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CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education & Care




110 weeks (Incl Holidays)

Course Code



Domestic Students

Course Overview:

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.

Course Structure:

Total number of units = 28 ( 23 Cores and 5 elective units)

CHCLEG001  Work legally and ethically (Core)
CHCECE009  Use an approved learning framework to guide practice (Core)
CHCDIV002  Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety (Core)
CHCECE001  Develop cultural competence (Core)
CHCDIV001  Work with diverse people (Elective)
CHCECE002 Ensure the health and safety of children (Core)
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk (Core)
HLTAID004  Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting (Core)
CHCECE003  Provide care for children (Core)
CHCECE004 Promote and provide healthy food and drinks (Core)
CHCECE005  Provide care for babies and toddlers (Core)
CHCECE007  Develop positive and respectful relationships with children (Core)
HLTWHS003  Maintain work health and safety (Core)
CHCECE016 Establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment for children (Core)
CHCPOL002 Develop and implement policy (Elective)
CHCECE019 Facilitate compliance in an education and care service (Core)
CHCECE025 Embed sustainable practices in service operations (Core)
BSBLED401 Develop teams and individuals (Elective)
CHCECE017 Foster the holistic development and wellbeing of the child (Core)
CHCECE018 Nurture creativity in children (Core)
CHCECE020 Establish and implement plans for developing cooperative behavior (Core)
CHCECE022 Promote children’s agency (Core)
CHCECE021 Implement strategies for the inclusion of children (Core)
CHCECE023 Analyse information to inform learning (Core)
CHCECE026 Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate care for children (Core)
CHCECE024 Design and implement the curriculum to foster children’s learning and development (Core)
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice (Elective)
CHCMGT003 Lead the team work (Elective)

Placement: Minimum of 240 hours required as per the regulations – generally a single block or one/two days per week – completed towards the end of the qualification. The placement is usually completed in a long day care centre.
Practicum Requirements: 240hours

  • 60 hours – Birth – 2 yrs
  • 60 hours – 2 yrs
  • 60 hours – 3 – 5 yrs
  • 30 hours – must include a child with additional needs (any age group)
  • 30 hours – service management

Entry Requirements:

  •  Successfully complete a Language, Literacy & Numeracy (LLN) test OR submit copy of Year 12 Certificate
  •  18 years & above
  •  A current Working with Children Check
  •  Ability to use & operate a computer / laptop.
  •  Knowledge of basic use of office applications
  •  May require to attend an interview (face to face / phone / skype)
  •  Students may also need to have access to a computer & internet services outside class hours

Career Pathways:

The Certificate III qualification provides for employment in the following roles:

  • Childhood Education Manager
  • Nominated Supervisor
  • Centre manager (children’s services)
  • Children’s service director/manager
  • Children’s services coordinator
  • Director (children’s services)
  • Group/team coordinator/leader (children’s services)
  • Program leader (children’s services)
  • Educational Support Leader or Educational Support Officer

This qualification may provide a pathway into University Degree in Early Childhood with some Universities

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