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Looking for a career working with children?

Have you always wanted a career working with children but don’t know where to start? A Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care is the entry level qualification required to work in the early childhood education and care sector.

This course will give you a good understanding of the approved learning framework used in early childhood education in Australia. You will learn how to support the holistic development of babies, toddlers and children in early childhood, and how to contribute to a healthy and safe environment for them. You will gain an understanding of how to appropriately deal with people from other cultures, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Emergency first aid is also included in the course.

The link below includes some useful information about the early childhood and what is required to be an educator in the different sectors including kindergarten, family day care, outside school hours care, or long day care: Course details


Cairns, Townsville (Pimlico)

Key dates and info


Full time: 1 year / Monday to Friday 09:00am - 2:45pm

Course details


  • International fee $6,500

Cost details

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How to enrol

Key dates

Cairns Full time / Monday to Friday 09:00am - 2:45pm Classroom
Townsville (Pimlico) Full time / Monday to Friday 09:00am - 2:45pm Classroom

Entry requirements

International Student specific entry requirements:
English: For students whose first language is not English, the required minimum English language levels is IELTS 5.5 or equivalent, with no individual score less than 5.0 or equivalent assessment.  More information on English entry requirements can be found on our website.

Academic: The minimum requirements can be one of the following:

  • Certificate II or III – 10 years of schooling (or equivalent)
  • Certificate IV or Diploma – 12 years of schooling (or equivalent)
  • Mature –aged entry with work experience in a related field

Please send certified and translated copies of your English results and academic certificates to the International Student Unit together with your completed and signed application form.

Prior to commencement of course, students must obtain:

  • A Positive Notice for Child Related Employment (Blue Card) from Commission for Children and Young people and Child Guardian
  • A current Australian Federal Police Check

Recommended vaccinations for non-immune staff who work with young children include:

  • hepatitis A
  • measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) (persons born during or since 1966 who have only received one dose of the MMR vaccine should have a second dose)
  • chickenpox (if not previously infected)
  • pertussis (whooping cough - an adult booster dose)
  • influenza (annual vaccination)


Gatton, Newton, Eureka and Wilkinson Streets
Manunda QLD 4870

Townsville (Pimlico)
Cnr Hugh Street & Fulham Road
Townsville QLD 4812

Resources required

Resources included in the tuition fees are student orientation handbook and relevant learning materials such as study guides, assessment requirements and handouts. Students have access to library resources, computers, the Internet and a personal email account at TAFE Queensland North. Students may need to purchase stationery items such as paper, pens and a USB drive.

When you have enrolled, you will be granted access to our online Learning Management System. The learning environment has the assessment tasks and all the information for each unit of competency in the qualification. If you wish, you can purchase a suggested text book that provides information relevant to each of the competencies studied.

Delivery may include lectures, practical sessions, observations and vocational placement. You may be required to attend evening classes and/or weekend activities. You must abide by industry and/or TAFE Queensland North dress standards.

Assessment is competency based (practical) and continuous, and is considered an integral part of your learning and development. As appropriate, online quizes, assignments, projects, practical tests and student presentations are used. You must successfully complete all units to progress to the next course or obtain the qualification.


Cairns and Townsville (Pimlico) campuses: Orientation week: 30 January - 2 February
This course is delivered full time over 50 weeks (42 weeks full time delivery, 8weeks of holidays). Monday to Friday, 09:00am - 2:45pm.


All students must complete a minimum of 120 hours of vocational placement. TAFE will procure placements on behalf of students, but it is the student's responsibility to provide their own transport and accommodation if required. Students should expect to attend placement away from their home base. TAFE endeavours to give students as much notice as possible for  placement dates, although this is determined by industry. On occasion students may only receive two weeks notice.

Important Information

Find out how to apply to study as an international student at TAFE Queensland North.


All units need to be successfully completed to obtain the qualification.

M00VPC120 Vocational placement Mandatory
Health and Safety
CHCECE002 Ensure the health and safety of children Core
CHCECE004 Promote and provide healthy food and drinks Core
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically Core
CHCECE009 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice Core
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk Core
Interactions and Care
CHCECE007 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children Core
CHCECE003 Provide care for children Core
CHCECE005 Provide care for babies and toddlers Core
CHCECE001 Develop cultural competence Core
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety Core
CHCECE026 Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate education and care for children Elective
Play and Learn
CHCECE010 Support the holistic development of children in early childhood Core
CHCECE011 Provide experiences to support children's play and learning Core
CHCECE013 Use information about children to inform practice Core
CHCECE006 Support behaviour of children and young people Elective
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety Core
BSBWOR301 Organise personal work priorities and development Elective
First Aid
HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting Core


Not all electives available at all campuses

Payment options explained

The course cost indicated is for students on an international student visa. If you are visiting Australia on a non-student visa, (e.g. working holiday, employer sponsor etc.) please contact us directly for the price applicable to you.



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The Queensland Government will offset the cost of study for eligible students. You will still need to pay for a portion of your study costs. The amount above is what you will need to pay.


You are eligible for the concession price of a course if you are eligible for subsidised training, and are listed on an Australian Government Low Income Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card, if you are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, you hold a Department of Veterans' Affairs Pensioner Concession Card, or if you have a disability. Further information about concessions.

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Additional costs

The Positive Notice for Child Related Employment (Blue Card) and a current Australian Federal Police Check Costs may incur additional costs at students own expense of approximately A$85.
Costs may be also be involved for vaccinations at students own expense of approximately A$200


CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.  Career prospects include:

  • Early childhood educator
  • Family day care educator
  • Outside school hours educator
  • Nanny

Job prospects

  • Early Childhood Educator

Apply now

Applying to TAFE Queensland International is easy. You can submit an application at any time, but get in early as positions are limited!
Before you apply, make sure that you check that you meet the specific academic and language requirements for your chosen course.
The application process

To support your application, please supply your supporting documents.
These include:

Read the student rules and refund policy.


If your application is successful, we will send you an Offer of Place letter. To accept it and secure your place in your chosen program, you will need to:

After you have accepted your Offer of Place, you will receive your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) and with your CoE you can apply for your student visa. You will need to arrange your student visa before you come to Australia.


Compulsory Orientation: All students must participate in compulsory International orientation on the Friday before classes commence.

Last updated on 20 October 2016

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