CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Want to study childcare in Perth? Embark on an exciting career in early education with Meerilinga Training College

Enquire nowQuality 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.

Enquire NOW for future classes.

We currently have classes running in West Leederville, Ballajura, Coolbelup & High Wycombe locations. Contact us today to register your interest for future classes.

Enrolments close the week before class begins, contact us today for a FREE Course Information pack.

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

About the course

A successful pass of this course with Meerilinga will allow you to apply for child care jobs within child care centres around Australia and set you up with skills that you can use around the world. The perfect course for anyone looking to become a child care worker. The course is offered in a class format.

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, at Meerilinga Beechboro and Meerilinga Cockburn both 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 an 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.

Click here to view the Student Handbook.


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

The 2019 fees are based on the West Australian Department of Training and Workforce Development 2019 VET Fees and Charges Policy. Visit the Department of Training and Workforce Development website to read the VET Fees and Charges for each year.

CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

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 instalments. The cost works out at only $25 per week for concession card holders and $55.00 per week for the full fee paying course, which is direct debited from the designated savings, cheque or credit card and will take approximately just over 12 months or 6 months to repay depending on eligibility of the concession rate.

Course/Tuition Fee $2518.75

Fee Rate per Nominal Hour $3.25

Concession Rate* Course/Tuition Fee $751.75

Concession Fee Rate per Nominal Hour $0.97

*Concession Rate: applies where proof of eligibility is provided on application.  

Secondary School Age** Fee $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 dependants 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 dependants of persons in receipt of AUSTUDY or ABSTUDY.
c) Persons and dependants of persons in receipt of the Youth Allowance.
d) Persons and dependants of persons who are inmates of a custodial institution.
e) Secondary school-aged persons, not enrolled at school.

** Secondary school aged person means a person who is not enrolled in school and has reached 15 years of age but has not reached the end of the calendar year in which their compulsory education period expires, as defined in the School Education Act 1999. In 2019, these persons will be born on or after 1 July 2001.

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 outlined in the Student Handbook. Incidental charges may be incurred through the course of study.

Course/Tuition Fee

Students will be invoiced on the commencement of units. Course fees are calculated on the Nominal Hours of each unit set by the Department of Training and Workforce Development (DTWD). Nominal hours do not represent the hours of training or instruction. The total course cost is approximate and indicative only.

Fees and charges are subject to change pending proof of evidence in relation to units eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer, and the current calendar year DTWD VET Fees and Charges Policy. 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. Fee Waivers and concessions will be managed by the Executive Manager Finance.Additional fees may apply such as student service and resource fee.

Waiver due to Severe Financial Hardship

Applications for consideration of severe financial hardship will be decided on an individual basis by the Chief Executive Officer, taking into account all circumstances.

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 Meerilinga or 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.

Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care Textbooks Cost purchased through Meerilinga
The Early Childhood Educator for Certificate III 2nd Edition Revised by Lorraine Walker Print edition 2018. Publisher McGraw-Hill Education $100.00
The Early Childhood Educator for Diploma 2nd Edition Revised by Lorraine Walker Print edition 2018. Publisher McGraw-Hill Education $105.00

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, 820 or 826; or
  • a dependent or spouse of the primary holder of a visa subclass 457

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

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

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

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Student Resources

Please follow the links below to access additional resources designed to support your learning.

Cluster 1

Sample Privacy Statement

Template Newsletter

Sample Code of Ethics

Sample Contract of Employment

Sample Enrolment Form

Sample Job Description


Study Tips

Sample Sustainability Policy

Cluster 2

Emergency Evacuation Drill Report Template

Sample 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

Smartsteps by School Drug Education and Road Aware (SDERA) 

Smartsteps Passenger Safety

Smartsteps Safety on Wheels

Smartsteps Pedestrian Safety


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

Student Behaviour Policy

Student Placement, Work Experience Policy

Transition and Teach Out Policy

Validation Policy

Assessment Policy

Complaints, Grievances and Concerns Policy

Enrolment Policy

Issuing AQF Qualifications Policy

Management of Scope Policy

Staff Qualifications, Competencies and Supervision Policy

meerilinga training college is supported by the wa government and jobs n skills wa

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