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Have you always wanted a career working with children but don’t know where to start? A Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care is the entry level qualification required to work in the Early Childhood Education and Care sector.

This course gives you a good understanding of the approved learning framework used in early childhood education in Australia. You will learn how to support the holistic development of babies, toddlers and children in early childhood, and how to contribute to a healthy and safe environment for them. You will gain an understanding of how to appropriately deal with people from other cultures, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Emergency first aid is also included in the course.

The link below includes some useful information about early childhood and what is required to be an educator in the different sectors including kindergarten, family day care, outside school hours care, or long day care: Course details

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Atherton, Bowen, Burdekin, Cairns, Cannonvale (Whitsunday), Charters Towers, Cloncurry, External, Ingham, Innisfail, Lower Gulf, Mt Isa, Northern Area Peninsula, Palm Island, Torres Strait, Townsville (Aitkenvale)

Key dates and info


Recognition of prior learning (RPL): Varies / Varies
Full time: 12 months / up to 5 days per week
Blended: 12 months / 3.5 days per week, 12 months / up to 3.5 days per week, Varies / up to 5 days per week, up to 12 months / Cluster study timeframes of 14 and 20 weeks, up to 18 months / External; varies

Course details


  • Full Fee $2,268 - $4,000
  • Subsidised $439 - $880
  • Concession $90 - $490

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Key dates

Atherton Any time External; varies Blended
Bowen Any time External; varies Blended
Burdekin Any time External; varies Blended
Cairns 29 Jan 2018 up to 5 days per week Blended
Full time / up to 5 days per week Classroom
Cannonvale (Whitsunday) Any time External; varies Blended
Charters Towers Any time External; varies Blended
Cloncurry Any time External; varies Blended
External Any time Cluster study timeframes of 14 and 20 weeks Blended
Varies Recognition of prior learning (RPL)
Ingham Any time External; varies Blended
Innisfail Any time External; varies Blended
Lower Gulf Any time External; varies Blended
Mt Isa Any time External; varies Blended
Northern Area Peninsula Any time External; varies Blended
Palm Island Any time External; varies Blended
Torres Strait Any time External; varies Blended
Townsville (Aitkenvale) 29 Jan 2018 3.5 days per week Blended
up to 3.5 days per week Blended

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements for this course, however it is recommended you have the ability to read and comprehend text and use the process of planning, drafting and proofreading to produce written reports and assignments.

Age: The Education and Care Services National Regulations require family day care educators to be 18 years of age. Educators working in a centre-based service under 18 years must be supervised. Course applicants should be 17 years or older.

Working with Children check (Blue Card): Volunteers and trainee students who work with children and young people must hold a current blue card as this work falls into the category of regulated employment. Blue cards for volunteers and trainee students are valid for three years and there is no application fee, unless the trainee student is a paid employee. A volunteer or trainee student must not commence regulated child-related work until they hold a valid blue card.  Students must have a Blue Card prior to enrolment, therefore we strongly suggest commencing enrolment discussions early with our Client Services team as there may be a 6-8 week processing time for Blue Card applications.

Immunisation: Students should be aware that all early childhood educators may be exposed to diseases that are preventable by vaccination. To manage the risk to educators, services may require the completion of a vaccination record or full immunisation.


Atherton State High School
Manunds Road
Atherton QLD 4883

98-158 Queens Road
Bowen QLD 4805

Seventeenth Street
Home Hill QLD 4806

Gatton, Newton, Eureka and Wilkinson Streets
Manunda QLD 4870

Cannonvale (Whitsunday)
Shute Harbour Road
Cannonvale QLD 4802

Charters Towers
1-13 MacPherson Street
Charters Towers QLD 4820

35 Ramsay Street
Cloncurry QLD 4824

Study from any location

74 Townsville Road
Ingham QLD 4850

45 Flying Fish Point Road
Innisfail QLD 4860

Lower Gulf
52 Green Street
Normanton QLD 4890

Mt Isa
165-179 Abel Smith Parade
Mount Isa QLD 4825

Northern Area Peninsula
Sebasio Street
Bamaga QLD 4876

Palm Island
Beach Road
Palm Island QLD 4816

Torres Strait
19 Aplin Road
Thursday Island QLD 4875

Townsville (Aitkenvale)
266 Ross River Road
Aitkenvale QLD 4814

Resources required

Resources are online so access to a computer with reliable Internet connection is required.   Students should purchase a USB drive and stationary items such as pens and paper.

When you have enrolled, you will be granted access to our online learning platform. The learning environment has the assessment tasks and all the information for each unit of competency in the qualification. If you wish, you can purchase a suggested text book that provides information relevant to each of the competencies studied. As this is blended delivery you can participate in scheduled classes, study groups or access individual support via email and telephone. If you need further help, you can make an individual appointment to meet with your teacher.


Information Sessions: Cairns
Dates and times:
  30/11/2017 at 12.00pm - 1.30pm and 6/12/2017 at 10am - 11.00am and 5.30pm - 6.30pm
Room: K Block Theatrette

Information Sessions:  Townsville (Aitkenvale)
Dates and times:  30/11/2017 at 6:00pm - 6:45pm and 7:00pm - 7:45pm and  5/12/2017 at 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Room:  A104 (Aitkenvale)

2018 Information Session Schedule is attached in Relevant Documents - Cairns sessions in Room J1.02,   1pm - 3pm and Townsville (Aitkenvale) in Room 1.01,  1pm - 3pm

At the information sessions it will be determined if student will do course in the classroom or externally. Students need to book into these information sessions by phoning Client Services on 1300 656 959. 

