Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care

As soon as you're ready for the next step in your career, Affinity is ready to support you. We make it easy for you to study your Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care through the Affinity Learning Academy team and preferred Registered Training Organisation provider - all at no cost to you.

With extensive on-the-job training and ongoing mentorship and support, provided by the Affinity Learning Academy, studying a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care will open doors to new exciting career opportunities. 
How do we make it easy for you? By having the Affinity Learning Academy team and preferred Registered Training Organisation providers in your centre, where they will work one on one with you through your development, and then join you in your classroom or nursery to provide further practical advice and support. Even better, your Diploma course fees are 100% funded by Affinity - which means you'll earn as you learn, without any incurring any study expenses.

Our people tell us that this approach is the most supportive and successful way to complete their Diploma - and the results speak for themselves! More than 500 of our people around Australia have completed their Diploma through our preferred Registered Training Organisations, supported by the Affinity Learning Academy in the past three years.  
Will you be next? Please reach out for a confidential chat - we'd love to support you with the next steps.
The Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care is a nationally recognised qualification which will deepens and enriches your understanding of children's growth and development in their first five years. You will be able to explore core topics that will support your professional development in Children's Health and safety, Service Management, Collaborative Partnerships with Families and more.

Please contact us for any additional questions regarding the qualification and we will put you in contact with our preferred Registered Training Organisation provider. 
Course Code: CHC50113
Program Delivery:
  • Karen Kearns materials
  • Industry Graduates Online Learning Platform
  • Monthly development coaching sessions
  • Written, Verbal and Observation assessments
  • Practical workplace application of learning
Course Duration: 24 months
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Why study with the Affinity Learning Academy?

100% Funded Program
Customised Support
Nationally-Recognised Qualification

How long does it take to complete a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care?
This qualification is self-paced, allowing students to complete it at a pace that aligns with their learning style and lifestyle. It is typically completed in 24 months. 
What jobs can you get with a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care?

Students who successfully complete a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care will have a range of career prospects, including:  

  • Early Childhood Educator 

  • Out of School Hours Care Coordinator 

  • Early Childhood Centre Manager 

Students who successfully complete a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care may be eligible to credit their diploma towards a university degree

What are the course fees to study a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care?

For our employees, the full cost of this qualification is funded by the Affinity Learning Academy.  

Please note that pricing and funding is subject to changes of each preferred Registered Training Organisation provider. We invite you to speak to our People and Culture team via our Contact Us page if you would like to explore this opportunity.

What are the entry requirements for this qualification?

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

  • "Affinity is a great company to work for and offers so much support and opportunity to grow. I love coming to work each day to a great team of leaders and educators! "
  • "Working with Affinity has been a great experience for me and my career, as I started my first job with Affinity and I am still working with them. I have been working with Affinity for more than three years now and I still love my job. Such a great company. "
  • "I have worked for a lot of different companies, however I find Affinity Education to be the best with work/home-life balance. Affinity understands the roles of working mothers. "
  • "A huge thank you to Affinity Education for all of the amazing opportunities that are presented to every educator. I wouldn’t be in the position I am now without your full support! "
  • "I enjoy working for this company so much! Only place I’ve worked for that encourages a healthy work/life balance as well as seeing their educators better themselves academically. "
  • "Affinity is the best company to work for, with so many different opportunities available for career progression. If you want somewhere where you don’t just feel as though you are a number, and love what you do, Affinity Education is where you are able to shine. "
  • "The ability to reach and achieve your full potential, with the benefits of an amazing Centre Support Office team who will guide and support you in your role! "
  • "Affinity education group is the MOST supportive company I have ever worked for. I started with Affinity doing my diploma as assistant educator, then become Lead Educator, then assistant manager then became Centre Manager. I LOVE coming to work I walk in with a smile and walk out with a smile."

What career growth is available with Affinity Education?
At Affinity Education, our team of early childhood professionals are committed to the education and development of the children in their care. In turn, we support our staff with personalised career pathways. Whether you want to become a Centre Manager, Quality Advisor, or something else, our award-winning People & Culture team will support you each step of the way.

How do I apply for a job with Affinity Education?
We are always looking for people who are living the team spirit! Discover our current opportunities or get in touch with our People & Culture team today for a confidential career discussion. 
What benefits does Affinity Education offer employees?

We are proud to offer an extensive program of employee benefits. Some of these include: 

  • Personalised career development opportunities 

  • Opportunity to study an early childhood qualification through the Affinity Learning Academy  

  • Scholarship opportunities to study a bachelor's degree in early childhood education 

  • Staff discount program for Affinity Education centres 

  • Dedicated Centre Support Office to help you reach your business, compliance and educational goals 

  • A generous employee referral program 

  • Supplied uniforms 

  • Recognition program and annual Centre Manager conference