Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Course Code CHC50121

Blended Delivery

  • Part Time
  • 18 months
  • Mixed Delivery
  • 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 course prepares individuals to become skilled educators responsible for creating, executing and assessing early childhood education and care programs. It offers a flexible, part-time, blended delivery course structure, similar to a traineeship. Enrolling in this course can open up opportunities for a fulfilling career in this rewarding industry.

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

  • Bachelor of Early Childhood Teaching
  • Bachelor of Early Childhood Education

Studying the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care at Holmesglen

Maximize your skills in Early Childhood Education with our program. Learn to effectively communicate with children and families, stay compliant with legal and regulatory requirements, and lead teams in care environments.<p>As a graduate, you will be equipped to take on leadership roles in early childhood education, including supervising staff and volunteers, and potentially advancing to positions such as Early Childhood Service Director or Coordinator.

Entry Requirements

Applicant must hold a:<br>• CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care<br>Or<br>• CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.<br>Students must be employed in a Registered Education and Care Service for a minimum of 13 hours per week <p>A current Working With Children’s Check card is required.
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


One 3 hour online class per week<br>2 days per term face to face delivery on campus <br>1 onsite visit per term from one of our industry expert assessors
Unit code Unit 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
CHCECE046 Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children
CHCECE050 Work in partnership with children's families
CHCECE049 Embed environmental responsibility in service operations
CHCECE044 Facilitate compliance in a children's education and care service
BSBTWK502 Manage team effectiveness
Unit code Unit name
BSBPEF502 Develop and use emotional intelligence
CHCECE053 Respond to grievances and complaints about the service
BSBHRM413 Support the learning and development of teams and individuals


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


Click the ‘apply’ button below to get your application started with us. Our friendly Holmesglen team will be in touch to discuss your study opportunities and pre-training requirements.

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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="https://holmesglen.edu.au/study-with-us/scholarships-and-financial-aid/vet-student-loans">Read more about VET Student Loans</a>.

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