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:
- 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.
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.
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.
English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 5.5 (Academic) with no individual band score less than 5.5 (or equivalent).
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/businesses.
COVID-19 vaccination requirements
Please refer to our coronavirus update page to view current vaccine requirements.
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
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||$16,400||per annum|
|Mandatory materials fee (GST inc)||$440||per course|
|Mandatory activities fee (GST inc)||$0||per course|
|** Additional course costs||$90||per course|
**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. 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.
View detailed information on fees, payments and refunds here
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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