The Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care prepares learners to become qualified early childhood educators and provides the skills, knowledge and understanding required for this demanding and rewarding career.

Qualified early childhood educators have responsibility for the supervision of staff, students and volunteers. In most states this is the qualification required at director or service manager level. This course provides a qualification that is recognised throughout Australia and workers are in extremely high demand.

Course code

2019 intake dates
31 January 2019

12-16 months

This qualification consists of a combination of theory-based training and practical implementation in the workplace. Learners who are not employed in the early childhood sector (working with children) will be required to complete 240 hours of work placement (or 120 hours if they already have a prior Certificate III qualification). Placement is organised by Gowrie Victoria and supported by regular visits by a Gowrie Victoria trainer.

You will learn how to:

  • Work within a relevant legal and ethical framework
  • Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
  • Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
  • Ensure the health and safety of children
  • Promote and provide healthy food and drink
  • Maintain work health and safety
  • Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting
  • Develop cultural competence
  • Work effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people
  • Provide care for babies and toddlers
  • Provide care for children
  • Develop positive and respectful relationships with children
  • Establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment for children
  • Foster the holistic development and wellbeing of the child in early childhood
  • Nurture creativity in children
  • Facilitate compliance in an education and care service
  • Establish and implement plans for developing cooperative behaviour
  • Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children
  • Promote children’s agency
  • Analyse information to inform learning
  • Design and implement the curriculum to foster children’s learning and development
  • Embed sustainable practices in service operations
  • Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate education and care for children
  • Develop teams and individuals
  • Coordinate the work environment
  • Provide mentoring support to colleagues
  • Develop and implement policy
  • Develop workplace policy and procedures for sustainability

If you have previously completed a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care:

Click here to view the full statement of fees for prior Certificate III ECEC qualification 

If you have previously completed a Certificate III in Children’s Services or have no prior industry qualification:

Click here to view the full statement of fees for Cert III CS or no prior qualifications

Please note that Gowrie Victoria is an approved Skills First provider for 2018.

Further information on our Course Fees can be found on our Fee Information, Funding and Loans page.

  • Learners must meet the Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skills standards for Certificate III ECEC level study.
  • Learners must obtain a Working with Children (WWC) Check.
  • Learners must be at least 15 years of age and be an Australian citizen or permanent resident.
  • If you are currently employed you may be eligible for a traineeship.
  • Gowrie Victoria encourages people with disabilities to apply. Approval will be subject to the person being able to undertake all tasks and requirements of the course.
  • Authorised Supervisor
  • Children’s Services Coordinator
  • Centre Manager
  • Director
  • Group/Team Coordinator/Leader
  • Children’s Adviser
  • Program Leader