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Course Type:
Accredited Course; Free TAFE; JobTrainer
Study Mode:
On Campus
10 months
Starting Date:
Morwell: 03/10/2022
Warragul: 2023
Morwell, Warragul
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Course Overview

If you’re looking for a rewarding career in early childhood education, then look no further. A Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care will give you the skills to support the wellbeing, learning and development of children younger than five.

You’ll learn about the social, emotional, intellectual, educational and physical needs of children, as well as how to understand and support children, keeping them safe and well looked after in your care.

This course will prepare you for higher-level roles in the Early Childhood Education sector where you supervise other staff and volunteers. You’ll learn how to plan and implement educational programs in accordance with current legislation and requirements, while watching children blossom into socially intelligent beings. What could be better?!

If this sounds like a lot, don’t worry, this course will fit into your life without disrupting your other commitments.

Once you’ve completed this qualification, you’ll be ready to work as a Qualified Educator in an Early Childhood Service. This allows you the opportunity to seek to work in the industry you’re passionate about while you decide whether to take your career further.

Taking your career further could mean completing a Bachelor of Early Childhood, with a university provider, to move into the teaching sector. We will work with you to prepare for this step if it’s something you choose to do later on.

Studying this course with us will help you gain the skills to work within this thriving and rewarding industry, and set yourself apart with real-world experience and knowledge.

ATTENTION: As much as we’d love to offer more, we can only offer one Free TAFE course per person. If you’ve already enrolled and commenced, or enrolled but didn’t complete a Free TAFE course at any Victorian TAFE in the past you will NOT be eligible for another and will need to pay tuition and materials fees when you enrol. Reach out to us if you think this is you.


Intake Attendance Days
Morwell: 03/10/2022 Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 9:00am - 3:00pm

Qualifications and Recognition

Upon successful completion of this course students will be eligible to receive the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.

Career Opportunities

  • Early Childhood Educator in a long day care service
  • Nanny
  • Family Day care provider
  • Early Childhood Director

Opportunities for Further Study

Further Information

Course and Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

The Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care is physically and academically demanding, in order to be successful with the Diploma course work and practical placement, students are required to perform and demonstrate a number of skills in a safe manner to themselves, other students, staff and those within their care.

By understanding the task required within the course work and practical placement students can make an informed decision whether the program is suitable prior to enrolment.

Click here to read the Inherent Requirements for this course

To attend placement or be in the workplace, students are required to have three COVID-19 vaccinations as determined by the State Government on public health recommendations. Students are required to have the third COVID-19 vaccination by March 25th, 2022. Further information can be found here


Students must have completed either the CHC30113 or CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care to be eligible to enrol in this Diploma

Online requirement

Not Applicable


Course Cost

VET Student Loans

VET Student Loans are available to assist eligible students studying higher level vocational education and training (VET) qualifications to pay their tuition fees. Higher level VET qualifications are at those at a Diploma level and above. VET Student loans are capped at a maximum for each approved course of study and the amount of the loan cannot be greater than your remaining FEE-HELP balance. If eligible for a student loan, you can access up to $16,221 to help cover the tuition fees for this course. For more information about VET Student Loans and eligibility requirements, please click here.

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Specialist Course Information

Specialist Course Information



During the course students will complete block placement.
Placement is arranged by: Institute

Pathway to Industry Licence

Not Applicable

Material and Equipment supplied by students

Not Applicable

Student Services

Support is available for students at every stage of the study journey. Please speak to any of our friendly reception or teaching staff.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Many TAFE Gippsland courses offer Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Click to learn more about RPL and how it can benefit you.

Course Structure

Sample course units

CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice
BSBPEF502 Develop and use emotional intelligence
BSBHRM413 Support the learning and development of teams and individuals
BSBTWK502 Manage team effectiveness
CHCECE053 Respond to grievances and complaints about the service
CHCECE041 Maintain a safe and healthy environment for children
CHCECE042 Foster holistic early childhood learning, development and wellbeing
CHCECE043 Nurture creativity in children
CHCECE045 Foster positive and respectful interactions and behaviour in children
CHCECE046 Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children
CHCECE049 Embed environmental responsibility in service operations
CHCECE044 Facilitate compliance in a children’s education and care service
CHCECE047 Analyse information to inform children’s learning
CHCECE048 Plan and implement children’s education and care curriculum
CHCECE050 Work in partnership with children’s families


Assessment is based on a combination of written assignments and projects, practical demonstrations/observations and workplace assessment during practical placement.