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Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Course Code: CHC50113
Study Area:
Children’s Services

Start date: 17 July 2018

Days per week: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday

Duration: 60 weeks

End date: 13 December 2019

​ The Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care will provide students with the knowledge and skills to design and implement curriculum in early childhood education and care services, using an approved learning framework.   Upon completion of this course, you will be able to seek employment as a qualified educator, within a range of early learning settings caring for children aged up to 12 years.

  • Bendigo City Campus
  • Echuca Campus
Course Structure
  • Full time - Blended - 18 - Month/s


This course contains nationally or state accredited units.

Possible careers
  • Family day care worker
  • Play centres worker
  • Preschool worker
  • Private homes worker
  • Special needs worker
  • Child care worker
  • Credits may apply in a range of university courses, including the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education

  • Individual interview
  • Working with Children Check
  • Literacy and numeracy assessment

Course overview

Direct entry - semester one and two 2017 This qualification will provide students with the knowledge and skills to design and implement curriculum in Early Childhood Education and Care services, using an approved learning framework. Students will engage in practical placement and may have responsibility for supervision of staff or volunteers. This is a full time course delivered 2-3 days per week over 18 months Practical placement- students will complete 1 x 2week blocks of placement and a 2 x 4 week blocks where student is expected to complete 5 full days for each week, totalling approx. 380 hours, which will be planned by our placement coordinator. Some students may need to travel outside of their suburb/town to complete placement, but we will make every attempt to keep as local as possible. Bendigo TAFE will organise practical placement for each student in various organisation across the sector. Students cannot begin placement until they have completed appropriate paperwork which includes WWCC and placement agreements. Bendigo TAFE Placement Support Officer will assist students with their placement needs in approved host organisations.

How to apply
Online application direct to Bendigo TAFE

Selection process
  • Group interview

Recognition of prior learning (RPL)
Recognition of prior learning (RPL) may be given for skills and knowledge gained through previous study or other relevant experience.  Further information refer to RPL

Assessment Methods
  • Case Study
  • Role Play
  • Field Work
  • Assignment
  • RPL
  • Practical Assessment
  • Observation
  • Knowledge Test

Learning options
  • Traineeship
  • Electronic

Key study areas
Child development and behavioural studies, observational skills, children with additional needs, health, safety and accident prevention, first aid, communicating with children, communities, advocacy and families, professional and legislative studies, occupational health and safety, team workplay and leisure, program planning, on the job training.

Further study opportunities
  • Bachelor of Early Childhood Education


Your fees are made up of four parts.
  1. Course enrolment type
  2. Materials
  3. Consumables
  4. Student Support Fee.   
Once you have determined the fees applicable to your situation you will be able to calculate a indicative annual fee for your qualification.

Are you eligible for Government subsidised fees? Check for your eligibility here
Are you eligible for concession? Check for your eligibility here
Concessions for Diploma and Advanced Diploma course categories are only available to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders.

A.   Course enrolment type:Standard
Government subsidised - average annual course fee*$4,870.00
Concession - average annual course fee*$0.00
Full fee - average annual course fee*$15,584.00
B.   Materials average fee (per year)**$491.00
C.   Consumables average fee (per year)**$120.00
Indicative pricing for:05/02/2018

*The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment and details of any other fees including but not limited to student services, amenities, goods or materials and consumables.
**Materials/Consumables fees may vary for each individual based on the units they are studying.
Average tuition fees are based on the typical number of student contact hours undertaken by a student to complete this course. Average fees displayed are purely indicative and may not be your actual fee. Fees vary based on the number/hours of electives chosen by the student. Read more on fees and charges

D.  Student Support fees
The Student Support fee is a non-tuition fee for Government subsidised (eligible) students and full fee paying (ineligible) students.   Read more

This page was last updated on 4/07/2018 1:37 PM

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