Course Code
Study Area(s)
Early Childhood Education, Free TAFE, Children's Services
Course Length
Full-time(9 months)

Start Date(s): May 2020
End Date(s): Feb 2021
Days and Time: 2 days attendance per week Wednesday and Thursday
classes from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm (subject to change). Practical Placement
due to the current situation
placement may be delivered in block mode YTC.

Course Overview

The Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care is the first step toward a successful career in childcare. You will learn to use organisational policies, procedures and profiles to plan and provide activities, education and care for children, aged between 0-6 years.
This early childhood education course will teach you a range of practical early childhood skills. In this nine month course you will learn to facilitate children’s play and leisure to help them to achieve developmentally. You may work under direct supervision or autonomously, and in some settings have limited supervision of volunteers.
You will graduate with a nationally recognised early child care qualification, and will be eligible to study the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.
Kangan Institute offers:

- Additional literacy and/or numeracy support throughout the duration of the course.

- Arrangements of student placements.

- Mentoring of our students on placement.

The Practical Placement component will over a period of 10 weeks (2x days per week) in a long day care at an Early Childhood Service.



You may be entitled to free tuition fees for this course if you meet the eligibility criteria for the State Government’s FREE TAFE for Priority Courses initiative.  It's important to know that you may incur other fees, such as student services fees or materials fees, and you'll need to cover these costs yourself.  To find out more, call 13 TAFE (13 8233) or contact us via our online enquiry form.

Click here for course modules


Module CodeModule TitleNominal Hours
CHCDIV002Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety25
CHCECE001Develop Cultural Competence70
CHCECE002Ensure The Health And Safety Of Children63
CHCECE003Provide Care For Children70
CHCECE004Promote And Provide Healthy Food And Drinks35
CHCECE005Provide Care For Babies And Toddlers60
CHCECE007Develop Positive And Respectful Relationships With Children70
CHCECE009Use An Approved Learning Framework To Guide Practice70
CHCECE010Support The Holistic Development Of Children In Early Childhood70
CHCECE011Provide experiences to support children's play and learning40
CHCECE013Use Information About Children To Inform Practice40
CHCLEG001Work legally and ethically55
CHCPRT001Identify And Respond To Children And Young People At Risk40
HLTAID004Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting20
HLTWHS001Participate in workplace health and safety20


Module CodeModule TitleNominal Hours
CHCDIV001Work with diverse people40
CHCECE006Support Behaviour Of Children And Young People30
CHCECE012Support Children To Connect With Their World40

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is a necessary part of this program to show that you have achieved the skills and knowledge set out in the competency standards.
You may be assessed by demonstration, written work, projects, case studies, logbooks, on-the-job and off-the-job tasks, supervisor reports or a combination of these methods. You will be informed in advance about the assessment procedure and criteria.

Additional comments

For enquiries phone us on 13 TAFE (13 8233) or email enquiries@kangan.edu.au.

What will I study?

This course is made up of 18 units, consisting of 15 core units and 3 electives. Please click on the course module listing link in the course overview section to view all the available subjects.

For course information, please call 13 TAFE (13 8233) or fill our enquiry form.

Click here to find out more about our Online Service Standards.

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. Are you eligible for Government Subsidised fees? Find out now!

You may be eligible for concession. Find out now!

The fees listed below relate to 2020 courses and are indicative pricing only as total costs vary depending on the units you elect to study.

Concessions for Diploma and Advanced Diploma course categories are only available to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders.

Payment plans are available. Click here to find out more.
Course availability is subject to enrolment numbers.

Your total course fee will typically include your tuition fee (table 1), any applicable consumables and/or material fees (table 2) and non-tuition fees such as student support fees (table 3).

Table 1

Enrolment type
Government Subsidised
Indicative total tuition fee#
Indicative total tuition fee#
Check your eligibility
Full Fee
Indicative total tuition fee#

Table 2

Average course
material fees*


Average course
consumable fees*

# The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.
* Materials/Consumables fees may vary for each individual based on the units they are studying.
Average tuition fees are based on the typical number of student contact hours undertaken by a student to complete this course. Average fees displayed are purely indicative and may not be your actual fee. Fees vary based on the number/hours of electives chosen by the student.

Click here to view maximum tuition fees. We strongly urge you to contact us for a more exact calculation of your fees. Additional fees may apply such as the Student Support Fee. 

2020 Student Services Fee (Table 3)

 Type of cohort:

Eligible full fee paying student (more than 125 SC hours) Non eligible/FFS  full fee paying student (more than 125 SC hours) Special cohort classes:
  • Concession card holders
  • Apprentices
  • Trainees
  • Work based students (100% off campus delivery)
  • Full online delivery (100% off campus delivery)
Any students studying less than 125 hours in the full year
Domestic student services fees for 2020: $0.40 per student contact hour. $60 min total to $200 max total $0.40 per student contact hour. $60 min total to $200 max total $60 fixed fee None


The following fee categories are exempt from the SSF -
ASH: Asylum Seeker Or Victim Of Human Trafficking Concession
ASZ: Asylum Seeker Or Victim Of Human Trafficking Non-concession
X: Community-based Orders/Judy Lazarus Transition Centre
OZ: International Student
M: Prisoner
YTC: Young People Transitioning From Care – Concession
YTN: Young People Transitioning From Care - No Concession
Short courses

student contact hours

Total hours^ Indicative hours* Government Subsidised $/SCH Indigenous Concession $/SCH Full fee $/SCH
858 858 $3.27 $0.65 $8.85

^This is based on the maximum number of student contact hours for the total duration of the course. Hours may vary depending on electives chosen by the student.

*This is based on the maximum number of student contact hours for the calendar year of 2020. Hours may vary depending on electives chosen by the student. If you have to undertake training as part of Skills Recognition, your tuition fees are charged according to the applicable rate per Student Contact Hour depending on your eligibility for government subsidised, concession or full fees.

For more information about our fees structure, click here.

What costs and other fees should I expect?

Contact us on 13 TAFE (13 8233) or enquiries@kangan.edu.au for a fee schedule. There may be extra costs for reference books, protective clothing or specialised materials.

Can I apply?

Applicants must be able to demonstrate appropriate literacy and numeracy skills.

Applicants should be over 18 years of age. Those under 18 years must provide parental/guardian consent.

Where and how can I study?

This course is delivered at our Broadmeadows Campus via face-to-face delivery.

What employment opportunities will I have?

The new Children's Services regulations have set the certificate III as the minimum qualification for all workers in early childhood education. Certificate III graduates can work under the direction of more qualified or experienced staff in centre-based day care services, kindergartens and out-of-school hours services.

What skills will I have when I complete this course?

You will gain the skills necessary to work under supervision with infants and children up to 6 years of age. Long day care services can require staff with the certificate III to work independently in charge of rooms with supervision from other staff within the service.

What qualifications will I receive?

On successful completion of the course you will be awarded the CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care. As part of the Australian Qualifications Framework this program is nationally recognised.

What opportunities for further studies will I have?

Graduates of this course are eligible to study the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC50113).

How do I apply?

Click on the 'Apply Here' button above. On receipt of your application, we will contact you and invite you to attend an information session.

How will I be selected for this course?

Attendance at an information session is compulsory; it is the first step in being accepted for this course. You will also be required to complete a numeracy and literacy assessment. Call us on 13 TAFE (13 8233) or email enquiries@kangan.edu.au for more information.