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CHC50113 - Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

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This course is on the NSW skills list. Students in NSW may be eligible for a Government subsidised price.

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Work Placement

This course has work placement. Check the requirements and FAQs for more information.

Course description

Are you an engaging, vital and responsible person who loves interacting with and empowering children? Then an early childhood educator could be a great job for you. Learn to work in a range of early childhood education & care settings and to implement an approved learning framework within the requirements of the Education and Care Services National Regulations and the National Quality Standards.

Gain experience and knowledge in designing and implementing curricula in early childhood education and care services - supporting children’s well being, learning and development. Once qualified, you may have responsibility for supervision of staff and volunteers in a variety of workplaces, including preschools, family day care, long day care or out-of-school hours care services.

There are a range of articulation pathways where your TAFEnow Diploma can provide credit into teaching and early childhood education degrees at selected universities.

Hear how to create a successful career in early childhood

Units of study


Group 1

Unit Code Unit Name
CHCCS400C Work within a relevant legal and ethical framework
CHCECE009 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
CHCECE004 Promote and provide healthy food and drinks
CHCECE003 Provide care for children
CHCECE005 Provide care for babies and toddlers
CHCECE002 Ensure the health and safety of children

Develop and support positive relationships with children - Four (4) combined units:

Unit Code Unit Name
CHCECE007 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children
CHCECE010 Support the holistic development of children in early childhood
CHCECE011 Provide experiences to support children's play and learning
CHCECE013 Use information about children to inform practice

Please note: The units CHCECE007, CHCECE010, CHCECE011 and CHCECE013 are co-assessed and are completed together.

Group 2

Unit Code Unit Name
CHCECE001 Develop cultural competence/ HLTHIR404D Work effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people
CHCECE026 Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate education & care for children
CHCECE016 / HLTWHS003 Establish & maintain a safe & healthy environment for children / Maintain work health & safety
CHCECE025 Embed sustainable practices in service operations

Please note: The units CHCECE001 and HLTHIR404D are co-assessed and are completed together and the units CHCECE016 and HLTWHS003 are also co-assessed and completed together.

Group 3

Compliance and individual professional practice - Three (3) combined units:

Unit Code Unit Name
CHCECE019 Facilitate compliance in an education & care setting
CHCORG614C Manage a community sector organisation
CHCORG428A Reflect on and improve own professional practice
CHCECE020 / CHCECE021 Establish & implement plans for developing cooperative behaviour / Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children

Please note: The units CHCECE019, CHCORG614C and CHCORG428A are co-assessed and are completed together. CHCECE020 and CHCECE021 are also co-assessed and completed together.

Group 4

Nurture children's wellbeing - Five (5) combined units

Unit Code Unit Name
CHCECE017 Foster the holistic development & wellbeing of the child in early childhood
CHCECE018 Nurture creativity in children
CHCECE022 Promote children's agency
CHCECE023 Analyse information to inform learning
CHCECE024 Design & implement the curriculum to foster children's learning & development

Please note: All five units are co-assessed and completed together.

First Aid

Unit Code Unit Name
HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting

Please note: This unit must be completed face-to-face and is not delivered online through TAFEnow. Your course coordinator will provide information on how you can complete this unit through North Coast TAFE or an external provider.

  • During the diploma you are required to complete a minimum of 240 hours of work placement in a licensed and regulated early childhood service. Please note, Work experience for this course requires Working with Children Checks and Police clearances, per state requirements.
  • Students must also complete the first aid unit: HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting. You are required to complete this in your own time at your expense and provide evidence so we can process an RPL for course completion. This unit is available at North Coast TAFE campuses.
Frequently Asked Questions
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Before gaining entry to a course, why do I need a Unique Student Identifier (USI)? How do I obtain one?
All students are required to have a USI, before their enrolment is confirmed. If you have not created your USI and are intending to study, you should create your free USI now. Get more information by visiting You will need to have proof of your identity to complete the process. Once you have a USI you will have a secure online record of your nationally recognised training which you can access anytime and anywhere. If you have any questions, or need assistance creating your USI, please contact TAFEnow by phone or chat.
What if I need a full-time course?
Completion of this course in 12 months is considered full-time participation, or around 30 hours per week of work and study. On enrolment, please let our Customer Help team know that you need to study full-time. They will adjust the time frame of your enrolment to reflect a full-time study load and can then provide you with a Confirmation of Enrolment form for Centrelink.
At a minimum, what computer skills and software do I require for my course?
You don't have to be a computer whiz to succeed in online learning, but you should be comfortable typing, using the internet and email, chatting to your teachers or others online, reading course content online, using common software and performing other basic tasks. Minimum specifications for your computer are:
  • Microsoft Windows XP, or later, or Mac OS X or above
  • Microsoft Office or equivalent
  • Up-to-date internet browser
You may also need access to a printer/scanner to print and scan documents for uploading. A mobile phone with camera will suffice to photograph documents. The following free software may assist:
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Adobe Flash Player
Will I need to buy any text books or other equipment for this course?

