Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

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NOTICE – This course is only open to individuals who hold permanent Australian residency or citizenship. It is NOT available to those on Student Visas.

Learn the skills and knowledge to pursue a fulfilling career in Early Childhood Education

Course Overview

Completing the CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care qualification at NIET can provide opportunities to positively impact children’s lives. This course covers best practices, quality assurance, planning for children with additional needs, effective communication, networking, partnerships with families, childhood development (aesthetic, creative, and physical), music programs, and health and safety considerations. After completing the course, individuals will have the skills and knowledge to support children’s growth and development during the early years and make a meaningful difference in their lives.
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About NIET's Early Childhood Courses

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is this course?
50 weeks with two classes or 15 hours of study per week.
What is the weekly time commitment for NIET courses?
Regular study time is essential. For on-campus courses, attend two days per week and dedicate 2-3 hours weekly for homework. For courses with Flexible Delivery, a minimum of 8 hours per week is recommended to finish in a timely manner.
How often are classes scheduled at NIET?
Classes are held two days per week from 9am to 3pm. Additional one-on-one Study Support with the teacher is available from 3pm to 5pm.
What does Flexible Delivery involve?
Flexible Delivery combines various learning methods, allowing you to study from any location. It includes printed materials, pre-recorded webinars for each subject, and a mandatory in-person class for practical skills. Expect to spend at least seven hours per week on activities like reading, watching webinars, completing assessments, and contacting your teacher for queries.
Can I receive government funding for these courses?
To find out if you're eligible for subsidised courses, use the NIET Eligibility Checker at NIET Eligibility Checker.
What is the cost of NIET courses? Are there any Free TAFE options?
Course costs are detailed in the Statement of Fees on the NIET website and the Course Outline. Government funding and payment plans are available for eligible students. While Free TAFE options exist, NIET's courses are often more affordable, as TAFE includes various fees and generally only one is waived.
How does NIET handle Practical Placements?
NIET assists with finding placement organizations, although students can also secure their own. Practical Placement is essential for all courses except Celebrancy, involving real-world work experience under teacher and staff support. We advise completing placement progressively or in a concentrated block, depending on your schedule.
Do I need a computer to complete NIET courses?
A computer is necessary for the Celebrancy and Early Childhood courses. While it's advantageous for all courses, NIET provides a computer area accessible from 8.30am to 4.30pm on weekdays.
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