Start anytime * eligibility criteria apply, material fees may apply


Start anytime * eligibility criteria apply, material fees may apply


Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care Courses Melbourne


General: This qualification reflects the role of educators in early childhood education and care who work in regulated children’s education and care services in Australia. Educators at this level are responsible for designing and implementing curriculum that meets the requirements of an approved learning framework and for maintaining compliance in other areas of service operations. They use specialised knowledge and analyse and apply theoretical concepts to diverse work situations. They may have responsibility for supervision of volunteers or other educators. 

Early childhood educators work in long day care centres, family day care, pre-schools or kindergartens.

Entry to this qualification is open to individuals who:

Employment Growth: Employment in Health Care and Social Assistance is projected to grow by 301,000 (or 15.8%) over the five years to November 2026.

Entry requirements:

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.

Prospective students are required to complete a Language Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) assessment and a Pre-Training Interview, administered by and to the satisfaction of ITHEA and be at least 18 years of age. You must have good word processing and email skills as well as the ability to download and upload documents and information. Please see our Online Service Standards.

Vocational outcomes: Students can go into a range of employment options. Occupations may include, Childhood Education Manager, Outside School Hours Coordinator.

Delivery and assessment: We offer students the flexibility of choosing between online learning or classroom delivery. All students will be enrolled into our Learning Management System and all assessments must be completed online. As a result, all students will require a personal computer, with access to the Internet, to successfully complete their studies. Assessment methods allow for the gathering of sufficient quality evidence about the student’s performance. Methods used include question and answer, observation and demonstration, and case study.

Practical placement: 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. Evidence provided by the supervisor will contribute to assessment of the candidate’s ability to work at this level. Students are required to find their own practical placement, however ITHEA will provide assistance and support where needed. Students must have a valid Working With Children Check prior to attending placement.

Core Units

Unit CodeUnit DescriptorNom Hrs
BSBTWK502Manage team effectiveness60
CHCECE041Maintain a safe and healthy environment for children55
CHCECE042Foster holistic early childhood learning, development and wellbeing200
CHCECE043Nurture creativity in children80
CHCECE044Facilitate compliance in a children’s education and care service110
Foster positive and respectful interactions and behaviour in children60
CHCECE046Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children65
CHCECE047Analyse information to inform children’s learning75
CHCECE048Plan and implement children’s education and care curriculum180
CHCECE049Embed environmental responsibility in service operations73
CHCECE050Work in partnership with children’s families70
CHCPRP003Reflect on and improve own professional practice120

Elective Units

Unit CodeUnit DescriptorNom Hrs
BSBTWK503Manage meetings30
CHCECE053Respond to grievances and complaints about the service40
CHCINM002Meet community information needs70

This Training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government Funding. Eligibility criteria apply. People with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

Please make sure you have read all the course information about units of study, duration, entry requirements, assessment information, job prospects etc.


1. You must attend a pre-training interview which includes a Language, Literacy and Numeracy test and complete the eligibility declaration form (in the case of students applying for Skills First Program Funding).

2. To complete the application process, click on the ‘Apply Now’ link. Complete the steps involved to submit your application online.

3. ITHEA will assess your application and make sure all entry requirements are met. An ITHEA representative will contact you if your application is unsuccessful.


If you have any questions about the course, please call us on 9650 3900.


  • Skills First Funding


  • Non Apprentice/Trainee
  • Trainee


18 months




Melbourne CBD 3000 – Thu Fri


Traineeship, in class or online


280 hrs


If you have any questions about the course, please call us on 9650 3900.