No – there are a huge range of resources available in the online course environment.

Access to the internet is needed to get the most from your resources – there are a lot of websites, You Tube clips and short videos that are included in the resources.

There will also be access via the internet to resources specific to disability available through the TAFE library system.
How will I contact TAFEnow if I’m having a problem? How long will it take to get a response?
If you are having trouble accessing your course resources or navigating the TAFEnow website after enrolling, you should contact one of our Customer Help Officers on 1300 823 366. They are available Monday to Thursday 8am to 8pm and 8am to 5pm on Fridays.
If your query is specific to a unit you are studying and requires a subject matter expert, you should contact your unit facilitator. Their contact details are located on every unit. You should make contact via email. If you require over the phone support and appointment can be requested.
Does this course have a pathway into higher level courses and degrees?
The TAFEnow Diploma in Early Childhood and Education provides credit into teaching and early childhood education degrees at a variety of universities.
Is there tutor support available after hours?
TAFEnow has teamed up with the national service YourTutor to offer students live online help with things like essay and report writing, study skills and referencing. You can make contact with a tutor from 3pm to 11pm Sunday to Friday, via your Moodle course page or drop off a writing file and receive feedback in less than 24 hours. Watch this short, informative video for more information.
This service is additional to the specific subject help that your unit facilitator can provide.
Are there any other requirements?
Students are required to complete the unit HLTAID004 – Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting. This unit may be completed at your local TAFE campus or at any RTO convenient to you. This cost of this unit is not included in your course fee. You are required to source and pay for this training yourself. Please check with us before you enrol as it is essential you complete the correct unit to course complete. You will need to forward evidence of completion of this unit to us.
How will I access extra course resources or talk to a librarian?
If you want make contact with a TAFEnow librarian to access further course resources, go to Then type in your reference query. A librarian on chat will show you how to search the library catalogue and how to use our specialised subject guides to find extra information for assessments.
Can I get Recognition of Prior Learning?

If you are already employed in an education and care service you may be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) to be applied to some assessment events. This depends on the type of work you do, how recently the work has been undertaken and for how long. To apply for RPL you will need specific evidence to support your RPL application.

Please be aware that RPL is not granted until after enrolment. It is then assessed by your TAFEnow assessor/teacher in conjunction with your workplace supervisor. For more information see our Work Placement Guide here.
How will I send in my assessment tasks?
Once you enrol you will work from the learning platform of our website. Your course information will tell you what assessment events you are required to and provide instructions on how to upload them so your assessor gets them. If you are asked to send video or audio evidence for an assessment you can upload it to YouTube, Vimeo or DropBox and just upload the URL to the course website so we know where to look.
Is work placement a requirement of this course?
There is a minimum requirement of 240 hours in a registered education and care service required as part of the course. . Your work placement co-ordinator will help you organise this work placement to ensure it meets course requirements and your personal needs. If you are working in an education and care service you may be able to complete your work placement at your place of employment.
What happens if I fail a unit or an assessment event? What is TAFEnow’s re-submission policy?
Your teacher/assessor will provide feedback on your assessment event and will let you know if you have met the requirements. If you have not met the requirements, you will have one extra attempt to resubmit your assessment and get it to the required standard to become competent in this unit. If you do not succeed in your second attempt a fee may be charged for an assessor to mark your third submission.
Are there many jobs arising from this qualification?
Currently there are 128,400 people employed in this occupation across Australia and demand and future job prospects are in the highest band, according to Jobs Outlook. Students with qualifications are much more likely to get a start in the sector than those without.
Can I transfer to a campus class if I struggle online?
Before considering a change it is best to discuss your options with TAFEnow’s Educational Support Officers who may be able to arrange additional support for your studies. If your course is available at an NC TAFE campus you may be able to transfer. Please contact the customer contact centre.
What will this course qualify me to do and what type of jobs employment will I be able to get?
Employment opportunities may include:
  • Early childhood educator in an education and care service
  • Nominated supervisor (children’s services) in an education and care service
  • Children’s services coordinator
  • Centre manager / director (children’s services) in an education and care service
  • Group/team coordinator/leader (children’s services) in an education and care service
  • Educational leader in an education and care service
  • Children’s service director / manager
  • Child development worker
If I do a course with TAFEnow, can I get an extension on my visa?
You must apply for a visa extension directly with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. TAFEnow can provide you with a Confirmation of Enrolment (COE) once you’ve enrolled in a course as proof of your student status, but is unable to assist with your visa application.
What qualifications or experience are recommended to meet the course’s entry requirements?

