Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care


Course Length

Part time:

1 yr | 2 yrs SBA


Subsidised Standard:


Subsidised Standard (Concession):


Subsidised Trainee:


Subsidised Trainee (Concession):


Full Fee:


Course Materials:


Student Services Fees (per year):




Shepparton - Fryers Street

Wallan - High Street

Wangaratta - Docker Street

Delivery Mode

On Campus

School Based Apprenticeship


Course Overview

The Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care is the recognised qualification to become an entry-level Early Childhood Educator.

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. You'll graduate with the skills and knowledge to succeed and work appropriately in the Early Childhood sector.

Career Pathways

There is an increasing need for Early Childhood Educators in Victoria, particularly due to the introduction of 3-year-old Kindergarten. There are estimates that 6000+ Early Childhood Educators and teachers will be needed by 2029.

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 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care offered at GOTAFE and then progress onto further tertiary studies in Bachelor of Education

Course Dates & Times

Shepparton - Fryers Street

Start Tue 14th July, 3 Days, 2 on campus(Thu, Fri) 1 remote(Tue), 9am - 4pm/2020

Wallan - High Street

Start Tue 14th July, 3 Days, 2 on campus(Thu, Fri) 1 remote(Tue), 9am - 4pm/2020

Wangaratta - Docker Street

Start Tue 14th July, 3 Days, 2 on campus(Thu, Fri) 1 remote(Tue), 9am - 4pm/2020

Fee Information

1. Subsidised Standard: $3,559.00

2. Subsidised Standard (Concession): $712.00

3. Subsidised Trainee: $3,646.00

4. Subsidised Trainee (Concession): $729.00

5. Full Fee: $6,362.00

Course Materials: $304.00

Student Services Fees (per year): $70.00

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 2020 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

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
  • Please apply through an Apprenticeship Network Provider (australianapprenticeships.gov.au) with your employer to organise your apprenticeship/traineeship contract prior to applying for this course (Apprentices and trainees only)

Applicants must also supply:

  • a current and successful Police Check
  • a current Working with Children Check

Course Study Units

Core Units
CHCDIV002 - Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
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
CHCLEG001 - Work legally and ethically
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 workplace health and safety
Elective Units
BSBWOR301 - Organise personal work priorities and development
CHCDIV001 - Work with diverse people
CHCECE006 - Support behaviour of children and young people
CHCEDS031 - Provide support to students with autism spectrum disorder

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods may include:

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

Course Co-ordinator

Fiona Corish
Campus: Shepparton

Sue Hewitt
Campus: Wangaratta

Beth Fletcher
Campus: Seymour

Attendance & 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.

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

Course Contact Hours:

  • On campus students attend classes 2 days a week over 12 months while undertaking practical placement.
  • Student Based Apprentices complete the course over a 2 to 3 year period. Practical placement in a workplace one day per week and on day per week on campus.
  • Trainees work full time in an early childhood setting and complete the course over a 12 month period. Mentoring and 1:1 training visits conducted by a GOTAFE trainer with the option to attend on campus should it fit in with work schedules.

Where to From Here

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.

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.

Student Support

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

Learner's Rights

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

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.