Applications are currently closed and will reopen in September 2018 for 2019 intake.

Course Code:



February each year.


12 months equivalent to full time.

Study mode:

Combination of face-to-face classes with practical placements and online assessments.

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This course is the minimum qualification requirement for those wanting to work in the early childhood education and care sector. This course provides the skills and knowledge for early childhood educators who are responsible for providing care and education support for children aged between zero to five years.

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  • child development and learning
  • caring for babies
  • supporting children’s play
  • developing cooperative behaviour.
  • supportive and well qualified teachers with extensive experience in the early childhood field
  • practical placement in an early childhood centre providing hands-on experience working with children
  • use of modern equipment and resources at ACU
  • access to student activities in a university environment
  • access to academic skills support and career advice
  • pathway to Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.
  • those who are passionate about working with children
  • those that are looking for entry-level roles in home, child care and after-school care environments
  • those who want a career in early childhood
  • those who want to make a difference to the development of children
  • those who are looking for a pathway to Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.
  • language, literacy and numeracy skills at an appropriate level to complete the course.

This course involves a substantial workplace practical placement in variety of regulated education and care services, totalling a minimum of 280 hours across three placement blocks. These placements will occur with at least two differing age groups (children aged under two years and children aged over three years). You will be assisted by ACU in finding suitable placements in a regulated education and care services. All students require a current Police Check and Working with Children Check.

Possible career paths include:

  • early childhood educator
  • preschool/kindergarten assistant
  • playgroup supervisor
  • family day care worker
  • nanny in a home setting
  • recreation/leisure services assistant.

ACU College recognises your past studies and experiences. If you want to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT), please refer to the student handbook and RPL/CT policy on our website for further information.

To apply for RPL or Credit Transfer, please contact your course coordinator and fill in the RPL/Credit Transfer Form (PDF File, 151.6 KB).

Policies and procedures

CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
CHCECE001 Develop cultural competence
CHCECE002 Ensure the health and safety of children
CHCECE003 Provide care for children
CHCECE004 Promote and provide healthy food and drinks
CHCECE005 Provide care for babies and toddlers
CHCECE007 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children
CHCECE009 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
CHCECE010 Support the holistic development of children in early childhood
CHCECE011 Provide experiences to support children’s play and learning
CHCECE013 Use information about children to inform practice
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety

BSBWOR301 Organise personal work priorities and development
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
CHCECE020 Establish and implement plans for developing cooperative behaviour

Graduates of this course will gain a guaranteed entry into ACU College’s Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.

Tuition fees and funding

In Brisbane and Victoria the training is delivered fee for service. Please refer to our fees page for details.


Trainers and placement supervisors are attentive and responsive and work in collaboration with our service leaders to ensure a partnership approach to supporting students on placement. The level of support provided to the students while on placement is consistent and effective.

ACU is extremely responsive to industry requirements and constantly updates its course content to reflect current changes in legislation, practice and policy. ” Shannan Mudie, Senior Advisor of Pedagogy and Practice, Early Childhood Management Services.