Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

The Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care will give you the qualification you need to work in all areas of children’s services including pre-schools, occasional day care centres and family day care centres.

With theory and practical work placements, you will gain the skills and knowledge you need to become a great teacher in the childcare sector.

At a glance

At a glance
Qualification Diploma - TAFE

Nationally recognised - meets Australian Qualifications Framework standards

Provider OTEN – Open Training and Education Network


Study mode
  1. Online
  2. Distance
  1. Online (Study anywhere)
  2. Distance (Study anywhere)
Study load Self-paced (e.g. 14 hrs a week = finish in 2 years).
Assessment By online tests, assignments and work placement
Start date Enrol anytime. Contact us about enrolling.
Payment options
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What you'll learn

Become trained in:

  • Child Development and Care
  • Play and Creative Experience
  • Professional Skill Development
  • Health And Safety
  • Family And Culture

1,354 Child Care jobs on SEEK in March 2014

Source: seek.com.au

Course structure

Total Units: 28
  • Ensure the health and safety of children
  • Provide care for children
  • Promote and provide healthy food and drink
  • Provide care for babies and toddlers
  • Develop positive and respectful relationships with children
  • Indentify and respond to children and young people at risk
  • Work within a relevant legal and ethical framework
  • Maintain work health and safety
  • Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
  • Foster the holistic development and wellbeing of the child in early childhood
  • Nurture creativity in children
  • Promote children's agency
  • Analyse information to inform learning
  • Work effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people
  • Develop cultural competence
  • Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting
  • Establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment for children
  • Embed sustainable practices in service operations
  • Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate education and care for children
  • Undertake research activities
  • Establish and implement plans for developing cooperative behaviour
  • Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children
  • Design and implement the curriculum to foster children's learning and development
  • Reflect on and improve own professional practice
  • Develop and implement policy
  • Manage a community sector organisation
  • Facilitate compliance in an education and care service
  • Provide leadership in community services delivery
First aid requirement

You will need to complete the Apply First Aid course to qualify for the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.

Course features

  • Study at home at your own pace
  • Support from OTEN teaching staff available Mon-Fri 9am-5pm AEST
  • Extra online study support through YourTutor 6 nights a week
  • Recognition of prior learning
  • OTEN will provide learning materials in this qualification which may be in the form of lesson notes, a study guide, online learning resources and support material
  • There is an option to complete this qualification early
  • Access to SEEK Learning Online Library


There are no prerequisites for this course.

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We'll give you all the info you need about choosing the right course, payment options, enrolling and fitting study into your life.

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