Program Overview

Take steps to enable you to work in one of the fastest growing sectors in Australia. After completion of your qualification with Horizon2 you will be able to work with children in a range of settings, supporting their wellbeing, learning and development. This nationally recognised Diploma enables you to supervise other staff and volunteers in the Children’s Services Sector in the role of:

  • Early Childhood Educator
  • Program Leader
  • Nominated Supervisor
  • Team Leader
  • Schools Age Care Educator

You will be able to plan, implement and manage programs in early childhood education and care (0-12 years) in accordance with national quality standards and duty of care requirements. Horizon2 has designed the course delivery with current industry practitioners, and leading experts from both the Early Childhood Education  and Vocational Education and Training professions. This means that you have the opportunity to work with people knowledgeable in the sector and with up to date learning resources designed to support your success in the course and in the future.

Skills Recognition

Skills recognition could benefit you by recognising skills and knowledge gained from previous studies, informal training or experience gained at work and in everyday life. This may include:

• External Credit. If you have received a pass/competent result in the same or equivalent unit from another training organisation and it is part of the program you are enrolling in, you will get competency credits at no charge.

• RPL. If you have acquired relevant skills and knowledge as a result of work experience, life experience or previous informal training education you may be able to have these formally recognised. Please contact our student support team for more information.

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements, however we recognise that year 10 (or equivalent) schooling, employment experience or other qualifications will indicate your likely success in the program. Completion of the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care will also indicate you can achieve this qualification. The program requires proficient report and assignment writing ability, including critical thinking and referencing. Please note that students undertaking compulsory vocational placement in this course will be required to undergo the Working with Children check and apply for a Blue Card. For more information visit It is advisable that you visit the website before your program commences.

Program Duration and Delivery

The program is designed as an 18 month part time program, with commencements regularly and as a work based apprenticeship. Depending on your circumstances the program will be delivered flexibly, working with you in your workplace, and in workshop and tutoring sessions. All Early Childhood Education and Care courses have vocational placement components which are compulsory to obtain the qualification. If you do not currently work in an Early Learning Centre you will be assisted to source appropriate placement(s).

Program Fees

ECEC January 2021

All fees are required to be paid or an arrangement agreed at the time of enrolment.

Links to additional information

Department of Development, Employment Small Business and Training

Apprentice and Trainee information

Health and Community Services Workforce Council

Enrol in this Program

To find out more information or talk to us about your program please complete our enquiry form and we will call you, or, SMS or call us on 0413 155 164.

Program Outline

Students are required to complete 23 core competencies and  5 electives (which are marked **)

Legislation and Policy

CHCLEG001 – Work  legally and ethically

CHCPRT001 – Identify and respond to children and young people at risk

CHCPOL002** – Develop and implement policy

CHCPOL003** – Research and apply evidence to practice

CHCECE009 – Use an approved learning framework to guide practice

Health and Wellbeing

CHCECE002 – Ensure children’s health and wellbeing

CHCECE004 – Promote and provide healthy foods and drinks

Safe Learning Environments

CHCECE016 – Establish & maintain a safe & healthy environment for children

HLTWHS003 – Maintain workplace health and safety

Respectful Practice

CHCECE001 – Developing cultural competence

CHCDIV001** – Work with diverse people

CHCDIV002 – Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety

Learning and Development

CHCECE003 – Provide care for children

CHCECE007 – Develop positive and respective relationships with children

CHCECE005 – Provide care for babies and toddlers

CHCECE017 – Foster the holistic development & wellbeing of the child in early childhood

Successful Participation

CHCECE020 – Establish & implement plans for developing cooperative behaviour

CHCECE021 – Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children

CHCECE026 – Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate education and care

BSBMGT605** – Provide leadership across the organisation

Creativity in Children

CHCECE024 – Design & implement the curriculum to foster children’s learning &

development –

CHCECE023 Analyse information to inform learning

CHCECE022 – Promote children’s agency

CHCECE018 – Nurture creativity in children

Sustainability & Working with your Organisation

CHCECE025 – Embed sustainable practices in service operations

CHCMGT003** – Lead the work team

CHCPRP003** – Reflect and improve on professional practice

National Quality Framework

CHCECE019 – Facilitate compliance in an education and care setting

First Aid Requirement

HLTAID004 – Provide an emergency 1st aid response in an education and care setting