Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Course Code CHC50113

Diploma Early Childhood Education and Care - Child Care Course

Who is those course for?

The Diploma is designed for a career in early childhood education and care. This qualification is targeted towards educators who manage staff, guiding curriculum, and who have an understanding of compliance. There is a combination of written assessment items, practical hours, on-the-job activities, and attendance required at class workshops. The expected course completion is 12 – 24 months.

What is included in the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care?

The Diploma includes 28 units of competency that are required to obtain the qualification. Learning and assessment reflect real-life educator roles and links with the sector requirements and the National Quality Framework (NQF).

Throughout the enrolment, you are required to complete a mandatory total of 240 hours of work placement in a licensed and registered education and care service, with a total of 120 hours to be completed with children aged 0-2 years. To allow this to take place you will need to be engaged in work, either paid or unpaid, with children. Students will be observed and assessed on-the-job while completing mandatory work placement hours. Support will be provided during workshops, workplace visits, and study sessions as well as via phone and email.

Students can apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT) if they meet the eligibility requirements. It is a requirement of the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care that you hold English language and literacy skills to a determined level. This will be assessed using the CPLE Language, Literacy, and Numeracy Assessment.

Downloadable Resources with more information

CHC50113 Course Information Guide

CPLE Student Handbook

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 

Fee Structure

How to apply to study for this course?

You can apply for this course by filling in the enquiry form here. You can also email us at cple@commsatwork.org, or call 02 6293 6220.


This qualification reflects the CHC – Community Services training package requirements (release 3.0) and is an approved early childhood education and care qualification by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) under the Education and Care Services National Law (2011).

Communities@Work is a Registered Training Organisation, trading as Centre of Professional Learning and Development (RTO 88148).



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