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Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care


Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care – CHC50113

Course Overview

Join an industry that is in-demand in Victoria, especially with the introduction of 3-year-old Kindergarten. With an estimated 6000 Early Childhood Educators needed by 2029, The Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care is the recognised qualification to become a fully-qualified Early Childhood Educator.

You'll gain skills in:

  • Best practice and quality assurance
  • Planning for children with additional needs
  • Networking
  • Effective communication
  • Family partnerships
  • Childhood development (aesthetic, creative, and physical)
  • Music program
  • Health and safety

You'll undertake a work placement as part of your training that suits your strengths and career ambitions.

This course is available as part of the Free TAFE scheme as well as the JobTrainer initiative, for eligible students.

Studying during COVID-19 Restrictions

We've had to make adjustments to how our courses are delivered due to the restrictions imposed by COVID-19. This means that we're currently offering a combination of delivery modes including online and flexible learning and, where we can, on-campus classes with strict social distancing in place.

Career Pathways

This course prepares you to work in the Early Childhood Education sector in a senior role. Roles you may be eligible for include:

  • Early Childhood Educator
  • Playgroup Leader
  • Nominated Supervisor
  • Director of Service
  • Educational Leader
  • Family Daycare Worker/Coordinator
  • Nanny/Au Pair

Further Study

After graduating, you might like to undertake further study at a university level in Early Childhood/Early Learning or Primary Teaching.

Course Dates & Times

Online Campus

Flexi - Starts on 22nd February - 1 day virtual / 2022

Seymour - Wallis Street

Traineeship - Open from 1st February - Flexible delivery in workplace / 2021

Blended (Direct Entry), Starts on 16/07/2021 - Thur, Fri - 9am to 4pm / 2021

Blended - Starts on 22nd Feb - 3 days Mon,Tues & Wed - 9am to 4pm / 2022

Shepparton - Fryers Street

Trainee - Open from 01/02/2021

Flexible Delivery - Open from 12/07/2021 - Weekly Zooms / 2021

Blended (Direct Entry), Starts on 16/07/2021 - Thur, Fri - 9am to 4pm / 2021

Blended - Starts on 22nd Feb - 3 days Mon,Tues & Wed - 9am to 4pm / 2022

Traineeship - Open from 10th January / 2022

Wallan - High Street

Traineeship - Open from 1st February / 2021

Blended (Direct Entry), Starts on 16/07/2021 - Thur, Fri - 9am to 4pm / 2021

Blended - Starts on 22nd Feb - 3 days Mon,Tues & Wed - 9am to 4pm / 2022

Wangaratta - Docker Street

Traineeship - Open from 1st February / 2021

Blended (Direct Entry), Starts on 16/07/2021 - Thur, Fri - 9am to 4pm / 2021

Blended - Starts on 22nd Feb - 3 days Mon,Tues & Wed - 9am to 4pm / 2022

1. Subsidised Standard
2. Subsidised Trainee
3. Full Fee
Course Materials
Student Services Fees (per year)

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Please note all fees and charges are correct at time of publication for 2021 and may change without notice.

Students will be invoiced for the components of the course that they are enrolled into for each year or semester.

Material fees cover costs associated with the following where applicable, and not limited to:

  • Classroom activity consumables, handouts and booklets
  • E-Learning resources and associated license access fees
  • Excursions

Additionally some courses require students to purchase or supply text books, kits, tools, uniforms and personal protection equipment. Some specific materials may be purchased through the GOTAFE Bookshop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your course information session or during the pre-training review Interview.

All students are required to pay an annual Student Services Fee (SSF) of $70.00. The Student Services Fee contributes to the provision of student engagement, learning and support services. SSF does not apply to short course participants.

Further details on fees available

Training package entry requirements

There are no training package entry requirements for this qualification.

GOTAFE preferred entry requirements

Before being accepted into the course applicants must:

  • Attend an interview.
  • Undertake a Pre-training Review to ensure the course suits your needs and aspirations, and that you are likely to complete the course successfully.
  • Complete a Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA) test to ensure the required language, literacy and numeracy levels are met for the course.
  • Trainees: Please apply through an Apprenticeship Network Provider with your employer to organise your traineeship contract prior to applying for this course.

Applicants must also:

  • Hold a current and successful Police Check
  • Hold a current Working with Children Check
  • Demonstrate suitability to the profession
Core Units
Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
Develop cultural competence
Ensure the health and safety of children
Provide care for children
Promote and provide healthy food and drinks
Provide care for babies and toddlers
Develop positive and respectful relationships with children
Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
Establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment for children
Foster the holistic development and wellbeing of the child in early childhood
Nurture creativity in children
Facilitate compliance in an education and care service
Establish and implement plans for developing cooperative behaviour
Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children
Promote children's agency
Analyse information to inform learning
Design and implement the curriculum to foster children's learning and development
Embed sustainable practices in service operations
Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate education and care for children
Work legally and ethically
Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting
Maintain work health and safety
Elective Units
Organise personal work priorities and development
Work with diverse people
Support behaviour of children and young people
Support the holistic development of children in early childhood
Provide experiences to support children's play and learning
Use information about children to inform practice
Provide support to students with autism spectrum disorder
Lead the work team
Reflect on and improve own professional practice
Participate in workplace health and safety

To demonstrate your competency in this qualification, you will be required to undertake assessment activities including:

  • Written assessments
  • Practical placement
  • Demonstrations
  • Projects
  • Written observation
  • Reflective tasks

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It is important that students commit to all course requirements, including class attendance, off-campus study and assessments.

Due to its demanding nature, the course requires a high level of commitment. If you are considering undertaking the program, you should make sure that you are free of other commitments during the time of study. You will be expected to commit additional time on top of classroom hours to complete self-directed learning, reading, research and assessment requirements including preparation for practical placement.

Students undertake a practical component which requires them to complete a minimum of 240 hours of practical experience in an Early Childhood setting.

Attendance Information:

On-campus: This course is delivered full-time. Students attend campus 1 day per week, and a virtual clasroom 2 days per week.
Trainees/Flexible Delivery:
This course is delivered part-time. Students receive on-the-job training and complete online learning.

If you need any further clarification of the information provided please contact one of our client service officers on 1300 468 233 who can assist you or submit an enquiry through our website now and one of the team will be in touch.

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you may access a wide range of academic support services to assist you to meet the academic challenges of your course from our Learning Support Unit.

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you will be welcome to access a variety of non-academic support services from the Student Welfare Unit. These services are designed to best support you to successfully complete your course.

Services include on campus supports and remote supports

  • Counselling
  • employment information
  • careers
  • activities etc.

Learn more about support services

Refer to the Student Handbook for information regarding Learner’s Rights Student Handbook.

Further information is provided at course induction.

Please note: Eligible individuals who wish to access a government subsidised place, must participate in a Pre-training Review. This will consider your:

  • Aspirations/career goals
  • Educational attainment and capability
  • Literacy and numeracy skills
  • Suitability for Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer

Enrolment in general public entry courses will require a selection interview. Please call 1300 468 233 to enquire further.

Skills Recognition is an assessment only process that may result in credits towards a part or full qualification. There is no formal training involved, although you may choose to complete further training as a result of the assessment process.

You can apply for Skills Recognition before you enrol in the qualification you are seeking. You can apply for Skills Recognition through one or both of the following processes:

  • Credit Transfer for formal training that might be equivalent to a new qualification or partial qualification
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for people who have relevant and current skills and knowledge that they have gained through non-formal or informal learning i.e. work or life experience.

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