Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
Play a vital role in building children’s social skills as well as supporting learning and play.
You’ll learn how to communicate effectively with children and how to professionally care for infants, toddlers and children, including providing food and basic healthcare to promote well-being.
This course includes 180 hours of practical work placement to consolidate your learning throughout the duration of your course.
Upon completion of this course, you could seek entry level job opportunities such as an early childcare educator, childcare worker or nanny. Or you may wish to continue your studies with a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.
Every international student application is considered for a scholarship
Whether you’re living in Australia or overseas, you’re automatically considered for a scholarship of up to 30% off your course fees. Please check our updated entry requirements.
Hawthorn (February) - View application and start dates
A$18100 (total for 2023)*
The indicative course fees shown in Course Search apply to international students for the relevant year only. They are based on a standard study load per year. However, please note that fees are assessed according to a student's study load in each semester, and variation to study load will result in an adjustment to tuition fees. All fees are subject to annual review and may be adjusted.
This is a nationally approved vocational course that is recognised throughout Australia.
Study this course for free in 2023
You could have your tuition fees covered in 2023 thanks to the Victorian Government's Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative.
Free TAFE for Priority Courses is available if you are under 20 years old, or enrolling in a course at a higher level than you have completed before.
If you don't tick either of these boxes, you could still have a chance! There are other factors, too. The best way to find out if you’re eligible is to apply.
Course information in detail
- Course detail, course structure and units of study.
The Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care at Swinburne offers practical instruction and workplace experiences that will give you a true understanding of how to contribute in a work environment. It aims to ensure you learn the critical skills and develop the confidence employers will recognise and value. You will learn to professionally care for and communicate with children, support play and learning and basic developmental needs, and about providing food and basic health services.
Current work placement is 180 hours over the course duration.
This qualification reflects the role of workers in a range of early childhood education settings who work within the requirements of the Education and Care Services National Regulations and the National Quality Standard. These support the implementation of an approved learning framework, and support children's well-being. Depending on the setting, educators may work under direct supervision or autonomously.
International students in Australia who hold student visas are required to study full-time and on campus. Courses that are taught entirely online are only available to international students studying outside Australia or those in Australia who are not on a student visa. Online courses are not available to international students in Australia who hold a student visa.
- On-campus classes combined with work placement.
- Current work placement is 180 hours over the course duration.
- Students may be required to attend one Saturday workshop to complete the compulsory First Aid unit.
Units of study
Careers and graduate outcomes
- Career opportunities, course aims and objectives and professional recognition.
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Course fees and requirements
- Fees and English language requirements.