Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

General Description: 

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: For more information regarding specific subjects with this training course contact us at

Workplace requirements

Whilst there are no mandatory entry requirements for this qualification, you will either need to be employed in an approved Regulated Education and Care Service, or be prepared to undertake 240 hours of Vocational Placement. AUSCHS can provide assistance for the same

There are a number of statutory checks required by workplaces, such as a Working with Children 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. Please contact us to know details on the individual statutory requirements for your state or territory.

You will also need to complete a First Aid Certificate to demonstrate competency for HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting at your own cost prior to undertaking your work placement.

Physical requirements

You will need to be reasonably physically fit as the role may involve a variety of tasks that require a reasonable amount of physical activity, such as personal care of children, lifting, cleaning and other physically demanding activities.


National Criminal Record Check

Before you undertake clinical work placement in a NSW Health facility you will be required to undertake a Criminal Record Check (CRC) to obtain a National Police Certificate, either through a state or territory police service or through the Australian Federal Police. If you have any criminal records, you will be subject to a risk assessment and must obtain an authority to undertake clinical placements from the NSW Ministry of Health, Corporate Governance and Risk Management Branch. You will only be exempt from undertaking a CRC if you are under 18 years of age at the commencement of your course.


NSW Working with Children Check

Depending on the organisation's work placement policy and procedures, you may also be required to complete a NSW Working with Children Check.

For more information visit the NSW Commission for Children and Young People website at:

Career Opportunities: 

This qualification suits students seeking employment in the following job roles:

  • Children Service’s Coordinator
  • Child Development Worker
  • Centre Manager (ECEC)
  • Children’s Service’s Director/Manager
  • Authorised Supervisor
  • Early Childhood Educator
  • Children’s Advisor
  • Educational Leader (ECEC)
  • Group/Team Coordinator/Leader

Course Duration: 

Typically this training course takes upto 1 to 1.5 years to complete, based on your own personal circumstances as well as the mode of study you choose. ( it also depends whether you complete this course on a Part Time or Full Time Basis)

If you hold the CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, you can complete this course in 1 year instead of 1.5 years.

If you are averaging 15 hours per week in paid employment in a children's service area, you are eligible to undertake the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care in a Flexible Delivery or Traineeship (Fee for Service) study mode

By way of example, if you were to do this training course online and continually commit time to complete the projects and assignments each week chances are you'll complete the course well ahead of the time.

Method of Study: 

In-class study will give you a structured training experience and routine face-to-face contact with your trainers, educators, lecturers and classmates.

  • Online, Correspondence and Distance Education programs provide you with the ability to study from just about any place, whenever you want!

    This is great if you'd like flexibility and can't commit to going to routine classroom sessions. You may learn at your own tempo and finish the course in keeping with your own schedule. Contact us today to investigate which study methodology may perhaps suit you best.

  • Prerequisites: 

    There are no formal pre-requisites for this course.

    Recognition of Prior Learning: 

    Recognition is available (on application) to students with prior skills, experience, knowledge or qualifications obtained from formal studies or training, in a related area. Recognition may reduce the duration of your studies (Subjective to evidence provide, mapped and assessed against the required unit/s of competency)


    Competency determination is made after all relevant evidence is gathered. AusCHS is receptive to evidence gathered from a variety of sources including our own assessment processes. AusCHS assessment processes include:

    • Recognition of Prior Learning/Credit Transfer
    • Written/Oral Questions
    • Written reports/Portfolio Assessments
    • Scenarios
    • Role Plays
    • Projects
    • Case Studies
    • Log Book
    • Workplace Assessments


    Graduates of the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care may apply for entry into Bachelor of Early Childhood Education and Primary Teaching


    Total number of units = 28

  • 23 core units
  • 5 elective units, of which:
  • at least 2 must be selected from the elective units listed below
    up to 3 units may be selected from any endorsed Training Packages or accredited courses relevant to the work outcome
    All electives chosen must support the overall integrity of the AQF level of this qualification and contribute to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome.

    Core units

    CHCCS400C Work within a relevant legal and ethical framework

    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

    CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk

    HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting

    HLTHIR404D Work effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people

    HLTWHS003 Maintain work health and safety

    Elective units

    BSBINN502A Build and sustain an innovative work environment

    BSBLED401A Develop teams and individuals

    BSBSUS501A Develop workplace policy and procedures for sustainability

    CHCINF407D Meet information needs of the community

    CHCORG428A Reflect on and improve own professional practice

    CHCORG506E Coordinate the work environment

    CHCORG614C Manage a community sector organisation

    CHCORG624E Provide leadership in community services delivery

    CHCORG627B Provide mentoring support to colleagues

    CHCPOL403C Undertake research activities

    CHCPOL504B Develop and implement policy

    CHCSAC005 Foster the holistic development and wellbeing of the child in school age care

    HLTHIR403C Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers

    PSPMNGT605B Manage diversity

  • Course Fees: 

    Total Fees- $10000
    Valid till 31/10/2015
    Please inquire by emailing or contacting 1300600888 for the special promotion price
    Payment Plan Available*
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