Child Care Courses

Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Course Code: CHC50113

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What will you learn in this 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 childcare 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 childcare 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:

  • ✔ Authorised Supervisor (Children’s Services)
  • ✔ Children’s Services Coordinator
  • ✔ Centre Manager (Children’s Services)
  • ✔ Director (Children’s Services)
  • ✔ Childhood Educator
  • ✔ Group/Team Coordinator/Leader (Children’s Services)
  • ✔ Children’s Adviser
  • ✔ Program Leader (Children’s Services)
  • ✔ Children’s Services Director/Manager
  • ✔ Child Development Worker
  • ✔ Early Childhood Educator

Course Structure

The CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care consists of 28 units – 23 core units and 5 electives, which have been selected to ensure that the course meets the needs of a wide range of child care professionals.

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.

Course Delivery

How is the course delivered?

The course is offered through Mixed Mode Delivery, which includes face-to-face webinars, self-paced study, directed research, online learning, assessment materials and activities. Your course materials are accessed online and you are free to work on the course requirements on your own time from anywhere in Australia.

The online CHC50113 course runs all throughout the year. This allows you to enrol and start your course straight away or on your preferred commencement date.

How long will I have to finish my course?

You will have up to 24 months from your start date to complete your Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care qualification.

How much time should I spend on my course?

There are up to 1390 study hours for this course, depending on your industry experience and relevant knowledge. Upon enrolment, you will complete a Personal Learning Plan Evaluation to determine your existing skill and knowledge level that is relevant to this qualification. Once the evaluation is completed, you will be given a training plan where you will be assigned one of the following cohorts:

  • • Beginner – limited knowledge or skill and no recent related industry experience. Study hours is up to 1390 hours
  • • Intermediate – moderate prior knowledge and skill with limited recent related industry experience. Study hours is up to 1200 hours
  • • Advanced – extensive knowledge and skill with recent related industry work experience of one year or more. This includes candidates holding CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education.  Study hours is up to 910 hours
  • • Expert – consists of individuals with current industry experience of 2 or more years and extensive knowledge and skill. These candidates are recommended to undertake a full recognition pathway. This includes candidates holding CHC50918 Diploma of Children’s Services (Early Childhood Education and Care) who are currently working in the early childhood education sector. Study hours is up to 720 hours

How will I be assessed?

Your Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care course will be assessed through Case Study (may include simulated scenarios, portfolio, reports, displays, work samples, role plays, and presentations), Projects or Product based methods, Written Questions, Practicum—Skills Logbook, and Credit Transfer (for HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting unit only).

Support & Resources

To support you in your studies, Reach Community College will provide:

  • ✔ Access to a student account in the LMS for submission
  • ✔ Learning Materials and Assessment Workbooks
  • ✔ Simulations, where applicable
  • ✔ Basic assessment and diagnostic tools such as forms, records, inventories, checklists and surveys
  • ✔ Sample individual education plans (IEP), diagnostic reports, and other assessment and diagnostic materials
  • ✔ WHS industry guides and other relevant organisation policy, protocols and procedures
  • ✔ Information about accreditation standards
  • ✔ Templates for completing Project Documents

You will need to make sure you have access to:

  • ✔ A computer with Internet access through Google Chrome
  • ✔ MS Word, MS PowerPoint or equivalent applications
  • ✔ Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • ✔ A video recording device
  • ✔ Audio recording device (where necessary)

Entry Requirements

It is recommended that students:

  • ✔ Are 18 years or older
  • ✔ Have sound language and literacy skills (at least Year 10 English, or equivalent)
  • ✔ Have basic computer skills

Students are also required to:

  • ✔ Obtain a Unique Student Identifier (USI)
  • ✔ Provide a valid ID with picture and signature
  • ✔ Undertake a Language, Literacy and Numeracy Evaluation
  • ✔ Undertake a Personal Learning Plan Evaluation before accessing the course materials and commencing studies

Please read the student handbook before enrolling by going to this link.

Vocational Placement

The Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care course required completion of specified competency standards and assessment requirements in a workplace of 240hrs of vocational placement with an approved accredited service provider.

You will need to initiate contact with a registered and regulated Early Childhood Education and Care facility to address the Vocational Placement Requirements.

Study Pathways

You can complement your CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care training with additional qualifications such as:

  • • CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support
  • • BSB41415 Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety
  • • TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
  • • CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services
  • • BSB51415 Diploma of Project Management

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

If you have existing work experience in Child Care and wish to formalise this knowledge, Reach Community College offers Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) as part of this course. The RPL process begins after enrolment and is available to any students who can present evidence of competency for any units included in this qualification.