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Our Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care gives you the skills to provide care and plan engaging and educational activities to maximise the development of 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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Online: Varies - Dependent upon the number of units completed per study term

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  • Full Fee $4,080
  • Subsidised $1,065
  • Concession $690

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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

A day in the life of an online student

Sarah is one of over 11,000 students who partner with TAFE Queensland Brisbane Online every year to enhance their skills, upgrade their qualifications or change their careers. Balancing study with everyday life can be challenging. Providing you with fully-supported flexible study options is just one of the ways TAFE Queensland Brisbane can help you achieve your goals, no matter how busy you are.

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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

Online 9 Apr 2018 Online

Entry requirements

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

  • Completion of Year 10 or equivalent.

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

As part of this program, students will be required to assist with young children's health, safety and care needs. This may include nappy changing, toileting, manual handling, maintaining a clean and hygienic environment, and interactions with parents and professionals. A general maturity is required to meet the duty of care obligations of the services provided to young children.

Resources required

Login to the Student Self Service to update your personal details and check your grades, and login to Connect to study your course! For new students, your username and password will be sent to you after enrolment. For existing students, please use your existing information.

Students can elect to purchase additional resources available at Qld Textbook Warehouse.  Please refer to the Relevant Documents section below for resource details.


Complete this course online and be supported online every step of the way with our Connect Learning Management System. With a range of exciting features and functions including your account information and enrolment pack, online materials, discussions boards, and places to upload your assignment. Connect now and get a head start with your exciting career!

Please note: The duration of your course will vary depending on prior experience with assessments and industry knowledge.


The Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care requires a minimum of 120 hours to be completed in a registered and licensed children's service over the period of the qualification. Allocated study hours will vary depending on students prior experience with assessments and industry.

Placement must occur for the full duration of study in the qualification. Applicants are expected to source a service suitable in their area. Support can be given upon request.

For students who are existing workers, you must notify the team of your service/employer before commencing to ensure it is an approved service that can be used as your placement.

Relevant documents:

Important Information

All students are required to have a working with children check (Blue Card) prior to undertaking their vocational placement. If you are a registered teacher or work as a police officer you can apply for an exemption card.

Study is structured into fixed intakes which have set durations (completion date is 12 weeks from the commencement date of each intake). Study can be commenced at the beginning of each intake, with dates as follows:


  • Study duration: 09/04/2018 - 29/06/2018


  • Study duration: 14/05/2018 - 03/08/2018

Students can access the online course content from the first day of each intake.

Please note that you must be enrolled in order to access the online learning materials.


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.

Vocational Placement - Volunteer Students Only
VPC200 Vocational placement Vocational Placement Scheme
Cluster - Health and Safety 1
CHCECE004 Promote and provide healthy food and drinks Core
CHCECE002 Ensure the health and safety of children Core
Cluster - The Workplace
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety Core
BSBWOR301 Organise personal work priorities and development Elective
Cluster - Legal
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically Core
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk Core
CHCECE009 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice Core
Cluster - 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 - Interactions and Care
CHCECE003 Provide care for children Core
CHCECE005 Provide care for babies and toddlers Core
CHCECE007 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children Core
Cluster - 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

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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Full fee

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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

  • HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting

Students can elect to purchase additional resources. Please refer to the Course Details tab for information.

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

  • Early Childhood Educator
  • Family Day Care Carer
  • Nanny
  • Recreation Instructor
  • Playgroup Supervisor
  • Childhood Educator
  • Outside School Hours Care Worker

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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  • 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 refund policy

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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 15 March 2018

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