As there are no entry requirements for this course and to support you to understand the course content, it is best to volunteer in an education and care service to get the relevant experience. Suitable workplaces include long daycare centres, pre-schools, family day care organisations and out of school hours and vacation care services. You will also need a strong desire to work with children and their parents families to succeed in this career.

Students must undergo a Working with Children Check (relevant to the state you live in) and possibly a police check for criminal background if the state you reside in requires this in order to work in this sector.

You must complete a minimum of 240 hours of work placement in a registered education and care service as a requirement of this course.

A high level of general literacy, numeracy and satisfactory physical fitness is also needed to enable you to read and understand the content, /resources provided and cope with the physical demands of working with children.

Ability to be motivated, organised and committed to learning independently are required to support your success as a student.
How much time should I study this course for each week (on average) to complete in the required time?
This course will take the average learner 10 hours a week to complete over 84 weeks. Included in these hours is work placement of 240 hours in a registered education and care service. If you have industry experience and knowledge you may find you complete in a shorter time frame..
I’m currently living overseas, is it okay for me to do this course?
Yes, however work placement hours that are required for completion of this qualification would need to be completed within Australia.
Course Fees

Subsidised Student Fee VSL

More Information

This training is subsidised by the NSW Government and eligibility criteria apply.

This fee is the price you pay if you are completing your second qualification and meet eligibility criteria. The fee you pay may be lower or higher depending on your personal circumstances and eligibility for a subsidised place, a concession or an exemption. There may be limited government-subsidised places available.

If you do not gain a subsidised place, you may be able to enrol and pay the non-subsidised fee.
You may also be eligible for a VET Student Loan to assist with the cost of the course fee.

Contact us:

  • to find out if you are eligible for a subsidised place.
  • for a personal fee assessment.
  • to discuss payment options and loans available to you.
Course prices, charges, and study modes are subject to change without notice and may vary annually.


More Information

An exemption is where no course fee is charged to the student. For exemptions, the government-subsidises the total cost of the course fee for the qualification. There may be other additional costs, such as textbooks that you need to pay.

You may be eligible for an exemption from the course fee if you:

  • are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander (through descent, self-identification or community identification).
  • meet the Smart and Skilled disability criteria, (proof of a disability support pension or documentary evidence from an appropriate medical professional is required).
  • are the recognised dependent of disability support pension recipient.
Contact us:
  • to find out if you are eligible for a course fee exemption.
  • for a personal fee assessment.
  • to discuss payment options and loans available to you for any additional costs.
Course prices, charges, and study modes are subject to change without notice and may vary annually.

Fee for Service

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There are no fee exemptions, concessions or subsidies available for this price. You are required to contribute to the full cost of your course. Your tuition fee includes all essential study materials.
Extra study resources may be available to enhance your learning and will attract an additional charge.
You may also be eligible for a VET Student Loan for some Diploma and Advanced Diploma level courses.
Contact us:

  • for a personal fee assessment.
  • to discuss payment options and loans available to you.
Course prices, charges, and study modes are subject to change without notice and may vary annually.

Your government subsidised fee, and your eligibility for concessions, exemptions and scholarships, are all calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process. The 2017 subsidised fees indicated on this page are indicative only and based on 2016 fees. The state government may make some small changes to fees and subsidies for 2017 enrolments and we will update our site if and when that happens.
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Industry Insights

The Department of Employment’s Employment Outlook to November 2018 (2014) indicates that employment in child care services is projected to grow by 21,600 (or 21.8 %) between 2013 and 2018.

The Productivity Commission anticipated that ‘in addition to the current enrolment level, around 45,000 new and existing educators and over 1000 extra early childhood teachers will require training’.

The Community Services and Health Industry Skills Council (2014b) indicated there was a national shortage of child care educators, especially those with a diploma-level qualification in 2013. Projections indicated that, in order to meet the new requirements of the National Quality Framework and increased demand for services, the number of child care educators employed in Australia would need to increase by 15,500 (13%) between 2012 and 2017. It is anticipated that these shortages are likely to persist in the immediate future.



Source: 'Early Childhood Education 2013 Report' Australian Government – Australian Skills Quality Authority - ASQA

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At a glance

Course Code: CHC50113
Course Duration: 30 months
Units: 27
Recognition: Nationally
Cost: $7,500
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