Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care


Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Are you looking to build on your current experience in Early Childhood Education?

The Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care focuses on the knowledge and skills needed to design and implement a curriculum for children.

Learn how to support children in achieving their developmental outcomes and extend your knowledge of the Education and Care Services, National Regulations and National Quality Standard. The next step up from the Certificate III, the Diploma enables you to work in a qualified role where you may be supervising other staff and volunteers.

Your Student Support

Receive great student support throughout your studies. We help you find placements with the support of our great industry partners. You will also have your own trainer/learner support service case manager assigned to you, which supports you with study plans, flexible study delivery and even after hours support.

To find out more about how we support you during your studies, click here.

How Do I Enrol?

There are only 4 easy steps to enrol into this course, click here to find out what they are.

Download our free Course Guide here. Alternatively call our office on 8462 0222 to talk to one of our Course Advisors who can assist you, or contact us by clicking the enquire button.


Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LNN) Assessment.

Career Opportunities and Pathways

This Diploma gives you the skills, knowledge and experience for the growing Childcare industry, helping you become recognised as a potential worker or supervisor by Childcare employers. You'll learn to provide care for babies and toddlers, nurture creativity in children, establish and maintain a safe/healthy environment for children and much more.

As an educator, you may work under direct supervision or autonomously in a range of Early Childhood Education settings which may be centre based or home based

The Diploma provides a pathway for further study at university level.

Successful completion of this course provides you with the opportunity to be employed in a variety of in home and centre based roles. We also provide students opportunities for childcare jobs within Hessel Group, if eligible. Giving you greater chances of being employed if you study with us.

To find out more how we provide great employment opportunities click here.

Possible Jobs
  • Centre Based Educator
  • Centre Director
  • Diploma Qualified Educator
  • In-home Care Educator

This course has a total of 28 course units which are split up into 23 core units and 5 electives.

Students must complete a total of 240 hours (placement) under supervision in a regulated Education and Care Service. If you are currently working within the Early Childhood sector, your experience may count towards your placement hours.

Core Units
CHCDIV002 Promote Aborginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
CHCECE001 Develop cultural competence
CHCECE002 Ensure the health and safety of children
CHCECE003 Provide care for children
CHCECE004 Promote and provide healthy food and drinks
CHCECE005 Provide care for babies and toddlers
CHCECE007 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children
CHCECE009 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
CHCECE016 Establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment for children
CHCECE017 Foster the holistic development and wellbeing of the child in early childhood
CHCECE018 Nurture creativity in children
CHCECE019 Facilitate compliance in an education and care services
CHCECE020 Establish and implement plans for developing cooperative behaviour
CHCECE021 Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children
CHCECE022 Promote children’s agency
CHCECE023 Analyse information to inform learning
CHCECE024 Design and implement the curriculum to foster children’s learning and development
CHCECE025 Embed sustainable practices in service operations
CHCECE026 Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate education and care for children
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting
HLTWHS003 Maintain work health and safety
Elective Units
CHCPOL002 Develop and implement policy
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
BSBLED401 Develop teams and individuals
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice
CHCMGT003 Lead the work team

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

In some cases, prior learning an experience can be used as evidence of your current skills and abilities. Information about how to apply can be sourced by contacting our office on 8462 0222.

Funded Program

This course is supported by the Government of South Australia. If you're eligible to receive their support, you will only need to pay a student contribution fee of $1000. Once you do that the course will be completely paid for.

To find out more about how this program is funded, or if you're eligible for it, click here.

Payment Options

You can pay your course fees by quarter or half installments.

For example, if the course itself costs $500, you may pay $125 in four payments, or $250 in two payments at a negotiable time.

If these payments options do not work for you we can always negotiate something appropriate for your circumstances.

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