The Diploma qualification is- delivered in three stages over 18 months. Domestic students can exit after Stage 1 of the Diploma and be granted the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care if they complete two additional units.Full-time (domestic and international students)
On-campus classes – three or four days per week depending on stage of study. Students need to be prepared to spend five days per week in the workplace for between two and four weeks at a time, depending on the stage of study.
Students may also be required to attend one Friday/Saturday workshop to complete the compulsory First Aid unit.Part-time (domestic students only)
On-campus classes - of between one and three days per week
Work placement – block placement in a children’s services setting.
Students may also be required to attend one Friday/Saturday workshop to complete the compulsory First Aid unit.
Part-time students working in day care centres can usually complete most work placements in their own workplace. Part-time students not working in day care centres need to be available to undertake approximately 20 days of placement each year. Most placements can be undertaken on either a two-day a week or a four-day a week basis.Industry model (fast track evening - domestic students only)
We also offer an industry group study mode for domestic students currently working in the sector where applicants complete the diploma within 12 months. Study is undertaken in a blended model with one evening per week attendance. Other components of study are undertaken in a distance mode, online and in the workplace.
Traineeships (domestic students only)
If a domestic student is a new employee in a particular childcare service or is about to commence employment they may be able to combine work with study and undertake their Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care as a trainee, with the agreement of their employer. Trainees undertake training in the workplace combined with on-campus training.
Students holding an international student visa are required to study full-time and on campus.