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 day care operator
- team, group or program leader
- educational leader
- early childhood service director or coordinator
Pathways to further study:
- CHC62015 Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management
- Bachelor of Early Childhood Teaching
- Bachelor of Early Childhood Education
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Studying the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care at Holmesglen
As part of the Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care program at Holmesglen, students develop the skills and knowledge needed to design and deliver educational programs tailored to children's abilities and interests. The program covers the National Quality Framework, including the Early Years Learning Framework, and the compliance requirements of the National Quality Standards.
Students will receive hands-on training and gain practical experience through real-world work placements while learning in state-of-the-art early childhood facilities with dedicated teachers and industry professionals who share their expertise.
Upon graduation, students are well-equipped to take on leadership roles in early childhood education, such as supervising staff and volunteers, and have the potential to progress to positions like Early Childhood Service Director or Coordinator.
4 days per week (days vary per group)
Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm
Note: The April intake will only be available at the Waverley campus and the October intake will only be available at the Moorabbin campus.
You must complete 15 units:
12 core units
3 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.
||Foster holistic early childhood learning, development and wellbeing
||Nurture creativity in children
||Maintain a safe and healthy environment for children
||Reflect on and improve own professional practice
||Analyse information to inform children's learning
||Plan and implement children's education and care curriculum
||Foster positive and respectful interactions and behaviour in children
||Develop and use emotional intelligence
||Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children
||Work in partnership with children's families
||Respond to grievances and complaints about the service
||Embed environmental responsibility in service operations
||Facilitate compliance in a children's education and care service
||Support the learning and development of teams and individuals
||Manage team effectiveness
| Code || Name |
|CHCECE042||Foster holistic early childhood learning, development and wellbeing|
|CHCECE043||Nurture creativity in children|
|CHCECE041||Maintain a safe and healthy environment for children|
|CHCPRP003||Reflect on and improve own professional practice|
|CHCECE047||Analyse information to inform children's learning|
|CHCECE048||Plan and implement children's education and care curriculum|
|CHCECE045||Foster positive and respectful interactions and behaviour in children|
|BSBPEF502||Develop and use emotional intelligence|
|CHCECE046||Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children|
|CHCECE050||Work in partnership with children's families|
|CHCECE053||Respond to grievances and complaints about the service|
|CHCECE049||Embed environmental responsibility in service operations|
|CHCECE044||Facilitate compliance in a children's education and care service|
|BSBHRM413||Support the learning and development of teams and individuals|
|BSBTWK502||Manage team effectiveness|
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.
To be eligible, students must be at least 16 years of age.
Entry to this qualification is open to individuals who hold a:
• CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
• CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.
Students must be able to participate in assessable industry placements.
A current Working With Children Check card is required for placement and proof of COVID-19 vaccination may be required for placement by individual centres or businesses.
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 reduce the number of units to be studied in 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
On completion, you will attain the CHC50121 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|
|Mandatory Materials and Activities fees * (GST inc)
*Mandatory Materials and Activities fees are still payable by all students including students who may be eligible for Government subsidised/Concession fees or a Free TAFE course. Materials and Activities fees are not covered by VET Student Loans.
**Additional costs may also apply for course consumable and other costs. These may include consumables such as learning resources, personal protective equipment/clothing and other costs such as immunisation costs, National Police Check and Working with Children Check for relevant courses. To view the additional costs that apply for each course, download a full list of estimated additional costs by course (PDF - 102kb).
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 now if you are eligible for Government-subsidised fees or Concession
VET Student Loans are available to eligible student to pay for tuition fees for this course. Read more about VET Student Loans.
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