Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Why study this course?

The Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care is a nationally recognised qualification by the national regulator the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) and provides the required skills and knowledge to undertake the role of early childhood educators 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.

Course overview

The course is designed to be delivered in a series of clusters of training, providing a holistic overview of a wide range of subjects. The course begins with Being Professional which introduces the legal and ethical framework of the Early Childhood Education and Care industry. This cluster also includes developing skills in working with culturally diverse clients, in particular, working with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.
The Health and Safety of Children introduces you to your legal responsibilities and obligations in the workplace and you will learn to provide emergency first aid and identify and respond to children at risk. This cluster also includes sustainable work practices.
Care and Nurturing develops skills in the basic care of children, toddlers and babies including promoting and providing good nutrition. It focusses on fostering positive and respectful relationships with children and includes the care of children’s physical and emotional wellbeing and understanding how to maintain their dignity and rights.
Learning and Development builds on basic child care skills by encouraging the development of creativity and cooperative behaviours and providing support for children who may experience barriers to learning. It covers designing and implementing learning experiences for children and implementing strategies for their inclusion. You will develop curriculum and learn to work with families to provide appropriate education. Included in this cluster are skills to develop your own learning and development and opportunities to reflect on your own professional practice.
The successful completion of this course requires work placement of 240 hours duration at an approved facility under the supervision of a qualified carer. This commences only after all cluster one units have been completed and will occur during the remaining 6 clusters.

Career outcomes

Career outcomes resulting from the completion of this qualification are varied and may include the following roles:
• Child care educator in a kindergarten/pre-school or child care centre
• Child care educator in a child care centre
• Centre manager/director
• Authorised supervisor
• Group/team coordinator/leader
• Program leader
• Owner - child care centre
• Owner/manager - family day care
• Manager - before/after school hours care program
• Children's advisor
• Professional nanny within Australia or overseas
• Play group supervisor
• Agency relief staff/mobile education

What to do next

Please 'Make an Enquiry' to book your place and receive information pack or call 1300 649 046