Course Description

The Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care is for those who are interested in working in the early childhood services sector, or who are already working in the field and are responsible for planning, implementing and managing programs in early childhood services. At this level, workers have responsibility for the supervision of staff and volunteers.

In most states this is the highest qualification required at director or service manager level for early childhood service centre-based care.

The course includes on-campus and online classes, as well as multiple work placements.



Work in the early childhood services sector is both demanding and extremely rewarding. Desirable qualities for this work are patience, understanding, imagination, cheerfulness, energy, adaptability, physical fitness and a willingness to take responsibility.

This course reflects the role of early childhood educators who are responsible for designing and implementing curriculum in early childhood education and care services, within the approved learning framework requirements of the Education and Care Services, national regulations and the National Quality Standards. Current work placement is 360 hours over the course duration.

Current work placement for students holding an international student visa, who have completed Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC30113), is approximately 240 hours.

Students who complete the course may be eligible for significant credits in the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary) (BA-EDECP), here.

Employment Outcomes

Graduates of Teacher Education undergraduate courses at Swinburne University of Technology had the following employment outcomes:

Employed full time: 74.0% (national average 77.5%)
Studying full time: 8.1% (national average 7.4%)
Median full time salary: $58,400 (national average $62,000)

You can find out more about employment outcome results here.

Course codes

CRICOS Code: 085268B
Swinburne University of Technology Code: CHC50113

Entry Requirements



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