Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

dip children services early childhood education care
Course Code
Course Type
Accredited Course
Course Level
Skills Deepening
Children's Services
Course Location
Course Duration
Full Time: 12 months
Part Time: 2 years
Flexible - Via workbooks and workplace assessment
Course Cost
For an individual quotation of fees payable, please visit your nearest campus of GippsTAFE. A tuition fee waiver applies for students eligible to enrol in a government subsidised training place. The Student Services and Amenities fee will apply. Other fees may also apply e.g. materials, excursions. Click Here for further information regarding Fees and Charges.
Study Modes
On Campus; Full time; Part Time (Day); Flexible
Starting Date
Full Time:
  • February 2014

Children's Services Department
Phone: (03) 5127 0269
Fax: 1300 094 661
Email: childrens@gippstafe.edu.au
Post: PO Box 3279, GMC 3841

Course Overview

Enjoy being around children? Then this course will give you the ability to design and implement engaging programs for infants, pre-schoolers and school-age children.

Enhance your employment prospects in an Early Childhood Education Centre by enrolling in this course from GippsTAFE.

The course combines face-to-face practical classes with work placement to provide you with the complex skills and knowledge required to develop and evaluate care programs and learning opportunities for children.

Study Early Childhood Education and Care at GippsTAFE for free* in 2014
*Conditions: The Commonwealth Government will cover the costs of tuition fees for students enrolled at GippsTAFE, undertaking a training package qualification in Early Childhood Education and Care at the Diploma level. Other GippsTAFE fees (student amenities and student materials fees) and any associated costs (eg. Text books stationary etc.) will be charged to, or the responsibility of, the student.

Career Outcome
Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) Kindergarten Manager
Diploma of Children's Services (Early Childhood Education and Care)
Diploma of Children's Services (Outside School Hours Care)
Pre-school Assistant
Certificate IV in Children's Services (Outside School Hours Care) Outside School Care
Certificate III in Children's Services
Childcare Worker
For more information on pathways, please contact Student Experience Higher Education

Qualifications And Recognition

Upon successful completion of this course students will be eligible to receive the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Many GippsTAFE courses offer Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Click to learn more about RPL and how it can benefit you.

Employment Prospects

  • Centre Manager (Children's Services)
  • Childcare Co-ordinator
  • Child Development Worker
  • Special Needs Inclusion Worker
  • Early Childhood Educator
  • Childcare Worker
  • Family Day Care Worker
  • Nanny
  • Integration Aide
  • Pre-school Assistant

Entry Requirements

Applicants must be at least 17 years of age or over as at the course commencement date with a general interest in the Children's services profession. Potential students are required to undertake a literacy and numeracy test and interview.

How To Apply

Direct to Institute


For full time students assessment is based on a combination of written reports, oral presentation, participation in class projects and work place assessment.

Assessment for flexible students is based on a combination learning via the workbooks, on the job assessment, Saturday workshops, Recognition of Prior learning.

Can prospective students enrol in individual units?


Course Structure

Packaging to gain a national qualification

  • Pre-requisites 23
  • Electives 5

Total number of units of competency 28

Optional competencies

  • elective units at this or higher levels
  • compulsory units at higher levels

Core units
CHCCS400C Work within a relevant legal and ethical framework
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 services
CHCECE020 Establish and implement plans for developing cooperative behaviour
CHCECE021 Implement strategies for the inclusion of all 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
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
HLTHIR404D Work effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people
HLTWHS003 Maintain work health and safety
Elective units
BSBLED401A Develop teams and individuals
CHCORG428A Reflect on and improve own professional practice
CHCORG624E Provide leadership in community services delivery
CHCORG627B Provide mentoring support to colleagues
HLTHIR403C Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers