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
- 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
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
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*
*timetables subject to change
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.
||Maintain work health and safety
||Develop positive and respectful relationships with children
||Ensure the health and safety of children
||Provide care for babies and toddlers
||Provide care for children
||Develop cultural competence
||Work with diverse people
||Promote and provide healthy food and drinks
||Work legally and ethically
||Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
||Support behaviour of children and young people
||Provide experiences to support children's play and learning
||Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
||Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
||Support children to connect with their world
||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
||Establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment for children
||Promote children's agency
||Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting
||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|
|CHCECE007||Develop positive and respectful relationships with children|
|CHCECE002||Ensure the health and safety of children|
|CHCECE005||Provide care for babies and toddlers|
|CHCECE003||Provide care for children|
|CHCECE001||Develop cultural competence|
|CHCDIV001||Work with diverse people|
|CHCECE004||Promote and provide healthy food and drinks|
|CHCLEG001||Work legally and ethically|
|CHCECE009||Use an approved learning framework to guide practice|
|CHCECE006||Support behaviour of children and young people|
|CHCECE011||Provide experiences to support children's play and learning|
|CHCPRT001||Identify and respond to children and young people at risk|
|CHCDIV002||Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety|
|CHCECE012||Support children to connect with their world|
|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|
|CHCECE016||Establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment for children|
|CHCECE022||Promote children's agency|
|HLTAID004||Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting|
|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.
A Year 11 pass or the overseas equivalent.
English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 5.5 (Academic) with no individual band score less than 5.5.
Students must be 17 at the time of Diploma commencement.
Prior to the first scheduled practicum, students are required to provide a current Working With Children Check (WWCC).
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
On completion, you will attain the CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.
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.
As a graduate, you may have responsibility for the supervision of other staff and volunteers. Your qualification may also lead to employment as an early childhood service coordinator or director.
How to apply
Apply via agent
Holmesglen recommends international students apply through one of our accredited student recruitment agents. This will assist you in the preparation of all application documents and ensure that you are well counselled on the Australian Government's Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) requirements for International students. Further information of the GTE requirements is available at: https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au.
To find out more, visit How to Apply for International Students.
If you have further questions about your application, please contact our International Centre:
T: 03 9564 1703
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.
|Course Fee||$13,800.00||Per annum|
|Non Tuition Costs*
*Includes but is not limited to living costs, overseas student health cover insurance premium and visa fees. Additional living costs apply for spouse/de facto and dependent children.
Other costs relating to obtaining a Working with Children Check, National Police Check or immunisation costs may apply, as relevant to the course requirements.
All fees are indicative only. Holmesglen reviews its tuition fees and charges annually. You will be required to pay the current fee that applies from the beginning of the next study period.
An additional administration fee may apply where the application is submitted directly to Holmesglen and not through a Holmesglen-approved education agent.
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Tuition Fee Protection Service
The Tuition Protection Service (TPS) is an initiative of the Australian Government to assist international students whose education providers are unable to fully deliver their course of study for which tuition fees are paid. Read more about the TPS here
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