Certificate III Early Childhood Education and Care

Course code: CHC30113

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 (replacing VCAL Intermediate and Senior Certificate)

It is mandated that students studying VCE: VM from 2023 must complete 180 hours of Certificate II or above.  This will contribute 2 VET credits towards a student’s program.

Contribution towards VPC (replacing Foundation VCAL)

Students studying VPC from 2023 can include a VET program, however it is not mandated.

Contribution towards VCE

Students who complete this program may be eligible for recognition of two or more units at units 1 & 2 level and a units 3& 4 sequence (if available).
Students may not be recognised for all eligible credit until the completion of the second year.

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
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 9.30 am to 3.20 pm

Structured Workplace Learning

Structured Workplace Learning

A minimum of 160 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

To be paid by DET for students attending public schools.  Independent and Catholic schools will discuss fees with their families.

Study Units

Units may include:

Unit code

First Year


Participate in workplace health and safety


Provide first point of contact


Work with diverse people


Communicate and work in health or community services


Organise and complete daily work activities


Provide first aid


Write routine workplace texts


Read and respond to routine workplace information


Use strategies to respond to routine workplace problems

Unit code

Second Year


Participate in workplace health and safety


Work within a community development framework


Implement participation and engagement strategies


RTO Contact

Federation University

Kim Boulton

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