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Chase your calling to become an early childhood professional

Follow your dream and study to become an early childhood educator, centre director, kindergarten educator, family day carer or nanny.

When you successfully complete the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care with Chisholm, you will have achieved two nationally recognised qualifications highly regarded by employers in this sector. You will be able to work at a senior level in a variety of children's services, including designing and developing curriculum and supervision of staff.

To undertake this course, you need to hold either the CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care or the CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care qualification. If you have not successfully completed either of these courses, please enrol first into the CHC30121 qualification on our website. The Certificate III is now a pre requisite for the Diploma qualification and allows you to complete two qualifications in approximately 18 months.

After successful completion of our CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, Chisholm students can pathway to a number of different Universities where they will receive direct credit into a Bachelor of Education Primary &/or Early Childhood degree.

This course requires mandatory practical placement in an approved early childhood setting (minimum 280 hours). The course is based on the National Quality Framework and Early Years Learning Framework and has an emphasis on play-based learning.

Full time - Berwick, Dandenong and Frankston: Three days per week 9.15am – 3.15pm, plus three industry placement blocks.

Mode of delivery: Delivery will be a mix of blended classroom based, face to face and online learning.

Please note: The information on this page is for non-trainees only. View the traineeship version of this course.

Course code
Delivery location
Dandenong, Frankston, Berwick
Not available for International students
Full Time, 12 months.
Start dates
11 July (Frankston, Dandenong, Berwick) 3 October (Berwick, Dandenong, Frankston)

Nationally Recognised Training logoChisholm is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) and provides Nationally Recognised Training (NRT). This means you can be assured that our training will provide you with a qualification that is recognised and respected across Australia.

Chisholm courses are subject to minimum and maximum group numbers. Courses may be cancelled or postponed if minimum numbers are not achieved by the start date of the course. Courses may close prior to the start date if the maximum numbers are reached. In that situation, eligible applicants will be offered a place in the next available intake.