4 reasons to choose childcare for your free TAFE course

Free TAFE – sounds too good to be true, right?

Good news: it isn’t! You can upskill or change your career without charge if you live in Victoria and meet the eligibility criteria.

If you ask us, childcare and early childhood education are one of the most rewarding career paths to follow:

  • You play a crucial role in shaping young lives
  • You work in a stimulating, rewarding, and creative environment
  • You get to see children develop and grow first-hand

Not only that, but thanks to Victorian Skills First funding, you can now enrol in a full childcare course in Melbourne online, and for FREE!

Introducing: the Victorian Skills First program

Lockdown or not, it’s still important that you take every opportunity to learn, and take the first (or next) step in your career.

And now, that’s easier than ever thanks to the Victorian Skills First program.

Running since 2019, this scheme set up by the Victorian state government aims to give Victorians the ability to upskill or change their career trajectory.

Victorians who meet certain eligibility criteria can qualify for FREE TAFE courses covering a range of different priority areas.

As part of this scheme, Academia is offering our childcare courses in Melbourne for free to students who are eligible for Victorian Skills First funding.

Best of all, you can complete your studies online. Academia’s online learning system is optimised to deliver you the most comprehensive learning experience possible.

Just what you need, particularly given the current circumstances.

Benefits of choosing childcare as your free online TAFE course

Improve your skills with children

As part of your childcare course, you’ll learn all manner of different skills, such as:

  • Childhood development
  • Diet and nutrition
  • First-aid procedures
  • Dealing with tantrums
  • Communicating with parents

Each of these are critical for the industry, but they can prove useful outside of childcare too!

For example, as any parent knows, tantrums are a part of the parenting experience.

Using the techniques taught as part of your childcare course, you’ll be able to respond to tantrums and effectively diffuse the situation.

And that’s just one way these skills can also help outside of work!

Enjoy a truly fulfilling career 

One of the main reasons to pursue a career in childcare? It’s one of the most rewarding jobs you can have!

Early childhood is one of the most crucial periods in a child’s life. Everything you do can influence the type of adolescent and adult they turn into.

As such, childcare educators like you have one of the biggest responsibilities – as well as one of the most rewarding jobs!

Throughout your career, you’ll help hundreds of children develop crucial early learning skills to become well-rounded little individuals.

You’re shaping young lives – very few professions can claim to be as impactful and meaningful as that.

Learn what career paths you can follow when you study childcare in Melbourne.

Understand early childhood development

Techniques and strategies are only a part of your job as a childhood educator or childcare worker – it’s also important that you understand childhood development.

As part of our online childcare courses in Melbourne, you’ll also learn about different theories of development as well as the stages children go through both physically and cognitively.

It’s this focus on the underlying childhood development process that allows you to be the best in your job and help each child develop their skills, tap into their potential and support their behaviour.

Academia’s online learning system replicates the classroom experience

Due to COVID-19, Victorian schools, TAFEs and universities have embraced online learning in order to continue teaching their students.

Unfortunately, in many cases the implementation has been less-than-idea, with many students complaining or expressing their dissatisfaction.

Unlike other institutions, Academia isn’t content with emailing you worksheets and setting up a conference call.

No, if you ask us online learning should be set up in a way that replicates the classroom as closely as possible.

And that’s exactly what our online learning system sets out to do!

Instead of just using video calls, our instructors use virtual whiteboards to deliver their classes.

Not only that, but online classes can be split to create groups and private chats, allowing you to collaborate during class with other students.

Click here to learn more about our online learning system.

Which of our childcare courses in Melbourne are available online? 


Our online learning system is set up so that all of our courses can effectively be taught online, while continuing to offer the same quality of instruction and training.

If the goal is to enjoy a rewarding career in childcare, then our online childcare courses in Melbourne are the perfect starting point.

Here’s a quick overview of each.

Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC30113)

Want to get your start in childcare? You’ll first need the right qualification!

With a focus on developing fundamental childcare skills, the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care is the industry’s minimum requirement.

You’ll learn everything from the practical things like meal planning and first-aid, to approved learning frameworks for early childhood development and how they can help you build a healthy environment for children to play, rest, eat, and learn.

Explore the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.

Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC50113)

Is your goal to manage your own family daycare centre or lead a team of childhood educators?

Simply want to take the next step in your career as a childhood educator?

If so, our Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care is just what you need.

In addition to more advanced childcare techniques and theories, this course also teaches essential management skills such as:

  • Planning and scheduling
  • Your legal requirements as a childcare worker
  • Curriculum development
  • Policy development

Learn more about the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.

Have questions about our free online childcare courses? Contact Academia today!

Reevaluating your career? Just finished year 12 and don’t know what comes next? Our childcare courses in Melbourne might be just what you’re looking for.

And thanks to the Victorian government’s free TAFE program, you can now enrol in one of our childcare courses without having to pay a cent.

As a medium-sized institution, we offer the best of both worlds – you’ll get the one-on-one attention you won’t find at a larger TAFE, while also enjoying resources you won’t find at smaller institutions.

Have questions about our childcare courses in Melbourne and Brisbane?

Curious about our online learning system?

Want to find out more about how the free TAFE courses work?
Don’t hesitate to contact us on (03) 9671 4755 or enquire online today.