Course Type:
Accredited Course; VDSS
Bairnsdale, Leongatha, Morwell, Warragul, Port of Sale
2 years

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Course Overview

This qualification reflects the role of educators in a range of early childhood education settings who work within the requirements of the Education and Care Services National Regulations and the National Quality Standard. These educators support the implementation of an approved learning framework, and support children’s wellbeing, learning and development.

Depending on the setting, educators may work under direct supervision or autonomously. Students will also learn how to provide children with a safe and healthy environment and learn to provide for their individual needs.

This is only a partial completion of the qualification, students will need to complete the theory component as well as the placement component to a satisfactory standard to be deemed competent in each unit.  Students will receive a Statement of Attainment at the completion of this program.

Please note: This qualification is delivered as a partial completion for VDSS students only. Given delivery is one day per week over two years, students complete 3 units one year and 4 units the other year plus a practical placement component linked to the respective units of competency. Students wishing to complete the full qualification will be required to undertake a further 10 units of competency to gain the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.  Students have the opportunity to undertake further study post completion of their VDSS study noting eligibility for funding and course entry requirements apply. Further details are available via: Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Entry Requirements

Mandatory entry requirements:
  • This course is for students undertaking the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or the VCE Vocational Major (VCE VM). Please contact your school for more information.
  • 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:
  • Early Childhood services will not hire anyone under the age of 18. This information is relayed to prospective students during the enrolment process. Recommendation is that students should be a minimum 17 years of age to undertake the course.
Limitations to entry:

Inherent requirements for Early Childhood

  • Physical activities: The work is likely to require a certain amount of physical activity, such as:
  • Standing - often for long periods of time
  • Sitting - down at a child's level
  • Bending - lifting and setting up play areas, changing nappies, making cots
  • Walking - supervising children in both the indoor and outdoor environments
  • Heavy lifting (>15kg) - sometimes lifting children or moving furniture
    • Providing a child safe environment, (being able to move quickly if a child is in danger)
    • Providing basic physical and emotional care for students (assisting with toileting and nappy changes/managing behaviour
    • Supervision of indoor and outdoor environment
    • Lifting of children, nappy changes etc.
    • Set up and put away materials both indoor and outdoor where required
    • Standing for long periods of time, being able to get down to a child’s level and engage in activities which may be at a table or floor level

Proposed Units

CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
CHCECE056 Work effectively in children’s education and care
CHCECE034 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety
CHCECE037 Support children to connect to the natural environment
CHCECE054 Encourage understanding of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples’ culture
CHCECE030 Support inclusion and diversity

Clothing and Equipment

  • Students will need to comply with dress regulations when on Structured Workplace Learning
  • TAFE Gippsland branded uniform shirt will be supplied
  • Students must have access to a computer and Internet


  • Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
  • Bachelor of Early Childhood Studies

Potential Job Outcomes

  • Early Childhood Educator or Kindergarten Assistant
  • Nanny
  • Family Day Care
  • Support worker