Open up a career in early childhood education and care

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

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

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

You can enrol in both the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care and La Trobe’s Bachelor of Early Learning, completing the first year study requirements for the Bachelor as you complete your Diploma.

This course is also offered as a traineeship in your workplace over two years.

Mornington Peninsula
Monday and Friday 9am -12pm
Tuesday and Thursday 9am -4pm

Full time - Berwick: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9am - 4pm
Full time - Dandenong: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 9am - 4pm
Full time - Frankston: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9am - 4pm
Part time - Frankston: Tuesday and Thursday 9am - 4pm

Students enrolling in this diploma course can now enrol at the same time in the La Trobe University Bachelor Of Early Learning. This means that after you have completed your diploma at Chisholm, for no additional cost and no additional study, you will have earned credit for 12 university subjects and can choose to continue into year two of the Bachelor degree. When you Apply Now, an enrolment advisor will be in touch to discuss this option further with you.

Find out more about the Bachelor Of Early Learning La Trobe University Partnership.

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On campus
Dandenong, Frankston, Berwick, Bass Coast, Mornington Peninsula
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Full Time, 18 months. Part Time, 2 years.
Bass Coast and Mornington Peninsula: February, July. Berwick, Dandenong, Frankston and traineeship in your workplace - January, April, July