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CHC30121 VETDSS - Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care*


2 Years ½ Day/Week


Geelong City






Partial completion

Entry requirements

  • Attending a secondary school
  • Successful completion of Year 10 with the equivalent literacy and numeracy levels

You will learn

  • Health, education, and development aspects of early years education 
  • Preparation for working in teams and in a range of environments
  • Skills in using organisational policies, procedures, and individual children's profiles
  • Planning activities and providing care based on children's needs
  • Facilitating leisure and play to promote children's developmental outcomes

Course outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program you will receive:

  • Recognition of up to two VCE VET units at Units 1 and 2 level, and a VCE VET Units 3 and 4 sequence
  • ATAR contribution: if you receive a VCE VET Units 3 and 4 sequence you may be eligible for an increment towards your ATAR 
  • A Statement of Attainment for the partial completion of Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care 

Dress code and course materials

  • Clothing suitable for program activities - school uniform

Assessment is based on

  • Practical Workplace Assessment as part of your mandatory placement (Structured Workplace Learning)
  • Hands-on work    
  • Online assignments and quizzes

Further study options

* to complete the remaining units to gain the full qualification

      = Guaranteed Gordon pathway course

How to apply

You must first speak to your school about VETDSS before proceeding with the below application.

  1. View the application requirements to find out what documents you will need to complete your application or watch our how to apply video.
  2. Apply online by selecting an intake from the Applications & attendance table below.

If you need help, visit Customer Service or request application support via email.
Submission of an application does not guarantee a place in the course.

Applications & attendance

2024 VET Full Year
Geelong City Campus 
Open: 1 Aug 2023
Close: 12 Mar 2024 
Class DayDelivered Geelong City Campus
Part-time:  Apply  


Unfortunately we cannot always guarantee you will secure a place in your selected course. We recommend you apply early.



Core Units Code Hours
Encourage understanding of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples' cultures CHCECE054 55
Meet legal and ethical obligations in children's education and care CHCECE055 60
Observe children to inform practice CHCECE038 40
Participate in workplace health and safety HLTWHS001 20
Provide First Aid in an education and care setting HLTAID012 22
Support children to connect with the natural environment CHCECE037 50
Work effectively in children's education and care CHCECE056 65
Elective Units Code Hours
Lead personal development BSBPEF403 40
Work with diverse people CHCDIV001 40


Please note that the electives listed are those delivered by the Gordon but you may not be required to complete all of these to successfully complete this qualification. In order to clarify what is required to complete this qualification, please check


Date published: 20/11/2023 4:18:15 PM