Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Course Code CHC50113

Diploma Early Childhood Education and Care - Child Care Course

Who is this course for?

The CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care is designed for a career in early childhood education and care. This qualification is targeted towards educators who manage staff, guide curriculum, and who wish to develop a deeper understanding of compliance.

There is a combination of written assessment items, practical hours, on-the-job activities, and attendance to face to face and virtual sessions. The expected course completion is 12 – 24 months.

To enrol in this Diploma qualification, it is recommended that learners already have completed their Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.


NOTE: The CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care qualification has now been superseded and has entered a teach-out period which will end on the 20th January 2023. Please see HERE for further information. 

Candidates entering enrolment into this qualification must ensure they are aware of and comply with CPLE’s TRANSITION OF TRAINING PACKAGE POLICY AND PROCEDURE.  For further information regarding these arrangements, please contact CPLE at cple@commsatwork.org.


What is required in the CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care?

This Diploma qualification 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 enrolment, you are required to complete a minimum of 240 hours of mandatory work placement in a licensed and registered education and care service.

If you have not yet completed the CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, an additional minimum of 120 hours of mandatory work placement with children aged 0-2 years, will be required. To allow this to take place you will need to be engaged in work, either paid or unpaid, with children 0-6 years of age.

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 CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care that you hold English language,  literacy skills at ACSF levels 3-4. This will be assessed using the CPLE Language, Literacy, and Numeracy Assessment, which is to be completed prior to enrolment.

Pre-Requisite Qualification Requirements 

Due to the nature of this qualification and its delivery, our CHC50113 rolling intake is aimed at learners who have already successfully completed a CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care and are working either part-time or full time within an early education and care setting.  

Provision of a CHC30113 certificate/transcript must be submitted during the pre-enrolment phase in order to prove completion and provide evidence for the credit transfer process.  

In the event, you have not completed the CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care qualification, please speak with CPLE regarding your options for enrolment.  

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 4.0) 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 Education (RTO 88148).


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