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.
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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.
- 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, graduate skills and professional recognition.
Aims and objectives
Pathways and scholarships
Course fees and requirements
- Entry requirements and non-year 12 entry.
A VET Student Loan is available for this course – allowing you to defer part of your fees if you're eligible.
The maximum VET Student Loan amount for this course is $16,788. You must start repaying this loan once you earn above the compulsory repayment threshold.
Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
Estimated course fees for 2023*
|For students who are not granted a Skills First government-subsidised place||For students who are granted a Skills First government-subsidised place||Is this a Free TAFE course?|
|You will need to pay this amount if you do not receive a VET Student Loan||$15,180||$6,960||Yes|
|You will need to pay this amount if you do receive a VET Student Loan||Fully Covered||Fully Covered||Yes|
You could have your tuition fees covered thanks to the Victorian Government's Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative when you apply for this course. Check your eligibility now.
This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.
You could be granted a Skills First government-subsidised place when you apply for this course. Check your eligibility now.
Concession rates for Diploma and Advanced Diploma programs are also available if you self-identify as being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent and qualify for a government-subsidised training place under the Indigenous Completions Initiative.
The eligibility criteria are set by the Victorian Government and assessed by Swinburne in accordance with government directives, which are subject to change at any time.
Find out if you’re eligible for a fee concession here.
If you are not granted a government subsidised place, the full course fee will apply. Check your eligibility now.
Indicative nominal course hours: 1,268.
Academic entry requirements:
All applicants must have completed Certificate III in Early Childhood and Education (either CHC30113 or CHC30121) to be eligible for entry into CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.
If applicants did not complete either CHC30113 or CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care at Swinburne University, they must provide a certified copy of both their Academic Transcript, and their Award with their application.
Students are required to participate in on-campus classes, off-campus excursions and practical placements.
Social /behavioural capability:
Students must be able to communicate effectively with adults and children in both individual and group interactions.
Physical requirement of lifting/handling children safely:
Students must be able to perform the physical activities required to assist a child or colleague in an emergency: an example would be that students must be able to administer CPR for two minutes to a mannequin that is on the floor, as would be demonstrated in First Aid training.
All applicants must obtain a current Victorian Working with Children Check (volunteer or employee) and a current Police Check prior to course commencement.
For placement purposes, immunity to Measles/Mumps/Rubella, and, Diphtheria/Tetanus/Pertussis (Whooping Cough) is required. Immunity to COVID-19 may be required. Immunity to influenza is recommended.