Children’s Education and Care


Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
CRICOS: 081245G | National ID: CHC30113

Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
CRICOS: 082380D | National ID: CHC50113

Childrens Services

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Certificate III: 1 year | Diploma: 1 year


2018: February, May, July, October

2019: February, April, July, October


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Tuition Fees

2018*: Semester 1 - $6,850 | Semester 2 - $6,850
2019*: Semester 1 - $7,050 | Semester 2 - $7,050

*Please note: Course fees are listed in $AUD and are based on a semester rate. Total course cost will vary depending on semester start date. Small fee increases happen annually in line with CIT’s fee pricing review. 2018 fees subject to change.


Working with children can be incredibly rewarding and choosing to be an Early Childhood and Care Professional allows students to build the skills to pursue this worthwhile and in-demand career path. These professionals contribute significantly to a child's life by helping to shape attitudes toward themselves, others and to learning.

CIT’s Children’s Education and Care programs allow students to learn about children through observation, discussion and practical experience, and to develop interpersonal skills and team work strategies. It features practical units aimed at nurturing your understanding of child development and behaviour and to build your skills and abilities in caring for children.

During the Certificate III program, students work on building the knowledge and skills to assist in the planning of learning environments and experiences for young children, as well as provide for their physical and emotional care.

Those who advance to diploma-level study are given the opportunity to lead teams, manage programs and design and implement curriculum for children in Early Childhood Education and Care services.

Students will undertake a series of four 120 hour professional work placements, at four different childcare centres, fully coordinated by CIT staff. These are unpaid however they are great networking opportunities and can eventually lead to casual, part-time employment.

Entry Requirements

ACT Senior Secondary Certificate or equivalent OR Adult Entry with relevant practical work or other professional experience | Students must also meet one of the following English requirements: IELTS 6.0 (no band score less than 5.0) | TOEFL iBT – 60 | PTE Academic – 50 (no band score less than 36) | TOEFL PBT – 550 | Cambridge English test (C1 Advanced and B2 First) - 169.

Extra Fees

Certificate III:
Material Fees: $35
Uniform Costs:$34

Material Fees: $35
Uniform Costs:$34

Course Subjects

Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
CRICOS: 081245G | National ID: CHC30113

National ID Subject Name
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
CHCECE001 Develop cultural competence
CHCECE002 Ensure the health and safety of children
CHCECE003 Provide care for children
CHCECE004 Promote and provide healthy food and drinks
CHCECE005 Provide care for babies and toddlers
CHCECE007 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children
CHCECE009 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
CHCECE010 Support the holistic development of children in early childhood
CHCECE011 Provide experiences to support children’s play and learning
CHCECE013 Use information about children to inform practice
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety
National ID Subject Name
CHCECE006 Support behaviour of children and young people
CHCECE012 Support children to connect with their world
CHCECE026 Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate education and care for children

Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
CRICOS: 082380D | National ID: CHC50113

National ID Subject Name
CHCECE016 Establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment for children
CHCECE017 Foster the holistic development and wellbeing of the child in early childhood
CHCECE018 Nurture creativity in children
CHCECE019 Facilitate compliance in an education and care services
CHCECE020 Establish and implement plans for developing cooperative behaviour
CHCECE021 Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children
CHCECE022 Promote children’s agency
CHCECE023 Analyse information to inform learning
CHCECE024 Design and implement the curriculum to foster children’s learning and development
CHCECE025 Embed sustainable practices in service operations
HLTWHS003 Maintain work health and safety
CHCMGT003 Lead the work team
BSBLED401 Develop teams and individuals

Job Opportunities

Certificate III:
Early Childhood Educator Assistant, Outside School Hours Aid, Family day care worker, Preschool Assistant.

Early Childhood Educator, Team Leader, Educational Leader, Director/Manager, Outside School Children’s Education and Care Coordinator.

Teaching Methods and Assessment

Delivery will be through an integrated on the job/off the job strategy which will be based on adult learning principles. Students study as members of a class group (on the job), reinforced learning through eLearn, as well as being placed in a registered Children’s Education and Care setting where students have the opportunity to apply and practice knowledge and skills. Students will be required to demonstrate competency in their learning off the job as well as on the job.

Methods of assessment include direct observation in the workplace and workplace simulation, a portfolio of notes and annotated evidence, reports, presentations and written or oral questioning.

Pathways to Further Study

Students who successfully complete Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care are eligible for credit towards the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Birth to Five Years) and the Bachelor of Education(Early Childhood and Primary) at the Australian Catholic University (ACU).

Students are advised to speak directly with ACU in relation to course choices, pathways and available credit. Please refer to the institutions website for up to date information regarding credit arrangements:

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