Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care



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Subsidised Trainee:


Full Fee:


Course Materials:


Student Services Fees (per year):




Shepparton - Fryers Street

Wallan - High Street

Wangaratta - Docker Street

Delivery Mode

On Campus


Course Overview

The Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care is the recognised qualification to become a fully-qualified Early Childhood Educator.

Gain the skill and knowledge to move your career forward and take on senior roles managing staff and supervising volunteers.

You'll gain skills in the following areas:

  • 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, and through our industry networks we will help you find a placement that suits your strengths and career ambitions.

Flexible study options are available for students already employed in the Early Childhood Education sector.

Career Pathways

There is an increasing need for Early Childhood Educators in Victoria, particularly due to the introduction of 3-year-old Kindergarten. There are estimates that 6000+ Early Childhood Educators and teachers will be needed by 2029.

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
  • Family Daycare Worker
  • Nanny/Au Pair
  • Director of Service

Further Study

After graduating, you might like to undertake further study at a university level.

Course Dates & Times

Shepparton - Fryers Street

Start Tue 1st Sept, Flexible Delivery (Transition) Part Time, 9am - 4pm / 2020

Start Tue 1st Sept, Classroom based, 3 days a week, 9am - 4pm / 2020

Wallan - High Street

Start Tue 1st Sept, Flexible Delivery (Transition) Part Time, 9am - 4pm / 2020

Wangaratta - Docker Street

Start Tue 1st Sept, Flexible Delivery (Transition) Part Time, 9am - 4pm / 2020

Start Tue 1st Sept, Classroom based, 3 days per week, 9am - 4pm / 2020

Fee Information

1. Subsidised Standard: $10,271.00

2. Subsidised Trainee: $10,465.00

3. Full Fee: $19,186.00

Course Materials: $678.00

Student Services Fees (per year): $70.00

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 2020 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

Entry Requirements

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 document previous work experience and qualifications and assess suitability for the course
  • Complete a Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA) test to ensure the required language, literacy and numeracy levels are met for the course. Those wanting to access a VET Student Loan must achieve a result of Language- 3, Literacy-3, Numeracy-3
  • Please apply through an Apprenticeship Network Provider (australianapprenticeships.gov.au) with your employer to organise your traineeship contract prior to applying for this course. (Trainees only)

Applicants must also supply:

  • a current and successful Police Check
  • a current Working with Children Check

Students will need to have completed CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care prior to applying for CHC50113 Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care. Up to 15 units from CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care can be credit transferred into the Diploma.

Course Study Units

Core Units
CHCDIV002 - Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
CHCECE001 - Develop cultural competence
CHCECE002 - Ensure the health and safety of children
CHCECE003 - Provide care for children
CHCECE004 - Promote and provide healthy food and drinks
CHCECE005 - Provide care for babies and toddlers
CHCECE007 - Develop positive and respectful relationships with children
CHCECE009 - Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
CHCECE016 - Establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment for children
CHCECE017 - Foster the holistic development and wellbeing of the child in early childhood
CHCECE018 - Nurture creativity in children
CHCECE019 - Facilitate compliance in an education and care service
CHCECE020 - Establish and implement plans for developing cooperative behaviour
CHCECE021 - Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children
CHCECE022 - Promote children's agency
CHCECE023 - Analyse information to inform learning
CHCECE024 - Design and implement the curriculum to foster children's learning and development
CHCECE025 - Embed sustainable practices in service operations
CHCECE026 - Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate education and care for children
CHCLEG001 - Work legally and ethically
CHCPRT001 - Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
HLTAID004 - Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting
HLTWHS003 - Maintain work health and safety
Elective Units
BSBLDR502 - Lead and manage effective workplace relationships
BSBWOR301 - Organise personal work priorities and development
CHCDIV001 - Work with diverse people
CHCECE006 - Support behaviour of children and young people
CHCECE010 - Support the holistic development of children in early childhood
CHCECE011 - Provide experiences to support children's play and learning
CHCECE013 - Use information about children to inform practice
CHCEDS031 - Provide support to students with autism spectrum disorder
CHCMGT003 - Lead the work team
CHCPRP003 - Reflect on and improve own professional practice
HLTWHS001 - Participate in workplace health and safety

Assessment Methods

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

Additional Information

Due to its demanding nature, the course requires 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.

Course Co-ordinator

Fiona Corish - Shepparton & Seymour

Sue Hewitt - Wangaratta

Attendance & Commitment

It is important that students commit to all course requirements, including class attendance, interaction with Moodle, off campus study and assessment completion.

Due to its demanding nature, this course requires a high level of commitment with a weekly off campus study load of 6 hours. This time is allocated to review content, complete homework tasks and undertake readings and research in preparation to undertaking assessments. This is in addition to time required for undertaking assessment work and preparing for practical placement.

Students are encouraged to attend all face-to-face sessions and participate in any Workshops and/or Webinars held outside of their scheduled days of attendance. A Moodle platform is used parallel to in class training, and students download and upload assessment work into this space.

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

Attendance Information:

On campus - Full Time and attend 3 days per week and blocks of placement with skilled industry mentors
Trainees - Part Time and receive on the job training plus 3 hour per week online learning
Flexible Delivery - Part time and attend 1 day a month workshops, on the job training plus 3 hours weekly online learning.

Where to From Here

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.

Educational Support Services

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.

Student Support

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

Learner's Rights

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

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.