About This Course

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Course Overview

  • Care for children, and help them learn about our world with a Diploma of Early Childhood Education & Care. This course teaches students to implement an approved learning framework within the requirements of the Education and Care Services National Regulations and the National Quality Standard.

    Students will learn to provide care for babies, toddlers, and children, promote children’s agency, and promote positive social behaviours.

    This course has a practical component that requires 240 hours to be completed in a registered and licensed children’s service over the period of the qualification. Placement must occur for the full duration of the study period.

Course Units

  • Core Units


    CHCECE023 Analyse information to inform learning (CHCECE023) core
    CHCECE024 Design and implement the curriculum to foster children’s learning and
    development (CHCECE024)
    CHCECE001 Develop cultural competence (CHCECE001) core
    CHCECE007 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children (CHCECE007) core
    CHCECE025 Embed sustainable practices in service operations (CHCECE025) core
    CHCECE002 Ensure the health and safety of children (CHCECE002) core
    CHCECE020 Establish and implement plans for developing cooperative behaviour
    CHCECE016 Establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment for children
    CHCECE019 Facilitate compliance in an education and care service (CHCECE019) core
    CHCECE017 Foster the holistic development and wellbeing of the child in early
    childhood (CHCECE017)
    CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk (CHCPRT001) core
    CHCECE021 Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children (CHCECE021) core
    HLTWHS003 Maintain work health and safety (HLTWHS003) core
    CHCECE018 Nurture creativity in children (CHCECE018) core
    CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
    CHCECE004 Promote and provide healthy food and drinks (CHCECE004) core
    CHCECE022 Promote children’s agency (CHCECE022) core
    HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting
    CHCECE005 Provide care for babies and toddlers (CHCECE005) core
    CHCECE003 Provide care for children (CHCECE003) core
    CHCECE009 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice (CHCECE009) core
    CHCECE026 Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate education and
    care for children (CHCECE026)
    CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically (CHCLEG001) core
    CHCECE013 Use information about children to inform practice (CHCECE013) Elective
    CHCMGT003 Lead the work team (CHCMGT003) Elective
    CHCECE010 Support the holistic development of children in early childhood
    CHCECE006 Support behaviour of children and young people (CHCECE006) Elective
    CHCDIV001  Work with diverse people Elective

Career Outcomes

  • Graduates of this course will qualified to work in the Childcare Industry as in roles such as Lead Educator, Service Manager, and Service Educator.

University Pathways

This course articulates into the following pathway courses:
Name of UniversityDegreeCreditsCredit Type
Southern Cross UniversityBachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education (Primary)8Official Non-Packaged
Southern Cross UniversityBachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education (Primary/Early Childhood)4Official Non-Packaged
Southern Cross UniversityBachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education (Primary/Secondary)1Official Non-Packaged
Southern Cross UniversityBachelor of Social Science8Official Non-Packaged
Southern Cross UniversityBachelor of Social Welfare5Official Non-Packaged
Southern Cross UniversityBachelor of Arts8Official Non-Packaged
Southern Cross UniversityBachelor of Psychological Science8Official Non-Packaged
Southern Cross UniversityBachelor of Art and Design4Official Non-Packaged
Griffith UniversityBachelor of Child and Family Studies60cpOfficial Packaged

Students entering a related Bachelor qualification may be granted advanced standing for the successful completion of accredited awards at AQF Diploma level, in recognition of the rigorous nature of the accreditation and audit process associated with the Australian Quality Framework.

Where & When

    • Brisbane Intake: monthly
    • Hobart Intake: monthly
    • Delivery Mode: face to face and online

Entry Requirements

  • The training package does not have any entry requirement, but NIET’s specific course entry requirements are:

    • Education
    • 16 years old or above
    • Australian Year 11 high school certificate or equivalent; or
    • Pass NIET entry test
    • English
    • (International student only)
    • IELTS score of 5 or equivalent; or
    • Pass NIET entry test

Tuition Fees

    • Domestic Full Price: $5,000
    • Offshore International student: $10,000
    • Prices are indicative. Detailed pricing, terms and conditions will be provided in the Letter Of Offer when you apply.

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    Check the Requirements section to make sure you meet the criteria to enter the course. If you need to upgrade your English or your academic background, no problem, we can package these in.


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