We’re developing the next generation of childcare professionals with the right set of skills for the 21st Century.
12-18 Months
1620 Hours
From $6,450

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The Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care provides you with the knowledge and skills required by child care workers across a range of early childhood education settings. Start a rewarding career in the booming child care industry as a qualified early childhood educator.

  • Overview
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  • Course Units
  • Delivery

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

About this course

The Diploma of Early Childhood provides you the necessary skills and knowledge to design and implement curriculum in early childhood education and care services. You will learn to implement an approved learning framework within the requirements of the Education and Care Services National Regulations and the National Quality Standard and graduate with the ability to supervise staff or volunteers.

Did you know that studying at Enable College can help you get further in the workplace? Find out more below.

Is this career path right for me?

Would you like a rewarding job? Do you have patience? Do you want to make a difference to the lives of children and their families? Do you have:

  • The ability to relate to children and families from a wide variety of backgrounds?
  • Good communication skills?
  • The desire to work in a stimulating learning environment?

If you answered yes to the above, then this course will help you advance in a rewarding career in the child care industry.

How much will it cost me?

Fee for Service
Courses from $6,450.

This course is funded through the Government of South Australia’s WorkReady Initiative.

Terms, conditions and eligibility criteria apply
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What if I have studied before?

If you have existing knowledge or skills relating to the requirements of this course you can apply for recognition of prior learning (RPL). RPL may be granted for knowledge or skills obtained through prior education, training, work and life experiences.

If granted, you may be eligible for credit towards this course, allowing you to finish your study sooner.

Pathways in Early Childhood Education & Care

Our graduates emerge with the required skills, knowledge and practical workplace experience to care and support children in a variety of settings.


Course Units

This course is made up of 28 units of study, divided into 23 core and 5 elective units. Our range of electives is based on our experience, knowledge and understanding of what employers and the industry are looking for.

CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
CHCECE001 Develop cultural competence
CHCECE002  Ensure the health and safety of children
CHCECE003  Provide care for children
CHCECE004 Promote and provide healthy food and drinks
CHCECE005 Provide care for babies and toddlers
CHCECE007 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children
CHCECE009 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
CHCECE016 Establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment for children
CHCECE017 Foster the holistic development and wellbeing of the child in early childhood
CHCECE018 Nurture creativity in children
CHCECE019 Facilitate compliance in an education and care service
CHCECE020  Establish and implement plans for developing cooperative behaviour
CHCECE021 Establish and implement plans for developing cooperative behaviour
CHCECE022 Promote children’s agency
CHCECE023  Analyse information to inform learning
 CHCECE024 Design and implement the curriculum to foster children’s learning and development
 CHCECE025 Embed sustainable practices in service operations
CHCECE026 Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate education and care for children
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
HLTWHS003 Maintain work health and safety
BSBINN502 Build and sustain an innovative work environment
BSBLED401 Develop teams and individuals
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice
CHCINM002 Meet community information needs
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
CHCPOL002 Develop and implement policy
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice

The Diploma in Early Childhood is offered as both full time and part time at our Adelaide campus or through our blended learning model. Through our blended learning model you will receive course materials to work through at your own pace as well as attend practical training seminars as required. As part of this course, you will also have the opportunity to experience real life situations through work placement. Whichever delivery method you choose, our experienced trainers will support you every step of the way.

To find out the best option for you to study aged care, call Enable College and speak with one of or course advisors today.

  • Study on Campus
  • Work Placement
  • Study Online
  • Full Time Available
  • Part Time Available

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