Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

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Course Description

This qualification covers workers in early childhood educators who are responsible for designing and implementing curriculum in early childhood education and care services. In doing so, they work to implement an approved learning framework within the requirements of the Education and Care Services National Regulations and the National Quality Standard.

They may have responsibility for supervision of volunteers or other staff. In most states it is the highest qualification required as a director or service manager level for children’s service centre-based care.

Entry Requirements:

There are no entry requirements for this course; however, it is recommended that learners:

  • are at least 18 Years old and have completed year 9 or equivalent
  • have sound language and literacy skills
  • must be able to obtain a working with children’s check
Possible Career Outcomes:
  • authorised supervisor (children’s services)
  • children’s services coordinator
  • centre manager (children’s services)
  • director/manager (children’s services)
  • early childhood educator
  • group/team coordinator/leader (children’s services)
  • program leader (children’s services)
  • child development worker
  • early childhood educator
Course Delivery Structure:

Classroom based – Face to face mode

This program is delivered over a maximum period of 38 weeks.

  • Face to face classroom/workplace training
  • Learners are required to complete 240 Hours of vocational placement Learners will have total of 18 months to complete the course
Course Structure:


No Unit Code and Name
1 CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
2 CHCECE001 Develop cultural competence
3 CHCECE002 Ensure the health and safety of children
4 CHCECE003 Provide care for children**
5 CHCECE004 Promote and provide healthy food and drinks
6 CHCECE009 Provide care for babies and toddlers**
7 CHCECE007 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children**
8 CHCECE009 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
9 CHCECE016 Establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment for children
10 CHCECE017 Foster the holistic development and wellbeing of the child in early
11 CHCECE018 Nurture creativity in children
12 CHCECE019 Facilitate compliance in an education and care services**
13 CHCECE020 Establish and implement plans for developing cooperative behaviour
14 CHCECE021 Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children
15 CHCECE022 Promote children’s agency
16 CHCECE023 Analyse information to inform learning
17 CHCECE024 Design and implement the curriculum to foster children’s learning and development*
18 CHCECE025 Embed sustainable practices in service operations
19 CHCECE026 Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate education and care for children
20 CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
21 HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting
22 CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
23 HLTWHS003 Maintain work health and safety
No Unit Code and Name
1 BSBLDR403Lead team effectiveness
2 BSBWOR301Organise personal work priorities and development
3 BSBSUS501Develop workplace policy and procedures for sustainability
4 CHCPRP003Reflect on and improve own professional practice
5 CHCPOL002Develop and implement policy
Fee Structure:

Fee Paying Applicants:

$4480 ($160 per Unit)

$160 (Admin fee – Non-refundable once course starts)

Total: $4640

Please note:

  • HVTC will not accept fee in excess of $1500.
  • No fee associated with Credit Transfers
  • Required book purchases (Birth to big school, the big picture, Frameworks for Learning & Development, The business of Childcare) (Author – Karen Kearns)

All Aged and Disabled Carers

  • $1,265 Weekly Pay
  • Very strong Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment
  • 175,800 workers Employment Size
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • 33% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 43 hours Average full-time
  • 47 years Average age
  • 80% female Gender Share

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I get a government subsidy?

No you can’t. We are not approved to deliver this course under any government subsidised program at the moment.

Who will organise my vocational placement?

If you’re already employed in the relevant industry then we may be able to use your current and previous workhours as placement hours. If not, we will organise your vocational placement when you’re ready do so. You have to complete in class practical skills training before you can be placed.


Do you guarantee a job?

No we do not guarantee job. However, there is a huge demand for workers in this industry and it is likely that you will secure employment.

How long does it take to complete this course?

The total duration of this course is 38 weeks including 240 hours of vocational placement. However, the duration will change if you’re already employed in a relevant industry.

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