Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (Traineeship)

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Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (Traineeship)

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

Job prospects

+ Early Childhood Educator

+ Children’s Services Team Leader

+ Assistant Centre Director

+ Centre Manager, Coordinator or Director

+ Out of School Hours (OOSH) Care Educator

+ Family Daycare Operator or Approved Provider


+ Duration: 12-24 months

+ Work placement: 280 workplace training

Local students Yes

International students No

Is this funded?

Yes - Government funding is available to eligible students. Click here to see if you qualify.

How can I study?

This qualification is delivered as a Traineeship. It is also available as classroom delivery.

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. Students must have access to a computer or laptop to complete the course.

  • Early Childhood Educator

  • Children’s Services Team Leader

  • Assistant Centre Director

  • Centre Manager, Coordinator or Director

  • Out of School Hours (OOSH) Care Educator

  • Family Daycare Operator or Approved Provider

Traineeship: $0* (promotional price, normally $230)

Full Fee: $12,448

Textbooks: $220


Enrolment fees include additional resources required for the course and student ID charges.  For additional service fees, such as re-assessment fees, please refer to the Domestic Student Handbook.

This course is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth government funding, to eligible candidates.
* Eligibility criteria applies.
^Eligibility criteria apply. Trainees may be eligible for State and/or Federal Funding.

  • National Code: CHC50121

  • Units: 12 core + 3 electives

  • Duration: 12-14 months

  • Delivery Method: Workplace based (traineeship)

  • Assessment: Written, simulated and workplace-based practical observations

  • Prior experience: RPL & Credit Transfer is available

  • Workplacement uniform t’shirt: $30

To enrol in this course you must hold a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC30113 or CHC30121)

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.


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 280 hours. All trainees are provided with a designated trainer who will devote 1:1 instruction and guidance throughout their traineeship journey. The specialist MCIE Traineeship Industry Liaison works collaboratively with the trainee and employer to ensure program is fit for purpose and each party is supported throughout. 

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.

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

After graduating from this course you may apply to enter MCIE’s pathway into the Victoria University Bachelor of Early Childhood Education. Reducing the Bachelor from three years to two years.

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.

Core Units

CHCECE042 Foster holistic early childhood learning, development and wellbeing 

CHCECE048 Plan and implement children’s education and care curriculum 

CHCECE047 Analyse information to inform children’s learning 

CHCECE043 Nurture creativity in children 

CHCECE041 Maintain a safe and healthy environment for children 

CHCECE049 Embed environmental responsibility in service operations 

CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice

CHCECE045 Foster positive and respectful interactions and behaviour in children 

CHCECE046 Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children 

CHCECE050 Work in Partnership with children’s families 

CHCECE044 Facilitate compliance in a children’s education and care service 

BSBWK502 Manage team effectiveness

Elective Units

CHCPOL002 Develop and implement policy 

CHCMGT003 Lead the work team 

BSBSTR501 Establish innovative work environments 

Nationally Recognised Training

This is Nationally Recognised Training,
leading to Australian Qualifications
Framework (AQF) qualification or a
Statement of Attainment.

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