Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Course code: CHC30121

RTO Code: 4909

Delivered by

Federation TAFE

Course Summary

This VET Program is designed for students who are passionate about childhood education and are looking to either enter the workforce or further
their education in the sector.
Students will develop skills in a variety of childcare and education areas including ensuring the health and safety of children, working legally and ethically, using approved learning frameworks to guide practice as well as developing cultural competence.


Contribution towards VCE: VM 

It is mandated that students studying VCE: VM complete 180 hours of a VET course in a Certificate II or above.  This will contribute 2 VET credits towards a student’s program.

Contribution towards VPC

Students studying VPC may choose to include a VET program, however it is not mandated.

Contribution towards VCE

Students will be eligible for three or more units at Units 1 and 2 level and
a Units 3 and 4 sequence.

ATAR Contribution

This Program does not have a study score and therefore cannot contribute towards the student’s primary four. Where a units 3 & 4 sequence is available and satisfactorily completed, it may be counted as a 5th or 6th subject and contribute towards their ATAR (10% of the lowest study score of the primary four).
Please note: The student must already have English and three other fully scored VCE/VET subjects to create the primary four.

Scored Assessment Available


National Accreditation

Program Delivery

Program structure

Delivered over two years


Federation TAFE, Wimmera Campus, (Horsham)


Wednesdays 9.20 am to 3.20 pm

School to Work

A minimum of 120 hours work placement across the two years is compulsory to pass this course.

Employment and Study Pathways

Possible Study Pathways

•Certificate III in Early Childhood
Education and Care
•Diploma of Early Childhood Education
and Care
•Bachelor of Early Childhood Education
Bachelor of Education

Potential Career paths

• Crèche childhood worker
•Early childhood educator
• Early childhood education team leader
•Family day care worker

Fees and Equipment

Materials Fee

Select fees to be paid by DE for students attending public schools.  Independent and Catholic schools will discuss fees with their families.

Study Units

Units may include:

Meet legal and ethical obligations in childen;s education and care CHCECE055
Use an approved learning framework to guide practice CHCECE034
Support inclusion and diversity CHCECE030
Encourage understanding of Aboriginal and /or Torres Strait Islander peoples’ cultures CHCECE054

Note: Program commencement subject to enrolment numbers. Units of Competency are subject to change. This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals. All details are accurate at the time of publication.


RTO Contact

Federation University

Kim Boulton

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