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CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

What is this qualification?

This qualification reflects the role of early childhood educators who are responsible for designing and implementing curriculum in early childhood education and care services. In doing so they work to implement an approved learning framework within the requirements of the Education and Care Services National Regulations and the National Quality Standard.

They may have responsibility for supervision of volunteers or other staff.

Under the Education and Care Services National Law (2011) the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) publishes lists of approved early childhood education and care qualifications and information regarding regulatory requirements here: www.acecqa.gov.au.


Funded Training

This qualification is funded by the Queensland government.

Complete the Expression of Interest to determine your eligibility for QLD funding.

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Job roles that may be available to you after successful completion of the course include:

  • Early Childhood and Care Educator
  • Childhood Education Manager
  • Outside School Hours Coordinator
  • Students are required to be physically fit to be able to perform some tasks required by the course.
  • Satisfactorily complete a pre-training review interview to determine student’s suitability for the chosen course.
  • Working within the early childcare services industry or gain vocational work placement at a regulated early childcare facility.
  • Students must have a National Police Check and a Working with Children Check – Blue Card
  • Having access to the following is desirable for the successful completion of assessments and for research purposes:
    • Desktop computer, laptop or tablet
    • Microsoft Office or equivalent
    • Broadband internet connection
    • A web camera and a speaker
    • Access to software to view online videos and images, such as Adobe Reader, Windows Media Player, Windows Photo Viewer, which are available as a download from the internet.
Before enrolling into this qualification, candidates may undertake study in a Certificate III in a community services training package.

Centre based services

Age of children Qualification requirement
Birth to preschool age From 1 January 2012 in NT
50 per cent of educators required to meet the relevant ratios in the service must have, or be actively working towards, at least an approved diploma level education and care qualification.

From 1 January 2014 in all states and territories
50 per cent of educators required to meet the relevant ratios in the service must have, or be actively working towards, at least an approved diploma level education and care qualification.

Over preschool age From 1 January 2012 in VIC, QLD, SA, WA, ACT
There are no national qualification requirements for educators at centre-based services educating and caring for children who are over preschool age. State and territory qualification requirements (if applicable) continue to apply. See the lists of approved qualification requirements for children over preschool age.

From 1 January 2014 in NT
There are no national qualification requirements for educators at centre-based services educating and caring for children who are over preschool age. State and territory qualification requirements (if applicable) continue to apply. See the lists of approved qualification requirements for children over preschool age.

For family day care services

Age of children Qualification requirement
Birth to 13 years From 1 January 2012 in VIC, SA, NT
All family day care coordinators must hold an approved diploma level education and care qualification.

From 1 January 2014 in all states and territories
All family day care coordinators must hold an approved diploma level education and care qualification.

The course is provided through face-to-face delivery or distance; however blended learning is an option with block delivery. The course will be delivered and assessed in 24 months. The course requires a workplace based training component of 240 hours work placement in a regulated education and care service in Australia which caters for children aged between 0-6.
A Police Check and a Working with Children Check – Blue Card are required prior to commencing practical work placement which will be organised by the students themselves (at their own cost). Students will be required to wear to wear a name badge (provided) on placement. In addition, AA polo shirt, long black pants and black closed in, non-slip shoes will be required which students will either need to provide or purchase at their own cost.
The following textbooks are required to be read in conjunction with your assessments. Please note for classroom deliver there will be a classroom copy available for all students to use however, these must remain in the classroom and cannot be taken home. Student may wish to purchase these but this will be at their own cost.

  • If student has previously completed a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care – Purchase the Early Childhood Educator for Diploma Edition 1 textbook Lorraine Walker, Shelagh Miller, Sonja Tansey 2014, McGraw Hill Education.
  • If student has not previously completed a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care – Purchase the Early Childhood Educator for Certificate III Edition 2 textbook Lorraine Walker, Shelagh Miller, 2013, McGraw Hill Education and the Early Childhood Educator for Diploma Edition 1 textbook Lorraine Walker, Shelagh Miller, Sonja Tansey 2014, McGraw Hill Education.
Many of our students already have a high level of skills, knowledge and expertise that can be recognised through a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process. Students seeking recognition can apply for RPL on enrolment into a qualification or throughout the duration of their study.
If you have completed previous study that is the same industry as your intended qualification, you may be able to apply for a credit transfer. A copy of the original transcript must be provided when applying for a credit transfer.
To be assessed as competent, learners need to provide satisfactory evidence to all the assessment requirements relating to their knowledge and skills relevant to the unit of competence. Assessment methods may include:

  • Written activities
  • Case studies
  • Projects
  • Role plays / observations
We have the ability to deliver this course Australia wide.
In addition to the items where a participant is not working within the industry sector of the selected course, the following additional fees may apply subject to the Vocational Placement Requirements of the program.

  • Police check: $54.60
  • Bluecard: $84.25

Course Outline


Total number of units = 28

  • 23 core units
  • 5 elective 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
CHCSAC005 Foster the holistic development and wellbeing of the child in school age care
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice
BSBINN502 Build and sustain an innovative work environment
BSBLED401 Develop teams and individuals
CHCPOL002 Develop and implement policy

This qualification is funded by the Queensland government.

Complete the Expression of Interest to determine your eligibility for QLD funding.

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Want to Know More?

Feel free to contact us at info@australianacademy.edu or call 1300 656 693.

This qualification is currently being funded by the Queensland State Government’s Department of Education and Training through the Higher Level Skills and User Choice program for eligible Queensland participants. For full eligibility information, a breakdown of the fees applicable and our terms and conditions, please click here.

Australia Wide

This course can be completed anywhere in Australia

Self Paced Delivery

This course can be completed in your own time

Industry Partner

We have industry partnerships and a large reach across Australia

Funding

Available in QLD