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Gain the skills you need to provide quality learning and care to children from birth to 12 years

If you are passionate about the play, leisure and learning of children, and are looking for a competitive edge in gaining flexible employment, this is the course for you. With employment opportunities across long day care services, kindergartens, school aged care services and more, this dual qualification sees graduates with a broad scope of employability across a variety of service settings.

Students have access to the Future Tracks program which is run in partnership with Chisholm Institute and La Trobe University. Additionally to the expert education support you receive from your Chisholm teachers, Future Tracks offers earn-as-you-learn part-time employment opportunities, leadership development and a connection to a national network of students and graduates.

The Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care / Certificate IV in School Age Education and Care course is available in 2019 through day or mixed mode delivery at Berwick, Dandenong, Frankston, Mornington Peninsula and Bass Coast campuses.

Location and mode availability is subject to course demand.

This course requires practical work placement. Chisholm can assist in organising work placement within a variety of early childhood and school aged care settings. If you are currently working or volunteering within a suitable service, this setting could be used to achieve some of your work placement requirements.

A current Working with Children Check and (in some instances) a National Police Certificate is a requirement before placement commencement.

Please note: Both the Certificate IV in School Age Education and Care and Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care course are available to students as stand-alone courses.

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
CHC30113/ CHC40113
On campus
Dandenong, Frankston, Berwick
Not available Online
Not available for International students
Full Time, 18 months. Part Time, 12 months.
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