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Course Type:
Accredited Course; Free TAFE; JobTrainer
Study Mode:
Online (With on-campus workshops)
18 months - 2 years
Starting Date:
Bairnsdale: 25/02/2021 Morwell: 22/04/2021 and 03/09/2021
Bairnsdale, Morwell
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Course Overview

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.

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. Attending TAFE one day per week, placement one day per week and completing independent study online allows you so much flexibility.

Once you’ve completed this qualification, you’ll be ready to work as a Qualified Educator in an Early Childhood Service. This allows you 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.

This course is delivered with a combination of online and on campus workshops.


Intake Attendance Days
Bairnsdale: 25/02/2021 Tuesday 9:00am - 3:00pm
Morwell: 22/04/2021 Thursday 9:00am - 3:00pm
Morwell: 03/09/2021 Friday 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

  • Bachelor of Early Childhood

Further Information

Course and Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Mandatory entry requirements

  • Students must obtain a clear police check and working with children's check to be eligible to complete the placement hours required.

Recommended entry requirements

  • Recommendation is that students should be a minimum 20 years of age to undertake this course. This model of delivery requires students to attend class one day per week on campus, complete independent study that has been set by teachers via the Moodle platform and attend placement one day per week in a regulated education and care service. Students will need to have access to a computer and internet at home to be able to complete the online components of this course.


Not Applicable

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 $15,793 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 the students will complete placement one day per week, starting term 2 and continuing for the duration of the course.
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

Course Modules

Course units
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
CHCECE001 Develop cultural competence
CHCECE002 Ensure the health and safety of children
CHCECE003 Provide care for children
CHCECE004 Promote and provide healthy food and drinks
CHCECE005 Provide care for babies and toddlers
CHCECE007 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children
CHCECE009 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
CHCECE016 Establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment for children
CHCECE017 Foster the holistic development and wellbeing of the child in early childhood
CHCECE018 Nurture creativity in children
CHCECE019 Facilitate compliance in an education and care service
CHCECE020 Establish and implement plans for developing cooperative behaviour
CHCECE021 Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children
CHCECE022 Promote children's agency
CHCECE023 Analyse information to inform learning
CHCECE024 Design and implement the curriculum to foster children's learning and development
CHCECE025 Embed sustainable practices in service operations
CHCECE026 Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate education and care for children
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting
HLTWHS003 Maintain work health and safety
BSBLED401 Develop teams and individuals
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
CHCECE011 Provide experiences to support children's play and learning
CHCECE013 Use information about children to inform practice
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice


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