If you have an interest in how children grow, develop and learn, work well as part of a team and enjoy creating fun activities, then a career in early childhood care is ideal for you. This is a skills shortage area, with high demand for workers, allowing you to work closely with people from different ages, cultures and backgrounds, including children, families and communities.
By studying one of our qualifications, you will have many opportunities to develop creative and sustainable educational programs. You will learn how to work effectively in early childhood education and care settings and the administrative and legislative sides of running a centre. Training includes lectures, workshops, online classes, hands-on activities and group work, as well as supervised field placements in different children’s services settings.
Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
Early Childhood Education and Care is an expanding industry
This course will prepare you for working with young children up to the age of 5 years where you'll learn how to interact and foster their development.
Your gateway to a rewarding career in a growing industry
Early Childhood Education and Care is an expanding industry for those with a genuine interest and passion in the care and education of young children up to the age of 5 years. The childcare industry is demanding higher qualifications and training from educators in this field to ensure consistently high standards of education and care for children placed in these services. This can be achieved by completing the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.
You'll learn how to interact and foster the development of the children while working within legal requirements and ensuring the children's health and safety are not at risk.
As part of this qualification you will undertake a work placement where you will be able to apply the skills and knowledge you have learned.
You will work closely with children from different backgrounds and cultures and provide care and support for them in various child care situations.
North Metropolitan TAFE is offering early childhood training to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, visit First Nations Traineeship Program(opens in a new tab) for more information.
Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
Learn to manage the operation of a child care centre
Gain skills in planning, implementing and managing programs in early childhood services, and learn to provide care and meet the needs of infants and young children.
A fulfilling career helping children grow and develop
This diploma will provide you with the skills and knowledge to manage the operation of a child care service where you would be responsible for planning, implementing and managing programs in early childhood services (0-5 years), in accordance with licensing, accreditation and duty of care requirements. You would also supervise staff and volunteers.
During this course you will learn to provide care and meet the social, emotional, physical and educational needs of infants and young children in various care settings.
As part of this qualification you will undertake ongoing work placement where you will be able to apply the skills and knowledge you have learned. You will work closely with children from different backgrounds and cultures and provide care and support for them.
In most states this is the highest qualification required at director or service manager level for children's service centre based care and education.
Over 90% of our graduates gain employment on completion of their studies.
If you are or have been, working in the Early Childhood Education industry you may be able to gain full or partial qualification and achieve your Diploma in a shorter period of time through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), see the Important Information tab below for more details.