The Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care is for those who are interested in working in the early childhood services sector, or who are already working in the field and are responsible for planning, implementing and managing programs in early childhood services. At this level, workers have responsibility for the supervision of staff and volunteers.
In most states this is the highest qualification required at director or service manager level for early childhood service centre-based care.
The course includes on-campus and online classes, as well as multiple work placements.
This course is currently in transition.
This course code, title, units and content may change. Further information will become available on our website, upon enrolment or during your studies. To discuss your study options, please get in touch with us today.
This Free TAFE course is in high demand. Apply early for a better chance of securing your place in it. Otherwise, you may have to wait for the next intake.
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Standard delivery: 18 months full-time or up to 3 years part-time.
Croydon (March, August)
Hawthorn (March, August)
Wantirna (March, August) - View application and start dates
- Part-time (day)
VTAC course codes
Hawthorn (fee type determined by provider)
Wantirna (fee type determined by provider)
Croydon (fee type determined by provider)
This is a nationally approved vocational course that is recognised throughout Australia.
New learning model introduces more student placement hours
Swinburne and the Victorian Department of Education and Training (DET) have together developed a new learning model for the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.
The new model, being piloted exclusively at Swinburne, has significantly more placement hours over the duration of the course, after industry partners raised the need for graduates who are more confident and work-ready.
As a student, you’ll receive continuous support as you put your learnings into practice immediately. You’ll also practice your leadership skills and graduate ready to take on a qualified role in workplace.
Study this course for low-fee or free in 2022
You could have some or all your tuition fees covered in 2022 thanks to government initiatives JobTrainer and Free TAFE for Priority Courses.
JobTrainer is available if you are 17-24 years or a job seeker of any age, impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Free TAFE for Priority Courses is available if you are under 20 years old, or enrolling in a course at a higher level than you have completed before.
If you don't tick either of these boxes, you could still have a chance! There are other factors, too. The best way to find out if you’re eligible is to apply.