Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

This qualification reflects the role of educators in early childhood education and care who work in regulated children’s education and care services in Australia. Educators at this level are responsible for designing and implementing curriculum that meets the requirements of an approved learning framework and for maintaining compliance in other areas of service operations. They use specialised knowledge and analyse and apply theoretical concepts to diverse work situations. They may have responsibility for supervision of volunteers or other educators. Early childhood educators work in long day care centres, family day care, pre-schools or kindergartens.
This course is offered at multiple locations, select your prefered campus to see when it is offered.
Ballarat - Mt Helen
Wimmera - Horsham
Location
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
Ballarat - Mt Helen
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
-
Wimmera - Horsham
Semester 1
Semester 2
-
Other intakes
-
View all semester start dates
Length
1 Year
Qualification Code
CHC50121

Free TAFE

This course is in the Free TAFE for Priority Courses list. Find out about the initiative and your eligibility

As a Qualified Early Childhood professional, you can manage and motivate other staff and volunteers and put into practice programs you've created. You'll spend much of your time in this program in children's services, watching and learning from other professionals.

Once you graduate, you can work in long day care centres, pre-school centres, family day care centres and more. You can even go on to study our Bachelor of Education (Birth - Year 6).

The program is designed to provide students with the skills, knowledge and understanding required to work with children across a range of early childhood education settings. Diploma qualified educators provide education and care which enhances and supports the holistic development of infants and children up to the age of 12. They work closely with primary carers to foster optimum development for all children.

Work in the early childhood field is both rewarding and demanding. This qualification is highly regarded within relevant industries and will allow you to work in a leadership role within the children's services field.

You can study this program as a traineeship or as an on-campus program. Note that traineeship eligibility requires that you are employed as a trainee within the Early Childhood Care sector, and that you and your employer are able to enter into a training agreement.

Areas of study include: Childhood development, family and diversity, health studies, play and curriculum studies, program planning.

 

  • Early childhood educator
  • Room leader
  • Long day care educator
  • Out of school educator
  • Family day care educator

A Bachelor level qualification is necessary to facilitate a four year old pre-school program. However delivery of an activity based 3 year pre-school program is possible.

The course content below provides all possible units related to the course. If the course has various streams, the units you are required to study will depend on your chosen stream.

REFLECT ON AND IMPROVE OWN PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE
CHCPRP003
WORK IN PARTNERSHIP WITH CHILDREN'S FAMILIES
CHCECE050
EMBED ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY IN SERVICE OPERATIONS
CHCECE049
PLAN AND IMPLEMENT CHILDREN'S EDUCATION AND CARE CURRICULUM
CHCECE048
ANALYSE INFORMATION TO INFORM CHILDREN'S LEARNING
CHCECE047
IMPLEMENT STRATEGIES FOR THE INCLUSION OF ALL CHILDREN
CHCECE046
FOSTER POSITIVE AND RESPECTFUL INTERACTIONS AND BEHAVIOUR IN CHILDREN
CHCECE045
FACILITATE COMPLIANCE IN A CHILDREN'S EDUCATION AND CARE SERVICE
CHCECE044
NURTURE CREATIVITY IN CHILDREN
CHCECE043
FOSTER HOLISTIC EARLY CHILDHOOD LEARNING, DEVELOPMENT AND WELLBEING
CHCECE042
MAINTAIN A SAFE AND HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT FOR CHILDREN
CHCECE041
MANAGE TEAM EFFECTIVENESS
BSBTWK502
LEAD THE WORK TEAM
CHCMGT003
RESPOND TO GRIEVANCES AND COMPLAINTS ABOUT THE SERVICE
CHCECE053
PLAN SERVICE AND SUPPORTS FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
CHCECE052
Classes are held two days per week on campus, from 9.30 am - 4.30 pm.

Delivery: Combination of classroom and online.

This program includes 16 weeks (280 hrs) of industry placement, which is organised by FedUni TAFE. Placement is normally full time.

