CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Childcare workers are in high demand!

With the new Lower Fees Local Skills initiative from Jobs & Skills WA, in 2020 and 2021 you will only pay half price to study your CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care. There’s never been a better time to kickstart your career in early education by studying childcare in Perth with Meerilinga Training College.

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Quality child care is vital to our community and Meerilinga Training College’s vision is to train high quality early educators to support the next generation. This is a chance for you to achieve a childcare qualification for yourself while you build great futures for children.

Completing a CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care with Meerilinga Training College childcare course provides:

  • The opportunity to work towards a highly rewarding, challenging and fulfilling career educating children
  • A fun, energetic and creative learning environment where each day is different
  • The opportunity to build your confidence and gain a lifetime skill as a childcare worker
  • A qualification to work Australia wide
  • A supportive group of trainers who specialise in working with children in the early years
  • Additional support for students where English is a second language
  • A large network of childcare centres in Perth and support staff to assist in work experience placement
  • The chance to study with one of Perth’s oldest early educator trainers, with a proud training history dating back to WA’s Kindergarten movement of the 1920s.

NEW classes commencing 27 October 2020 in West Leederville.  Enquire NOW!

Study childcare at Meerilinga Kingsley and Meerilinga High Wycombe! NEW class commence Tuesday 27 October 2020. Email to get an information pack!

Information Sessions: 

Join us from 12pm-1pm, Tuesday 29 September at Meerilinga Kingsley. Class Location: Meerilinga Kingsley, 48 Peregrine Drive, Kingsley WA 6026

Join us from 10am-11am, Thursday 1 October at Meerilinga High Wycombe. Class Location: Meerilinga High Wycombe, 104 Edney Road, High Wycombe WA 6057

Enrolments close the week before class begins, contact us today for a FREE Course Information pack or to register your interest for future classes.

Meerilinga Young Children’s Foundation Inc. trading as Meerilinga Training College. Registered Training Organisation NTIS code: 6000

What equipment do I need to do the Distance Learning with Virtual Classroom course?

Meerilinga Training College will send you out a selection of required physical course materials to your nominated address. To access additional materials and join your Virtual Classroom, you will need access to an internet enabled device such as:

  • Laptop
  • Computer
  • Phone
What is the difference between online learning and a Distance Learning with Virtual Classroom course?

Online courses are based upon non-human occasionally interactive course instructions given over the internet. Online learning can include research tasks, watching video’s completing quizzes, assignments and other written work. Often described as self-paced learning which means as you access the instructions then you can take your time to complete. Submission to a trainer is usually by email or an online portal who marks your work and provides written feedback.

Distance Learning with Virtual Classroom

Distance learning enables education to take place for those that may not be able to be physically present at school. Course materials are sent out to the student’s home address. These have in the past been called correspondence courses as information is sent to the student and the student sends work back to the trainer.

A virtual classroom allows for live interaction between the tutor and students as they participate in learning activities. The virtual classroom in a shared online space where the learners and tutor work together at the same time. The essential difference form online learning being you are never alone you have your tutor and your classmates right there with you in your home learning at the same time. This course is ideal for people who need more support than a basic online platform and would in any other circumstance wish the connection that attending a face to face class brings.

About the course

This qualification reflects the role of workers in a range of early childhood education settings who work within the requirements of the Education and Care Services National Regulations and the National Quality Standard. They support the implementation of an approved learning framework, and support children’s well-being, learning and development. Depending on the setting, educators may work under direct supervision or autonomously. The CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care is the perfect course for anyone looking to start their career as a child care worker. This course is offered in a class format only.

Perth child care courses are conveniently held at Meerilinga locations in West Leederville on the corner of Southport and Cambridge Street, just near the Leederville and West Leederville train stations.  We also deliver training at Meerilinga Beechboro, Meerilinga Cockburn, Meerlinga Woodvale, Meerilinga Ballajura, Meerilinga High Wycombe and now Meerilinga Kingsley location. All locations have free parking and close access to public transport.

To accommodate students with children classes run during school terms and are held 3 days a week 9:30am – 2:30pm. The course runs over a 38 week period with Practical Placements arranged during the course.

