The Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care applies to educators in children’s services (early childhood) who are responsible for planning, implementing and managing programs in day care and child care centres in accordance with licensing, accreditation and duty of care requirements. The Diploma of Early Childhood rolls in coursework from the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care and Care and Certificate IV in School Age Education and Care, providing students with skills and knowledge to manage the successful operation of a child care centre, provide care and meet the developmental (social, emotional, educational and physical) needs of children aged 0-12 in various care settings.
Students will also learn about ethical work practices and the extensive legal requirements of the industry, whilst gaining advanced skills in care routines, working/communicating with families, observing and recording children’s behaviour according to developmental frameworks & milestones, working with culturally diverse families and managing safety.
Students who complete their Diploma in Childcare will be prepared to work as Childcare Workers, but also leadership roles in the child care sector such as Child Care Leader, Playgroup Leader, Creche Supervisor, Child Care Centre Manager and Day Care Manager – each overseeing the work of Child Care Assistants and Child Care Workers who have completed their Cert III and Cert IV.
In most states in Australia, the Diploma is the highest mandatory qualification required for director or service manager level roles in a child care centre. It’s also important to know that a Diploma will greatly increase your chances of competitive employment, as new Australian legislation requires most day care centres to have at least 50% staff holding a Diploma in Childcare.
As part of this qualification you will also undertake ongoing supervised work placement where you’ll be able to apply the skills and knowledge that you have learned. The required work placement time for a Diploma is up to 480 hours in most states.
You will work closely with children from different backgrounds and cultures and provide care and support for them in various child care situations.
Please note carefully, entry to the Diploma does not have prerequisites of having completed the Certificate III in Early Age Education and Care or Certificate IV in School Age Education and Care. The course matter for both the Cert III and Cert IV are covered in the Diploma. The Diploma is intended for those who wish to jump straight into dedicated study and fast track their career.
- Developing teams and individuals
- Business and administration
- Reflecting on and improving personal practice
- Supporting positive behaviour of children and young people
- Supporting the holistic development of children in early childhood
- Design and implementation of curriculum appropriate programs to foster learning and development in children aged 0-12
- Health and safety
- Sustainable practices
- Developing positive and respectful relationships with children
- Maintaining a safe and healthy environment
- Holistic development and wellbeing
- Nurturing creativity in children
- Promoting Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander cultural safety
- Promoting and providing healthy food and drinks
- Promoting children’s agency
- Emergency first aid
- Working in partnership with families
- Using approved learning frameworks
The Diploma takes an average of 18 months to complete and the average course fee at Registered Training Organisations (RTOs around the country) is $10,000. Financial aid is available, please check with your chosen course provider for more details.
For more information on additional certifications, please see below:
Work placement training requirements for Childcare Workers in Australia can vary from state to state so please select your state below to get specialist information on your state.
New South Wales – 13 28 11
Victoria – (03) 9651 9999
Northern Territory – (08) 8901 1357
Queensland – 1800 210 210
South Australia – 1800 673 097
Tasmania – 1800 655 846
Australian Capital Territory – (02) 6205 8555
Western Australia– 13 19 54
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