Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care: a critical step to advancing your career

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Kalpana Pawar talks about her experience studying with Gowrie Victoria

The Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC50113) is an important step towards advancing your career in Early Childhood.

It can provide an entry into the early childhood education sector for learners who are looking to make a start in childcare for the very first time, but it is also a vital qualification for educators who are already working in the industry who wish to build a pathway to leadership roles.

Gowrie Victoria, a Registered Training Organisation (RTO 3900), delivers this course several times a year from our three locations at Carlton North, Docklands (city) and Broadmeadows. We are taking enrolments now for the Diploma course and also for Certificate lll in Childhood Education and Care.


With this qualification,  educators may have responsibility for supervising other educators, students and volunteers. In most states this is the qualification required as a director and at service manager level. You can also move into a role as an educational or room leader, assistant director, or Occupational Health and Safety.

Graduates will often work in Long Day Care centres where they are responsible for providing a program to children up to 6 years of age, or gain positions in:

  • Occasional care
  • Pre-school
  • Family Day Care
  • School Age Education and Care services
  • As aides for children with additional needs.

The Diploma course consists of theory- based training and practical implementation in the workplace. It is an essential part of planned professional development and advancement; it can develop deeper levels of understanding of Early Childhood theory and practice, and enhance the effectiveness of educators’ work with children, families and with colleagues. Not only does upskilling your qualifications allow for greater career progression (and income), but research shows that higher qualification levels are a key factor in improving outcomes for children (along with child/educator ratio and total group sizes).

Gowrie Victoria is a committed advocate for lifelong learning in our sector, a concept that has become essential in recent times with the emergence of new theories, technologies, changing regulations and quality standards. Most notably, the National Quality Standard (NQS), a key aspect of the National Quality Framework (NQF), sets a high, national benchmark for early and middle childhood education and care.

The NQS, which is overseen by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA), aims to raise service quality and drive continuous improvement and consistency in early and middle years’ education and care. The Australian Government developed these standards to increase the focus on the early years to ensure the wellbeing of children. It recognises that the early years of a child’s life are critical for their present and future health, development and wellbeing.

The extensive content of our Diploma course provides an in-depth understanding of current childcare practice and theory; every element of this Diploma course is consistent with the NQS. It will guide educators through the meaning of key concepts such as agency of the child, play-based learning and intentional teaching.


  • Authorised Supervisor (Children’s Services)
  • Children’s Services Coordinator
  • Centre Manager (Children’s Services)
  • Director (Children’s Services)
  • Group/Team Coordinator/Leader  (Children’s Services)
  • Children’s Adviser
  • Program Leader (Children’s Services)
  • Children’s Service Director/Manager


Established in 1939, Gowrie Victoria are specialists in Early Childhood and School-Age Care.  With 25 years of delivering qualifications in this field, we provide:

Expert training – highly qualified facilitators with current experience will support you all through the course, providing additional study support and tutorial sessions if required.

Leading facilities – learners have access to Gowrie Victoria’s demonstration sites and observation booths in our children’s service, experiencing theory being applied to practice.

Great career prospects – Gowrie Victoria graduates are highly regarded in the sector and our comprehensive training and support will give you the skills and confidence to succeed.




Must meet the Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skills standards for Diploma ECEC level study.

Must obtain a Working with Children (WWC) Check. 


Full-time learners – 18 months

Part-time learners – 2 years

Learners who are not employed in the early childhood sector (working with children) will be required to complete 480 hours of work placement.

DELIVERY METHOD This course includes workplace-based training (on-the-job) with classroom based training (off-the job) on a weekly (for full-time students) or monthly (for part-time students) basis.



Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding and student loans through VET FEE-HELP are available to eligible applicants.



Learners must be at least 15 years of age and be an Australian citizen or permanent resident.

For more information about the Course Content, fees and other details please visit Diploma of Early Childhood Education & Care  


Our next Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care course is starting soon. We are taking enrolments now.

Contact us:

Ph: (03) 9349 2890

Email:  training@gowrievictoria.org.au

Website: diplomachildcare.com.au

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