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Take your career in early childhood education to a more senior level

Follow your dream and study to become an early childhood centre director or educator, kindergarten educator, family day carer or nanny.
As Australia’s population continues to grow, this is a career that is in demand. The Commonwealth Government predicts Australia will need an additional 29,000 early childhood teachers by 2023 to cater for the projected number of preschool age children.
When you complete the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care with Chisholm, 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.
From time of enrolment you will have access to the Future Tracks program which is run in partnership with Chisholm Institute and La Trobe University. Additionally to the expert education support you receive from your Chisholm teachers, Future Tracks offers earn-as-you-learn part-time employment opportunities, leadership development and a connection to a national network of students and graduates.

After successful completion of our Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, Chisholm students can pathway directly into year two of La Trobe University's Bachelor of Early Learning.

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.

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

Berwick, Dandenong and Frankston: Full time - Three days per week 9.15am – 3.15pm, plus three industry placement blocks.
Berwick, Dandenong and Frankston: Part time - Two nights per week 6pm – 9pm, plus a minimum of 480 hours industry placement across duration of course.
Other part time study options and traineeships are available at all locations

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Dandenong, Frankston, Berwick, Bass Coast, Mornington Peninsula
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Full Time, 18 months. Part Time, 3 years.
Start dates
Weeks commencing 17 Feb, 13 Apr, 13 Jul and 5 Oct