Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (Classroom delivery)

Rather finger paint than write reports? Make a career in the Child Care Industry with a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.

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12-14 months (including holidays), 52 sessions plus 240 mandatory work placement hours over 52 weeks
CHC50113 - DC3501
This course is eligible for the Victorian Training Guarantee (VTG)
Looking to study early childhood education and care in Victoria? Our diploma is perfect for individuals who want the chance to make a difference in young children’s lives and design and implement successful curriculums within an early childhood education centre.

Diploma to Degree

MCIE graduates now have a pathway to the Victorian University Bachelor of Early Childhood Education. For more information click here.

Course Information Session Schedule

Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
Course Information Sessions for MCIE Melbourne CBD Campus 2019 Course Commencements

Information session times at the Melbourne CBD Campus, Level 9, 250 Collins Street, Melbourne
are Monday to Saturday, 11.00 am till 2.00 pm.
To book your place in one of the sessions please call 1300 737 004 or complete the Enquire Now form at the bottom of the course page.

Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
Course Information Sessions for MCIE Werribee Campus 2019 Course Commencements

Information session times at MCIE’s Werribee campus, 1/13 Watton Street, Werribee,
are on every Wednesday – 11.00 am till 2.00 pm.
To book your place in one of the sessions please call 1300 737 004 or complete the Enquire Now form at the bottom of the course page.

Make a Difference

With MCIE’s nationally accredited qualification, you can make a real difference in children’s lives. All training has been developed in consultation with the early childhood education and care industry to ensure graduates are equipped with necessary and in-demand skills.

Join our successful graduates who are now employed within the Australian Early Childhood profession as early childhood education and care service coordinators and early childhood educators.

Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care – Course Details

  • National Code: CHC50113
  • Units: 23 core + 5 electives
  • Location: 250 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC, 3000 and 1/13 Watton Street, Werribee, VIC, 3030
  • Duration: 12-14 months (including holidays), 52 sessions plus 240 mandatory work placement hours over 52 weeks
  • Delivery Method: Classroom-based
  • Assessment: Written, simulated and workplace-based practical observations
  • Prior experience: RPL & Credit Transfer is available
  • Workplacement uniform t’shirt: $30


Students learn vital skills throughout the course, such as:

  • how to nurture creativity in children
  • promoting children’s agency
  • identifying and responding to children and young people at risk
  • establishing and maintaining a safe and healthy environment for children

The coursework teaches Early Childhood Educators how to deliver childhood education services that align with child care industry regulations, and successfully nurture young children’s learning and growth.
In studying this course, you will also learn how to design an approved learning framework in line with the requirements of the Education and Care Services National Regulations and the National Quality Standard.

To fulfil all the requirements of this childcare course, students are required to undertake 240 mandatory hours of work placement within an early childhood education service.


Career Opportunities

The Child Care Diploma is well-suited for individuals looking to embrace a career as a:

  • Children’s Service Coordinator
  • Director or Educational Leader at an Early Childhood Education Centre
  • Child Development Worker
  • Early Childhood Educator
  • Centre Manager & more

Hands-On Learning

Our trainers make the Early Years Learning Framework easier to understand through specially designed activities in our simulation spaces. This gives our students an edge as they put theory into practice on campus which makes it easier for them to handle difficult and challenging scenarios when they embark on their practical experience.


Course Fees for Local Students

Government Funded* Traineeship / Apprenticeship^ Full Fee
$229 From $250 $14,000

Enrolment fees include textbooks, resource and Students ID charges. In 2019 this course will be delivered to eligible candidates with Victorian and Commonwealth government funding.

^ Eligibility criteria apply. Trainees may be eligible for State and/or Federal Funding.

* Eligibility criteria applies. For any further course costs, such as re-assessment fees, please refer to the student handbook.



There are no pre-requisites for this qualification.


