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Become an early childhood educator

A child’s early years are particularly important to their long-term development and growth. We'll teach you how to plan engaging educational activities to maximise the development of children. You'll learn how to create individual profiles and work with families to provide appropriate education in a caring environment. From family day care provider to preschool assistant, it's the perfect course to look after your future. Course details

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Workplace: nominal duration 24 months / Self-paced

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13 72 48

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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

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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

Workplace Any time Self-paced Workplace

Entry requirements

Students must be employed as an trainee and have a signed Registered Training Contract, stating TAFE Queensland Brisbane is the Supervising Registered Training Organisation (SRTO).

Trainees are required to be employed for a minimum of 15 hours per week and employers will be required to undergo an employer resource assessment. All employees in the childcare industry are required to undergo a criminal record check, (Child Care Act 1991).

The Queensland Government's Apprenticeships Info website provides information about apprenticeships and traineeships (including school-based) in Queensland.

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.


Hours of study vary depending on your employment situation


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

Important Information

Please be aware in some instances organisations may require students to undertake a Federal Police Check (cost $42) and or apply for a Blue Card for placement.

Year 12 graduates: start trade training fee free, here’s how.

To be eligible to access fee-free training, you must:

  • have completed Year 12 in Queensland and hold a Senior Statement issued by the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority or equivalent certification
  • enrol and start an apprenticeship, traineeship or training, with an approved training provider in a high priority qualification by the end of the calendar year following completion of Year 12
  • permanently reside in Queensland.

For more information call TAFE Queensland Brisbane on 13 72 48 or visit Training Queensland.


The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete all units listed on your individual training plan.

Helath and Safety
CHCECE004 Promote and provide healthy food and drinks Core
CHCECE002 Ensure the health and safety of children Core
CHCECE009 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice Core
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk Core
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically Core
CHCECE003 Provide care for children Core
CHCECE007 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children Core
CHCECE005 Provide care for babies and toddlers Core
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety Core
CHCECE001 Develop cultural competence Core
CHCECE026 Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate education and care for children Elective
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety Core
BSBWOR301 Organise personal work priorities and development Elective
Play and Learn
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
First Aid
HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting Core


Not all electives available at all campuses

Eligible apprentices and trainees that meet the Queensland state funding requirements will be charged a student contribution fee of $1.60 per nominal hour. For more information on the number of units funded for this course visit Queensland Training Information Services.

Nominal hours for each unit will be outlined in the agreed training plan, which will be provided to the employer and apprentice or trainee, at the time of induction.

Non-funded apprentices and trainees will be charged a fee for service cost. The student and employer contribution fee will be outlined in the training plan and agreed to, prior to the commencement of training.

Federal incentives may be available for employers, apprentices and trainees. Visit the Australian Apprenticeships website for more information.

Students are encouraged to view the TAFE Queensland's Student Fees policy prior to enrolment.

For more information about the costs associated with undertaking an apprenticeship, please give us a call.

Additional costs

Text books - supplied at the Workplace visit.

Students are required to purchase and wear the TAFE QLD Brisbane Polo shirt while on vocational placement. Apply for a Blue Card for 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:

CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care - Online

Job prospects

  • Family Day Care Carer
  • Child Care Worker
  • Preschool Aide

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

Are you ready to enrol?

If you are already employed as an apprentice or trainee, let your employer know that you want TAFE Queensland Brisbane to be your Supervising Registered Training Organisation (SRTO). Contact the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network to organise your training contract, then give us a call.

If you aren't employed yet, contact Australian JobSearch or a job service agency for help getting a job. Alternatively, contact us on 13 72 48 for further information on how we can help you make great happen.

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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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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 21 February 2018

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