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Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

  • Certificate

Early childhood education and care is a sector is an area of increasing demand due to population growth and growing recognition of the importance of childrens' development.

Key details

Degree Type
Certificate
Duration
6 months full-time, 12 months part-time
Course Code
CHC30113, 082862G
Study Mode
In person
Intake Months
Apr, Jul

About this course

Make a real difference

Early childhood education and care is a sector is an area of increasing demand due to population growth and growing recognition of the importance of childrens' development. This is an in-demand skill set, and employment in this industry has increased over time, with further projected increases across the next five years. Melbourne Polytechnic's Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care will help you take your love of teaching and working with children and turn your hand to a career where your skills will be valued. If you enjoy nurturing, learning and caring for children, this is the career for you.

Learn to nurture young minds

Melbourne Polytechnic's Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care is designed to develop your understanding of issues relevant to the children's services sector and enhance your practical skills to deliver high quality care and education to young children. You will learn first aid, how to care for babies and toddlers and how to support a child's holistic development. This course has a 210-hour workplace requirement, usually undertaken over a six week period.

You'll learn by doing, under the guidance of Melbourne Polytechnic's industry-experienced teachers through real-world situations, including conducting a playgroup for local children. You will gain experience by setting up play, preparing and serving food safely and observing the children.

Graduate with an industry-recognised qualification

Graduates will be qualified to seek employment in the field of children's services, caring for young children up to the age of six in a variety of child care settings. You may work as an assistant educator in Early Learning Centres, kindergartens, primary out-of-school care, nannying and occasional care, usually run at leisure centres, gyms or local councils.

Entry requirements

Local applicants are encouraged to attend an information session.

Applicants should be over 18 years old on commencement of the course and hold a Working with Children Check (WWC).

Study locations

Preston

Epping

Career pathways

On completion, you may seek employment in the field of children's services, caring for young children up to the age of six in a variety of child care settings. Jobs include room leader, centre coordinator, or a nanny for private clients.

  • Childcare Centre Coordinator
  • Childcare Assistant
  • Nanny
  • Childcare Centre Room Leader

Credit for prior study or work

You can seek Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) where your work experience or qualifications of an advanced and related nature have been undertaken. RPL is individually assessed based on evidence submitted by the student to the teaching department. Applications for RPL will be assessed by relevant Melbourne Polytechnic trainers, academics and where appropriate, industry experts.