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

2021 Tuition, materials and student services fees will be advised in October 2020. Please use 2020 fees as an indicative guide only, which are subject to change.

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.

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

Mode of delivery: Delivery will be a mix of blended classroom based and online.

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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Dandenong, Frankston, Berwick, Bass Coast, Mornington Peninsula
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Full Time, 18 months. Part Time, 2 years.
Start dates
July, February