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. 

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Intake Dates & Course Length

July: blended delivery, 3 days on campus at Lilydale Lakeside, 2 days remote delivery via MS Teams

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

Full time: 18 months delivered across three semesters

    • Stage 1: Semester 2 2021 - Monday to Friday 9.30am-3pm, and work placement
    • Stage 2: Semester 1 2022 - Wednesday - Friday  9.30am - 3pm, and work placement
    • Stage 3: Semester 2 2022 - Wednesday to Friday 9.30am-3pm, 2 days of work placement each week leading into a 16 day block placement (Monday - Friday)

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. To be eligible for off campus study/traineeship, students must be employed for a minimum of 15 hours per week in a regulated early childhood education and care setting.

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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

All applicants must have:

  • current Working with Children is required prior to commencement of work placement and for future employment in this field. 
  • a police record check (with no disclosed outcomes) may be requested by a service for work placement
  • achieved the required scores in a Core Skills Diagnostic test and
  • complete a Pre-Training Review 

VTAC (Year 12 applicants):

  • successful completion of VCE or equivalent

Direct Entry & Off campus students:

  • good literacy, numeracy and oral language ability

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


Applicants are also required to have the following attributes:

  • be physically fit
  • enjoy being with children
  • have patience & understanding
  • have energy, be adaptable and a willingness to take responsibility
  • have a 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-TAFE or Job TrainerGovernment Subsidised StandardFull Fee
Tuition Fee$0$9,878$21,852
Service Fee$166$166$166
Core Skills Support Fee$83$83$83
Material Fee$84$84$84
Retain Course Items$140$140$140
Total Course Estimate$473$10,351$22,325
Payable Estimate (at commencement)$473$6,799$14,467

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 over the duration of the course, 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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