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Diploma of Early Childhood
Education and Care

If you love children and love watching them learn, thrive and grow, then this course is for you!

With a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, you will learn to support children’s growth and development whilst providing them with a safe and healthy environment. 

This qualification also addresses the skills and knowledge needed to work in management positions and take responsibility for planning, implementing and managing Early Childhood programs, while supervising children, other educators, students and volunteers.

This course is perfect if you want to start a career as an Early Childhood Educator or if you want to upskill from a certificate to a diploma level in order to enhance your career.

This course and the employment outcomes related to it, is suitable for:

  • People who have a desire to make a difference in the lives of children
  • People who have the ability to communicate and relate easily to children
  • People who are dedicated, reliable and patient
  • People who have a passion for education
  • People who want to progress their career as an Educator
  • People who want to expand on their skills and experience

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CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care


12 months


2 days per week of in-class time. No classes during School Holidays.


To be eligible to enter this course, you will need to hold either:

  • CHCE30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care; or
  • CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care


280 hours work placement undertaken 1 day per week over the duration of the course. 

Must have Working with Children Check.


This course is nationally recognised.

Upon successful completion, this qualification is awarded by bestchance Training (TOID 3695).

Diploma ECEC
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Units of Competency

core units

BSBTWK502:  Manage team effectiveness



CHCECE041:   Maintain a safe and healthy environment for children



CHCECE042:  Foster holistic early childhood learning, development and wellbeing



CHCECE043:  Nurture creativity in children



CHCECE044:  Facilitate compliance in a children’s education and care service



CHCECE045:  Foster positive and respectful interactions and behaviour in children



CHCECE046:  Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children



CHCECE047:  Analyse information to inform children’s learning



CHCECE048:  Plan and implement children’s education and care curriculum



CHCECE049:  Embed environmental responsibility in service operations



CHCECE050:  Work in partnership with children’s families



CHCPRP003:  Reflect on and improve own professional practice



CHCDIV003:  Manage and promote diversity



BSBPEF502:  Develop and use emotional intelligence



BSBSTR501:   Establish innovative work environments



Placement Requirements

this course requires 280 hours of practical placement

Students are required to undertake 280 hours of practical work placement. This is to be undertaken 1 day per week over the duration of your course.

This is further broken down into 140 hours with children aged between 0-2 years, and another 140 hours of children aged 3+.

Prior to the commencement of your work placement you must have a current Working with Children Check.

placement requirements for "working Diploma"

If you are eligible to undertake our Working Diploma you are required to provide a letter from your employer confirming that you are working a minimum of 14 hours per week in a registered childcare or kindergarten setting.

This letter must state the following:

  • Who your employer is
  • How many hours per week you work
  • The age groups you work with

You may be required to undertake additional placement if a skills/experience gap has been identified.

physical requirements

You will need to be reasonably fit in order to undertake work placement as the tasks and activities associated with the work placement may involve manual lifting and other physical activities. 

If this is a concern for you, please let us know prior to enrolment.

finding a work placement

Because work placement can often result in employment, we empower our students to find and organise their own  placement organisation so that it meets their needs. 

Our training team is available to offer support if you are struggling and we have a broad network of services that we can put you in contact with.

Industry Insights

Early Years Industry

The childcare and early years industry is currently the largest and fastest growing in Australia.

According to government website Job Outlook, Childcare Manager jobs are expected to grow by 20.3% by 2023 and there are likely to be approximately 10,000 job openings over the next five years.

The average salary for a Childcare Centre Manager is between $65,000 and $75,000 per annum, according to Seek.com.au and the minimum education requirement for management positions is the Diploma qualification.

Job Outcomes

Successful completion of this course will give you the skills you need to become a:

  • Centre Manager
  • Children’s Service Director
  • Program Leader
  • Child Development Worker
  • Family Day Care Operator
  • Early Childhood Consultant

Further Pathways

  • Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood) 

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