Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

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No kidding around, this could be your future career!

This diploma gives you the skills and knowledge to be able to lead a team in an early childhood education and care service, provide care and meet the social, emotional, physical and educational needs of infants and young children in various settings.

You'll learn about ethical work practices and legal requirements of the industry, and gain advanced skills in care routines, working with families, observing and recording children's behaviour, working with culturally diverse clients and managing safety in the workplace.

You'll also learn how to work closely with children from different backgrounds and cultures and provide care and support for them in various child care situations.

Half price
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Existing worker traineeship
Industry: Education and Community Services
National course code: CHC50121 | WA State ID: BGY6

Choose a WA TAFE college that delivers this course

To find out more about doing this course at a WA TAFE college, select one of the TAFEs listed below to read their course descriptions. You'll also be able to see at which TAFE campus/es the course is delivered.

If you would like further information such as when the course is available and how to enrol, and details of course fees, or if you have questions about how the course is delivered, please follow the Find out more link to go to the TAFE's website where you will find full course details and contact information so that you can speak to the TAFE directly.

This diploma will provide you with the skills and knowledge to manage the operation of a child care centre where you would be responsible for planning, implementing and managing programs in early childhood services (0-5 years), in accordance with licensing, accreditation and duty of care requirements. You would also supervise staff and volunteers.

During this course you will learn to provide care and meet the social, emotional, physical and educational needs of infants and young children in various care settings.

As part of this qualification you will undertake ongoing work placement where you will be able to apply the skills and knowledge you have learned. You will work closely with children from different backgrounds and cultures and provide care and support for them.

You will gain skills in:

  • Ethical work practices and legal requirements of the industry
  • Advanced skills in:
    • Care routines
    • Working with families
    • Observing and recording children's behaviour
    • Working with culturally diverse clients
    • Managing safety in the workplace.

A fulfilling career helping children grow and develop

This diploma will provide you with the skills and knowledge to manage the operation of a child care service where you would be responsible for planning, implementing and managing programs in early childhood services (0-5 years), in accordance with licensing, accreditation and duty of care requirements. You would also supervise staff and volunteers.

During this course you will learn to provide care and meet the social, emotional, physical and educational needs of infants and young children in various care settings.

As part of this qualification you will undertake ongoing work placement where you will be able to apply the skills and knowledge you have learned. You will work closely with children from different backgrounds and cultures and provide care and support for them.

In most states this is the highest qualification required at director or service manager level for children's service centre based care and education.

If you are or have been, working in the Early Childhood Education industry you may you may be able to gain full or partial qualification and achieve your Diploma in a shorter period of time through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), see the Important Information tab below for more details.

Locations

Joondalup (Kendrew Crescent)
Leederville

Help shape the future of our young people.

Make a difference in childrens’ lives by learning how best to support their wellbeing, learning and development.

This course reflects the role of an educator who is responsible for the planning, implementing and management of programs in early childhood education and care services in accordance with legislative requirements and national quality standards. Participants will learn how to document, plan and evaluate children’s play, with a focus on inclusion, mentoring, management and working in a culturally diverse environment.

As part of this qualification, participants will undertake  240 hours of supervised work placement where they will be able to apply the skills and knowledge learned throughout the course. A federal police clearance and Working with Children Check are required prior to placement.

Upon completion of the Diploma, participants will become qualified to supervise other staff and volunteers. Participants will be equipped with the necessary skills to plan, implement and manage programs in early childhood services (0-12 years) in accordance with licensing, quality assurance and duty of care requirements.

This course is available at other campus locations upon request.

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Locations

Broome Campus
Karratha Campus

The Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care covers educators in children's services (early childhood) who are responsible for planning, implementing and managing programs in early childhood services, in accordance with licensing, accreditation and duty of care requirements. At this level educators have responsibility for supervision of other staff and volunteers. In most states it is the highest qualification required at director or service manager level for children's service centre based care and education.

Gain these skills

  • lead a team in an Education and Care Service
  • provide care and meet the social, emotional, physical and educational needs of infants and young children in various care settings
  • ethical work practices and legal requirements of the industry
  • advanced skills in care routines
  • working with families 
  • observing and recording children's behaviour
  • working with culturally diverse clients
  • managing safety in the workplace
  • work closely with children from different backgrounds and cultures
  • provide care and support for children in various child care situations

Please note: there is a mandatory requirement to undertake an unpaid work placement of a minimum of 280 hours.

Locations

Mandurah
Murdoch
Rockingham
Thornlie

This qualification reflects the role of educators who work in regulated children’s education and care services in Australia. Educators at this level are responsible for designing and implementing curriculum that meets the requirements of an approved learning framework and for maintaining compliance in other areas of service operations. They use specialised knowledge and analyse and apply theoretical concepts to diverse work situations. They may have responsibility for supervision of volunteers or other educators.

Study modes and durations differ depending on your local campus. Please check with your local campus for more information.

Locations

Albany
Bunbury
Busselton
Esperance
Katanning
Manjimup
Margaret River
Narrogin

Choose a private training provider that delivers this course

This course is also available from registered training organisations (accredited private training providers) that are funded through Jobs and Skills WA. Select from the list below, and follow the link to the provider’s website for further information.

This qualification reflects the role of early childhood educators who are 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.

They may have responsibility for supervision of volunteers or other staff.

Traineeship funding is for those employed in the industry

Delivery locations

East Perth
Workplace

The Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care reflects the role of early childhood educators who are responsible for designing and implementing curriculum in early childhood and education services. In doing so they work to implement an approved learning framework within the requirements of the Education and Care Service National Regulations and National Quality Standard. This role will also require the supervision of other staff and/or volunteers.

The Diploma can also provide a pathway into University Degree programs in Early Childhood Education. You must hold either the CHC30113 or CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education & Care to enrol in the Diploma.

This qualification is delivered both in the classroom for existing workers, or as a traineeship (on the job and flexible in your work environment)

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Delivery location

Morley

Traineeship

This qualification reflects the role of early childhood educators who are 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. They may have responsibility for supervision of volunteers or other staff.

Delivery location

Workplace

The information presented on the course lists within this website is provided to the Department of Training and Workforce Development by the WA TAFE colleges and private training providers, and is offered as a guide only. It is updated regularly, however some changes to details may occur in between updates. You should always contact the TAFE or private training provider directly to confirm details and/or ask questions.