Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
Become an Early Childhood Educator and inspire children’s learning
According to the Job Outlook website, as published by the Australian Government, employment for Early Childhood Teachers (pre-primary school) is projected to grow strongly over the next 10 years*.
If you have strong interpersonal skills and are self-motivated, the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care will give you the formal qualification needed to establish a career as an Early Childhood Educator. In this role, you will explore new ways of thinking when faced with challenges, while maintaining open relationships with parents, children and staff. You will ensure children experience a stimulating and fun environment where they feel nurtured and confident to explore and develop their social and intellectual skills.
The Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care equips you to design a project plan, administer, monitor, finalise and review projects, establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment for children and determine individual and team development needs to facilitate the development of individuals and groups.
You also learn how to identify and respond to children and young people at risk, develop positive and respectful relationships with children, provide care of babies, toddlers and children, implement strategies for the inclusion of all children, nurture creativity in children and use an approved learning framework to guide practice. In addition, you’ll gain the skills and knowledge to facilitate compliance in an education and care service and design and implement the curriculum to foster children’s learning and development.
Upon graduation, you will be qualified to work as an Early Childhood Educator or Child Care Assistant. This is the highest qualification required for a Director or Service Manager-level role in a children’s care centre, so you will also be qualified to work as Child Care Centre Director.
Care Centre Employers place value on any candidate that has a formal qualification and practical experience. Through this nationally accredited course, you gain both, complete with 240 hours of practical assessment work in a regulated education and care centre, delivered in addition to your online study.
If you love the satisfaction that comes with teaching young minds, gain the qualification and hands-on skills to work in education with our nationally-recognised online diploma course.
This is a Nationally Recognised course.
You will need to have completed year 12, or equivalent. Equivalency can be demonstrated by one of the following:
- A qualification at Certificate II level or higher OR
- 2 years of industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication.
You will need to be at least 16 years old. If you are under 18 your enrolment form will need to be signed by a parent or guardian.
You will need to be a permanent Australian resident or equivalent.
In order to complete the on-line part of the course you will need regular access to the following:
Computer: Laptop or desktop computer with working speakers or headphone points
Internet: High speed internet such as Broadband or ADSL, T1/T2, fibre optic or cable
(Dial-up access will be significantly slower and is not recommended)
Windows : Operating system – Windows XP or Vista 7 or above
Internet Browser – Internet Explorer 7 or higher or the latest version of Google Chrome
MAC : Operating system: OS X 10.4 or later
Internet Browser – latest version of Google Chrome
Software: Flash, Adobe Reader, Microsoft Word (or Open Office which is free to download)
Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
Online combined with 240 hours of practical placement available
Up to 24 months
Complete one unit of competency every 3.5 weeks to graduate in 24 months
Online combined with 240 hours of practical placement: Contact us on 1300 61 61 97 for course costs
Cost & Payment Options
Your course fee includes the delivery and assessment of your qualification, your study materials (including all resources) and on-going support from our Education Team.
Upfront payment All course costs can be paid in total via VISA/MasterCard or bank deposit.
Payment plan Paid via a series of regular weekly or fortnightly instalments.
Course fees include course delivery and assessment, study materials and dedicated student support services. Please note this course does not qualify for assisted government funding.
Course Structure & Prerequisites
It is strongly recommended that individuals completing this qualification possess sufficient vocational experience.
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Recognition of Prior Learning
Given that some students may already be able to demonstrate their competence in some units, a recognition of prior learning (RPL) assessment process may be available to students to recognise skills and knowledge that may have been gained through formal and informal training and/or learning, work experience and life experience.
Why choose us?
Flexible Online Study
All of our courses are delivered online, giving you the flexibility to choose your course length.
Dedicated Student Support
Our industry experienced Technical Advisors, Assessors and Support Officers will support you from enrolment through to graduation.
Course material is developed in consultation with industry experts to equip you with job-ready skills.
Nationally Recognised Training
All of our courses are Nationally Recognised and accredited.