/2022 - Mon & Tues - 9am to 4pm / 2022

Shepparton - Fryers Street

Blended - Starts on 21/02/2022 - Mon & Tues - 9am to 4pm / 2022

Wallan - High Street

Blended - Starts on 21/02/2022 - Mon & Tues - 9am to 4pm / 2022

Wangaratta - Docker Street

Blended - Starts on 21/02/2022 - Mon & Tues - 9am to 4pm / 2022

1. Subsidised Standard
2. Subsidised Standard (Concession)
3. Subsidised Trainee
4. Subsidised Trainee (Concession)
5. Full Fee
Course Materials
Student Services Fees (per year)

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.

Please note that the fees on this webpage, for this particular course:

  • are correct at the time of publishing for those enrolling in 2022 and may change without notice.
  • will be discussed with applications as part of the application process to ensure it is understood what is being paid for and which fee rates they may be eligible for.

Course Fees consist of 3 different components:

  1. Student Tuition Fee - cover the costs of training and assessment. These fees vary across courses and are calculated based on a rate per nominal hour enrolled in. The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Circumstances may include:
    1. an individual’s eligibility for Victorian (Skills First) and Commonwealth government-funded training
    2. an individual’s eligibility for concession rates on Victorian (Skills First) and Commonwealth government-funded training
    3. ineligible individuals who are required to pay the full fees for tuition and other costs.
  2. Material Fee - where applicable, cover the costs of classroom consumables, handouts and booklets, e-Learning resources and associated license access fees and excursions.
  3. Student Services Fee (SSF) - contributes to the provision of student engagement, learning and support services. SSF is a non-refundable annual fee that does not apply to short course participants.

Additionally, some courses require students to purchase or supply textbooks, kits, tools, uniforms and personal protection equipment. Some specific materials may be purchased through the GOTAFE Bookshop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your course information session or during the pre-training review Interview.

GOTAFE offers a range of payment options to help you pay your fees.
Learn more about fees, charges, refunds and payment options

This course is in transition. The course code, title, units, and content may change in the future. Further information will be provided upon enrolment, or during the course of your training.

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:

  • Undertake a Pre-training Review by interview to ensure the course suits their needs and aspirations, and that they are likely to complete the course successfully.
  • Complete a Basic Key Skills Builder (BKSB) online test to ensure the required literacy & numeracy levels for the course are met.
  • Students are advised at the application stage of any course or industry requirements and could include but are not limited to:
    • Police Check with no disclosable outcomes
    • Working with Children Check (WWCC)
    • 80% on-campus attendance
  • School-based apprentices/trainees: Please apply through an Apprenticeship Network Provider with your employer to organise your apprenticeship/traineeship contract prior to applying for this course.
  • VETDSS: Please ask your School's VET coordinator or Careers advisor to apply for this course.

Technology requirements:

Throughout the course, students will need to do such things as download and upload files, convert documents from Word to PDF, scanning, format tables, create powerpoints, saving to specific naming criteria, utilising mobile devices for emails and sharing documents between devices.

Core Units
Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
Develop cultural competence
Ensure the health and safety of children
Provide care for children
Promote and provide healthy food and drinks
Provide care for babies and toddlers
Develop positive and respectful relationships with children
Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
Support the holistic development of children in early childhood
Provide experiences to support children's play and learning
Use information about children to inform practice
Work legally and ethically
Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting
Participate in workplace health and safety
Elective Units
Organise personal work priorities and development
Work with diverse people
Support behaviour of children and young people
Provide support to students with autism spectrum disorder

Assessment methods may include:

  • Presentations
  • Question and answer tasks
  • Case studies and scenarios
  • Simulations
  • Projects
  • Demonstrations
  • Workplace observations
  • Self-reflective tasks

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It is important that students commit to all course requirements, including study and assessments that may need to be completed outside normal training sessions.

Students are encouraged to attend all face-to-face sessions and participate in any workshops and/or webinars. We are not permitted to have students bringing children into the classroom.

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

  • Review content
  • Undertake readings and research in preparation for underrating assessments.
  • This is in addition to the time required for undertaking assessment requirements and preparing for practical placement.

Study modes:


  • Duration - 1 year, full-time
  • Classes are 2 days per week on campus
  • Students will need to allow approximately 6 hours per week for online study through goLearn
  • Placement - organised by GOTAFE of 120 hours mandated placement as per the training package PLUS 70 hours is arranged for the student as a strategy to help consolidate their knowledge and skills alongside classroom learning. This is made up of 5 weeks, which is completed in block placement.

School-based apprentices:

  • Duration - 2 years, part-time
  • Students have weekly 1 hr webinar classes
  • Students will need to allow time in the week for online study through goLearn
  • GOTAFE trainers visit students in the workplace for their induction and then at least 4 times per year over the duration of their course.
  • Trainers conduct additional site visits to ensure that all practical assessments are completed. (on average 8 per year)


  • Duration - 2 years, full-time
  • Students have weekly 1 hr webinar classes
  • Students will need to allow time in the week for online study through goLearn
  • GOTAFE trainers visit students in the workplace for their induction and then at least 4 times per year over the duration of their course.


  • Duration - 2 years, part-time
  • The course runs for 2 years, part-time. Students attend training at a GOTAFE campus 1 day per week.
  • Placement - organised by GOTAFE of 152 hour. Students complete 5 single days in lieu of classes per year and then complete 5 days in block training in the July school holidays per year.

Additional notes on placement, students:

  • are required to travel (up to approximately 50km away) throughout Victoria at their own cost.
  • are unable to choose where they want to go.
  • are required to be available for placement on site between 6AM -6.30PM Monday to Friday.
  • are expected to complete assessment tasks and demonstrate skills and knowledge as part of placement.
  • are required to purchase GOTAFE uniform, available on orientation day and must be worn on placement.
  • Please note: Students are required to participate in physically, mentally and intellectually demanding tasks, this may include; lifting children, moving furniture, participating in physical activities. There is continuous bending and squatting to engage with children at their level.

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.

Learning support

A free and confidential service to help you build the foundation skills you need to be successful at TAFE. Improve your english language, maths and/or writing skills; enhance your computer, exam and study skills.

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Our library team are passionate about supporting students to achieve their study goals. They have subject guides, referencing help, and online resources to assist you with you assessments.

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Jobs and study options

Our Skills and Jobs Centres can assist and talk through options for courses, careers, assistance with job applications and more.

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Whether you need support with time management, your mental health, grief and loss, a diagnosed disability, financial hardship, or any other challenge life through your way, we are here to help.

Support for personal issues

We have a dedicated team to ensure students have the help they need with personal issues impacting studies such as homelessness, family problems & setting up payment plans.

Find out how the Student Experience Team can help you

Disability support

Get access to the supports and adjustments you need for your disability or medical condition to be successful in your studies.

Seek support from our Equitable Learning Advisors

Counselling services

We offer free counselling services to help you work through life's challenges including grief and loss, mental health or relationships.

Learn about our Student Wellbeing Advisors

Refer to the Student Handbook for information regarding Learner’s Rights Student Handbook.

Further information is provided at course induction.

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

Enrolment in general public entry courses will require a selection interview. Please call 1300 468 233 to enquire further.

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.

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