This is a Free TAFE for Priority Course. Find out about your eligibility

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 – workplace delivery

Mode of delivery: Delivery will be a mix of online learning and workplace assessment visits. You have the option to come on campus for face to face learning once a fortnight with online study support classes.

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

Victorian Early Childhood Traineeship program

We've partnered with the Department of Education to recruit, train and place trainee early childhood educators with employers across Victoria. Gain an early childhood education qualification, earn an income and receive support from a team of experienced early childhood educators to help you succeed. Learn more.

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Full Time, 1 year. Part Time, 2 years.
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Please note: Students may be required to undertake an assessment of their literacy and numeracy as part of their application process.

Nationally Recognised Training logoChisholm is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) and provides Nationally Recognised Training (NRT). This means you can be assured that our training will provide you with a qualification that is recognised and respected across Australia.

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.