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Great news, this course is included in Fee-Free TAFE.

To be eligible for a Fee-Free place you must be:

  • a resident of Tasmania or working in Tasmania
  • an Australian or New Zealand citizen, an Australian permanent resident, an eligible VISA holder, and
  • of working age

Please see the Eligibility criteria below to check if you're eligible.

Fee-Free TAFE and vocational education is a joint initiative of the Australian and Tasmania Governments providing tuition-free training places to students wanting to train, retrain or upskill.

Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care


  • Alanvale
  • Devonport
  • Clarence

Attendance options

  • Full-time

Study type

  • Mixed Learning

Tuition Fees

Please note: The course overview is intended as a guide only. Not all courses are available at all locations or through all study types and attendance options. Please check Locations, Dates and Times below or enquire for further information.

Get the skills you need to succeed in an entry-level Early Childhood Education and Care role.

If you’ve ever dreamed of working in the Early Childhood Education and Care sector, now is the time to get qualified by studying with Tas TAFE, as skilled Early Childhood Educators are in high demand!

This nationally recognised qualification will give you the knowledge and skills you need to provide care for children from birth to five years of age in an Early Childhood Education and Care setting.

Our experienced teachers will teach you to work within the requirements of the National Quality Framework to implement the approved learning framework, and support children’s wellbeing, learning and overall development. You’ll learn how to plan and implement programs that support children to learn through play in a safe and supported environment, as well as how to ensure the health and safety of children. You will also gain a First Aid qualification.

As part of the course, you’ll also learn how to identify and respond to children and young people at risk, develop cultural competence and encourage understanding of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people’ cultures, as well as how to work legally and ethically within the sector.

A formal work placement of 160 hours (minimum) will provide you with the opportunity to develop positive and respectful relationships with children and gain hands-on experience in supporting their play and learning.

Successful completion of this qualification will enable you to seek employment as an Early Childhood Educator in a variety of regulated Early Childhood Education and Care settings, including long day care, outside school hours care, family day care, in home care or even as a private nanny. You will also be well-placed to build on your skills and knowledge and undertake further study at Diploma level or go on to qualify for a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) at university.

This course is also available as a traineeship.

Interested in starting this course?

Contact us today to express your interest or make an enquiry.

Call 1300 655 307 Submit an enquiry

Information Session

Career opportunities

  • Long Day Care Educator
  • Outside School Hours Care Educator
  • Family Day Care Educator
  • In Home Care Educator
  • Private Nanny

Information Session

Career opportunities

  • Long Day Care Educator
  • Outside School Hours Care Educator
  • Family Day Care Educator
  • In Home Care Educator
  • Private Nanny

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At TasTAFE, we understand that everyone's journey is different and sometimes you might need some extra support to achieve your study or career goals.

Whether you are at the very start of your training, returning to study after a long break, or looking to upskill in a specific area, we're here to help you to be successful in your chosen field of study, apprenticeship or traineeship.

Our student support services are available for all students, and aim to provide the support you need to make your learning experience just that little bit easier.

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