About the course

About the course

If you'd like to become a qualified early childhood educator, our early childhood education and care course will allow you to develop the skills and knowledge to successfully work in a range of early childhood settings.

In our early childhood education and care course, you’ll study:

  • the principles and practices of early childhood pedagogy
  • child development
  • health and well being
  • working in partnerships with families
  • legal and regulatory compliance
  • managing teams and care environments

You'll learn how to design and implement educational programs that support developmental outcomes for children from birth to twelve years of age. Enhance your skills and confidence in classes with experienced and supportive trainers, in practical children’s services simulation rooms and during extensive industry work placement. 

Course Details


Intake Dates & Course Length

January and July

Full time: 18 months delivered across three semesters

Semester One: Monday to Friday 9.30am to 3pm
Semester Two: Wednesday to Friday 9.30am to 3pm
Semester Three: Wednesday to Friday 9.30am to 3pm

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Career Outcomes

After successful completion of our early childhood education and care course you may wish to apply for employment opportunities as a qualified early childhood educator in organisations that offer:

  • long day care
  • occasional care
  • family day care
  • preschool education
  • early intervention
  • out-of-hours school care
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Entry and Academic Requirements

International students must have completed Australian Year 12 or international equivalent with a pass. Relevant senior employment experience in industry will be considered.

A current Working with Children and Police Checks are required prior to commencement of work placement.

Complete questionnaire, vaccination/ immunisation record* - will be given to you on enrolment day to be signed by your GP .

*Students who accept an offer of a place must provide evidence of having commenced an immunisation course against Hepatitis B and must be fully immunised against Rubella and Tetanus. An immunisation against Hepatitis A is also advisable.

PLEASE NOTE: Box Hill Institute only accepts enrolments from international students who are 18 years of age or above at the time of course commencement.

English Language Requirements

A minimum IELTS overall score of 6.0 (Academic) or approved equivalent.

For other accepted tests, please visit the English Language Requirements page.


International students please apply through:

  1. an authorised representative in your country
  2. a Box Hill Institute booth at an education exhibition
  3. or direct to Box Hill Institute

See how to apply or contact the international office for more information.

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Pathways & Accreditation

Successful completion can provide a pathway to the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Box Hill Institute, Deakin) or the Bachelor of Primary Education (Deakin University).

International students: you may wish to apply or package this course with the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education at Box Hill Institute.

This course is government accredited and has national recognition

The qualification is aligned with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 5

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Annual Tuition Fee$15,360
Annual Service Fee$166
Annual Material Fee$84
Retain Course Items (Year 1)$140
Estimated Annual Fee$15,750

Retain Course Items are purchased once by the student prior to commencing. Those items then become the property of the student. Fees listed are at 2021 rates and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. The student tuition fees listed are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. For more information please contact our Course Advisors on 1300 BOX HILL.

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Course Structure

You will complete 28 units 

To be assessed as competent in this qualification you are required to undertake between 240-590 hours of supervised work placement in a registered education and care service, for example, long day care service, preschool, kindergarten or an out-of-hours school care program.

Evidence provided by a workplace supervisor will contribute to assessment of your ability to work at this level.

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