Students generally complete this course within a 12-month period but as this program is delivered through a blended mode, an individual timetable and study plan will be discussed with your teacher.  Attend an information session for further details. Students are required to successfully complete 15 core and 3 elective units to be eligible to graduate. Contact your local campus today.

Cairns Campus: The course is delivered as face to face classes over 4-5 days per week, scheduled Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday (9:00am - 2:45pm), Thursday (10:30am - 4:15pm)  including one day placement (Friday) at an Early Childhood Education Care Service, over a 12-month duration.  Students can enrol at any time in the next cluster offered.

Townsville (Aitkenvale): This course is delivered as mixed mode with face to face classes scheduled Monday and Tuesday. (9:30am - 2:30pm), Vocational Placement on Friday in a regulated Early Childhood Education and Care Service,  plus tutorials on Thursday mornings (9:30am - 12pm). Students will also access online resources.

Atherton, Innisfail, Ingham, Mount Isa, Bowen, Burdekin, Cannonvale and Charters Towers campuses: Scheduled visits will be confirmed by the teacher.

External studies: The course is delivered over 12 months as a standard time frame for most students to complete this qualification through our online Learning Management System.  Students enrol into a cluster of two, three, or four units over the 12 months, Each cluster has a study period of 14 weeks or 20 weeks to complete cluster from time of enrolment.  External students must be within our TAFE Queensland North geographical footprint in order for teachers to complete workplace observations.  Delivery sites by arrangement.


Students who are not working in an Early Childhood Education and Care service are required to complete 120 hours at a service throughout the course of their studies.  The Vocational Placement is arranged by a teacher, if required.

If doing Vocational Placement a t-shirt must be purchased to wear on placement at a cost of $35.

Relevant documents:

Important Information

Students must have a Blue Card prior to enrolment, therefore we strongly suggest commencing enrolment discussions early with our Client Services team as there may be a 6-8 week processing time for Blue Card applications.


18 units are required to complete this qualification:

  • 15 core units (one of which is HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting).


  • 3 elective units.

Vocational placement (120 hours) is required for people who are not working in an Approved Early Childhood Education and Care service.

Health and Safety
CHCECE002 Ensure the health and safety of children Core
CHCECE004 Promote and provide healthy food and drinks Core
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically Core
CHCECE009 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice Core
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk Core
Interactions and Care
CHCECE007 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children Core
CHCECE003 Provide care for children Core
CHCECE005 Provide care for babies and toddlers Core
CHCECE001 Develop cultural competence Core
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety Core
CHCECE026 Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate education and care for children Elective
Play and Learn
CHCECE010 Support the holistic development of children in early childhood Core
CHCECE011 Provide experiences to support children's play and learning Core
CHCECE013 Use information about children to inform practice Core
CHCECE006 Support behaviour of children and young people Elective
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety Core
BSBWOR301 Organise personal work priorities and development Elective
First Aid - available to complete through TAFE Queensland
HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting Core
Vocational Placement
M00VPC120 Vocational placement Vocational Placement Scheme


Not all electives available at all campuses

The vocational placement is arranged if required. If doing Vocational Placement a t-shirt must be purchased to wear on placement at a cost of $35.

Students undertaking RPL of the full course will pay: $2,268 Full fee; $439 Subsidy; or $225 Subsidy Concession.

$2,268 - $4,000


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$439 - $880


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$90 - $490


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Payment Plan

If you have difficulty paying the full cost of a course up front you might be eligible for a payment plan. This will allow you to pay for your course in instalments, rather than one upfront payment at the time of enrolment.


The Queensland Government will offset the cost of study for eligible students. You will still need to pay for a portion of your study costs. The amount above is what you will need to pay.

Certificate 3 Guarantee

You can receive a subsidy towards one certificate III qualification from a list of eligible courses. The amount provided depends on the demand for skilled workers in your chosen industry.

You're eligible for the Certificate 3 Guarantee if you:

  • Are 15 years or older and no longer in school
  • Live in Queensland full time
  • Are an Australian or New Zealand citizen, permanent resident, or temporary resident with the necessary visa or work permits
  • And don't currently have (or are enrolled in) a certificate 3 or higher level qualification.

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If you're a Queensland resident, have just finished year 12 and are keen to start your studies within the next calendar year, you might be eligible to study fee free!

The Queensland government has identified a number of industries with a high demand for trained workers. To help fill these gaps, they will pay the full cost of a number of certificate III qualifications in high-priority study areas under the Certificate 3 Guarantee and User Choice programs. We want school leavers to gain the important skills and training they need before starting their university studies or careers - debt-free. For more info, check out the Training Queensland website, or call TAFE Queensland North on 1300 656 959.


You are eligible for the concession price of a course if you are eligible for subsidised training, and are listed on an Australian Government Low Income Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card, if you are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, you hold a Department of Veterans' Affairs Pensioner Concession Card, or if you have a disability. Further information about concessions.

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Additional costs

If doing Vocational Placement a t-shirt must be purchased to wear on placement at a cost of $35.


CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Job prospects

  • Outside school hours care educator
  • Early Childhood Educator
  • Family Day Care Carer
  • Family day-care educator and operator

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  • checked your important dates (under the course details tab)
  • checked you meet the entry requirements (under the course details tab)
  • checked your course costs and know which payment option is right for you
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  • Read the student rules and refund policy
  • Created your Unique Student Identifier and can provide this code to TAFE Queensland
  • If you are applying for a subsidised cost, please ensure you have all the relevant documents at time of enrolment

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By telephone: 1300 656 959. In person: at any TAFE Queensland North location.

Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of prior learning

Fast-track your way to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. Getting recognition for the skills you've gained from the workplace or previous learning means less study time for you, and getting the paper to prove you're qualified a whole lot sooner.

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Note: All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolments.

Last updated on 10 November 2017

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