Diploma of
Early Childhood Education and Care

Quick Facts


of course graduates reported an improved work status.


in the early childhood education & care sector


is the average salary for childcare centre managers.

Course Overview

Advance with our Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, designed for those ready to lead in Australia’s regulated childcare services. This diploma focuses on developing your capability to design and implement curricula within approved frameworks and manage compliance. You’ll gain specialised knowledge, applying theory to practice, and oversee staff and volunteers.

Completing at least 280 hours of practical work in environments such as long day care, family day care, preschools, or kindergartens is crucial, ensuring you’re well-prepared for leadership roles. This hands-on approach enhances your skills, setting a strong foundation for a significant impact in early childhood education.

Career Outlook

After completing a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, here’s what you can expect:

What types of job roles could I pursue?

Childcare Centre Manager
Program Leader
Director (Children’s Services)
Childhood Education Manager
Children’s Services Coordinator

What might my employment setting look like?

Childcare Centres
Family Day Care Centres
Preschools & Kindergartens​

What types of skills are important for these roles?

Leadership and Management
Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
Relationship Building
Advanced Knowledge in Early Childhood Education

Course Description

Course Delivery

Our Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care is available as workplace-based training for individuals enrolled in a traineeship program. This course is delivered by Gateway Training Academy, a Registered Training Organisation (RTO ID: 32305).

Student Resources Provided

Participants can expect the following tailored resources to enhance their learning experience:

  • Online access to computers and relevant software to support your learning, applicable for remote or on-site tasks.
  • A personalised student training plan, designed to align with individual learning goals and workplace scenarios.
  • Direct guidance from dedicated and qualified trainers.
  • Specialised assessment tools designed for practical application in the workplace, ensuring an effective learning experience.


Please note, the provision of specific resources will be adapted to suit the workplace-based training environment, ensuring a seamless integration of theoretical knowledge with practical skills

Entry Requirements

This course has no specific academic prerequisites. Students are required to provide a Unique Student Identifier (USI) – assistance available – along with photo identification, and meet the necessary language, literacy, and numeracy standards.

Certification Upon Completion

Successful completion of this qualification results in:
– A Nationally Recognised Certificate & Transcript, or
– A Statement of Attainment for competency in at least one unit.

Course Structure

This program requires you to complete 15 units of competencies: 12 core units and 3 elective units.

Core Units
Unit Code
Unit Name
Manage team effectiveness
Maintain a safe and healthy environment for children
Foster holistic early childhood learning, development and wellbeing
Nurture creativity in children
Facilitate compliance in a children’s education and care service
Foster positive and respectful interactions and behaviour in children
Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children
Analyse information to inform children’s learning
Plan and implement children’s education and care curriculum
Embed environmental responsibility in service operations
Work in partnership with children’s families
Reflect on and improve own professional practice
Elective Units
Unit Code
Unit Name
Support the learning and development of teams and individuals
Manage business operational plans
Develop and use emotional intelligence

Government Subsidies

Smart and Skilled is a New South Wales government initiative that enables eligible students to access affordable, government-subsidised training courses. Gateway Training Academy (RTO Code: 32305) is a Smart and Skilled provider, offering a range of qualifications under this program.

Information for Employers

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What our students are saying

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I am learning so much but I am thoroughly enjoying the training I am receiving. The whole organisation of staff including the teacher are absolutely wonderful.
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They were so helpful and understanding!! Gateway Training Academy has taught me so much of what I needed to know for my job, and were so considerate when I was struggling to finish before the deadline. The whole team was so amazing! Thanks to all who helped me during my course!!
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Tarek E

I am extremely grateful to Gateway Training Academy for their exceptional professionalism throughout the training program. Their dedication, expertise, and attention to detail have greatly contributed to my personal and professional growth.
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Mhel M

It’s great. The course is very interesting for me. They have wonderful instructor and specially Ms. Shireen she is very good trainer. The staff are great and nice very approachable. Thank you ❤️
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I am very pleased to be part of the training it is very encouraging and a friendly invironmentand I really enjoyed the training
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