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.
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Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
Practical placement hours
280 hours in a long day care environment that we can help you organise (working hours can be incorporated as placement hours for workplace students)
*Special note: As a result of extended lockdowns and restrictions experienced due to COVID-19 in some areas, learners may have amended placement hours based on government advice.
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
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
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
- 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.
- Evidence of flu and/or COVID-19 vaccination is required to undertake practical placement in an early childhood education and care setting. For more information, check with your state health department website.
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
*Graduates of Selmar’s Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care have a university pathway to study a Bachelor of Education degree in either Early Childhood or Primary at Swinburne Online. Learn more
If you’re already working in an education and care service, workplace training could be the perfect delivery mode for you to upskill and advance your career. Studying to get qualified or advance your skills while working at the same time means you can earn while you learn and put your career goals within reach sooner.
You will have a dedicated trainer who will arrange regular face-to-face visits to your workplace and support you throughout your learning journey.
Study method: Online
When you choose to study online with Selmar you get all the benefits of online learning while still receiving dedicated trainer support from start to finish.
Access your materials and assessments anywhere, anytime and learn with interactive videos and quizzes. Communicate with your trainer and other peers in real time on your easy to use dashboard. Read more
For those not currently working in an education and care service you can study around your life commitments with practical placement we can help organise.
Your dedicated trainer will provide feedback, guidance and support via email, skype and phone as well as arrange regular placement visits to complete observations and provide coaching.
Study method: Online
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