Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

  • Qualification:


  • Study mode:

    On Campus

  • Payment options:

    Study Loans eligibleUpfront payment

  • Duration:

    12 months

  • Start date:

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  • Awarded by:

    Melbourne City Institute of Education (RTO 22172)

  • Location


  • Course fee:

    Price may vary

  • Career Outcomes:

    Child Development Worker | Early Childhood Educator | Centre Manager | Educational Leader in an Early Childhood Education Centre | Child Services Coordinator | View All

This course meets the Nationally Recognised Training standards. It is listed on the Australian government’s National Register for Vocational Education and Training (VET). Studying this course leads to a qualification that’s recognised throughout Australia, and lets employers know that you have the right skills for the job.

Course Rundown

If you’re passionate about giving our tiny tots the best head start in life and want to help make a real difference in their early years then consider the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC50113) from MCIE.

Qualified early childhood educators and care professionals are in high demand these days and with this course, you’ll get the right skillset to help you land a role in children’s services and early childhood education. Not only will you receive the theoretical training that you need, but students will also get a hands-on learning experience and the opportunity to put theory into practice with MCIE’s specially-designed stimulation spaces.

In this course you’ll gain industry-essential skills and knowledge around how to nurture creativity in children, promoting children’s agency, identifying and responding to children and young people at risk, as well as establishing and maintaining a safe and healthy environment for children

Work Placement

As part of this child care course, students are required to undertake 240 hours of work placement within an early childhood education centre.

Study with MCIE


There are no formal pre-requisites for this course.

What You’ll Learn

In this early childhood education and care course, the subjects you may study include:

Core Units

CHCECE002 - Ensure the health and safety of children
CHCECE004 - Promote and provide healthy food and drinks
HLTAID004 - Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting
CHCECE016 - Establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment for children
CHCECE019 - Facilitate compliance in an education and care services
HLTWHS003 - Maintain workplace health and safety
CHCECE017 - Foster the holistic development and wellbeing of the child in early childhood
CHCECE018 - Nurture creativity in children
CHCECE022 - Promote children’s agency
CHCECE023 - Analyse information to inform learning
CHCECE024 - Design and implement the curriculum to foster children’s learning and development
CHCECE026 - Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate education and care for children
CHCLEG001 - Work legally and ethically
CHCPRT001 - Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
CHCECE009 - Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
CHCECE007 - Develop positive and respectful relationships with children
CHCECE003 - Provide care for children
CHCECE005 - Provide care for babies and toddlers
CHCECE001 - Develop cultural competence
CHCDIV002 - Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
CHCECE025 - Embed sustainable practices in service organisations
CHCECE020 - Establish and implement plans for developing cooperative behaviour
CHCECE021 - Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children

Elective Units

CHCPOL002 - Develop and implement policy
CHCPRP003 - Reflect on and improve own professional practice
CHCMGT003 - Lead the work team
BSBLED401 - Develop teams and individuals
CHCDIV001 - Work with diverse people

Why study with Melbourne City Institute of Education?

Discover a career that really makes a difference and achieve your education goals with help and guidance from the widely recognised, Melbourne City Institute of Education (MCIE).

Their industry renowned training courses have earned them a host of awards and have seen countless students achieve success in community services, aged care and more. When you study with MCIE you’ll not only get the theory side down pat, but their state-of-the-art facility and custom designed training rooms will give you all the hands-on skills you need.

Discover the MCIE difference today!

Student Support

MCIE is committed to supporting their students throughout every step of their learning journey, which is why they’ve set up a dedicated Student Welfare Coordinator, available 24/7 to assist you with whatever you need at any time of day. Their support services will help you around finding job opportunities, accommodation needs and ensuring your general health and wellbeing is on track.

Campus locations

This course can be delivered on campus to provide you with practical training in a face-to-face learning environment. It is available to study at the following locations:

Where Will It Lead Me?

Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive a Diploma of Early Childhood and Care (CHC50113) from MCIE.

This nationally accredited course will arm you with the skills and recognition to make a real difference in the lives of young children. With your new qualification, roles you may pursue include:

Curious about where a career in early childhood education could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

How Much Will It Cost?

Finance options

The full fee for this course is $14,000.

Government assistance may be available to help cover part or all of your fees (eligibility criteria applies). Enquire now to find out more!

Study Loans eligible

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Approved students will be loaned from $2,001 to $15,000, to cover all or part of their course tuition from an approved provider. The loan will be progressively drawn to pay tuition fees and paid to the training provider directly on behalf of the student. The loan will be paid back via direct debit over 6-48 months, at competitive interest rates, with no penalties for early repayment.

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