Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Nationally Recognised Training

Program code                                                                             CHC50113


CRICOS Course Code                                                                 097270J


Course duration                                                                        76 weeks


Delivery mode                                                                            Face to face training


Campus location and delivery site                                      337-339 La Trobe Street, 338 Queen Street, Melbourne 3000


Course Description

This qualification reflects the role of early childhood educators who are responsible for designing and implementing curriculum in early childhood education and care services. In doing so they work to implement an approved learning framework within the requirements of the Education and Care Services National Regulations and the National Quality Standard. They may have responsibility for supervision of volunteers or other staff.

Under the Education and Care Services National Law (2011) the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) publish lists of approved early childhood education and care qualifications and information regarding regulatory requirements here: www.acecqa.gov.au.

Advanced standing in the Bachelor of Early Childhood and Primary Education at University of Canberra:
Graduates from GBCA Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care will be granted advanced standing for up to 24 credit points of the Bachelor of Early Childhood and Primary Education at University of Canberra.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must satisfy all requirements as below:

Age requirements: 

  • Over 18 years of age OR
  • International students under the age of 18 is required to have guardianship and accommodation arrangements in place and provide all supporting evidence to GBCA for approval. Upon approving the arrangements, GBCA will issue a CoE and the Confirmation of Approved Accommodation and Welfare (CAAW) Letter to the student. The letter is to be presented to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) when the student applies for a student visa.

Academic requirements: To gain entry into this course, applicant should successfully meet any one of the following academic requirements:

  • Satisfactorily completed Australian year 12 or equivalent level of study or
  • Year 11 school-leavers who can provide evidence of work experience of at least one year in the Child Care industry with relevant skills and knowledge; or
  • Completed part/all of the Certificate III in Children’s Services (or similar courses), or
  • Victorian Certificate of Education or equivalent certificate.

Language requirements for international students:

  • Minimum of IELTS 6.0 (academic) or equivalent, or
  • Satisfactory outcome for Internal English placement test, or
  • Successfully complete the GBCA Certificate IV in Spoken and Written English (Further Studies), or
  • Completed at least 1 year in the Australian high school system.

Work placement requirements

Before commencing work placement, all students must undertake National Police Check and Working with Children Check and complete the theory and practical components of the unit: HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting.

Students are required to complete at least 360 hours of work placement (equivalent to approximately 11 weeks of 32.7 hours per week or 10 weeks of 36 hours per week) as part of course requirements.

GBCA has signed agreements with prospective employers to offer the work placement opportunities for its students. A list of these prospective employers will be provided to assist you in finding work placement. Work placements will be arranged by the GBCA Work Placement Coordinator in conjunction with the student and GBCA trainers.

The Fair Work Act 2009, under the definition of Vocational Placement in section 12 outlines the rules restricting unpaid work. The Fair Work Ombudsman provides a clear explanation of these rules in the Internships, Vocational Placements & Unpaid Work Fact Sheet.

Students are required to discuss with the GBCA work placement coordinator if they wish to make their own work placement arrangement.

Course Structure

Unit Code Unit Name
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 services
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 operation
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
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice
BSBWOR301 Organise personal work priorities and development
BSBLED401 Develop teams and individuals
BSBINN502 Build and sustain an innovative work environment
CHCPOL002 Develop and implement policy

Assessment Methods

A variety of assessment methods will be used throughout the course, including: short questions, case studies, simulations, project, third party observation during work placement, work place observation, portfolio.

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