Job Ready Program – Early Childhood Education and Care

This program is FREE* for concession – eligible students and people aged 15-24 years

* Eligibility criteria applies for free training

Take advantage of the publicly funded Training Pathways to Employment Job Ready Program initiative from Jobs & Skills WA.

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Why participate in the Job Ready Program?

Get job ready for a fun and rewarding career in Early Childhood Education and Care, with a pathway to employment that combines training and on the job industry experience and may provide opportunity for a traineeship and further training to study CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care with Meerilinga.

Complete a short training course program and get a taste of what the Early Childhood Education and Care industry has to offer.
In just twelve weeks, you will learn how to work effectively with young children in a natural environment, work effectively in children’s education and care, support inclusion and diversity and understand the fundamentals of the workplace health and safety.
Get hands-on experience working in an Early Childhood Education and Care setting
During this program, you will get the chance to work with children and gain real life workplace experience as part of your training.
Tailored support from Professional Trainers
Students have access to qualified trainers who are highly skilled and have many years of industry experience. Meerilinga Training College offers a range of support services to students including mentoring, cultural and youth inclusion and access.
Start your career in Early Childhood Education and Care
By completing this program, you will gain credits towards the CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, which you can undertake through Meerilinga Training College through a traineeship or in a classroom-based environment. If you decide this pathway isn’t for you, your unit credits may be transferable to an alternative accredited qualification.

Contact us today to register your interest or call our friendly enrolments team direct on 08 9489 4022.

Meerilinga Children and Community Foundation Inc. trading as Meerilinga Training College. Registered Training Organisation NTIS code: 6000

About the Program

The Early Childhood Education and Care Job Ready Program has two components, training in the classroom and industry work placement.

Program Overview

  • Four Nationally accredited and recognised units that will set you up with entry level skills to work in an early learning setting. You will build your knowledge of education and care programs for children.
  • Completed units will give you credit towards studying CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care qualification
  • Duration: 12 weeks with a minimum of 70 hours of work placement, arranged during the program and in a regulated early education and care service
  • School friendly hours, 4 days per week from 9:30am to 2:30pm (includes a 30 minute meal break)
  • First 5 weeks, blended delivery model of 4 days face to face training in a classroom and 1 day work placement per week
  • Week 6, 7 & 8 consists of a blended delivery of 3 days face to face classroom training and 2 day work placement per week
  • Weeks 9, 10 & 11 are work placement block of 4 days per week from 9:30am to 2:30pm, in a regulated Early Education and Care service
  • Week 12, finalise assessments and end of program


Classroom training is an instructional method where unit content and learning material are taught in person to a group of students to allow for interaction between a student and Trainer. It is the most traditional type of learning instruction enabling a better understanding and recollection of lesson content. Students benefit from a greater level of interaction with their fellow students and opportunity to connect with each another. Classes are held on specific day and times, where students are accountable for their progress.

Work Placement

The theory learning component of the program is completed through classroom delivery however students are also required to compete 70 hours  practical work placement in a regulated education and care service. Practical placement is designed to give you workplace experience and an opportunity for you to apply your learning through demonstrated practice within an early childhood environment.

What will you need to study this program?

In accordance with legislative and industry requirements, you will be required to obtain the following before commencement of work placement:

  • Working with Children Check(over 18yrs).
    If you are under the age of 18, an alternative criminal history check requirement and reference form is required.
  • Certificate of Healthat your own expense.
    Stating you are mentally and physically fit for the provision of early education and care.

MTC student administration will provide you with the relevant forms on application

Completing the Program

Completing the program can offer you a pathway to becoming industry qualified and ready for a fun and rewarding career working with children.

The starting level qualification is a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, where career opportunities for workers are in a range of early childhood education settings and is ideal for anyone seeking jobs in approved education and care services, schools, community services or education support setting, in the positions of:

  • Early Childhood Educator
  • Family Day Care Educator
  • In-Home Child Care Provider
  • Early Childhood Education Assistant
  • Nanny
Program Units

There are a total of 4 units for this program:

Unit Code Unit Title
CHCECE030 Support inclusion and diversity
CHCECE037 Support children to connect to the natural environment
CHCECE056 Work effectively in children’s education and care
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety



Pre-enrolment at Meerilinga may occur face to face or virtually. Meerilinga will always provide written information along with marketing materials and website before enrolling or entering into an agreement with an applicant. We will cover:

  • How training and assessment will be conducted and where – for example, face to face, virtual classroom, work placement and other location information
  • Enrolment application and the required supporting documentation
  • Practical work placement, including essential certificates and clearances required for working in early childhood education and care
  • What equipment learners need to complete the course
  • Program costs, including any possible additional fees, and payment due dates
  • Refund and cancellation policies
  • Complaint processes
  • Barriers to learning and support services for students

During the pre-enrolment process, our Student Administration Officers are able to gather information from the potential applicant and analyse whether the training is the applicants desired outcome or solution. We ask and require evidence about an applicant’s eligibility if seeking a funded place, their background and skills which are instrumental in making sure the learner is in the right class, studying the right subject and at the right level. A successful applicant becomes a student.

