• Accreditation:
  • Course Code : CHC50113
    Award Titles : CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
  • CRICOS Code : 093191G
    Course Duration : 24 Months
  • AQF Level : 5
    Course Delivery : Face-to-Face & Online (Blended)
  • Funding : DTWD funding

Why Should I Study Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care?

Are you planning to become an early childhood educator? Our Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care Offers you the option to work within a childcare education industry, such as: early Learning centres, family day care etc.

The Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) aims to educate students to be able to handle roles within an early childcare education setting, educated and nurture the creativity in children, caring for babies and toddlers, develop their cultural competencies, and preparing them to become confident, socially capable children.

The course will be offered in both classroom and blended learning modes which will include a combination of theory, simulation based training and assessment in a simulated children services lab environment and 240 hours of Professional Experience at placement venues (PEP). After completing this course, graduates will be able to gain employment in the Early Childhood Education Industry in such settings as Child Care Centre’s, Kindergartens, Pre-school programs, After School programs, Family Day Care Centre’s, Play Groups and other community settings.

Course learning outcomes:

On completion of the course, the students will be able to:

• Demonstrate the knowledge and understanding of the Diploma of ECEC, and apply that knowledge in the early education sector.

• The ability to manage children, educate them, and contribute to their development and learning process.

• Understand the legal and ethical side of working in an early childhood education centre.

• Ensuring the health and safety of the children in the centre.

• Responding to emergency first aid situations at an education and care setting.

• The ability to nurture, develop, and educate the children’s ability to deal with the outside work and to become confident personnel’s.

• The ability to deal with families and to provide them with appropriate counselling about their children.

• Program plan and connect with national quality framework.

"Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are encouraged to apply".

What is Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)?

RPL is about the skills and knowledge you've gained through work and life experiences, no matter how, when or where the learning occurred. We acknowledge your previous achievement of competencies or learning outcomes that may count towards your qualification. RPL acknowledges that people learn in many different ways and that learning may have been obtained through:

•  Formal learning - which takes place within an institution, such as in a school system, college or at TAFE, and is formally recognised with grades, diplomas or certificates
•  Work Experience (Informal Learning) - occurs in a variety of places, such as at home, work, and through daily interactions and relationships with members of society.
•  Life Experience (Non-formal learning) - you had a formal learning environment, but is not formally recognised within a curriculum or syllabus framework (e.g. from workshops, short courses, seminars, community or interest based courses, conferences).
•   A mix of the above.

This recognition process is evidenced in accordance with the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) and could provide you with a full or partial qualification and avoid duplication of training. You may be able to complete your course faster through recognition of your previous study, work skills and past experience as credits towards completion of your course.

Some of our courses also have recognised study pathways, making learning more accessible. Applications for RPL can be made prior to enrolling.

How are my skills assessed?

We have developed an RPL Assessment Kit, to assess your skills, and experiences against industry standards. This is done by an RPL assessor. You may be asked to:

•  Perform tasks or jobs.
•  Talk about and explain how you do those jobs (through a structured interview process).
•  Provide evidence of your work.
•  A visit to your workplace may be organised so you can demonstrate your abilities. You may have to provide job descriptions, references or documented evidence of performance appraisals.
•  The assessor will consider your skills and knowledge and match them against a suitable qualification.

Overseas qualifications

If your qualifications, training or skills were gained outside Australia, you might be able to get recognition for your skills or qualifications to determine your eligibility to gain credit for the intended course of study. We can initiate this process on the available courses for which RPL is applicable.

Applications for RPL

If you intend on applying for RPL:

•  Carefully read the information contained within the RPL Student Guide.
•  Send your RPL application to our Admissions Officer using the RPL Student Information Form (fully complete all sections).
•  Collate copies of all required documents to be used as evidence of your prior learning/experience.
•  Attach these documents with your application.

The course will be offered in both classroom and blended learning modes which will include a combination of theory, simulation based training and assessment in a simulated children services lab environment and 240 hours of Professional Experience Placement (PEP).

The total structured duration of the course is 24 months including PEP. Completion time frames will however vary between students based on their individual skills, experiences and previous studies.

The course will be offered online (Blended Mode) and Face-to-Face

The Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care has a total of 28 units; 23 core units and five elective units.

Core Units


Work legally and ethically


Ensure the health and safety of children


Maintain work health and safety


Identify and respond to children and young people at risk


Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting


Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety


Develop cultural competence


Provide care for children


Provide care for babies and toddlers


Promote and provide healthy food and drinks


Develop positive and respectful relationships with children


Use an approved learning framework to guide practice


Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children


Establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment for children


Foster the holistic development and wellbeing of the child in early childhood


Nurture creativity in children


Facilitate compliance in an education and care services


Establish and implement plans for developing cooperative behaviour


Promote children's agency


Analyse information to inform learning


Design and implement the curriculum to foster children's learning and development


Embed sustainable practices in service operations


Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate education and care for children

Elective Units


Work with diverse people


Support the holistic development of children in early childhood


Provide experiences to support children's play and learning


Reflect on and improve own professional practice


Support children to connect with their world

There are no pre-requisites or any other training package entry requirements for this course. IHNA has in place admission criteria for courses in its scope as required by its 'Application and Enrolment Procedure for VET Courses' to ensure that candidates meet industry requirements.

•  Applicants are required to be 18 years old and above.
•  Applicants must have successfully completed Year 12 of secondary school or equivalent, or be of mature age.
•  Applicants are required to have successfully completed an IHNA LLN test or VET ASSESS LLN Test (with a valid score of minimum 50% for each area and issued within the last 12 months from the time of admission).

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are encouraged to apply.
Satisfactory police clearance certificate, vaccination report and working with children check are essential for practical placement.
It is essential for the student to possess basic computer skills.

Online (Blended) Delivery

Campus : Melbourne(Heidelberg) | Perth | Sydney(Parramatta)
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