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Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

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.

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Course outline

Course Code: CHC50113

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.

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 a shorter duration.

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

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:

Entry requirements

There are no set requirements for this course. It is recommended that domestic students would meet one of below requirements:

·        Satisfactory numeracy and literacy skills to undertake this course, or

·        Mature age and have sufficient work experience to successfully undertake this course, or

·        Satisfactory complete year 11.

Domestic applicants will undertake the language, literacy and numeracy test and the digital skill test as part of the Pre-Training Review. 

Other requirements:

Childcare service centres receiving GBCA students on placement require students to be fully vaccinated.

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

Domestic students may complete this course during a maximum period of 76 weeks, including term breaks and public holidays. Fastrack learners may complete the course in a shorter duration. 

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 a shorter duration. 


  • Day class: 2 sessions per week 
  • Evening class: 3 sessions per week 

What level is a Diploma of childcare?

Level 5

Assessment methods

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

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

Course Factsheet

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 service
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 operations
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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