If you require additional support our trainers are available during the break for extra intensive tuition.You are required to complete a minimum of 120 hours up to 200 hours Practical Placement in a regulated childcare service. Your work placement hours may vary depending on your progression.

It is recommended that applicants must be 16 years of age or above at the time of course orientation to offer work opportunities.  Conditions may apply to school age students as outlined by the Western Australian Department of Education. The National Regulations apply workplace conditions for workers under the age of 18.

Meerilinga Training College retains all original student assessment documents. You may request a copy of your submitted work. Please note a fee may apply.

The First Aid unit –  HLTAID004 Provide an Emergency First Aid Response in an Education and Care Setting is a compulsory unit and is delivered through a third party arrangement with First Aid Services Western Australia who can be contacted on HLTAID004 Provide an Emergency First Aid Response in an Education and Care Setting is run over a two day period from 8:30am – 4:30pm and students are required to attend both days in order to complete the unit.


Why study with Meerilinga?

At Meerilinga Training College it’s not just about what we do but how and why we do it.

Yes, we offer you a nationally recognised child care certificate but we also offer you so much more.

We specialise in ‘promoting positive childhoods’ so you aren’t just a student to us, you become part of our community. We will ensure that you receive the best training and support from our friendly, qualified staff to help build your skills and confidence and your career in childcare.

Our class numbers are kept small to create a friendly learning environment.

As well as attending these classes, we arrange for our students to participate in practical work experience at various childcare centres across Perth as part of your training and assessment.

Career opportunities

A successful pass of this course with Meerilinga will allow you to obtain your child care certification and apply for positions within child care centres in WA and around Australia and set you up with skills that you can use around the world.

Meerilinga students are some of the most highly sought after graduates in the field of child care centres in Perth.  Our policy of placing students for work experience amongst our large network of childcare providers has seen many of our students go onto full time employment as a child care worker by the end of their course.

Our graduates also benefit from many extra services provided during the course including workshops, first aid, speakers, resume writing, parenting programs and translators.

Course Fees

This qualification is part of the Lower Fees, Local Skills initiative where you’ll only pay half of the standard course fees (on selected courses) from 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2021. The fees are based on the current year’s West Australian Department of Training and Workforce Development VET Fees and Charges Policy, as well as proof of evidence or approval in relation to fee waiver due to severe financial hardship, concession, units eligible for Recognition or Credit Transfer within the specified period of time outlined in the Student Handbook. Visit the Department of Training and Workforce Development website to read the VET Fees and Charges for each year.

The Student tuition fees are indicative only and are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Additional fees may apply such as Student service and resource fees. If you are confused in any way, please contact our Enrolments Team to explain your fees and payments in more detail, by email or phone 08 9489 4022.

CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Fee Type 01/01/2020 – 30/06/2020
Capping Value
01/07/2020 – 31/12/2020
Capping Value
Non-Concession Course/Tuition Fee


(total course fee $1250 if all units not commenced within one calendar year)

*Concession Course/Tuition Fee $372 $372
**Youth Age Course/Tuition Fee $400 $400
***Secondary School Aged
Course/Tuition Fee
$420 $420

*Concession Rate: applies where proof of eligibility is provided on application. The following students are entitled to the concession rate on course fees:
a) Persons and dependents of persons holding:
i) A Pensioner Concession Card.
ii) A Repatriation Health Benefits Card issued by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.
iii) A Health Care Card.
b) Persons and dependents of persons in receipt of AUSTUDY or ABSTUDY.
c) Persons and dependents of persons in receipt of the Youth Allowance.
d) Persons and dependents of persons who are inmates of a custodial institution.

**Youth Age Students aged 15-24 years will pay a maximum fee cap of $400 per calendar year.

***For secondary school aged persons(in 2020, these students will be born on or after 1 July 2002 and must be at least 15 years old), the maximum course fee chargeable in 2020 is $420. For all other students the maximum course fee chargeable in 2020 is $1200 for a Diploma or Advanced Diploma course. These maximums apply per course in 2020 when all units are commenced prior to 31 December 2020.

