Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

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The Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care is highly sought-after qualification designed to provide graduates with the skills and knowledge to become a lead educator in the delivery of early childhood education programs in a range of child care settings.

This program includes management competencies which will equip graduates with the knowledge and confidence to meet the daily challenges of working within the early childhood industry and the ability to lead and mentor other staff and volunteers.

Whichever delivery mode suits your lifestyle, our experienced and supportive trainers will be with you every step of the way.


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 Pathway to university

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Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Course units
28 units (23 core and 5 electives)

18 months

Delivery modes
Workplace, distance

Placement hours
280 hours in a long day care environment that we can help you organise (working hours can be incorporated as placement hours for workplace learners)

*Special note: As a result of extended lockdowns and restrictions experienced due to COVID-19 in some areas, learners may have amended placement hours based on government advice.

Government funding & fees

Course Units

Core units

HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting
CHCECE002 Ensure the health and safety of children
CHCECE004 Promote and provide healthy food and drinks
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
CHCECE005 Provide care for babies and toddlers
CHCECE003 Provide care for children
CHCECE007 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children
CHCECE009 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
CHCECE001 Develop cultural competence
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
CHCECE023 Analyse information to inform learning
CHCECE024 Design and implement the curriculum to foster children’s learning and development
CHCECE017 Foster the holistic development and wellbeing of the child in early childhood
CHCECE018 Nurture creativity in children
CHCECE026 Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate education and care for children
CHCECE021 Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children
CHCECE019 Facilitate compliance in an education and care service
CHCECE020 Establish and implement plans for developing cooperative behaviour
CHCECE025 Embed sustainable practices in service operation
CHCECE016 Establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment for children
HLTWHS003 Maintain work health and safety
CHCECE022 Promote children’s agency

Elective units

CHCPRP003 Reflect and improve own professional practice
BSBLED401 Develop teams and individuals
BSBMGT605 Provide leadership across the organisation
BSBWOR301 Organise personal work priorities and development
HLTWHS001 Participate in work health and safety

Entry requirements

  • To commence this program, your Language Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skills must meet required standards for ACSF LEVEL 3.
  • You need to either provide a current Working With Children Check (WWCC) or provide evidence that you have applied for a WWCC. Find out more information here.
  • If you are unable to obtain a WWCC you will not be able to complete the requirements of the course and will not be eligible for government-subsidised training for this course.
  • Evidence of flu and/or COVID-19 vaccination is required to undertake practical placement in an early childhood education and care setting. For more information, check with your state health department website.

Program delivery and assessment

Offered in the workplace our by distance you can  study to suit your life commitments. With either delivery mode you can study via our interactive online portal.

Assessment methods include: Readings, research and reflection tasks, knowledge questions, projects, workplace/placement assessments and observations.

Placement hours

This program requires a minimum of 280 hours to be logged in at least one education and care service. If you are not already in the workplace we can help you organise practical placement in a centre that is suitable to you. Learn more

  • For distance learners evidence of flu vaccination may be required to undertake practical placement in some centres.

*Special note: As a result of extended lock downs and restrictions experienced in Victoria due to COVID-19 in 2020, learners may have amended placement hours based on government advice.

Your dedicated trainer and assessor

You will be provided with a qualified trainer and workplace/placement coach who will support you throughout your entire learning journey. Your trainer will provide you with individualised feedback on all your assessments and support you every step of the way. As well as face-to-face visits, for extra support, your trainer is available to help via phone or email too.

Fees and funding

For information on fees, government funding and payment options please click here.

Job outcomes

  • Early childhood educator
  • Family day care educator
  • Kindergarten early childhood educator
  • Nanny /in home carer
  • Room leader
  • Centre director
  • Play group supervisor

Further education pathways

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Early Childhood Australia Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia Australian Childcare Alliance Australian Qualification Framework
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