Self-paced learning delivered using interactive eLearning content. Learning is complemented with regular webinars with our trainers and additional study support sessions.
+ Early Childhood Educator
+ Family Daycare Educator
+ Playgroup Supervisor
+ Out of School Hours (OOSH) Care Educator
+ Duration: 9-12 months
+ Work placement: 160 hours
Local students Yes
International students No
Is this funded?
Yes - Government funding is available to eligible students. Please click here to see if you qualify.
How can I study?
Supported Distance Learning (Online, self paced)
Satisfied with training
Percentage of graduates of this course who were satisfied with the training.
Improved work status
Percentage of graduates of this course who started/expanded a business or who have a new job, more highly skilled work, a promotion or higher pay.
Average weekly pay
Average weekly pay for a Child Carer. You usually need a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care to work as a Child Carer.
The Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care provides you with the understanding and skills to support the wellbeing, learning and development of young children. This program is delivered via Supported Distance Delivery, which is self-paced learning delivered virtually using interactive eLearning content.
Learning is complemented with regular webinars with our trainers and additional study support sessions.
National code: CHC30121
Units: 15 core + 2 elective
Location: This program is delivered virtually via supported distance delivery.
Work placement: 160 hours
Total duration: 36 – 52 weeks
Delivery weeks: 36 – 48 weeks
Holiday weeks: 4 weeks depending on course start date
Full fee: $5000
Government subsidised fee: $150
Concession fee: $30
Materials fee: $190
The materials fee includes $150 for hard-copy textbooks and $40 for work placement T-shirt.
This program is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth government funding to eligible candidates. Eligibility criteria applies.
Enrolment fees include additional resources required for the program and student ID charges. For additional service fees, such as re-assessment fees or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), please refer to the Domestic Student Handbook.
^Students can decide whether they wish to purchase soft copy or hard copy textbooks.
Job titles may include:
Early Childhood Educator
Family Daycare Educator
Out of School Hours (OOSH) Care Educator
According to the Victorian Skills Authority, there were 31,021 Child Carers employed in Victoria in 2022, with 2,734 workers required by 2025.
The National Skills Commission indicates:
There are currently 136,100 Child Carers employed in Australia
Future growth for this role is at nearly 6%
Weekly earnings for Child Carers are around $1,059
47% of Child Carers work full-time
95% of Child Carers are women, with an average age of 33.
There are no prerequisite qualifications required to enter this program.
Education and skills
Students must complete a Pre-Training Review, meet the Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skill standards for this program level, and demonstrate they are a suitable candidate for this program.
You must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident of at least 18 years of age.
All candidates require a Unique Student Identification (USI) number. If you do not have a USI number you can apply for one online at https://www.usi.gov.au/students, or you can give MCIE administration staff permission to apply on your behalf.
Candidates may be asked to provide evidence of the following for work placement (requirements vary according to host employer policies):
National Police Background Check
Working with Children Check
Flu or COVID-19 vaccinations
First Aid Certificate
Credit Transfer (CT) and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) are available. Credit Transfer is free of charge. RPL application fees are $145 per hour. Please click here for more information on RPL fees, terms and conditions.
This program is delivered via Supported Distance Delivery and is self-paced virtual learning with online resources. This learning is complemented with webinars from our trainers and additional study support.
Assessment for this program includes written tasks, long and short answer questions, multiple choice quizzes, group tasks, oral presentations, role plays, scenarios, case studies, reflective journals, logbooks, portfolios and projects. Most assessments are delivered online via the Canvas LMS.
Students complete 160 hours of work placement in 2 blocks of 80 hours. The MCIE Work Placement Coordinator will help to place students with a service.
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety
CHCECE031 Support children’s health, safety and wellbeing
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
HLTAID012 Provide First Aid in an education and care setting
CHCECE035 Support the holistic learning and development of children
CHCECE033 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children
CHCECE032 Nurture babies and toddlers
CHCECE038 Observe children to inform practice
CHCECE034 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
CHCECE036 Provide experiences to support children’s play and learning
CHCECE037 Support children to connect with the natural environment
CHCECE056 Work effectively in children’s education and care
CHCECE055 Meet legal and ethical obligations in children’s education and care
CHCECE030 Support inclusion and diversity
CHCECE054 Encourage understanding of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples’ cultures
BSBPEF301 Organise personal work priorities
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
This is Nationally Recognised Training,
leading to Australian Qualifications
Framework (AQF) qualification or a
Statement of Attainment.
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