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 complete the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care with Chisholm, you will have achieved a nationally recognised qualification 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 prerequisite for the Diploma qualification and allows you to complete two qualifications in 2 years.

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

The course is based on the National Quality Framework and Early Years Learning Framework and has an emphasis on play-based learning.

Please note: Chisholm is offering a scholarship to those undertaking the Certificate III and Diploma programs at Chisholm. The scholarship will be allocated against the Diploma course fees.

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Delivery location
Berwick, Dandenong, Frankston
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Full Time, 1 year.
Start dates
February, July

Please note: Students may be required to undertake an assessment of their literacy and numeracy as part of their application process.

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.