Compare institutions offeringCertificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

This certificate provides you with the skills to supervise and provide care for children, and to facilitate their learning, leisure and play.
in Australia
22 institutions:

Kirana CollegesFEATURED


Study modeOnline
Study duration12 months self-paced

Foundation EducationFEATURED

Foundation Education helps you graduate job-ready with a range of career preparation tools and services.


Study modeOnline
Study duration18 months self-paced

Cire TrainingFEATURED


Study modeOnline, On-campus
Study duration12 months full-time

Box Hill Institute

With Box Hill's state-of-the-art training facilities, you'll build real-world skills so you can graduate ready to step into a job.


Study modeOn-campus
Study duration9 months part-time

Holmesglen Institute


Study modeOn-campus
Study duration10 months full-time
These institutions all deliver equivalent outcomes
This nationally accredited qualification meets the same educational standards regardless of which institution you choose to study with. Institutions may deliver their course content differently, but the outcomes are equivalent and recognised Australia wide.

Possible career outcomes

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Related rolesJob satisfactionTypical salaryJobs on SEEK
Early Childhood Educator
$65k6,416
Assistant Educator
$60k3,751
Childcare Educator
$65k7,094
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Is this qualification right for me?

What will I learn?

The core units you complete will build the key skills needed to work in early childhood education and care. You'll learn to care for babies and toddlers, develop positive relationships with children, support holistic development, support children's play and learning, and identify and respond to children at risk. To prepare for the workplace, you’ll be required to complete supervised work placements where you’ll gain real-world experience. The electives you complete will depend on the institution you choose to study with.

Are there any entry requirements?

Typically, there are no educational prerequisites for this course. Some institutions may set their own requirements for entry, which could include meeting set literacy and numeracy standards.

Where will it lead me?

This course prepares you for entry-level positions in the early childhood education and care industry, including in childcare centres, kindergartens or as a Nanny. It is generally considered the minimum requirement needed to work in the industry.

If you are interested in moving into senior roles, then you may want to consider the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care. In some instances you may be able to enrol directly into this course without completing the Certificate III.

How much will it cost?

The final cost of this course will depend on a number of factors including your personal circumstances, previous experience and unit selections. As a general guide, if you are eligible for a subsidised place, it's likely to cost between $4,000 and $5,000. Most TAFEs do offer a concession rate, in which case, you could pay as little as $600. Alternatively, if you are required to pay a full fee, it could cost up to $9,000. To find the course price for you, it's best to contact the institution directly.

Did you know?


Level up
A Certificate III prepares you for skilled work. You’ll build a broad range of skills and theoretical knowledge to undertake routine and non-routine tasks.
Curriculum
Course curriculum is developed by industry, so you’ll build relevant, practical skills that are valued by employers.
Study option
Qualifications don’t have to be completed in sequential order. You can start your study journey at the qualification level that suits your career goals and previous experience.

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