Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Course Overview

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




Face-to-Face​ & RPL


52 Weeks
20 hours/week
4 terms



Course Discount

Gold Coast Campus

Start dates

24 January 2022
19 April 2022
11 July 2022
3 October 2022

Course Breakdown

Core Units


Maintain a safe and healthy environment of children


Plan and implement children’s education and care curriculum


Foster holistic early childhood learning, development and wellbeing


Nurture creativity in children


Facilitate compliance in a children’s education and care service


Foster positive and respectful interactions and behaviour in children


Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children


Embed environmental responsibility in service operations


Work in partnership with children’s families


Analyse information to inform children’s learning


Manage team effectiveness


Reflect on and improve own professional practice

Elective Units


Develop and use emotional intelligence


Lead the work team


Manage and promote diversity

Career Outcomes

This qualification is for those early childhood educators who are responsible for designing and implementing programs in early childhood education and care services. In most states and territories, it is the qualification required at Director or Service Manager level.

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


Entry Requirements

  • Students must be aged 18 years and above
  • Evidence of acceptable English language test course as below:
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 5.5
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), internet based test 46
    • Cambridge English: Advanced (Certificate in Advanced English) 162
    • Pearson Test of English Academic 42

In addition, students are asked to identify if they would like to participate in an LLN assessment as part of the enrolment process in the areas of reading, writing, oral communication and numeracy. This ensures the course is at an appropriate level for students and educational support is provided.

All students must be willing to participate in mandatory work placement of a minimum of 280 hours, and this will require a working with children clearance.

Recognition of Prior Learning

You can apply for RPL if you have the knowledge and skills gained through work, formal study, volunteering, informal or formal training, social activities or general life experiences. If you feel that you may qualify for RPL, please contact our office for further information about the process to demonstrate your experience and knowledge.

Course Fees


  • Application Fee (non-refundable) – $300
  • Resource Fee – $200
  • Tuition Fee – $8,000

Contact for information on discounted fees.

Gold Coast

  • Application Fee (non-refundable) – $300
  • Resource Fee – $200
  • Tuition Fee – $7,000

Contact for information on discounted fees.

  • Course learning and assessment material
  • Qualified industry expert trainer
  • Student support
  • Coffee and tea
  • Certification upon successful completion