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Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC)

Turn Your Love for Education in to a fulfilling career. Become a professional Early childhood educator.

Utilise the skills and knowledge you learn from this course to help the next generation flourish and learn new life skills.

What Our Students Say About our
Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) Courses?

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GBCA has always believed in helping and guiding students, they are so concerned about students. GBCA has helped me to become a better person to face the challenges of the world and I’m gaining my experience day by day. Thank you GBCA
Dafni Warnakulasuriga
Cert 3 ECEC - Student

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Piumi 01
GBCA has opened a new door for me. I really love learning experience in GBCA. Also, GBCA facilitates me in every possible way. I really appreciate that GBCA provided me a place to do my placements as well. Also I like GBCA lecturers and friendly staff a lot.
Piumi Tuamalee
Diploma of ECEC - Student

Course outline

Course Code: CHC50113 | CRICOS Code: 097758G

What can I do with a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care?

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.

Advanced standing in the Bachelor of Early Childhood and Primary Education:

Graduates from GBCA Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care will be granted advanced standing for up to 24 credit points (1 year) of the:

  • Bachelor of Early Childhood and Primary Education at University of Canberra
  • Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary) at Swinburne University of Technology

Entry requirements

Applicants must satisfy all requirements as below:  

Academic requirements:  

To gain entry into this course, the 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 
  • Successfully complete the GBCA ELICOS program: English for Academic Purposes 2 (EAP2) 

How long does it take to do a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care?

This course has a standard duration of 76 weeks. Students who complete a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care will receive credit exemption of up to 13 units and may be able to complete this Diploma program in 52 weeks. Schedule: 2 sessions per week

What level is a Diploma of childcare?

Level 3.4 – (for a Diploma Qualified Educator working as an assistant Educator).

Assessment methods

The course is very practical. Hence, you will undertake a range of assessments, individually and in small groups, including:

  • Work placement tasks
  • Written and oral tasks, including case studies, reports and presentations
  • Quizzes

Can I Study Diploma Of Early Childhood Education Online? Yes You Can!

GBCA is currently offering students the option to study Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care Online or on-campus during the pandemic.

Is this Course Government Funded?

This course is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding under the Skills First Program. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply for training subsidised through the Skills First Program.

For more information about our government-funded courses, please visit The Skills Funding Page

Delivery Mode: Face to face training

Location #1: GBCA (Latrobe St Campus) 337-339 La Trobe Street Melbourne 3000 VIC

Location #2: GBCA (Queens St Campus) 338 Queens street, Melbourne 3000 VIC

Delivery Mode: Face to face training

Location #1: GBCA (Latrobe St Campus) 337-339 La Trobe Street Melbourne 3000 VIC

Location #2: GBCA (Queens St Campus) 338 Queens street, Melbourne 3000 VIC

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52 weeks (including 30 weeks of internal training, 6 weeks of vocational placement, 4 weeks catch up class, reassessment, additional placement (if required), and 12 weeks holidays).

Before commencing vocational 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 120 hours of work placement as part of course requirements.

GBCA has signed agreements with prospective employers to offer 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.

Due to the requirement to complete the vocational placement, a final outcome for each unit would not be provided until the relevant component of vocational placement had been completed.

With A Diploma of ECEC you can work in Australia as a

  • Early Childhood Education Manager
  • Out Of School Hours Coordinator
  • Family Day Care Coordinator
  • Childcare Centre Room Leader
Unit CodeUnit Name
CHCDIV002Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
CHCECE001Develop cultural competence
CHCECE002Ensure the health and safety of children
CHCECE003Provide care for children
CHCECE004Promote and provide healthy food and drinks
CHCECE005Provide care for babies and toddlers
CHCECE007Develop positive and respectful relationships with children
CHCECE009Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
CHCECE016Establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment for children
CHCECE017Foster the holistic development and wellbeing of the child in early childhood
CHCECE018Nurture creativity in children
CHCECE019Facilitate compliance in an education and care services
CHCECE020Establish and implement plans for developing cooperative behaviour
CHCECE021Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children
CHCECE022Promote children’s agency
CHCECE023Analyse information to inform learning
CHCECE024Design and implement the curriculum to foster children’s learning and development
CHCECE025Embed sustainable practices in service operation
CHCECE026Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate education and care for children
CHCLEG001Work legally and ethically
CHCPRT001Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
HLTAID004Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting
HLTWHS003Maintain work health and safety
CHCPRP003Reflect on and improve own professional practice
BSBWOR301Organise personal work priorities and development
BSBLED401Develop teams and individuals
BSBINN502Build and sustain an innovative work environment
CHCPOL002Develop and implement policy

You May Be Eligible For Victorian Government Funding*

To do subsidised training, you have to meet eligibility criteria, if you are eligible, you pay less for your training. Domestic Students Only.

Our Accreditations

Nationally Recognised Training
Australian Children's Education & Care Quality Authority
Australian Qualification Framework

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