Entry requirements (year 12)

Entry to this qualification is open to individuals who:

  • hold a CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care or
  • CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Entry requirements (non year 12)

Entry to this qualification is open to individuals who:

  • hold a CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care or
  • CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Extra Requirements

All applicants are required to

  • undertake a literacy and numeracy assessment test (LLN)
  • hold a valid Police Check
  • hold a valid Working With Children Check (WWCC)
  • hold a valid NDIS check

Please note the Police Check; NDIS and Working With Children Check (WWCC) will be at your own expense.

For information in relation to the University and students rights and responsibilities please refer to the VET Information Guide.

Applicants need to demonstrate the literacy and numeracy skills required to undertake this course through a test as part of the application process. The test will be conducted through Federation College prior to commencement of training. Feedback will be provided to the applicant on their results and types of support, if necessary, available to them.

The application method varies depending on your circumstances, please visit our How to apply page for further information.

VTAC application: Yes

VTAC code: 3700511574 (Ballarat - Admin Campus), 3700511584 (Ballarat - Admin Campus)

Direct application: Yes

Federation University code: LBB

National course code: CHC50121

Tuition Fees

The tuition fees you will pay depends on your eligibility for a Victorian Government subsidised place under the Skills First Program.

Find out more about eligibility here.

2023 total estimated tuition fees for Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
Concession
Government Subsidised Place
Standard
Government Subsidised Place
Full Fee Place
(Not eligible for government subsidy)
N/A$8,762$17,524

*Fees displayed are estimates for the total program and may change depending on individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees are subject to change annually.

Visit our TAFE enrolment fees page for more information.

VET Student Loans

A VET Student Loan from the Australian Government can cover all or part of your tuition fees for some Diploma/Advanced Diploma programs (subject to availability).

A VET Student Loan is available for this program – up to a maximum of $16,788

For more information visit our VET Student Loan page.

Material Fees

Material fees cover the cost of items which are purchased by the university and provided to the student, such as tools, materials, uniforms, textbooks, excursions and other incidentals associated with the program.

The estimated material fees for this program are $112

Eligibility Exemptions

You could be eligible for government subsidised study at Federation University through the Skills First eligibility exemptions initiative.

If you have been deemed ineligible for a government-subsidised place because you have a higher qualification or have commenced two qualifications at the same level, you may be eligible to enrol in a government-subsidised place with an eligibility exemption.

Please note: A limited number of TAFE eligibility exemptions are available so contact us now to secure your place for 2023.

Important Information

Direct Debit Payment Plans are available for eligible students to help manage the payment of tuition and material fees throughout the enrolment year (excluding Diploma/Advanced Diploma tuition fees).

Students accessing government-subsidised training under the Skills First Program need to be aware that enrolling in a qualification may affect their ability to access future government-subsidised training.

Free TAFE: Under the Victorian Government Free TAFE initiative, some programs have free tuition for eligible students, however material fees (if applicable) will be payable by the student.  Free TAFE is subject to availability and eligibility requirements.

Visit the TAFE fees website. for further information on fees, payments and refunds.

If what you have learned at work, from other programs, courses, from life experience or training provided at work is relevant to this program, you may be entitled to gain subject credits or exemptions. The University is obliged to recognise the AQF qualifications and statements of attainment issued by other registered training organisations. For further details contact Federation University on 1800 333 864.

Introductory pathway/s:
Entry to this qualification is open to individuals who: hold a CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care or CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.

Pathways to this course:

Candidates seeking alternate entry to this course can consider the below option:

Foundation program

 

A foundation program can provide an excellent base to build upon in your TAFE studies:

 

 

Credit transfer / advanced standing will be determined on an individual basis, depending on your eligibility for credit transfer, prior experience and qualifications.

 

Pathways from this course:

Satisfactory completion of this course can lead to: 

Program

 

 

Articulate into Higher Education studies. Please note that additional essential requirements for admission may apply to entry into these programs:

* 120 credit points is the equivalent of one-year full time study.

 

A range of student services are available at most campuses. For further information on these services or for course information, please contact us on 1800 333 864.

The commencement of all programs is subject to available funding and enrolment quotas.

All information contained in this program overview including the availability of programs and fees, is correct at the time of being published, however the University reserves the right to alter any program, procedure or fee. Students should check for any amendment prior to enrolment.

CRICOS Provider No.00103D
Please note: This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.
National RTO Code: 4909

School department

Centre for Health and Communit