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Cert 3 Childcare Altona North – Early Childhood Education and Care | MCFE


Certificate III Early Childhood Education And Care

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CHC30121 Cert 3 Childcare Altona North


Your cert 3 in childcare in Altona North is the nationally recognised qualification CHC30121 – Certificate III Early Childhood Education and Care. The certificate 3 in early childhood education and care is critical to learning the fundamental skills and knowledge to provide safe care and suitable education for babies through to toddlers and kindergarten.

This early childhood education and care course will ensure you build your skills to become a professional and confident childcare educator. As an educator, you will be responsible for providing the best possible care of children within a childcare service, based on the needs of each individual child and their programs. To become an educator and commence work in early childhood education you need to be enrolled and working towards a cert 3 in childcare in Altona North. After completing the CHC30121 –Certificate III Early Childhood Education and Care, you may go on to complete a CHC50121 – Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.

Course CHC30121 Certificate III Early Childhood Education and Care
Delivery OptionsClassroom based, or
Blended: Live online classes + classroom practicals, or
Start DateInformation sessions online Monday to Thursday
Duration12 Months Average

Students who meet the Skills First eligibility criteria can access low Tuition Fees for this course.

Study this course for Low-fee

You could have the majority of your tuition fees covered, thanks to the Victorian Governments Skills First Funding Program.

General Eligibility Criteria:

  1. Evidence of citizenship/residency, you must be either:
    • an Australian citizen;
    • a holder of a permanent visa; or
    • a New Zealand citizen
  2. You can enrol in a maximum of 2 funded qualifications and
    2 funded skills sets in one year
  3. You can undertake up to 2 funded programs at one time
  4. You must not be enrolled in school (including government, non-government, independent, Catholic or home school or the Commonwealth SEE program). University is OK!

To determine eligibility and to learn more please click here.
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CategoryAvailabilityTuition Fee
Skills First FundedYes$250
Skills First Funded ConcessionYes$50
Fee for ServiceYes$5,000
Material Fee – Paper ResourcesYes$150

Tuition fees are GST free.

The course fees and costs depend upon whether you are eligible for a Government subsidy, with funds made available by the Victorian and Commonwealth Governments. To check your eligibility, please visit our fees and funding page here. Traineeship fees will differ, refer to the statement of fees

Material Fees

Material fees are not charged if you select digital materials. Paper resources can only be selected if you are joining a classroom based delivery of your course. If you are enrolling in a blended/online course you will automatically receive digital resources. Material fees are inclusive of GST and are only applicable for paper resources.

There are many diverse roles waiting for you after completing a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.

Job Outcomes Available:

  • Personal care assistant

  • Home carer

  • Community or resident support worker

  • Community or resident support worker

Nursing assistant

MCFE does not offer the following courses but they can be considered as your next step after completing this certificate:

Certificate IV Ageing Support

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To be successful in this course the following must be met:

Application Participate in an Information Session & Pre-Training Review
Enrolment Form
Digital LiteracyAccess to a computer or smart device and the internet to
complete your studies
Language Literacy and NumeracyAQF Level 2
Not Applicable
AvailabilityOne day a week for 5 hours
Ability to undertake 160 hours placement at a regulated children's service
Obtain a Working With Children Check (WWCC) prior to commencing your placement

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12 months average duration
35 Sessions

  • 30 X 5 Hour Theory Sessions

  • 4 X 5 Hour Classroom-Based Practical Skills Sessions

  • 1 X 8 Hour First Aid Class

  • 2 X 2 Hour Assessor Workplace Visits

Written and oral questions
Observations of skills
Recommended 15 hours of self-paced learning per week
160 hours of work placement in a childcare facility
Meet industry working with children check
Meet current industry vaccination requirements

Unit CodeUnit TitleCore or Elective
CHCECE056Work effectively in children’s education and care
CHCECE055 Meet legal and ethical obligations in children’s education and careCore
CHCECE030Support inclusion and diversityCore
CHCECE034Use an approved learning framework to guide practiceCore
CHCECE054Encourage understanding of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
peoples’ cultures
HLTWHS001Participate in workplace health and safety
HLTAID012Provide first aid in an education and care settingCore
CHCPRT001Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
CHCECE032Nurture babies and toddlersCore
CHCECE031Support children’s health, safety and wellbeingCore
CHCECE035Support the holistic learning and development of children
CHCECE036Provide experiences to support children’s play and learningCore
CHCECE038Inform practice
CHCECE033Develop positive and respectful relationships with childrenCore
CHCECE037Support children to connect with the environmentCore
HLTFSE001Follow basic food safety practicesElective
BSBTWK301Use inclusive work practices

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Fees and funding

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. The course fees/costs depend upon eligibility for a Government subsidy, via the Skills First Funding Program.  Using a funded place can affect your access to future funding. If you are not eligible for funding the course fees will be the “Fee for Service” rate.

Student Handbook

Please read the MCFE student handbook here, which includes:

  • Application Pre-training review and enrolment process; including USI information

  • Fees and charges/statement of fees; including refunds, concession, eligibility for Skills First Funding, and how this can affect future enrolments in funded courses

  • Privacy statements

  • Student support

  • Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer options

  • Online service standards

  • Assessment methods and instructions

  • Job and employment

  • Code of conduct

  • Complaints and appeals

  • Completions & certificates

  • Deferrals and withdrawals

  • Third parties that may be relevant to my enrolment

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