Cert 3 Childcare Tarneit – Early Childhood Education and Care | MCFE


Certificate III Early Childhood Education and Care

CHC30121 Cert 3 Childcare Tarneit


Your cert 3 in childcare in Tarneit 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 Tarneit. 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 $0 Tuition Fees for this course. Apply early for a better chance of securing your place.

Study this course for no-fee

You could have all 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!

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CategoryAvailabilityTuition Fee
Skills First FundedYes$0
Fee for ServiceYes$6500
Traineeship - FundedYes$3000
Traineeship - Funded ConcessionYes$600
Material Fee – Digital ResourcesYes$100

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 pagehere.

Material Fees

Material fees are a one-time payment for essential learning material. Material fees are a one-time payment for essential learning materials, these are inclusive of GST. For more details, view our statement of fees here.

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

Job Outcomes Available:

  • Educator

  • Playgroup supervisor

  • Kindergarten assistant

  • Nursing assistant

Further Study

Once you have completed your Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and care you can continue your study by completing the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.

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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 full day first aid class

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

Delivery ModeTimeDateAddress of venue
Classroom: Somerton (D4)9:30am - 2:30pmTuesday 29th August 202330 Somerton Rd,Somerton 3062 (Connect)
Classroom: Fawkner (D5)9:30am - 2:30pmWednesday 6th September 2023Level 1, 2 Oliver Court, Fawkner Vic 3060 (Connect)
Online (D1)9:30am - 2:30pmWednesday 4th October 2023Online (Imperial)
Classroom: Fawkner (D7)9.30 - 2.30pmFriday 6th October 2023Fawkner Neighbourhood House: 79 Jukes Road, Fawkner VIC 3060 (Imperial)
Classroom: Werribee (D6)10am-3pmSaturday 7th October 20235 / 49-54 Riverside Ave, Werribee (VRA)
Online (D2)9:30am - 2:30pmThursday 16th November 2023Online (MCFE)

Classroom: Dandenong (D3)1.30pm-6.30pmSaturday 9th December 20233 / 253 - 257 Princes Highway, Dandenong, VIC, 3175 (SBN)

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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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