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Course Type:
Accredited Course; Traineeship; Free TAFE; JobTrainer
2 years
Starting Date:
Ongoing enrolments

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Course Overview

Whilst completing this course you will develop the skills to work closely with other Educators, providing a welcoming environment for families and developing professional and respectful relationships.

You will learn how to document children’s learning and develop curriculum that is developmentally appropriate for the children, demonstrating a sound understanding of the Early Years Learning Framework, National Quality Framework and child development. During the training you will be provided with opportunities to prepare a variety of learning experiences and resources, learning to identify and plan for children with additional needs.

This qualification reflects the role of Educators in a range of early childhood education settings.  Diploma qualified Educators are responsible for the development and implementation of curriculum that meets the requirements of the approved learning framework and the National Quality Standards.

Early Childhood Educators would have an understanding of theoretical concepts, maintaining compliance within the service operations and be responsible for supervision of educators, volunteers and students.

There are minimum inherent requirements for entry into this course which will be discussed in the interview process.

The course combines face-to-face and flexible practical classes with work placement to build student confidence and skills in working with children. There is also a requirement that students attend additional collaborate sessions and complete set course work on a weekly basis which will require them to have access to a laptop with camera and sound for independent study days.

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.


Training is undertaken in the workplace, teachers meet with trainees on a regular basis both face to face and via phone to support them in their training. Trainees will have full access to the recorded Collaborate sessions for each enrolled unit. Visits undertaken in the workplace to observe the Trainees demonstrating their skills through demonstration and meetings with Supervisors of trainees to discuss their progress.

Qualifications and Recognition

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

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 (Traineeship) 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

Some workplaces may require students to have three COVID-19 vaccinations as per their own centre requirements.


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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Trainees are required to be in the workplace to complete the required work placement hours.

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.