Diploma of Children's Services (Early childhood education and care)
- This information is for local students.
- This course is not available to international students.
Am I a You are a local student if:
you are an Australian citizen, or
you are a New Zealand citizen (excluding TAFE courses), or
you are an Australian permanent resident.
You are an international student if:
you are not an Australian citizen, and
you are not a New Zealand citizen (excluding TAFE courses), and
you are not an Australian permanent resident.local or an international student?
|Duration||18 months full-time or 2 years part-time|
|Campus and intakes|
Part-time (day & evening)
For information about Swinburne's fees visit the Fees website.
Course in detail
On-campus classes – three days per week 8:30am to 3:30pm
Industry-based delivery – two days per week – placement in a children’s services setting.
On campus classes - one day/evening per week
Industry-based delivery – block placement in a children’s services setting
Students will also be required to attend one Friday/Saturday workshop per term.
- A Certificate III in Children's Services qualification
- Employment in any Children's Services program including long day care, family day care, kindergartens for 14 hours per week
- A current Workplace Level 2 Advanced First Aid Certificate Traineships
Units of study
CHCCN511A Establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment for children
CHCFC502A Foster physical development in early childhood
CHCFC503A Foster social development in early childhood
CHCFC504A Support emotional and psychological development in early childhood
CHCFC505A Foster cognitive development in early childhood
CHCFC506A Foster children’s language and communication development
CHCIC501A Manage children’s services workplace practice to address regulations and quality assurance
CHCIC510A Establish and implement plans for developing cooperative behaviour
CHCIC512A Plan and implement inclusion of children with additional needs
CHCPR502D Organise experiences to facilitate and enhance children’s development
CHCPR509A Gather, interpret and use information about children
CHCPR510A Design, implement and evaluate programs and care routines for children
CHCRF511A Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate care for children
CHCIC511A Implement and promote inclusive policies and practices in children's services
CHCFC508A Foster children's aesthetic and creative development
CHCORG428A Reflect on and improve own professional practice
CHCIC302A Support Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander families to participate in children's services
CHCPR515A Develop and implement a program to support sustainable practice
Aims and objectives
Attending one of the Department course information sessions.
Fast-track (Industry) delivery option is only for those who have their Certificate III and are working in long day care for a minimum of three days per week. (Does not include volunteer work). Students will need to have access to the zero to two year old age group in one semester and the three to five year old age group in the other semester to complete the placement requirements of the course.
Courses at Swinburne can provide an alternative entry option, or pathway, into further TAFE, undergraduate and postgraduate courses if you don’t meet the entry requirements. For example, successful completion of a Swinburne diploma or advanced diploma provides credits that can advance you to later stages of an undergraduate degree. Certificate level studies can also pathway through to higher level TAFE studies. Whatever your situation, pathways ensure you gain the maximum benefit for previous study – whether at Swinburne or another institution. For more information, please visit the Pathways website.
Applicants with prior tertiary studies that satisfy part of the academic requirements of a course may be granted 'credit' and/or entry to the course with 'advanced standing'. University policies apply and applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis. For further information refer to the Credit Transfer website.
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process where a student may be granted credit or partial credit towards a qualification in recognition of skills and knowledge gained through work experience, life experience and/or formal training. To learn more about RPL and how to apply, please visit the RPL website.
How to apply
Full-time (Semester 1) applications can also be made through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC).
For information about scholarships at Swinburne visit the Scholarships website.