Students may be referred directly to a mentoring or support service to enable the best opportunity for a successful completion. Students are guided to the LLN survey and provided detailed information about the course, all of its expectations and induction dates.

Support Services

Meerilinga Training College offers a range of support services to students, including:

  • Training Needs Analysis
  • Career Advice, Resume Writing and Work Readiness
  • Commendations and Complaints
  • Cultural Inclusion, Access and Support
  • Direct Debit and Payment Plans
  • Language Literacy and Numeracy
  • Library
  • Mentoring
  • Referral to External Agencies and Services
  • Study and Assessment Guidance
  • Uniform and applicable PPE
  • Work Placement

Students can access these services during business hours 8.30am – 4.30pm, Monday to Friday (excluding Public Holidays and Meerilinga closure) by appointment for the duration of their enrolment with Meerilinga. If you are unsure which service you need, please contact Student Services.

Students may also seek guidance from their Trainer who may be able to address your need or guide you to alternate supports.

General Enquiries, Work Placement, Referral and Student Services
9489 4022

Cultural Engagement and Liaison Officer
9377 4749

Youth Officer (Under 25 years)
9489 4022

Student Mentor
9489 4022

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Fees and Payment Plans
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Am I Eligible?

All applications will be assessed by the Meerilinga based on the following criteria:

  • Completed Application Form and all supporting documentation
  • Proficiency in language, literacy and numeracy
  • Essential job requirements to engage in child-related work, ability to obtain a compliant:
    • Criminal History Check
    • Certificate of Health
  • 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; or
  • A permanent visa holder; or
  • A holder of visa subclass 309, 444, 785, 790 or 820; or
  • A dependent or spouse of the primary holder of visa sub-class 457; or
  • A Bridging Visa E holder (subclasses 050 and 051) where the visa holder has made a valid application for a visa of subclass 785 or 790.

Secondary School Age

Secondary School Age students must be approved by the Minister of Education and Training to participate in an alternative combination of activities that equate to full-time participation in the final years of the compulsory education period, typically year 11 and 12.

Meerilinga has additional course delivery arrangements for eligible youth age students between 15-17yrs and secondary school students.

All Secondary School Age students of compulsory school age, who are not enrolled at school and are seeking enrolment at MTC need a referral from an approved Participation Referral Agent. Approved Participation Referral Agents are only those organisations listed on the Jobs and Skills WA webpages at the time of enrolment.

These Participation students must submit the referral from the agent and approval letter/certificate from the Department of Education with their Meerilinga Enrolment Application.

Contact Meerilinga for more information on specific visa’s details or application for Secondary School Age students.

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Program Fees and Government Subsidies

The Early Childhood  Education and Care Job Ready Program is FREE and publicly funded for the following Concession Eligible people:

  • Persons aged 15-24 years at the time of enrolment
  • Persons and dependents of persons in receipt of services from Commonwealth support or employment services programs Workforce Australia, or ParentsNext
  • Persons and dependents of persons receiving the Youth Allowance, AUSTUDY or ABSTUDY
  • Persons and dependents of persons holding a pensioner concession card or Health Care Card; or a Repatriation Health Benefits Card issued by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs
  • Dependents of persons who are inmates of a custodial institution

Please note, you must also meet the criteria as per the information under ‘Am I Eligible’ in the previous section to participate in this program.

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

Student tuition fees are indicative only and are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

Additional fees may apply for student services, resource fees and incidental charges may be incurred through the course of study.

Meerilinga Training College will publish applicable fees on this web page and in Policy.

Please refer to our Fees, Charges, Refunds, Deferred Payment and Waiver Policy and Addendum Approved Schedule of Fees and Charges.

 Early Childhood Education and Care Job Ready Program

 Fee Type Tuition Fees

Publicly Funded

Concession Eligible  $0
 Non- Concession  $324


Concession must be valid for the full enrolment period to receive the full concession rate. Units commenced after concession expiry will attract non-concession rates.

