The Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care is designed to produce educators who are responsible for developing, implementing and evaluating early childhood education and care programs.
Career opportunities, include:
- early childhood educator
- out-of-school-hours educator or coordinator
- family daycare operator
- educational leader
- early childhood centre director or coordinator
Pathways to further study:
- Bachelor of Early Childhood Teaching
Study at home through remote learning
While measures are in place to curb the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), units of theory for this course will be delivered remotely and other units delivered on campus with social distancing in place.
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Studying the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care at Holmesglen
As a graduate, you may have responsibility for the supervision of other staff and volunteers, this may also lead to employment as an early childhood service director or coordinator.
After successfully completing this course, you will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to explore a career in a wide range of early childhood services.
If you have already completed the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, you may be able to complete this diploma in one year instead of 1.5 years.
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays 9am - 4pm
Fridays 9am - 4pm or 9am - 11am*
To receive this qualification, you must complete 23 core units and five elective units.
Elective units have been chosen by Holmesglen based on feedback from industry.
If you have already completed other eligible elective units, these may be counted towards completion of this course.
A practical placement in a registered, education and care service is a mandatory component of the qualification.
*timetables subject to change
||Maintain work health and safety
||Provide care for children
||Provide care for babies and toddlers
||Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
||Promote and provide healthy food and drinks
||Develop positive and respectful relationships with children
||Ensure the health and safety of children
||Provide experiences to support children's play and learning
||Develop cultural competence
||Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
||Work legally and ethically
||Work with diverse people
||Support behaviour of children and young people
||Support children to connect with their world
||Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
||Foster the holistic development and wellbeing of the child in early childhood
||Analyse information to inform learning
||Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children
||Reflect on and improve own professional practice
||Establish and implement plans for developing cooperative behaviour
||Design and implement the curriculum to foster children's learning and development
||Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting
||Promote children's agency
||Establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment for children
||Embed sustainable practices in service operations
||Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate education and care for children
||Facilitate compliance in an education and care service
||Nurture creativity in children
| Code || Name |
|HLTWHS003||Maintain work health and safety|
|CHCECE003||Provide care for children|
|CHCECE005||Provide care for babies and toddlers|
|CHCPRT001||Identify and respond to children and young people at risk|
|CHCECE004||Promote and provide healthy food and drinks|
|CHCECE007||Develop positive and respectful relationships with children|
|CHCECE002||Ensure the health and safety of children|
|CHCECE011||Provide experiences to support children's play and learning|
|CHCECE001||Develop cultural competence|
|CHCDIV002||Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety|
|CHCLEG001||Work legally and ethically|
|CHCDIV001||Work with diverse people|
|CHCECE006||Support behaviour of children and young people|
|CHCECE012||Support children to connect with their world|
|CHCECE009||Use an approved learning framework to guide practice|
|CHCECE017||Foster the holistic development and wellbeing of the child in early childhood|
|CHCECE023||Analyse information to inform learning|
|CHCECE021||Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children|
|CHCPRP003||Reflect on and improve own professional practice|
|CHCECE020||Establish and implement plans for developing cooperative behaviour|
|CHCECE024||Design and implement the curriculum to foster children's learning and development|
|HLTAID004||Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting|
|CHCECE022||Promote children's agency|
|CHCECE016||Establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment for children|
|CHCECE025||Embed sustainable practices in service operations|
|CHCECE026||Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate education and care for children|
|CHCECE019||Facilitate compliance in an education and care service|
|CHCECE018||Nurture creativity in children|
Assessments are designed to provide learners with opportunities to demonstrate they have attained the required skills and knowledge using a range of practically based activities and tasks, as required by recognised standards
Minimum of 17 years of age.
Students must be able to participate in assessable industry placements to successfully complete the course. A current Working With Children Check card is a requirement for placement. Some criminal convictions may prevent an applicant from obtaining a Working With Children Check card and therefore they will not be able to complete the course.
Prior to enrolment or commencement of training you will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment and a pre-training interview. These will assist with determining your suitability to the course, verify your training plan, and identify any learning support needs.
Recognition of prior learning
You may be able to shorten the length of your chosen course by measuring skills acquired through work, life experiences or qualifications obtained from formal studies or training. AQF qualifications and statements of attainment issued by another registered training organisation will be recognised by Holmesglen. Read more about Recognition of Prior Learning, Credits and Advanced Standing.
Qualification and recognition
After completing this course, you will receive the nationally endorsed CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.
How to apply
Visit How to Apply for more information on the application process.
Holmesglen may engage third parties to recruit students on behalf of the institute. Third party recruiters receive a commission and this will not impact on your fees.
Find out more about your rights and obligations as a student and the services we provide at Holmesglen.
|Tuition fees (GST exempt)
|Free TAFE eligible student||FREE|
Additional costs may apply to students who may require a Working With Children Check, National Police Check, consumables such as learning resources, personal protective equipment/clothing and immunisation costs as relevant to the course requirements.
All fees are indicative only. Your fees will be calculated on your individual circumstances at the time of enrolment. Training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth funding. Find out more about paying for your course.
VET Student Loans are available to eligible student to pay for tuition fees for this course. Read more about VET Student Loans.