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CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care


Our CHC30121 – Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care has been designed for entry level into the childcare industry. 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.

Course CHC30121 Certificate III Early Childhood Education and Care
Delivery Options Classroom based, or
Online learning + Classroom practicals, or
Workplace delivery
Start DateInformation Session online Wednesdays 10am - 12pm
Duration12 Months Average

This is a JobTrainer Priority Course. Students who meet the Skills First or JobTrainer eligibility criteria can access $0 Tuition Fees for this course. Apply early for a better chance of securing your place.

This is a nationally approved vocational course that is recognised throughout Australia.

Study this course for no-fee in 2022

You could have all your tuition fees covered in 2022 thanks to government initiatives JobTrainer and Skills First.


To determine eligibility and to learn more please click here.

Tuition fees and funding


Category Availability Tuition Fee  
Skills First $0
JobTrainer $0
Fee for Service $6500

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.

Material Fees
Material fees are a one-time payment for essential learning material.

For more details, view our statement of fees here.


Intake dates and locations

Location Time Date
Dandenong 9:30am - 2:30pm Saturday 17th September 2022
Fawkner 9:30am - 2:30pm Thursday 29th September 2022
Zoom/West Melbourne 9:30am - 2:30pm Wednesday 5th October 2022
Werribee (Female Only) 9:30am - 2:30pm Tuesday 18th October 2022

Job outcomes and further study pathways

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

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.

Entry requirements

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

Application Participate in an Information Session & Pre-Training Review
Enrolment Form
Digital Literacy Access to a computer or smart device and the internet to
complete your studies
Language Literacy and Numeracy AQF Level 2
Pre-requisites Not Applicable
Availability One day a week for 5 hours
Ability to undertake 160 hours placement at a regulated children's service

Delivery and assessment

12 months average duration
28 x 5 hour face-to-face sessions
5 x full days of practical skills classes
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 Code Unit Title Core or Elective
CHCECE056 Work effectively in children’s education and care Core
CHCECE055 Meet legal and ethical obligations in children’s education and care Core
CHCECE030 Support inclusion and diversity Core
CHCECE034 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice Core
CHCECE054 Encourage understanding of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
peoples’ cultures
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety Core
HLTAID012 Provide first aid in an education and care setting Core
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk Core
CHCECE032 Nurture babies and toddlers Core
CHCECE031 Support children’s health, safety and wellbeing Core
CHCECE035 Support the holistic learning and development of children Core
CHCECE036 Provide experiences to support children’s play and learning Core
CHCECE038 Inform practice Core
CHCECE033 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children Core
CHCECE037 Support children to connect with the environment Core
HLTFSE001 Follow basic food safety practices Elective
BSBTWK301 Use inclusive work practices Elective

Further Information

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.

Detailed fees and funding information can be found here.

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


deepa sharmadeepa sharma
01:10 16 Mar 22
Had really good time with the people and got full support from the MCF team in regards to learning and assignments.
jeya preethijeya preethi
10:36 15 Mar 22
I am studying diploma in early childhood education in mcfe. Wow they are very helpfull .if we asked any help they immediately respond with solutions. Educator is amazing very helpful friendly.
Sarah AdnanSarah Adnan
08:19 15 Mar 22
I am very happy, I am doing my early childhood education and care diploma with them , teacher is very cooperative and understanding, provide variety of information and knowledge and very helpful. I recommend 10/10
mariam mustafamariam mustafa
07:55 15 Mar 22
I've studied at other institutes, however Melbourne College of Further Studies is by far ahead of the rest. Leila my trainer is very knowledgeable and very approachable. Head office and Bec are very helpful whenever I needed assistance with anything and replied to my enquiries promptly. I recommend this college 110%. 👌
TeLeah DavisTeLeah Davis
07:26 15 Mar 22
Teachers are amazing, Laila is always there to help out and offer support sessions. Super straight forward and wouldn’t want to be studying with any other institution

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Tel: 1300 368 883

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