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Grow your career in early childhood

We give you the skills and knowledge to provide care and plan engaging and educational activities to maximise the development of the children in your care. Learn how to create individual profiles and work with families to provide appropriate education and care. From family day care provider to preschool assistant, it's the perfect course to look after your future. Course details

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Bracken Ridge, Caboolture, Loganlea, South Bank

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Full time: 1 year / up to 4 days per week

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  • Full Fee $4,080
  • Subsidised $890
  • Concession $490

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Louise Dodds

Real-life industry knowledge and experience

"I completed the Diploma of Children's Services to formalise my work experience with an industry-recognised qualification. The course was interesting and the teachers were willing to share their real-life industry knowledge and experiences".

Louise Dodds
Diploma of Children's Services

Get real-world experience at TAFE Queensland Brisbane

Early Childhood Education and Care employees have the future in their hands! Educating and caring for young children during their formative years is a privilege and a great responsibility. There is clear evidence that the early years of a child's life are very important for their present and future health, development and well-being. TAFE Queensland Brisbane will help you develop the skills and knowledge you need to provide high quality care and plan developmentally appropriate experiences that will maximise the chances of children reaching their full potential.

Key dates

Bracken Ridge 16 Jul 2018 Full time / up to 4 days per week Classroom
Caboolture 16 Jul 2018 Full time / up to 4 days per week Classroom
Loganlea 16 Jul 2018 Full time / up to 4 days per week Classroom
South Bank 16 Jul 2018 Full time / up to 4 days per week Classroom

Entry requirements

This qualification has no formal entry requirements however TAFE Queensland Brisbane has the following selection criteria;

  • Students will be required to undergo a Working with Children Check and receive a positive notice and apply for Blue Card for placement.
  • It is recommended that applicants have a sound pass in year 10 English.

It is strongly recommended that applicants provide evidence of the following immunisations:

  • Pertussis (dTpa, provided dTpa has not been given previously), plus a booster if immunisation has not been received withiin the past 10 years.
  • MMR (if non-immune)
  • Varicella (if seronegative)

In addition, it is recommended that all Early Childhood Educators have Hepatitis A & B Vaccination.

If you’re under 17 years of age, special enrolment conditions may apply.


Bracken Ridge
157 Norris Road
Bracken Ridge QLD 4017

Tallon St
Caboolture QLD 4510

50-68 Armstrong Road
Meadowbrook QLD 4131

South Bank
Ernest Street
South Brisbane QLD 4101

Resources required

It is recommended that students have access to a reliable internet connection to access TAFE Queensland's online learning system Connect, and a computer with up-to-date software, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player. This equipment and software is available for students to use at all TAFE Queensland locations.


View the timetable. Please note, the timetable for future semesters may differ to the current schedule. If you need help or can't find what you're looking for, give us a call on 1300 712 007.


Students participating in compulsory vocational placement will be required to undergo a Working with Children Check and receive a positive notice and have a Blue Card for placement.


The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete all core and 3 elective units from the list below. Electives may differ between TAFE Queensland locations and regions.

M00VPC120 Vocational placement Vocational Placement Scheme
Cluster 1 - Legal
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically Core
CHCECE009 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice Core
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk Core
Cluster 2 - Culture
CHCECE001 Develop cultural competence Core
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety Core
CHCECE026 Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate education and care for children Elective
Cluster 3 - Health Safety and First Aid
CHCECE002 Ensure the health and safety of children Core
CHCECE004 Promote and provide healthy food and drinks Core
HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting Core
Cluster 4 - Care
CHCECE007 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children Core
CHCECE003 Provide care for children Core
CHCECE005 Provide care for babies and toddlers Core
Cluster 5 - Play and Learn Cluster
CHCECE010 Support the holistic development of children in early childhood Core
CHCECE011 Provide experiences to support children's play and learning Core
CHCECE013 Use information about children to inform practice Core
CHCECE006 Support behaviour of children and young people Elective
Cluster 6 - The Workplace
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety Core
BSBWOR301 Organise personal work priorities and development Elective


Not all electives available at all campuses

What are my payment options

No matter what your circumstances, TAFE Queensland Brisbane has a payment option to suit you. If you are unsure of what's right for you, call us on 1300 712 007. We're here to help.



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Payment Plan

If you have difficulty paying the full cost of a course up front you might be eligible for a payment plan. This will allow you to pay for your course in instalments, rather than one upfront payment at the time of enrolment.


The Queensland Government will offset the cost of study for eligible students. You will still need to pay for a portion of your study costs. The amount above is what you will need to pay.

Certificate 3 Guarantee

You can receive a subsidy towards one certificate III qualification from a list of subsidised courses.

You're eligible for the Certificate 3 Guarantee if you:

  • Are 15 years or older and no longer in school
  • Living in Queensland full time
  • Are an Australian or New Zealand citizen, permanent resident, or temporary resident with the necessary visa or work permits
  • And don't currently have (or are enrolled in) a certificate 3 or higher level qualification.

Give us a call to find out more.

If you're a Queensland resident, have just finished year 12 and are keen to start your studies within the next calendar year, you might be eligible to study fee free!

The Queensland government has identified a number of industries with a high demand for trained workers. To help fill these gaps, they will pay the full cost of a number of certificate III qualifications in high-priority study areas under the Certificate 3 Guarantee and User Choice programs.

We want school leavers to gain the important skills and training they need before starting their university studies or careers - debt-free.

For more info, check out the Training Queensland website, or call TAFE Queensland Brisbane on 13 72 48.


You are eligible for the concession price of a course if you are eligible for subsidised training, and are listed on an Australian Government Low Income Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card, if you are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, you hold a Department of Veterans' Affairs Pensioner Concession Card, or if you have a disability. Further information about concessions.

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Additional costs

Please be aware in some instances organisations may require students to undertake a Federal Police Check (cost approx. $45) and/or apply for a Blue Card for placement.
Students are required to purchase and wear the TAFE QLD Brisbane Polo shirt while on vocational placement.

Students can also access a range of print, copy, scan and fax services via MyPrint.


CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

After completion of this Certificate further education can include the following qualification:

Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Job prospects

  • Family Day Care Carer
  • Out Of School Hours Care Worker
  • Recreational Activities Officer
  • Nanny
  • Childhood Educator
  • Child Carers

University pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas will give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities. That means cutting down the amount of time you need to complete your degree, or even enrolling straight into the second year of your university course.

Our pathway partners include:

Louise Dodds

Real-life industry knowledge and experience

"I completed the Diploma of Children's Services to formalise my work experience with an industry-recognised qualification. The course was interesting and the teachers were willing to share their real-life industry knowledge and experiences".

Louise Dodds
Diploma of Children's Services

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You're ready if you have:

  • checked your important dates (under the course details tab)
  • checked you meet the entry requirements (under the course details tab)
  • checked your course costs and know which payment option is right for you
    (under the costs tab)
  • Read the Student Rules and Withdrawals and Refund Policy
  • Created your Unique Student Identifier and can provide this to TAFE Queensland.

All done? Then you're ready to enrol

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Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of prior learning

Fast-track your way to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. Getting recognition for the skills you've gained from the workplace or previous learning means less study time for you, and getting the paper to prove you're qualified a whole lot sooner.

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At the beginning of each semester we host orientation events across our locations so you can meet your teachers and classmates, get to know your campus, and familiarise yourself with your study schedule. We also throw in a bunch of free activities, because... why not? We like to have fun.

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Note: All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolments.

Last updated on 6 February 2018

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