Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (VIC only)

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Melbourne City Institute of Education
  • Awarded by

    Melbourne City Institute of Education

  • Qualification

    Certificate III

  • Study Mode

    On campus

  • Payment Options

    Payment planVIC Skills First Funding

  • Duration

    9-12 Months

  • Start Date

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  • Location

  • Course Fee

    Price may vary

  • Career Outcomes

    Child Care Worker | Early Childhood Teacher | Child Carer | Child Care Coordinator | View all

This course meets the Nationally Recognised Training standards. It is listed on the Australian government's National Register for Vocational Education and Training (VET). Studying this course leads to a qualification that's recognised throughout Australia, and lets employers know that you have the right skills for the job.

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  • In a Nutshell

    Are you passionate about working with children and looking for a career that's both challenging and rewarding? The CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care from Melbourne City Institute of Education (MCIE) could be your ideal path into the early childcare industry.

    This qualification is the essential stepping stone for those aiming to work in early childhood education and care. At MCIE, you will learn critical aspects of child care (age 0-6 years old), including how to respond to risks, maintain a safe and healthy environment, use approved learning frameworks to guide children's learning, development, and participation. You'll gain the skills to work effectively in a team, guiding children's play and leisure, and ensuring they have a safe, happy, and fulfilling experience under your care.

    You will learn vital skills such as supporting children's holistic learning and development, creating enriching play experiences, working effectively in educational settings, and adhering to legal and ethical standards. You'll also gain invaluable hands-on experience with 160 hours of practical work placement in a professional early childhood service setting, guided by experienced industry professionals.

    MCIE offers flexible learning options, including on-campus and blended delivery with a mix of face-to-face and virtual sessions. You'll have the chance to engage in practical training on campus at least once a month. The course is available at MCIE's Melbourne campus and can be completed in approximately 9-12 months, including placement.

    Take the first step towards a fulfilling career in early childhood education and care with MCIE. Enrol now and start making a difference in the lives of children!

    Government funding
    If you qualify for government funding, you could study this course for just $150! The Victorian government subsidises this course, making it accessible and affordable for eligible students.



  • What You'll Need to Get In

    To be eligible for this course applicants must meet the following requirements:

    • Written and spoken English language skills to at least a Year 10 level; AND
    • Basic computing skills; AND
    • Have access to digital equipment; AND
    • Basic Language, Literacy and Numeracy skills.

    VIC Skills First funding is available for eligible students: Australian PR and citizens, New Zealand citizens, and asylum seekers.

  • Subject Breakdown

    While completing the CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care qualification from Melbourne City Institute of Education (MCIE), you will cover the following subjects:

    Core units:

    • 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

    Elective units:

    • BSBPEF301 - Organise personal work priorities
    • CHCDIV001 - Work with diverse people
  • Why Melbourne City Institute of Education?

    Discover MCIE: Your Gateway to a Successful Career

    Since its inception in 2008, Melbourne City Institute of Education (MCIE, RTO number:22172) has emerged as a premier provider of vocational education and training programs. Renowned for its emphasis on student outcomes and quality course content, MCIE designs practical education programs that lead to real job placements, perfectly aligned with industry demands.

    MCIE is committed to equipping students with the skills necessary to achieve their career aspirations, having successfully assisted thousands in securing employment. With nationally accredited qualifications across diverse industry sectors – including Early Childhood Education, Aged and Disability Care, Hospitality, Business, Leadership and Management, and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) - MCIE offers a broad spectrum of opportunities for career growth.

    Students at MCIE thrive in a vibrant, innovative, and dynamic learning environment. The institute prides itself on the quality of its trainers and comprehensive student support services. Trainers and assessors at MCIE bring extensive industry experience to the classroom, and the institute's cultural and social diversity enriches
    the learning experience, offering students a unique and engaging educational journey.

    MCIE's support services are tailored to facilitate a smooth transition into student life and enhance the educational experience. Recognising the uniqueness of each student's learning path, MCIE offers a variety of services to meet diverse needs, including:

    - Student orientation
    - Student welfare coordination
    - Language and literacy support classes
    - Job-readiness activities

    Choose MCIE for a supportive, enriching, and career-focused education. Take the first step towards achieving your professional dreams with a qualification from Melbourne City Institute of Education.

  • Campus locations

    This course can be delivered on campus to provide you with practical training in a face-to-face learning environment. It is available to study at the following locations:

    You can also choose to study this course online with some on-campus components (blended learning).

  • Where will this course take you?

    On successful completion of this course, you will receive a nationally recognised CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care qualification from Melbourne City Institute of Education (MCIE). The knowledge and experienc e you will ave gained will ensure that you can start working competently in any of a range of early childhood care roles available nationally.

  • Career Outcomes

    Wondering where a career in Early Childhood Education could take you? Potential job outcomes may include; Early Childhood Teacher, Primary Teacher, Child Care Coordinator, Early Learning Coordinator, Kindergarten Teacher, Professional Development Educator, Child and Family Services Manager, Community Worker, Family Day Care Educator, Mobile Service Educator, Occasional Care Educator.

  • Let's talk price

    Full fee for this course is $5,000. Payment plan is optional: $625 per month for the 8 months.

    This course is subsidised by the Victorian government, and eligible Victorian students can study for as little as $150 (or $30 concession).

    Enquire now to see if you qualify!

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