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Gain the skills you need to provide quality education to children

If you are passionate about the development of young children and want to learn more about providing quality education and care in a range of environments, this course is for you.

The Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care can provide entry level job opportunities in early childhood centres, home based care, or school-based environments, however many students go on to study higher level courses while employed within the field.

Full time - Berwick, Dandenong, Frankston, Bass Coast, Mornington Peninsula: Three days per week, plus a minimum 160 hours industry work placement.

Part time - Off campus study delivered remotely via Zoom with two support sessions per week on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. There are some on site practical assessments that will be held on campus (Berwick) throughout the year. This is limited to approximately 3 sessions for the duration of the course.

Students are encouraged to attend weekly support classes via Zoom and make use of the online study resources found on our Moodle site.

Early Childhood and School Based Education Support courses have compulsory practical placement requirements. These placements need to be conducted in the following regions to ensure we can offer adequate support and assessment staff for students undertaking their placements;
-South East Suburbs
-Mornington Peninsula
-Bass Coast

Workshop – Online or Frankston: One full day workshop per fortnight on campus or online & one evening workshop remote delivery online via Zoom per alternate fortnight. Workshop applicants must be currently employed and working in the early childhood industry where they can undertake the minimum 160 hours work placement requirement.

Mode of delivery: Delivery will be a mix of blended classroom based, face-to-face and online learning.

Please note: The information on this page is for non-trainees only. View the traineeship version of this course.

Free TAFE Pathways

In addition to being a Free TAFE course, this course is also part of the Free TAFE Pathways initiative.

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Delivery location
Dandenong, Frankston, Off Campus Delivery, Berwick, Bass Coast, Mornington Peninsula
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Full Time, 1 year. Part Time, 2 years.
Start dates
April - week commencing 24 April, July - week commencing 10 July

Please note: Students may be required to undertake an assessment of their literacy and numeracy as part of their application process.

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Chisholm courses are subject to minimum and maximum group numbers. Courses may be cancelled or postponed if minimum numbers are not achieved by the start date of the course. Courses may close prior to the start date if the maximum numbers are reached. In that situation, eligible applicants will be offered a place in the next available intake.