Course units commenced in 2020-2021 will be charged up to the 2020-2021 fee cap, which will be published in the DTWD VET Fees and Charges Policy for the calendar years of 2020-2021. In 2021 & 2021, the annual fees cap means that a full fee paying student will pay a maximum of $1200 (plus resource fee) and a concession-fee paying student will pay a maximum of $400 (plus resource fee) for all course units commenced within a calendar year.

****The half price course fee rates under Lower Fees, Local Skills, and the annual course fee cap, apply only to units of competency within a course or qualification that you commence from 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2021.  Any units of competency commenced outside of this period will attract the regular course fees.

This information is indicative only and subject to change pending proof of evidence or approval in relation to fee waiver due to severe financial hardship, concession, units eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning and/or Credit Transfer within the specified period of time. Incidental charges may be incurred through the course of study.

Payment Options

On enrolment, students will take up one of the following payment options:

  1. Pay the full amount of fees and charges in one payment;
  2. Present a signed authority from an employer to invoice that employer for the student’s fees and charge;
  3. Pay the fee by instalment;
  4. Make an application on the grounds of severe financial hardship for fees and charges to be waived

Students who fail to take up one of the above options will not be enrolled.

Students can pay course fees on the commencement of units which are delivered in unit cluster sets but if it works better financially all our students are welcome to apply to utilise our option of payment by fortnightly instalment. This is direct debited from the designated account or credit card.

Student’s upfront fees will be calculated (at no more than $1500) and the student will be invoiced accordingly. Whereby a unit or cluster of units exceed an upfront cost of $1500, alternative payment arrangements will be made through the Executive Manager Finance.

Waiver due to Severe Financial Hardship

Applications for consideration of severe financial hardship will be managed by the Executive Manager Finance and determined on an Individual basis, taking into account all circumstances. Fee Waivers will follow the guidelines of VET Fees and Charges Policy Attachment A.

The applicant needs to establish with documentation that severe financial hardship would result (after reasonable expenses are deducted from income) if Meerilinga pursued the recovery of a fee.

At the sole discretion of the Chief Executive Officer, further tangible evidence of hardship may be requested. Details of the individuals/organisations and grounds for waiving of fees and charges will be retained for audit purposes.

Resource Fees

Course/Tuition Fees do not include the cost of recommended reading materials for your course. These can be purchased separately by the student through an external provider. Please note if purchased externally, they must be the correct edition and be purchased before the commencement of your studies. See below for resource information. Please note: students who cannot obtain a current copy of the recommended reading materials will be able to access the recommended text from the Class Set in the Student Library. These books cannot be taken home.

Recommended Reading Resource

The Early Childhood Educator for Certificate III, 2e Revised
By: Lorraine Walker
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Australia
Print IBSN: 9781760423377

This resource is available to purchase online for a RRP of $99.95. You can purchase the resource directly from retailers such as Booktopia, Zookal & Jekkle. For those that prefer digital media, an eBook version is also available.

Student Resources

Free training resources are available to download from the Meerilinga website to support student’s learning. All students need access to a personal computer or digital device to view and download additional Student Resources from the Meerilinga website: . All students will be provided with WIFI access in all class locations.


Where units are eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning a charge of $100 per unit will apply.

Credit Transfer

Units eligible for Credit Transfer are free of charge.

For more details on Meerilinga fees and charges please Contact Us. 

Find Census Dates HERE

Am I eligible?

All applications will be assessed by the Meerilinga Education Team based on the following criteria.

  • Completed Application Form and all supporting documentation
  • There are no pre-requisites for this course aside from a proficiency in language, literacy and numeracy.
  • Funding approval from the Department of Training and Workforce Development

You are eligible for the course if you have left school, your primary place of residence is in Western Australia and you are:

    • an Australian citizen;
    • a permanent visa holder or a holder of visa subclass 309, 444, 785, 790, 820 or 826; or

Contact Meerilinga for more information on specific visa’s details.

We encourage potential students of all ages to enroll. If you have a passion for working in childcare we want you to be part of our classes!

