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Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care - Second Year

  • Diploma

This qualification reflects the role of early childhood educators who are responsible for designing, implementing and monitoring curriculum in early childhood education and care services, with an emphasis on play-based learning.

Key details

Degree Type
Diploma
Duration
18 months full-time
Course Code
CHC50113
Study Mode
In person, Online
Intake Months
Jul
Domestic Fees
$4,815 total

About this course

This qualification reflects the role of early childhood educators who are responsible for designing, implementing and monitoring curriculum in early childhood education and care services, with an emphasis on play-based learning.

You will learn to be a lead educator, who implements an approved learning framework within the requirements of the Education and Care Services National Regulations and the National Quality Standards.

You must complete a minimum of 240 hours of practical placement in a regulated early learning centre as part of this course. This placement is arranged by South West TAFE for you.

Following the completion of this course, you can apply to complete a Bachelor of Education (Early Years) or Bachelor of Education (Primary) with Deakin University. You can apply for Recognition of Prior Learning and receive credits toward your degree.

The Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC30113) is a requirement for entry into this course. By completing the Certificate III first, you are able to complete the Diploma in fourteen months (instead of two years).

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for this course include:

  • Successful completion of CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
  • Demonstrated desire and suitability to work in the early childhood field
  • Evidence of successful application for a Working with Children Check card
  • Police Check (disclosures will be considered on a case-by-case basis according to the centre requirements)

Study locations

Hamilton

Warrnambool

Portland

Online

What you will learn

During this course, you will learn about the intellectual, social, emotional, physical needs and educational development of children. You will gain the skills and knowledge to support their rights, safety and wellbeing.

You will become qualified to supervise staff and volunteers. You will develop the necessary knowledge and skills to plan, implement and manage programs in accordance with relevant legislation, standards and duty of care requirements.

In particular, you will gain hands-on skills and experience in:

  • working with families to provide the appropriate education and care for their children
  • fostering the holistic development and wellbeing
  • nurturing creativity in children
  • establishing and implementing plans for developing cooperative behaviour
  • implementing strategies for the inclusion of all children
  • designing and implementing curriculum
  • leading teams
  • compliance and developing and implementing policies

Career pathways

  • Early Childhood Educator
  • Outside School Hours Care Assistant
  • Playgroup Supervisor
  • Recreation Assistant
  • Family Day Care Educator
  • Nanny
  • Child Care Educator
  • Room Leader
  • Centre director

How to apply

There are five simple steps to apply for a course with us.

  1. Apply - complete a short online application form. Once this form is submitted we'll send you a thank you email.
  2. Get ready - your thank-you email will contain links to a pre-training review, to a unique student identifier and to government-subsidised training eligibility.
  3. Chat with your teacher - your teacher or course specialist will contact you about your Pre-Training Review outcomes and additional course information.
  4. Enrol - after chatting with your teacher, you will receive an email with your enrolment form and a link to verify your identity.
  5. Sign - once you've completed your enrolment, you will receive a declaration form to review and sign.

If need any assistance with applying, contact our Customer Service team on 1300 648 911 or visit your nearest campus.