Entry Requirements

Education/Core Skills
Students must complete a Pre-Training Review, meet the Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skill standards for Diploma level study and demonstrate that they are a suitable candidate for this course. Refer to MCIE’s website for details.

Age at Commencement 
It is recommended that students have attained the age of 18 by the course commencement date.

Special Needs
MCIE welcomes people with disabilities to apply. Approval will be subject to the person being able to undertake all tasks and requirements of the course.

Evidence of Australian citizenship or permanent residency is required. All participants require a Unique Student Identification (USI) number. If you do not have a USI number you can apply for one online at https://www.usi.gov.au/students or you can give MCIE’s admin staff permission to apply on your behalf.


Delivery and Assessment

Classroom Training
Training is delivered ‘face to face’ by qualified trainers and students are required to attend each scheduled class. The trainer will moderate the learning pace, method and sequence appropriate to the learning needs.
Learning methods will vary and can include case study scenarios, field trips, ‘hands-on’ practical classes, role-play techniques, discussions, presentations and assignments.

Assessment tasks and strategies cover a wide range of methods and may include the creation of specific written documents, projects or reports, formal questions (multiple-choice, short and long answer), practical demonstrations, small or large group tasks, oral presentations, problem-solving tasks, case studies and discussions.
Broadly classroom assessments have two or three assessment tasks for each unit of competency or module.
As a general rule for major assessments, students are provided with task assessment instructions including the date the task is due for completion.

The work placement requirement of this qualification is 240 hours.
MCIE will organise your work-placement with one of our host employers.

It is a requirement that students obtain the following documents prior to commencing practical placement.

  • Police Check (at applicant expense – cost between $30 and $50 AUD)
  • Working with Children Check (minimum level required ‘voluntary’ which is at no cost)


Qualification Recognition

This qualification is based on the principles, guidelines and standards set by the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) and is recognised throughout Australia.


Credit Transfer and RPL

Students may be granted RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) or Credit Transfer (CT) if they are able to demonstrate that they have achieved the level of skills and knowledge equivalent to the unit they seek credit for through work experience, through life experiences or similar study at another institution. Students can apply for credit transfer or RPL at the time of enrolment.

Candidates applying for RPL/CT should submit the RPL/CT application along with their original supporting documents to Student Administration. Where RPL applied, the candidate must submit all relevant evidence of work experience and where learning has occurred.

A Credit Transfer application must be accompanied by Nationally Recognised Certificates with detailed Statements of Attainment indicating the units successfully completed including unit codes and titles and dates of completion. Credit Transfer may also include credit transfer based on formal learning that is outside the AQF.

Refer to the Domestic Student Handbook or MCIE’s website for more information.

Course 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

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

Course Locations

Begin your Diploma studies in Early Childhood Education and Care at the MCIE Werribee Campus. Located on Watton Street at the centre of Melbourne suburb Werribee, the MCIE campus is nearby several shops and public transport services. Only 32km south of Melbourne’s CBD, the Werribee campus is a three-minute walk from the Werribee train station and Duncans Road bus stop. As well as a two-minute walk to local shops such as Woolworths. You can also drive to MCIE’s Werribee campus by car, although parking in the area is limited.

Werribee Campus Map

The Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care is offered at the MCIE Melbourne CBD Campus. Located in the heart of Melbourne, our campus is just a 5-minute walk from the popular Flinders Street Station, allowing you easy access in and out for your classes within the CBD. After your class, take a stroll to the Riverland Bar and relax after a productive day of study. Or go shopping at a few of the local Melbourne CBD favourites such as H&M and Myer.

Melbourne City Campus Map

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Updated 28 October 2018


Level 5, 250 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC, 3000   View map

Education and Care Services National Regulations now require that at least 50 per cent of the educators must have, or be actively working towards an approved Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care qualification or higher.

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Call: 1300 737 004
Email: info@mcie.edu.au

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Level 5, 250 Collins St Melbourne 3000

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