Course Units
Unit Code Units Nominal Hours
CHCECE025 Embed sustainable practices in service operations 45
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically 50
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk 30
CHCECE002 Ensure the health and safety of children 50
CHCECE004 Promote and provide healthy food and drinks 30
HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting 20
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety 30
CHCECE009 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice 35
CHCECE010 Support the holistic development of children in early childhood 60
CHCECE011 Provide experiences to support children’s play and learning 40
CHCECE012 Support children to connect with their world 30
CHCECE013 Use information about children to inform practice 35
CHCECE003 Provide care for children 60
CHCECE005 Provide care for babies and toddlers 60
CHCECE006 Support behaviour of children and young people 40
CHCECE007 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children 60
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety 30
CHCECE001 Develop cultural competence 70


Government Subsidies

Meerilinga Traineeships and the majority of students who participate in class room delivery courses are subsidised through Jobs & Skills WA. Jobs & Skills WA is the way the State Government, through the Department of Training and Workforce Development that prioritises its investment in training to focus on courses that equip people to take up jobs that are, or will be, in high demand. To do this, Jobs & Skills WA provides a guaranteed, subsidised training place for eligible students enrolled in courses that are deemed State priority qualifications, where a training place is available. Apprenticeships and traineeships are a priority for the State Government. Other priority training areas are identified on their website.  Please view the Jobs & Skills WA website for more information or contact the Training College

meerilinga training college is supported by the Department of training and workforce development in the form of jobs and skills wa

Appeals, Concerns and Grievance

Appeals, Concerns and Grievance

Meerilinga Training College ensures that students and clients have access to a fair and equitable process of dealing with appeals, concerns and grievances and provides an avenue for students to appeal decisions which may affect the student’s progress. This includes the student’s right to appeal assessment outcomes, fees and payments and general concern. In the first instance students and clients should discuss concerns directly with the Education Team.

Meerilinga Training College ensures that students and clients have access to a fair and equitable process of dealing with appeals, concerns and grievances and provides an avenue for students to appeal decisions which may affect the student’s progress. This includes the student’s right to appeal assessment outcomes, fees and payments and general concern.

All concerns, complaints, grievances, and appeals and subsequent actions, outcomes and improvements will be recorded and forwarded to the Chief Executive Officer without delay, stored centrally (a copy can be retained where it was lodged). The central records will be used to identify any opportunities to improve our systems and identify appropriate corrective and preventative actions. All complaints and requests for an appeal will be acknowledged in writing and finalised as soon as practicable.

All documentation and records relating to a concern, complaint, grievance or appeal are to be held confidentially. All formal complaints will be attended to within 10 working days of being received.

No costs are associated with lodging a Complaint that is resolved internally by Meerilinga staff. Where a complaint is forwarded on to an external body for review, the costs will be shared by the student and Meerilinga. Students are encouraged to contact the Meerilinga Office for more information in this regard.

Meerilinga is a member of a Mediation Scheme which will handle all complaints and grievances that cannot be resolved internally by Meerilinga. Please contact the Meerilinga office if you require contact details. In the first instance students and clients should discuss concerns directly with the Education Team.

Census dates

Census dates

What is a Census Date?

Census Date is the last date a student can withdraw from an enrolment in an individual subject without incurring financial liability for the course fee.

How are Census Dates determined?

Each unit of your study has a unique Census Date. The Census Date is calculated at 20% of the duration of a unit.
For example:

  1. A unit starts on the 21 October and ends on 8 April. You will have completed 20% of the unit on the 24 November, the Census Date is 24 November.
  2. A unit starts on the 21 October and ends on 8 December.  The duration of the unit is shorter, therefore you will complete 20% of the unit sooner, the Census Date is 31 October.

How to find your Census Dates

On confirmation of your enrolment you will be issued with an enrolment invoice which contains information about your course costs and census dates. The census date for each course unit is disclosed. You can confirm your unit census dates by contacting us on 9489 4022.

Census Date and Withdrawing from a Course/Unit

Whether you are studying a Certificate or Diploma, you will need to withdraw from a course or unit by the Census Date to obtain a refund. Withdrawal from a unit prior to the Census Date will receive refund of tuition fees and pro rata refund of resource fees, if applicable.

