Child Care Courses

Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Course Code: CHC50113

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What will you learn in your Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care course?

The CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care will take your childcare skills to the next level. In this course you will develop skills that will help you run a childcare facility, become a group leader and take on more supervisory responsibilities in a childcare setting.

As part of your training, you’ll learn how to address regulations in a childcare setting, how to design and implement care routines, how to work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers and how to build partnerships with families. The Diploma will also teach you how to foster physical, social, cognitive, language and creative development in early childhood, and ways to facilitate the inclusion of children with additional needs.

This latest Australian child care Diploma incorporates most of the learning outcomes from the CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care qualification. This means you can now enrol directly into this Diploma qualification without studying the Certificate III level course first. If you already hold a child care Certificate III, you may be able to seek advanced standing for your achievements.

Students completing the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care course will be able to pursue a number of children’s services/childcare related positions such as:

  • ✔ Group Leader
  • ✔ Centre Supervisor
  • ✔ Team Coordinator
  • ✔ Centre Manager
  • ✔ Child Development Worker
  • ✔ Authorised Supervisor
  • ✔ and more!

Diploma of  Early Childhood Education and Care Course Structure

The CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care consists of 28 units – 23 core units and 5 electives. As a nationally recognised and nationally accredited course, the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care is the minimum standard for anyone wishing to manage an Australian childcare service centre or work as a Family Day Care Coordinator.

CHC50113 Core Units

CHCDIV002- Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
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
CHCLEG001 – Work legally and ethically
CHCPRT001 – Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
HLTAID004 – Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting
HLTWHS003 – Maintain work health and safety

CHC50113 Electives

CHCECE006 – Support behaviour of children and young people
CHCECE010 – Support the holistic development of children in early childhood
CHCECE013 – Use information about children to inform practice
CHCDIV001 – Work with diverse people
CHCMGT003 – Lead the work team

^ The “HLTAID004: Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting” unit is not delivered by Reach Community College, students must organise the completion of this unit via an external provider.


The 28 course units have been clustered into just 10 easy-to-follow workbooks plus 1 practical skills journal (to be completed during your vocational placement).

Course Delivery

This course is delivered through Online Training. Online learning is an extremely popular and effective method of learning which will allow you to study from anywhere in Australia.

You will have up to 24 months from your start date to complete your Diploma qualification. This course also has a flexible start date which means you can start training at any time throughout the year. It is expected to take about 2190 hours of study to complete this course (this includes your vocational placement).


How will I be assessed?

The Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care is assessed through written questions, case studies, skills journals, and projects. This gives you a chance to demonstrate your competencies using relevant, practical and effective methods.

Support & Resources

As part of your course, you’ll enjoy access to a range of excellent resources and support services, including:

  • ✔ Online Course Materials, Resources and Templates
  • ✔ Multimedia and Simulated Learning Resources
  • ✔ Workplace Procedures and Documentation
  • ✔ Vocational Placement Information and Support
  • ✔ Ongoing Trainer Support via Phone and Student Messaging System

During your course you will need to have access to:

  • ✔ A Computer (PC or Mac) with Internet (a minimum reliable speed of 5mbps is recommended)
  • ✔ Google Chrome Web Browser
  • ✔ Latest Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • ✔ Recording devices, such as a camera or video recorder
  • ✔ Two (2) volunteers for role play tasks
  • ✔ Latest Adobe Flash Player
  • Latest Microsoft Word
  • ✔ A Registered Early Childhood Education Care Facility to complete vocational placement


Reach Community College is responsible for issuing of all qualifications and statements of attainment. Any changes to the arrangements will be communicated to students.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal prerequisites for this qualification, however students must be at least 18 years of age, have good English skills (equivalent to year 10 English) and basic computer skills.

In some states/territories, you may also need to undertake a working with children check or police check before commencing your vocational placement and starting work in this field. Please check your local state or territory regulations for costs and more information.

Vocational Placement

As part of your Diploma course, you will need to initiate contact with a registered childcare facility and complete a vocational placement there. This gives you the opportunity to undertake practical training, develop experience and demonstrate competency in requirements of some units, and is a requirement for successful completion of the course.

Your vocational placement with a registered childcare provider should be at least 240 hours over 2 years. For more information about childcare vocational placements, please visit the FAQ page.

Study Pathways

After completing the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, you can continue your studies with other care related courses such as:

  • ✔  CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability)
  • ✔ CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support

You could also choose to specialise as a childcare trainer with the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. Those interested in ensuring workplace health and safety could consider the Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

The option of RPL is available for any students who have previously gained competency in any of the units offered within the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care course. This can be from previous formal or informal training, workplace experience or other life experiences. You can get credit for parts of a course unit or the full unit(s). When enrolling in the course, indicate that you would like to apply for RPL and experienced trainers will be in contact to help you through the process and discuss your evidence.


Student Handbook

For policies on refunds, extensions, other fees, complaints, appeals, replacement certificates or statements of attainment, please see the Reach Community College Student Handbook.

Links to Child Care Regulations

The Diploma of  Early Childhood Education and Care is an Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) approved Diploma qualification for working in children’s education and care services.

Under the training regulations, at least 50% of early childhood educators at a service must have (or be working towards) a Diploma level education and care qualification (such as this qualification)