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Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Course Code CHC50121

  • Full Time
  • 1 year
  • On Campus
  • Glen Waverley

This course is not available for International Students

Free TAFE Course

You may be eligible to study this course for FREE.


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

  • 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

Pathway to further studies

  • CHC62015 Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management
  • Bachelor of Early Childhood Teaching
  • Bachelor of Early Childhood Education

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.<p>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.<p>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.

Entry Requirements

To qualify for this course, students must meet the following requirements:<p> - Hold a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC30121 or CHC30113).<p> - Be at least 18 years old when the course begins.<p> - Must be able to participate in industry placements. A current Working With Children Check card is necessary for placement.<p> - Must be physically capable of fulfilling the practicum requirements.<p> - You may need to provide evidence of the COVID-19 vaccination for placement in an education and care service.
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.

Course Structure


Classes run from 9am to 4pm - Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday (four days per week on campus).<p>Learners are required to participate in a total of 300 hours placement, which includes 2 days per week and 7.5 hours for each day, at a Registered Education and Care service. Start and finish times during practical placement will vary between 6.30am and 6.30pm. This structure offers hands-on training, allowing learners to gain practical experience through real-world work placements throughout the course. They will learn in state-of-the-art early childhood facilities, guided by dedicated teachers and industry professionals sharing their expertise.<p>Completion of the course requires fulfilling 15 units, including 12 core units and 3 elective units. Elective units have been selected by Holmesglen based on industry feedback. If you've completed other eligible elective units previously, they may count towards course completion.
Unit code Unit name
CHCECE042 Foster holistic early childhood learning, development and wellbeing
CHCECE045 Foster positive and respectful interactions and behaviour in children
CHCECE046 Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children
CHCECE041 Maintain a safe and healthy environment for children
CHCECE044 Facilitate compliance in a children's education and care service
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice
CHCECE048 Plan and implement children's education and care curriculum
CHCECE047 Analyse information to inform children's learning
CHCECE050 Work in partnership with children's families
CHCECE043 Nurture creativity in children
CHCECE049 Embed environmental responsibility in service operations
BSBTWK502 Manage team effectiveness
Unit code Unit name
CHCECE053 Respond to grievances and complaints about the service
BSBHRM413 Support the learning and development of teams and individuals
BSBPEF502 Develop and use emotional intelligence


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.

How to apply


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Qualification and Recognition

On completion, you will attain the CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.

Industry Connections


Tuition fees GST exempt Cost
Full Fee $14,297
Government subsidised $9,145
Free TAFE eligible student FREE
Mandatory materials Cost
Materials fee $440

Additional Course Cost

Up to $30 for external accreditation of Safe Sleeping Certificate (SIDS) (optional)

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. <a href="/study-with-us/tafe-study/tafe-fees-and-scholarships/government-subsidised-training">Find out now if you are eligible for Government-subsidised fees or Concession. </a>


VET Student Loans are available to eligible student to pay for tuition fees for this course. <a href="">Read more about VET Student Loans</a>.

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