Privacy Notice

Under the Data Provision Requirements 2012Meerilinga Training College is required to collect personal information about you and to disclose that personal information to the National Centre for Vocational Education Research Ltd (NCVER).

Your personal information (including the personal information contained on this enrolment form), may be used or disclosed by Meerilinga Training College  for statistical, administrative, regulatory and research purposes. Meerilinga Training College may disclose your personal information for these purposes to:

  • Commonwealth and State or Territory government departments and authorised agencies; and

Personal information that has been disclosed to NCVER may be used or disclosed by NCVER for the following purposes:

  • populating authenticated VET transcripts;
  • facilitating statistics and research relating to education, including surveys and data linkage;
  • pre-populating RTO student enrolment forms;
  • understanding how the VET market operates, for policy, workforce planning and consumer information; and
  • administering VET, including program administration, regulation, monitoring and evaluation.

You may receive a student survey which may be administered by a government department or NCVER employee, agent or third party contractor or other authorised agencies. Please note you may opt out of the survey at the time of being contacted.

NCVER will collect, hold, use and disclose your personal information in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth), the National VET Data Policy and all NCVER policies and protocols (including those published on NCVER’s website at

All personal and sensitive information is held in Meerilnga archives for a reasonable period of time as per Australian Law dictates. Once this information is no longer required Meerilinga will take reasonable steps to destroy the information or to ensure it is de-identified. Meerilinga also uses an external provider, CTI Records Management, for secure and confidential off-site storage.

Contact us

Call our friendly team for a chat on 9489 4022 or email us at


Student Resources

Cluster 1

Sample Privacy Statement

Newsletter Template

Sample Code of Ethics

Sample Contract of Employment

Sample Enrolment Form

Sample Job Description


Study Tips

Sustainability Policy

Rights of the Child

Cluster 2

Emergency Evacuation Drill Report

Hazards Identification 1 & 2

Sample Child Incident Report (Injury Trauma Illness Near Miss)

Sample Medical Conditions Policy

Sample Medical Risk Minimisation Communication Plan

Sample Medication Records

Sample Nutrition and Beverages

Sample Child Protection Policy

Sample Policy and Procedures

Windex Material Data Safety Sheet

Cluster 4

Sample Toileting and Nappy Change Policy

Cluster 5

Dominant Values in Australian Society

Shaping Our Identity

Values Checklist

Sample Cultural Competency Policy and Procedures

Reflections Cultural Competency

Smartsteps by School Drug Education and Road Aware (SDERA) 

Smartsteps Passenger Safety

Smartsteps Safety on Wheels

Smartsteps Pedestrian Safety

10 Minute Tutorials

National Quality Framework


Our policies at Meerilinga Training College have been created to establish boundaries, guidelines, and best practices for acceptable behavior in our Registered Training Organisation. Being honest and transparent with employees, families and all other stakeholders in our community, ensures we all have the same expectations of services offered.

Appeals Policy

Assessment Policy     – Currently being updated following COVID-19 guidelines. For more information on this current policy, please email

Complaints, Grievances and Concerns Policy

Enrolment Policy    Refer to COVID-19 Policy updates relating to this Policy

Fees, Charges, Refunds, Deferred Payment and Waiver Policy.    Refer to COVID-19 Policy updates relating to this Policy

Issuing AQF Qualifications Policy    Refer to COVID-19 Policy updates relating to this Policy

Management of Scope Policy    Refer to COVID-19 Policy updates relating to this Policy

Members Qualifications, Competencies and Supervision Policy    – Currently being updated following COVID-19 guidelines. For more information on this current policy, please email

Student Behaviour Policy    – Currently being updated following COVID-19 guidelines. For more information on this current policy, please email

Student Placement Work Experience Policy    – Currently being updated following COVID-19 guidelines. For more information on this current policy, please email

Transition and Teach Out Policy    – Currently being updated following COVID-19 guidelines. For more information on this current policy, please email

Validation Policy    Refer to COVID-19 Policy updates relating to this Policy

Privacy Policy

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