Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
TAFE Queensland - Cairns

Course outline

This course is perfect for people who are already working in early childhood education and care, and want to progress their career as an educator or service supervisor. This course will provide students with the skills and practical knowledge to design and implement early childhood programs, by understanding the emotional, physical, cognitive and social needs of young children. TAFE Queensland’s highly-experienced team of industry professionals will provide students with the support needed to succeed throughout your studies. Successful completion of this course will qualify graduates to design and implement early childhood education and care programs. Students will be equipped with the skills needed to plan, implement and evaluate programs in line with approved learning frameworks and regulatory requirements. Graduates will also have a solid foundation to continue with further study.


Applicants offered a place in this course who are not eligible for a subsidised enrolment will pay full fee. Fee subsidies, VET Student Loans and payment plans may be available to eligible applicants for study in the diploma, refer to tafeqld.edu.au/course/17/17801/diploma-of-early-childhood-education-and-care for more information.

Combined diploma/degrees

The Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care can be combined with other programs as listed below to attain the awards of Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care from TAFE Queensland and the relevant degree from the university. Students undertake initial study at TAFE Queensland and complete the degree at the relevant university. Duration, location, mode of study, semester intake, electives and specialisations may vary. All mandatory university admission and English language requirements must be met before university enrolment is finalised. For more information contact the relevant university. Note: TAFE Queensland students making transition to the degree may need to wait six months to start with the semester one university intake.

To apply for a combined diploma/degree, applicants must select the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care for the relevant TAFE Queensland location on their application and nominate their preferred degree/university (one only). Applicants can list the stand alone diploma or the combined program but not both. Listing more than one is not needed because they have the same eligibility and ATAR/rank requirements.

D Early Childhood Education and Care/B Child, Youth and Family Practice

542356 Bracken Ridge/Griffith University (1-1.75CO & 2.25F or 4.5P)

520355 Cairns/Griffith University (1-1.5OC & 2.25F or 4.5P)

505352 Ipswich/Griffith University (1-2CO & 2.25F or 4.5P)

532356 Loganlea/Griffith University (1-1.75CO & 2.25F or 4.5P)

511352 Mooloolaba/Griffith University (1-2CO & 2.25F or 4.5P)

519355 Mount Isa/Griffith University (1-1.5CO & 2.25F or 4.5P)

526356 Robina/Griffith University (1-2C & 2.25F or 4.5P)

555356 South Bank/Griffith University (1-1.75CO & 2.25F or 4.5P)

504356 Springfield/Griffith University (1-2CO & 2.25F or 4.5P)

568356 Toowoomba/Griffith University (1-2CO & 2.25F or 4.5P)

503355 Townsville (Pimlico)/Griffith University (1-1.5OC & 2.25F or 4.5P)

Course Options

You can study this course as a single qualification or choose one of the degree options below when applying and gain direct entry on successful completion of the diploma. Degree options may vary with each diploma start month.

Combined program

GU B Child, Youth and Family Practice

Fee notes

For information regarding TAFE Queensland course fees, VET Student Loans, FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP visit tafeqld.edu.au/study-with-us/what-it-costs/index.html or telephone 1300 308 233. For combined TAFE Queensland/university courses, refer to entry under university for higher education component.

Other requirements

A Suitability Card may be required. Students studying this course externally may be required to undertake a workplace observation. Contact the relevant TAFE Queensland campus for more information regarding Vocational Placement requirements.


Completion of Year 12 or attained Year 12 leaving age

Additional entry requirements

Successful applicants must successfully complete CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care or CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care before progressing to the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.

Minimum Selection thresholds (ATAR/Selection Rank) for semester/trimester/term 1, 2024
ATAR/Selection Rank profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR/Selection Rank for semester/trimester/term 1, 2024

For more information about the ATAR/Selection Rank profile, please visit ATAR/Selection Rank profile explained.

Excluding: The lowest ATAR/Selection Rank to which an offer was made, excluding adjustment factors.
Including: The lowest ATAR/Selection Rank to which an offer was made including any adjustment factors that may have been applied.

Student Profile by Applicant background for semester/trimester/term 1, 2024

For more information about the Student profile, please visit Student profile explained.


Contact the institution for information.

Career opportunities

Early childhood educator, early childhood service supervisor.

Course Code
Start Date

Offer rounds

9 Jan 2025
5 Jun 2025


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Level of Qualification
Study Area
Course Duration

1-11/2 years Online with on campus practical training

Cairns & Far North Queensland