Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care



Diploma of Early Childhood Education & Care


Advance your career and studies in Early Childhood with Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care at Queensland Academy of Technology.

Progress your career in Early Childhood education in Australia with this advanced qualification and gain the specialized skills and knowledge needed to work as an Early Childhood Educator or Centre Director. A Diploma further enables you to implement, and manage education and care programs, and supervise staff and volunteers. You’ll also gain entry level management knowledge and skills that let you oversee the care service and early childhood education in Australia.


Through your study time here at Queensland Academy of Technology, you will engage with our professional teachers, and learn about the development of the whole child. The holistic development covers intellectual, social, emotional, physical and educational needs of children under six years old. This qualification will empower you with the knowledge and practical experience required to work in the industry of early childhood education in Australia, with children, to support their learning, development, wellbeing, rights and safety. This course will build on your skills in curriculum planning care routines and understanding children’s cognitive development. As an educator you will be qualified to supervise staff and students and volunteers, implement programs for the children in an early years setting.

Course Duration and Study Options

The duration of a course may vary based on the funding by which the program is being delivered under. In this instance, a training plan/schedule will be used to outline the duration and scheduling of the intended program to the student or candidate. The study options will be set out in the schedule/plan which is provided at enrolment, detailing the training methods by which the program is being delivered. All courses have full fee disclosure prior to a student commences upon enrolment.


Entry to this qualification is open to individuals who:

Hold a CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care or CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.

Fees and Funding

Please refer to the following details of Fee and Funding. Where alterations are made to course structure, fees will be recalculated and students advised accordingly.


Skills and knowledge assessments are an essential step in progressing through your course. You may be assessed in a number of ways while you study at the Queensland Academy of Technology, including observation, written assessment, questioning, portfolios, work samples, third-party feedback.

Credit transfer is available for students who have successfully completed units of competency through a nationally recognised provided. Evidence of transcript will be requested prior to commencing the course.


We have many payment options available depending on each individual student. Please Contact QAT to know what payment option suits you.

Why Study with QAT?

At QAT our aim is to assist you in reaching the required competence and confidence to succeed within the Early Childhood Services industry.

Join QAT industry award winning trainers who will provide you with the individual training support to successfully achieve your Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care to reach career goals and gain employment in the service industry of Early Childhood Education in Australia.


To achieve this qualification, the individual must have completed a total of least 280 hours of work in a regulated children’s education and care service in Australia as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of units of competency. The total number of hours may be applied collectively across all units of competency that include the requirement for workplace hours.

BSBPEF502 - Develop and use emotional intelligence
BSBTWK502 - Manage team effectiveness
CHCECE041 - Maintain a safe and healthy environment for children
CHCECE042 - Foster holistic early childhood learning, development and wellbeing
CHCECE043 - Nurture creativity in children
CHCECE044 - Facilitate compliance in a children's education and care service
CHCECE045 - Foster positive and respectful interactions and behaviour in children
CHCECE046 - Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children
CHCECE047 - Analyse information to inform children's learning
CHCECE048 - Plan and implement children's education and care curriculum
CHCECE049 - Embed environmental responsibility in service operations
CHCECE050 - Work in partnership with children's families
CHCMGT003 - Lead the work team
CHCPOL002 - Develop and implement policy
CHCPRP003 - Reflect on and improve own professional practice


Students can pursue further studies from our wide range of university pathways. Pathways include a Bachelor degree in:

• Education (Early Childhood)
• Human Service and Social Science. Students can have up to 8 units credit (1 year) transferred.

For more information on our university pathways, please see Pathways Programs.

Students may also choose to immediately commence their careers as an educator in an early childhood environment.


Job prospects upon successful completion of this course include:

• Before and After School Care Coordinator
• Lead Educator
• Long Day Care Service Centre Manager
• Family Day Care Coordinator
• Centre Administrator

Any Questions?

For assistance, our Enrolments Team are more than happy to help you with any questions you may have. Contact us now and we'll get you started.


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