Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

The Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care is a highly sought after qualification within the child care industry.

Upon completion, graduates will have the skills and knowledge to become a lead educator in the delivery of early childhood education programs for children in centre based and family day cares. This qualification will also develop your ability to lead and mentor other staff in their early childhood education careers. The Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care includes some management competencies designed to equip graduates with the knowledge to meet the daily challenges of working within the early childhood industry.

Study via our online learning portal with dedicated trainer support through workplace or blended learning in QLD, VIC or NSW!


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VET Student Loans are available for the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care. Our courses also provide other payment options including payment plans and direct debt. Learn more about our fees and funding.

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Course code

Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Delivery mode
WorkplaceBlended learning

Course duration
14 months

Nationally recognised

Practical placement hours
Minimum of 280 hours that we can help you organise (working hours can be incorporated as placement hours for workplace students)

Government funding & fees

Payment methods
Direct Debit, Credit Card, VET Student Loan, Pay-as-you-go (Catalyst plus)

Course units

Core units

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

Elective units

CHCPRP003 Reflect and improve own professional practice
BSBLED401 Develop teams and individuals
BSBMGT605 Provide leadership across the organisation
BSBWOR301 Organise personal work priorities and development
HLTWHS001 Participate in work health and safety

Course entry

  • To commence this program, your Language Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skills must meet required standards for ACSF LEVEL 3.
  • Victoria and NSW students — You need to either provide a current Working With Children Check (WWCC) or provide evidence that you have applied for a WWCC. Find out more information here: VIC NSW
  • Queensland students — You need to either provide a current Blue Card or provide evidence that you have applied for a Blue Card. More information
  • If you are unable to obtain a WWCC  or Blue Card you will not be able to complete the requirements of the course and will not be eligible for government-subsidised training for this course.


Possible career pathways you may like to consider upon completion:

  • Early childhood educator
  • Family day care educator
  • Kindergarten early childhood educator
  • Nanny /in home carer
  • Room leader
  • Centre director
  • Play group supervisor


Virtual campus

Currently available for select education and care courses, our virtual campus delivery mode is designed for students who are not already employed in industry. Our virtual campus mode allows you to study via our interactive online learning portal with dedicated trainer support and practical placement that we help you organise. This means you can do away with paper-based learning and assessment resources and access all your course material online, anywhere, anytime.

Choosing this delivery mode means you will have a dedicated trainer/assessor who will mark your assessments in the portal and provide you with individualised feedback as well as visit you on your placement to provide support and guidance and complete your observations. Read more

Unable to study online? If you are unable to access our online learning and are not already employed in the education and care industry we can provide paper-based resources. You will still receive all the same support you need from our experienced trainers with correspondence throughout your study provided via phone, email or video calls through Skype.

Workplace training

Our workplace training delivery mode is designed for students who are already employed in the education and care industry. Our workplace students love the benefit of being able to continue to work while they study. Workplace students also gain access to our interactive online learning portal. To support you study, this option also provides dedicated trainer support who have extensive industry background and experience juggling study/work commitments. For workplace students, working hours are incorporated as placement hours. Read more

What is practical placement?

One of the benefits of studying with Selmar is our practical learning that will help you develop hands-on, real-life skills so you develop industry-ready confidence to succeed in the workplace! As part of this program, a minimum of 280 hours must be completed in an education and care service. For students not currently working in the industry, these hours are incorporated into our programs through practical placement. And, we even help you organise placement via our extensive industry centre network! Read more

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