CHC50113 - Diploma of Early Childhood Education & Care

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Diploma of Early Childhood Education & Care

Start a rewarding career in Childcare!

Course Overview

The early childhood education sector continues to grow both here in Australia and internationally. If you want to set yourself on a path towards a long and satisfying career as an educator this is the right course for you. You can work towards becoming a Centre Director, a leader or coordinator, a nanny or go on to study a bachelor degree. Your qualification can help you work as an educator all across Australia and even overseas.

This diploma qualification is delivered by industry expert trainers who have worked across the breadth of the early childhood education and care industry. You will learn the ‘real world’ skills developed by your trainer from their own experience working with children.

Minimum Entry Requirements

  • A written application form
  • Over 18 years old at the time of enrolment
  • Successful completion of Year 11 in Australia, or of an equivalent overseas qualification.
  • Successful completion of LLN assessment
  • Identification Documents
  • A Photo ID

Why should I study this course?

Childcare is a rewarding career choice, and this qualification is recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), meaning that your diploma will demonstrate to potential employers that you have achieved a certain level of training and study.

If you want to help children get a great start in life, then this course is perfect for you. It will teach you to develop strategies to provide and maintain healthy, safe and caring environments for children. You will also learn how to design and implement educational programs that will stimulate learning and development, and get the skills you need to foster the holistic wellbeing of children.

You’ll also learn fundamental management skills, so you can move into more senior roles.

What is the Course Structure?

This course consists of 28 units, 23 units are core and 5 units are elective. Students must successfully complete all units to gain their qualification.

Training delivery consists of formal structured training and assessment of the practical application of the theoretical knowledge acquired through the structure training over the duration of the training program.

Minimum 20 hours weekly study which may comprise of 12 hours of classroom based study & 8 hours of home study.


Full time: 78 Weeks
Part Time: Up to 2.5 year


This course can be delivered in number of ways, please contact IETS to discuss your preferences.


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28 Units of Competency

Career Choices

  • Childcare Centre Manager
  • Childcare Worker
  • Long day Child Care
  • Family Day care

Course Pathways

On completion candidates may enrol and study higher qualification such as Bachelor of Early Childhood Education.

The course contains a minimum of 240 hours of work placement. Your work placement will need to be conducted in a registered child care facility, supervised by a qualified staff member. You will also need to secure your own Work Placement; however we can provide advice and direction through our Work Placement Support Team.

There are many statutory checks required by workplaces, such as a Criminal Record Check. These may vary by state. In addition, individual workplaces may impose additional requirements on students undertaking work placement. You will be responsible for the costs of any such checks or requirements.

What Units am I gaining knowledge in?

Core Units
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
CHCECE001 Develop cultural competence
CHCECE002 Ensure the health and safety of children
CHCECE003 Provide care for children
CHCECE004 Promote and provide healthy food and drinks
CHCECE005 Provide care for babies and toddlers
CHCECE007 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children
CHCECE009 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
CHCECE016 Establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment for children
CHCECE017 Foster the holistic development and wellbeing of the child in early childhood
CHCECE018 Nurture creativity in children
CHCECE019 Facilitate compliance in an education and care services
CHCECE020 Establish and implement plans for developing cooperative behaviour
CHCECE021 Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children
CHCECE022 Promote children’s agency
CHCECE023 Analyse information to inform learning
CHCECE024 Design and implement the curriculum to foster children's learning and development
CHCECE025 Embed sustainable practices in service operations
CHCECE026 Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate education and care for children
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting
HLTWHS003 Maintain work health and safety
Elective Units
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice
BSBINN502 Build and sustain an innovative work environment
BSBLED401 Develop teams and individuals
BSBMGT605 Provide leadership across the organisation
BSBSUS501 Develop workplace policy and procedures for sustainability

Assessment Method

Assessment is based on competency (the ability to demonstrate specific skills) and is undertaken through a combination which may consist of classroom observation, discussion, case studies, role plays & written assignments and the work placement.All assessments are to be submitted electronically unless otherwise stated by your trainer.

Funding Opportunities

Course fees can vary by state and are based on a number of different factors. Please refer to our Funded Courses pages for more information, or call us to discuss the most appropriate funding or payment option for you.

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