Diploma in Early Childhood education

Expand your career and move into senior Early Childhood Educator roles through study that supports your development


Mixed Delivery:
Online and In-Person

12 Months Completion

Multiple funding options

Course Description

The Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care is an in depth qualification that will help you advance your career in early childhood by allowing you to take on higher levels of responsibility and leadership. It is the qualification ACEQA requires for those wishing to take on a Team Leader role or a Senior Assistant role and will give you greater understanding on how to promote a play based learning environment, lead an education and care program and to support staff in facilitating high quality care.

Within the Diploma, it will give you further knowledge on how to implement and manage learning programs for 0-5 year olds, support you in supervising staff and visitors and will assist you in designing, planning and evaluating learning programs for children. It will give you highly sought after skills, knowledge and experience in childhood development that services are seeking in highly skilled educators.


Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Course Code


Nationally Recognised



Full Time: 52 Weeks

Part Time: 104 Weeks

Self Paced: Opportunity to fast track qualifications student driven

Delivery Modes

You can choose the delivery mode that best suits your circumstances from the following:

  1. Earn as you learn partner site Trainee placement
  2. Online
  3. Traineeship / Apprenticeship

Placement Hours of Work

To achieve this qualification, the individual must have completed a total of least 280 hours of work in a regulated children’s education and care service in Australia as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of units of competency. The total number of hours may be applied collectively across all units of competency that include the requirement for workplace hours.

International Delivery

This course is not currently available to international students.

Entry to this qualification is open to individuals who hold a:

  • CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care or
  • CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.


Manage team effectiveness
Maintain a safe and healthy environment for children
Foster holistic early childhood learning, development and wellbeing
Nurture creativity in children
Facilitate compliance in a children’s education and care service
Foster positive and respectful interactions and behaviour in children
Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children
Analyse information to inform children’s learning
Plan and implement children’s education and care curriculum
Embed environmental responsibility in service operations
Work in partnership with children’s families
Reflect on and improve on person practice


Support the learning and development of teams and individuals
Establish innovative work environments
Respond to grievances and complaints about the service

  • Direct real time assessment in the workplace
  • Prepared individual work pieces ie. reports, projects, displays, role plays, presentations
  • Written questionnaires
  • Reports from workplace supervisors

ELC Training Australia’s preferred method of payment of student fees is by instalment in arrears. This is supported by the folllowing payment methods available to you:

  • Credit Card
  • Direct Debit
  • Payment Plans

Multiple funding options are available. Find out more about it on our Fees page

The Diploma qualification provides for employment in the following roles:

  • Centre Based Director
  • Lead Educator in Long Day Care, Child Care Centres, Occasional Care
  • Educational Leader
  • Centre Manager
  • Family Day Care Coordinator
  • Family Day Care Educator
  • In Home Care Provider or Coordinator
  • Out of School Hours Coordinator
  • Out of School Hours Educator
  • Preschool Assistant
  • Assistant Educator in a Kindergarten or preschool program, working with a teacher
  • Nanny
  • Other education based employers may accept this qualification, such as working as a tutor, education support staff or as a teacher aide.

Some universities offer credit from the Diploma qualification to enrol in Early Childhood teaching qualifications. 

Work with us while you study

We are in a unique position to be able to provide not only flexible study modes, but potential employment while you study through our partner ELC’s, taking the need for lengthy unpaid placements out of the equation. We offer on the job support and training by a qualified trainer and assessor to help you achieve your study needs, all while having the option to be paid. We offer subsidised wages to cover the cost of your study eliminating up front hefty fees. Those students who perform at an exceptional level may have the opportunity for long term employment prospects with leading centres within the industry.

Why study your Diploma

Working in Early Childhood Education and holding your Certificate III qualification you will have experienced the joy of nurturing young children as they begin life’s journey.

This will have sparked a passion in you to get the best out of yourself to ensure these children gain the best possible start in life and there will be imitations in your knowledge on how to best support this.

As your career grows with your experience there will be natural opportunities for advancement into more responsible roles. Furthering your professional development is essential to give yourself the best chance to be successful in taking on these opportunities and the returns that go with them. 

While you progress through the Diploma you new skills in leadership, planning and delivering more engaging activities with children, and other skills such as communication and organisation, will all enhance the quality of work you perform, and the enjoyment you gain from it.

All applications to enrol in our accredited Early Childhood courses are subject to the selection process and course student capacity constraints, there is no guarantee of acceptance into a course. As part of the application process, you will be enrolled in a “holding class” titled “ECEC Eligibility Check” in which you will be required to complete a LLN test and provide the following documentation: South Australian Working with Children Check, Covid-19 Vaccination Certificate (includes second vaccination), RRHAN-EC Fundamentals and Masterclass Certificate, Provide First Aid in an Education and Care Setting (Diploma Only) and Previous Qualifications (Diploma Only). Your application will then be reviewed and you will be contacted regarding your application outcome. There is no fee incurred for the application process. If you have any issues during this process, please contact our administration team via email at admin@elctraining.com.au

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