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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 your stepping stone into the industry.

You'll learn 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

Our trainers are all experienced Early Childhood Educators, who are up-to-date with current industry standards and practices. This course is delivered on campus, as a school-based apprenticeship, as a traineeship, or as part of the VETDSS program.

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

Studying during COVID-19 Restrictions

We've had to make adjustments to how our courses are delivered due to the restrictions imposed by COVID-19. This means that we're currently offering a combination of delivery modes including online and flexible learning and, where we can, on-campus classes with strict social distancing in place.

Career Pathways

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

  • Early Childhood Educator
  • Outside School Hours Care Assistant
  • Playgroup Supervisor
  • Recreation Assistant
  • Family Daycare Worker
  • Nanny/Au Pair

Further Study

After successful completion of this course, you 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

CHC30113 - Traineeship/ SBAT

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

Shepparton - Fryers Street

CHC30113 - Traineeship/ SBAT

VETDSS - Year 1 - Starts on 03/02/2021 - Wed - 9am to 3.30pm/2021

Blended - Starts on 15/07/2021 - Thu & Fri - 9am to 4pm / 2021

VETDSS - Starts on 2nd February, 1 day per week Wednesday - 9am to 3.10pm/2022

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

Traineeship - Open from 10th January - 2022

Wallan - High Street

Blended - Starts on 15/07/2021 - Thur & Fri - 9am to 4pm / 2021

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

Wangaratta - Docker Street

Blended - Starts on 15/07/2021 - Thu & Fri - 9am to 4pm / 2021

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)

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Please note all fees and charges are correct at time of publication for 2021 and may change without notice.

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 Bookshop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your course information session or during the pre-training review Interview.

All students are required to pay an annual Student Services Fee (SSF) of $70.00. The Student Services Fee contributes to the provision of student engagement, learning and support services. SSF does not apply to short course participants.

Further details on fees available

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 ensure the course suits your needs and aspirations, and that you are likely to complete the course successfully.
  • Complete a CSPA test to ensure you have the required language, literacy and numeracy levels required for the course.
  • Hold/obtain a current and successful Police Check and Working with Children Check.
  • 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.
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 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 a 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 for undertaking assessments

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

Students undertake a practical component which requires them to complete workplace demonstration in two separate Early Childhood settings over a period of 25 days totalling a minimum of 160 hours and a maximum of 200 hours.

Course Contact Hours:

  • On-campus: Students attend 2 days of class a week, one in face-to-face classes, and one via Zoom or Microsoft Teams. The course runs over 12 months.
  • School-based apprentices: Students complete the course over a 2 to 3 year period, consisting of 1 day per week in the workplace with regular visits from GOTAFE Trainers and Assessors.
  • Trainees: This course is delivered over 12-24 months. The majority of the training will occur through interaction with learner workbooks, scheduled forums, workplace supervisor mentoring and 1:1 training and assessment visits conducted by a GOTAFE trainer. Students have an option to attend GOTAFE where it fits into their schedule.
  • VETDSS: Students attend training at a GOTAFE campus 1 day per week over the course of 2 years.

If you need any further clarification of the information provided please contact one of our client service officers on 1300 468 233 who can assist you or submit an enquiry through our website now and one of the team will be in touch.

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.

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.

Learn more about support services

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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