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Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

May 12, 2022

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Selmar Institute of Education



The Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care is a highly sought-after qualification within the child care industry.


Upon completion, graduates will have the skills and knowledge to become a lead educator in the delivery of early childhood education programs for children in centre based and family day cares. This qualification will also develop your ability to lead and mentor other staff in their early childhood education careers. The Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care includes some management competencies designed to equip graduates with the knowledge to meet the daily challenges of working within the early childhood industry.

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VET Student Loans are available for the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care. Our courses also provide other payment options including payment plans and direct debt. Learn more about our fees and funding.

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Course code

Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Delivery mode
Workplace or distance (online)

Course duration
12 months

Nationally recognised

Practical placement hours
280 hours (2 days per week, 7.5 hour days) in a long day care environment that we can help you organise (working hours can be incorporated as placement hours for workplace students)

Government funding & fees

Payment methods
Direct Debit, Credit Card, VET Student LoanPay-as-you-go (Catalyst plus)


Possible career pathways you may like to consider upon completion:

  • Room leader/Lead educator
  • Early childhood educator
  • Family day care educator
  • Kindergarten assistant
  • Nanny/in-home carer
  • Assistant Director
  • Centre Director

*Graduates of Selmar’s Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care have a university pathway to study a Bachelor of Education degree in either Early Childhood or Primary at Swinburne Online. Learn more


Course units

Core units

CHCECE046 Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children
CHCECE050 Work in partnership with the children’s families
CHCECE045 Foster positive and respectful interactions and behaviour in children
CHCECE041 Maintain a safe and healthy environment for children
CHCECE049 Embed sustainable practices in service operations
CHCECE042 Foster holistic early childhood learning, development and wellbeing
CHCECE043 Nurture creativity in children
CHCECE047 Analyse information to inform learning
CHCECE048 Plan and implement children’s education and care curriculum
CHCECE044 Facilitate compliance in an education and care service
BSBSTR501 Establish innovative work environments
BSBTWK502 Manage team effectiveness

Elective units

BSBPEF502 Develop and use emotional intelligence
CHCPOL003 Research and apply evidence to practice
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice


Course entry

  • Must hold a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC30113 or CHC30121).
  • To commence this program, your Language Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skills must meet required standards for ACSF LEVEL 3.
  • Have access to a computer and internet.
  • Victoria and NSW students — You need to either provide a current Working With Children Check (WWCC) or provide evidence that you have applied for a WWCC. Find out more information here: VIC NSW
  • Queensland students — You need to either provide a current Blue Card or provide evidence that you have applied for a Blue Card. More information
  • If you are unable to obtain a WWCC  or Blue Card you will not be able to complete the requirements of the course and will not be eligible for government-subsidised training for this course.
  • Evidence of COVID-19 vaccination is required to undertake practical placement in an early childhood education and care setting. For more information, check with your state health department website.

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