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What will I learn?

The Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care is designed to produce educators who are responsible for developing, implementing and evaluating early childhood education and care programs.

As a graduate, you may have responsibility for the supervision of other staff and volunteers, this may also lead to employment as an early childhood service director or coordinator.

After successfully completing this course, you will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to explore a career in a wide range of early childhood services.

If you have already completed the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, you may be able to complete this diploma in one year instead of 1.5 years.

Course structure

To receive this qualification, you must complete 23 core units and five elective units.

Elective units have been chosen by Holmesglen based on feedback from industry.

If you have already completed other eligible elective units, these may be counted towards completion of this course.

A practical placement in a registered, education and care service is a mandatory component of the qualification.


Assessments are designed to provide learners with opportunities to demonstrate they have attained the required skills and knowledge using a range of practically based activities and tasks, as required by recognised standards

Career opportunities

  • early childhood educator
  • out-of-school-hours educator or coordinator
  • family day care operator
  • educational leader
  • early childhood centre director or coordinator

Pathways to further study:

  • CHC62015 Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management
  • Bachelor of Early Childhood Teaching
  • Bachelor of Early Childhood Education



Study options

Full Time (18 months)

Tuition fees
A$15,000.00 (8,25,083) per year
Start date

Expected February 2023


Glen Waverley Campus

595 Waverley Road,



3150, MELBOURNE, Australia

Full Time (18 months)

Tuition fees
A$15,000.00 (8,25,083) per year
Start date

Expected February 2023


Moorabbin Campus

488 South Road,



3189, MELBOURNE, Australia

Entry requirements

For international students

  • Good passes at Year 11 level or the overseas equivalent.
  • Students must be 17 at the time of Diploma commencement.
  • English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 5.5 (Academic) with no individual band score less than 5.5.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.