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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 and Frankston: Three days per week 9.15am – 3.15pm, plus a minimum 120 hours industry work placement.
Full time Regional learning - Bass Coast and Mornington Peninsula: Three days per week. 9:15 - 3:15pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday plus a minimum 120 hours industry work placement

Other part time study options and traineeships are available at all locations.

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

For information on student support provided while studying at Chisholm, visit our Current Students site. Here you will also find important information on student life, student activities, careers and counselling support. A concise summary can be found in our Student Guide, including information on withdrawals, refunds and complaints.

Please note that, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing requirements, to continue your learning journey, this program will be delivered remotely where possible.

Participants will be required to engage with theoretical components of the course online and via video conferencing software rather than attend classes. Refer to our COVID-19 Online Service Standards for details of minimum technical requirements and support available.

Practical skills training and assessment will be carried out in scheduled small classes to meet social distancing requirements. Practical Placement is a required component of this course and will be scheduled as soon as possible with an appropriate placement host. Given the current environment, however, this may take longer than normal and therefore, expected completion dates for the course may need to be extended to take account of deferred placement.

If you have any queries on the practical placement of a course, please contact our student information centre on 1300 244 746 or

Course code
Delivery location
Dandenong, Frankston, Berwick, Bass Coast, Mornington Peninsula, Workplace
Not available Online
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Full Time, 9 months. Part Time, 18 months.
Start dates
February 22 (Bass Coast and Mornington Peninsula), April, July 2022

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.