Looking to study early childhood education and care in Victoria? Our diploma is perfect for individuals who want the chance to make a difference in young children’s lives and design and implement successful curriculums within an early childhood education centre.


The CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care will provide you with the skills and training necessary to plan and implement programs in early childhood services and manage the complex daily challenges involved in running early childhood facilities.

Students learn vital skills throughout the course, such as:

  • How to nurture creativity in children
  • Promoting children’s agency
  • Identifying and responding to children and young people at risk
  • Establishing and maintaining a safe and healthy environment for children

The coursework teaches Early Childhood Educators how to deliver childhood education services that align with child care industry regulations, and successfully nurture young children’s learning and growth.

In studying this course, you will also learn how to design an approved learning framework in line with the requirements of the Education and Care Services National Regulations and the National Quality Standard.

To fulfil all the requirements of this child care course, students are required to undertake 240 mandatory hours of work placement within an early childhood education centre.


The Child Care Diploma is well-suited for individuals looking to embrace a career as a:

  • children’s service coordinator
  • director or educational leader at an early childhood education centre
  • child development worker
  • early childhood educator
  • centre manager & more


Our trainers make the Early Years Learning Framework easier to understand through specially designed activities in our simulation spaces. This gives our students an edge as they put theory into practice on campus which makes it easier for them to handle difficult and challenging scenarios when they embark on their practical experience.


  • National Code: CHC50113
  • Units: 23 core + 5 elective
  • Fees/Materials: From $220*
  • Location: Multiple
  • Delivery Mode 1: Classroom:
    • Days Per Week: 1 Day
    • Mandatory work placement hours: 240
    • Direct contact face to face time: 51 weeks
    • Workshop simulated environment: 9*
  • Delivery Mode 2: Classroom:
    • Days Per Week: 2 Days
    • Mandatory work placement hours: 240
    • Direct contact face to face time: 25 weeks
    • Workshop simulated environment: 5*
  • Distance: up to 20 months including 240 mandatory work placement hours
  • Work-based Traineeship: up to 20 months
  • Assessment: Written, simulated and workplace-based practical observations
  • Prior experience: RPL & Credit Transfer is available

*The time in the simulated environment is included in the direct contact time.


  • Ensure the health and safety of children
  • Promote and provide healthy food and drinks
  • Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting
  • Establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment for children
  • Facilitate compliance in an education and care services
  • Maintain workplace health and safety
  • Foster the holistic development and wellbeing of the child in early childhood
  • Nurture creativity in children
  • Promote children’s agency
  • Analyse information to inform learning
  • Design and implement the curriculum to foster children’s learning and development
  • Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate education and care for children
  • Work legally and ethically
  • Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
  • Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
  • Develop positive and respectful relationships with children
  • Provide care for children
  • Provide care for babies and toddlers
  • Develop cultural competence
  • Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
  • Embed sustainable practices in service organisations
  • Establish and implement plans for developing cooperative behaviour
  • Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children


  • Manage Personal work priorities and professional development
  • Lead and manage effective workplace relationships
  • Lead and manage team effectiveness
Program taught in:
  • English

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This course is Campus based
Start Date
Jan 2020
25 - 51 weeks
9,000 AUD
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