Child Care Courses

Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Course Code: CHC50113


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Quick Facts

Course Code: CHC50113 Course Name: Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care Course Duration: Up to 24 Months (Self-Paced) Delivery Method: Mixed Mode Learning Career Pathways: 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 service director / manager, Child development worker, and Early childhood educator

Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care Background

The Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC50113) is a nationally recognised and accredited childcare qualification. It is suitable if you are just starting a child care career AND if you are developing and formalising your child care abilities to take on more challenges or roles in the child care industry anywhere in Australia. Take the next step, while doing what you love! This Diploma course for child care is the next step in professional development for anyone seeking a fulfilling career in the early education and care industry.  Typically, those undertaking this Diploma level course are seeking employment as a:

  • 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 service director / manager
  • Child development worker
  • Early childhood educator

Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care Qualification Pathways

This early childhood education and care course will qualify you to work in many levels of child care, from entry-level positions up to senior/managerial positions. If you already hold your CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, this Diploma qualification is a great ‘next step’ in your child care career. It will equip you to tackle new challenges and pursue more job opportunities in the child care industry. You can even use your CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care as an entry path into a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education. Once enrolled in this course you may also consider additional training to complement your child care skills:

  • 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

Course Structure and Delivery

The Diploma is delivered through Mixed Mode Learning, which includes face-to-face webinars, self-paced study, directed research, online learning, assessment materials and activities. This is especially suitable for anyone wishing to up skill and expand their opportunities while still keeping up with work or personal commitments. Course Duration: You have up to 24 months to complete the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC50113). Enrolments are open throughout the year and you can start at any time. Assessment Methods:  The course is 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. This gives you an opportunity to develop your skills and demonstrate required competencies through a range of suitable assessment methods. Expected Study Hours: This Diploma-level qualification has a total of 1390 expected study hours. Since this course is self-paced, you can study at your own speed and complete the course in a timeframe that suits you. When you enrol in this course, you will complete a Personal Learning Plan Evaluation to determine your existing skill and knowledge level that is relevant to this qualification. Upon completion of the evaluation, 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 those who hold the CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care and those who have previously completed superseded versions of this qualification or skill sets or units of competency from the CHC Training Package; study hours is up to 910 hours
  • Expert - consists of individuals with current and relevant industry experience of 2 or more years and with extensive knowledge and skill; these candidates are recommended to undertake a full recognition pathway; this includes candidates holding the CHC50908 Diploma of Children’s Services who are currently working in the industry; study hours is up to 720 hours


Course Units

The CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Careis made up of 23 core units and 5 electives (Total of 28 units). Our Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care includes a set of electives we have chosen to ensure they meet the needs of a wide range of child care professionals.

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

Elective Units:

  • 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 Ambition Training Institute, students must organise the completion of this unit via an external provider. The CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care includes relevant units from the CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care. You can now enrol directly into the Diploma course without studying the Certificate III first. If you do choose to study the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC30113), you can continue your studies by enrolling in the Diploma course and completing only the additional units.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal prerequisites required to enter this diploma qualification. However, it is preferred that students:

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

You will need to undertake a working with children/police check before completing the Vocational Placement (see your local state/territory regulations for more information).

Support and Resources

To support your studies Ambition 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

To complete your studies you will need to 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)

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. Note: Students are required to complete a Police Check, Blue Card or Working With Children Check, and additional manual handling training prior to commencing their vocational placement at their chosen facility. Any costs will be shouldered by the student. For students planning to do their vocational placement, the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) recommends immunisation for hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and influenza.

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

Recognition of Prior Learning

If you have relevant work experience or have completed relevant training in the past, you can apply for recognition of prior learning (RPL). The RPL process begins after enrolment – simply indicate you’d like to apply for RPL on your enrolment form and a trainer will send you an RPL kit and discuss your RPL opportunities. To receive RPL, you will need to provide up to date evidence of the competencies required for this qualification. For policies on refunds, extensions, other fees, complaints, appeals, replacement certificates or statements of attainment, please see the Ambition Training Institute Student Handbook.