Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care


Course details

CRICOS course code: 086365D

Level of study: Career Based/Vocational


The Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care will give you the skills to plan and implement appropriate care and educational experiences for young children.

Through a combination of face-to-face, online and practicum based learning, you will acquire the necessary skills and knowledge to work effectively as a professional team member in an early childhood service.

These skills include gaining an understanding of legal and ethical requirements, engaging with young children and their families, facilitating children's leisure and play, and fostering holistic development and wellbeing.

Graduates may work under direct supervision and may also have limited supervisory responsibilities of volunteers.

Course structure

To receive this qualification, you must complete 15 core units and three elective units.

Elective units have been chosen by Holmesglen based on feedback from industry and staff qualifications.

If you have already completed other eligible elective units, these may be counted towards completion of this program.


Assessments are designed to provide learners with opportunities to demonstrate they have attained the required skills and knowledge using a range of practically based activities and tasks, as required by recognised standards.

Career opportunities

  • early childhood educator
  • family day carer
  • nanny
  • out-of-school hours care assistant
  • recreation assistant
  • kindergarten assistant

Pathways to further study:

  • CHC50113 Diploma Early Childhood Education and Care

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Tuition Fees (AUD $) Start date Duration Campus
7,500 Per Year Feb 2023
Apr 2023
6 months
Full time
Glen Waverley Campus
595 Waverley Road
Melbourne Victoria 3150
7,500 Per Year Feb 2023
Apr 2023
6 months
Full time
Moorabbin Campus
488 South Road
Melbourne Victoria 3189

Entry criteria

  • Good passes at Year 11 level or the overseas equivalent.
  • English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 5.5 (Academic) with no individual band score less than 5.5.


Chadstone Campus
Corner Batesford and Warrigal Roads
Melbourne Victoria 3148
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