Please contact Student Services for any queries you have on fees and payments.

Fee Collection

Student first unit fee will be invoiced on commencement and payment will be determined by the students option they elected on their enrolment form.

Program 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.

Meerilinga provides students with a ‘pay as you study’ fortnightly payment plan, using an automatic payment system linked to a nominated debit or credit card. This allows students to pay course fees over the agreed time frame.

During the enrolment process, if the student elects to pay by instalments a personalised Pay Fee By Instalment and Direct Debit Request and Agreement is establish outlining a fortnightly payment schedule, based on the student’s training plan. The Pay Fee By Instalment Application form is signed by the student over 18 years of age, or by their parent/guardian if the student is under 18 years of age.

Where a direct debit fails Meerilinga administration will contact the student to arrange immediate payment and/or update correct payment details.

Please refer to the Fees, Charges, Refunds, Deferred Payment and Waiver Policy and Addendum Approved Schedule of Fees and Charges for Payment Plan terms and conditions.

Payment Option

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

  1. Pay a maximum of $1500 in nominated instalments;
  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;

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

Pre-paid Fee Protection

In accordance Standard 7, clause 7.3 of the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTO’s) 2015,  ‘Prepaid fees’ refers to ‘fees collected in advance’ and relates to the fees collected before the relevant services have been provided. These include payments made at any time before, during or after the student enrols. All student fees paid in advance are protected until the training and/or assessment has commenced.

To comply with this clause, Meerilinga will not:

  • Accept more than $1000 prior to the commencement of a qualification; or
  • Collect more than $1500 in advance from a student, following commencement of enrolment

Where a unit exceeds $1000 or $1500 above, the ‘pay as you study’ monthly payment plan will apply or alternative payment arrangements can 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 requirements for fee waiver assessments of VET Fees and Charges Policy Attachment C.

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.

Additional Costs

It is a condition of enrolment that students obtain the following at your own expense:

  • Certificate of Health, stating physically and mentally fit for the provision of childcare
  • A Working with Children Check (if 18+ yrs)

This documentation must be provided prior to the unit 1 census date advised at induction. Failure to do so will result in your enrolment being cancelled.

Resource Fees

Tuition Fees do not include the cost of recommended reading materials for the program. 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 approximately $99.95. You can purchase the resource directly from retailers such as BooktopiaZookal & 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 Learning Resources . All students will be provided with WIFI access in all class locations.

Re-Issue of Record Fee

Where request is made to re-issue a record, a charge of $50.00 for each document will apply eg: certification documentation such as Qualifications and Statements of Attainment.

Deferring and Withdrawing from Course or Unit

Students that are studying a Unit, Certificate or Diploma, not under a VET Fee-Help loan can withdraw from a Meerilinga training course:

  • If approached and signed up on the spot, students automatically have a 10-day cooling-off period by law; or
  • Prior to the census date, as stated on the student invoice; and
  • Must do so in writing, using the approved Deferment/Withdrawal Request Form

This ensures that Meerilinga can appropriately close off the student’s enrolment and maintain accurate and up-to-date records.

Students are able to view their Census Date on all unit invoices or you can calculate your Census Date using the Census Day Calculator here. Students are made aware that if the Census date has passed, they will be liable to pay any fees and charges for units that have been commenced and other costs applicable. Please contact or phone 08 9489 4021 if you need additional support finding your Census Dates.

Students withdrawing from a unit or course prior to the cooling off period or census date can apply for a refund.  Any request for a refund will be assessed in accordance with the Meerilinga Fees, Charges and Refund Policy.

Students must read the accompanying Deferment, Assessment Extension and Withdrawal Policy for all options and complete and submit the Deferment/Withdrawal Request Form with supporting evidence.

A student may lodge a complaint with their local consumer protection agency.

Resources Required

Students to supply:

  • Digital device – Laptop or IPAD with Microsoft Office/Word
  • A4 2 Ring Binder – small
  • Stationery: Pen/pencil/notebook

Meerilinga will supply:

  • Access to the internet
  • Access to The Early Childhood Educator for Certificate III Lorraine Walker, Edition 3 and The Early Childhood Educator for Diploma Lorraine Walker, Edition 3
  • Student Learning Resources and Student Guide via website
Appeals, Complaints, Concerns and Grievances

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.

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.

Please refer to our Appeals and Complaints, Grievances and Concerns Policies


Privacy Notice

Under the Data Provision Requirements 2012, Meerilinga 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. If you are concerned about a survey please contact MTC for guidance.

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 Meerilinga 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.

Please refer to our Privacy Policy.