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 wellbeing
  • 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

Week commencing 3 February 2020

Traineeship applicants can enrol throughout the year. Start dates align with the commencement of each term.  

This course will begin as online delivery and then move into face to face delivery.

  • Full time: 18 months delivered across three semesters
    • semester one: Monday to Friday 9am-4pm
    • semester two: Wednesday to Friday 9am-4pm, 2 - 3 days of work placement each week
    • semester three: Wednesday to Friday 9am-4pm, 2 - 3 days of work placement each week
  • Traineeship/off campus - full time: 1 - 2 years, delivered in the workplace via completion of self-directed learning materials. A Box Hill Institute assessor will monitor your progress. 


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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 Requirements

VTAC (Year 12 applicants):

  • successful completion of VCE or equivalent
  • current Working with Children and Police Checks are required prior to commencement of work placement and for future employment in this field

Direct Entry:

  • good literacy, numeracy and oral language ability
  • current Working with Children and Police Checks are required prior to commencement of work placement and for future employment in this field

VTAC & Direct entry students - You will also be required to attend a group interview as part of the enrolment process

Traineeship applicants must also:

  • be registered with an Australian Apprenticeship Centre and have a training contract with an employer
  • or be employed in a registered early childhood education and care service for a minimum of 2 days a week

All applicants should attend an Information Session, need to achieve the required scores in a Core Skills Diagnostic test and will be required to complete the Pre-Training Review with the Faculty.

Applicants are also required to have the following attributes - 

  • physically fit,
  • enjoy being with children,
  • have patience & understanding,
  • have energy, be adaptable and a willingness to take responsibility,
  • have good level of digital literacy


To assist prospective students to determine whether a course is suitable and appropriate for the individual needs, Box Hill Institute will assess all students’ language, literacy and numeracy and digital literacy by asking you to undertake a self-assessment review prior to the enrolment.

A course advisor will discuss the outcomes of the review and make recommendations about whether the course is suitable for you, and identify additional support where required.


VTAC and direct entry

Recognition of Prior Learning is available.

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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

Fees & Finance Options

This training is provided to eligible individuals with funds made available by the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments

Free TAFEGovernment Subsidised StandardFull Fee
Tuition Fee$0$7,528$17,274
Service Fee$160$160$160
Core Skills Support Fee$80$80$80
Material Fee$14$14$14
Retain Course Items$140$140$140
Total Course Estimate$394$7,922$17,668
Payable Estimate (at commencement)$387$4,852$10,633

* Does not apply to VETDSS or Short course students.

** Does not apply to VETDSS, International students, Short Courses, Graduate Degrees , or re-enrolling students who re-enrol in the same course.

***Retained Course Items are purchased by the student once prior to commencing. The course items bought by the student become the property of the student. Such items retain a generic application for other purposes outside the student's course of study (e.g. textbooks).

Student tuition & materials fees published are indicative, and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees listed are at 2020 rates and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. Advertised start dates and delivery locations are subject to viable student numbers. 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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