Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
Become an inspiring early childhood educational leader with a Diploma Early Childhood Education and Care.
Develop the knowledge and skills to work across a range of early childhood settings and ignite children’s imaginations by planning and implementing engaging, developmentally appropriate curriculums.
You’ll learn how to communicate effectively with children and families, understand legal and regulatory compliance as well as how to best manage teams and care environments.
Grow your confidence through 546 hours of work placement across the duration of your course.
Upon completing this Diploma you could seek employment as a Team Leader and/or Educational Leader in Long Day Care environments, or in other childhood services such as Family Day Care, Kindergartens or Out of School Care.
Every international student application is considered for a scholarship
Whether you’re living in Australia or overseas, you’re automatically considered for a scholarship of up to 30% off your course fees. Please check our updated entry requirements.
Hawthorn (February) - View application and start dates
$18100 (annual for 2023)*
The indicative course fees shown in Course Search apply to international students for the relevant year only. They are based on a standard study load per year. However, please note that fees are assessed according to a student's study load in each semester, and variation to study load will result in an adjustment to tuition fees. All fees are subject to annual review and may be adjusted.
This is a nationally approved vocational course that is recognised throughout Australia.
Course information in detail
- Course detail, course structure and units of study.
The Diploma Early Childhood Education and Care at Swinburne offers practical instruction and workplace experiences that will give you a true understanding of how to contribute in a work environment. It aims to ensure you learn the critical skills and develop the confidence employers will recognise and value. You will learn to plan, deliver and evaluate developmentally appropriate curriculums for all ages of children. This qualification reflects the role of educators in a range of early childhood education settings who work within the requirements of the Education and Care Services National Regulations and the National Quality Standard. Educators holding a Diploma qualification work as Team Leaders and/or Educational Leaders in Long Day Care environments, or Assistants in Pre-school settings. Desirable qualities for this work are patience, understanding, imagination, cheerfulness, energy, adaptability, physical fitness and a willingness to take responsibility.
Student commence with a two week intensive study block and familiarisation placement before converting to our 2 x 2 model: students attend on-campus classes two days per week alongside two days placement for the continuation of the course
Current work placement is 546 hours over the course duration with varied age groups to provide deep immersion in the workplace learning environment.
International students in Australia who hold student visas are required to study full-time and on campus. Courses that are taught entirely online are only available to international students studying outside Australia or those in Australia who are not on a student visa. Online courses are not available to international students in Australia who hold a student visa.
- On-campus classes combined with work placement.
- Current work placement is 546 hours over the course duration
Units of study
Careers and graduate outcomes
- Career opportunities, course aims and objectives and professional recognition.
Aims and objectives
Pathways and scholarships
Course fees and requirements
- Fees and English language requirements.