Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care


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28 Units


Traineeship or Correspondence

About this Course

Are you are looking for a rewarding career and love working with children? If so, then the Early Childhood Education and Care course is the perfect option for you! In the years before entering full-time school, 92.6% of all Australian children were reported to be in some form of non-parental care and/or educational programs. There is an immense need for education and care professionals as the childcare industry is growing substantially in Australia. Patience not included!

Course Code

Children’s Services

  • Traineeship: 24 months for a fulltime employee or 36 months for a part time employee
  • Fee-for-service: An enrolment period of 2 years will be given, extensions can be applied for however further enrolment fees will apply
Entry Requirements

There are no stated entry requirements. We require students have computer literacy and literacy skills

  • Early childhood educator
  • Playgroup supervisor
  • Family day care worker
  • Nanny
  • Childhood educator
  • Childhood educator assistant
Am I eligible for a traineeship?

To be eligible to commence a traineeship, a participant must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident working full or part time (minimum 15 hours). The participant must have the support of their employer, an accredited RTO (such as METS) and an Australian Apprenticeship Centre.

How do I find a traineeship?

Finding a traineeship is similar to finding any job. You’ll need to network with employers and job recruitment agencies and market yourself within your chosen sector.

I am not eligible for a traineeship. Can I still complete the qualification?

If a participant is ineligible for a traineeship due to their employment status (casual, part-time working under 15 hours etc.), they can still complete the course as a Fee for Service Student.

If a participant is ineligible for a traineeship due to their residency status, they can in some cases still complete the qualification Self-Funded, however visa restrictions do apply. It is best to speak to your immigration officer and/or us regarding your eligibility.

What kind of assessments will I be completing?

Depending on the unit of study, you will complete both theory and practical based assessments to achieve competency in your qualification. Assessments may include short answer, project work, case students and reflection logs.

Can I extend by traineeship if I am not able to complete it by the end date?

Yes. Under certain circumstances your traineeship can be extended, however this process can take some time and applying for an extension should be considered as a last resort. You should speak to us and/or your Australian Apprenticeship Centre if you are considering applying for an extension.

Have more questions? Visit our student frequently asked questions page or contact us!

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