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Chase your calling to become an early childhood professional

This course has been superseded and some units and details of the course will change. We will provide further details about the transition of your enrolment at a later date. It is important to note that the new course will require students to have completed the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education prior to enrolling into the Diploma.

Follow your dream and study to become an early childhood educator, centre director, 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.

After successful completion of our Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, Chisholm students can pathway to university and receive direct credit into a Bachelor of Early Childhood/ Primary teaching or a the Bachelor of Early learning with a number of Universities.

This course requires mandatory practical placement in an approved early childhood setting (minimum 240 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.

For information on student support provided while studying at Chisholm, visit our Current Students site. Here you will also find important information on student life, student activities, careers and counselling support. A concise summary can be found in our Student Guide, including information on withdrawals, refunds and complaints.

Please note that, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing requirements, to continue your learning journey, this program will be delivered remotely where possible.

Participants will be required to engage with theoretical components of the course online and via video conferencing software rather than attend classes. Refer to our COVID-19 Online Service Standards for details of minimum technical requirements and support available.

Practical skills training and assessment will be carried out in scheduled small classes to meet social distancing requirements. Practical Placement is a required component of this course and will be scheduled as soon as possible with an appropriate placement host. Given the current environment, however, this may take longer than normal and therefore, expected completion dates for the course may need to be extended to take account of deferred placement.

If you have any queries on the practical placement of a course, please contact our student information centre on 1300 244 746 or

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Delivery location
Dandenong, Frankston, Berwick, Workplace
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Full Time, 9 months.
Start dates
February, April (Berwick only), July, October 2022

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.