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CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care*

Not all super hero’s wear capes. Some are Early Childhood Educators


Congratulations! You’re looking at a career in Early Childhood.

It takes a special person to devote their career to caring for our 0 – 12 year olds. Will your career choice take you to the magical world of a nursery filled with our youngest Australians? Will you become an outside school hour’s carer where you become involved in the lives of energetic 6 – 12 year olds whose next journey will be that of high school? Will you be part of the dynamic preschool years where life is one big adventure? Or, do your dreams see you as managing these types of services in your role as Centre Manager or Service Coordinator? Wherever a qualification in Early Childhood takes you, it is assured it will be one that is both challenging and rewarding that will significantly impact on many lives including parents, children, coworkers and the community.

Carers are professionals. They are warm, friendly approachable human beings, who demonstrate patience, understanding, imagination and energy.
If that’s you – then a career in Early Childhood has been a perfect choice.


This qualification reflects the role of early childhood educators who are responsible for designing and implementing curriculum in early childhood education and care services. In doing so they work to implement an approved learning framework within the requirements of the Education and Care Services National Regulations and the National Quality Standard.

They may have responsibility for supervision of volunteers or other staff.

The Diploma is the qualification that ACECQA requires for those wanting to advance their career and studies in early childhood, and take on higher levels of responsibility and leadership in an early childhood service.

Course code

CHC50113 Diploma ofEarly Childhood Education and Care

Delivery mode
Workplace Based
Class Based
Traineeship (NSW) or Apprenticeship (QLD)

Course duration
TLC offers a rolling intake which means you can commence study at anytime of the year.
For classes, you can join us at commencement of next cluster.

Enrolment valid for:

18 months (Advanced Entry) or 24 months (all 28 units) – workplace based

12 months (Advanced Entry) or 18 months (all 28 units) – recognition of prior learning (RPL)

24 – 36 months – State funded traineeships (NSW) / State funded Apprenticeships (QLD) (depends on training contract)

24 months – external

12 months – class based

Vocational placement hours
Minimum of 240 hours (working hours can be incorporated as placement hours for workplace students)

Government funding available
Yes – QLD and NSW

Payment methods
EziDebit (payment plans)
Direct Debit
Credit Card (over phone)
Study Loans

Assessment Methods

Students will be assessed:

  • Theory: written tasks, case studies, questions, activities and/or workplace projects, portfolios.
  • Practical: vocational placement or employment in an ACECQA approved early childhood service. Workplace tasks, observation, projects, third party reports. This will be for no less than 240 hours spread over the duration of the qualification. Actual hours completed is dependent on student capability.  Placement working with children under 2 years of age is required.

Study Commitments

The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) provides a guide to volume of learning which describes how long a student who does not hold any of the competencies identified in the relevant units of competency or modules would take to develop all the required skills and knowledge. ‘Volume of learning’ includes all teaching, learning and assessment activities that a typical student must undertake to achieve the learning outcomes, including any minimum on the job component.

For a Diploma level qualification this time could vary from 1200hrs to 2400hrs.

Based on TLC’s model of delivery and resources, and using a 24mth enrolment as a guide, we advise students to be prepared to allocate approximately 23hrs a week to their studies. This time will include all trainer time, personal study time, on the job placement and completion of assessments.

Time required will increase or decrease depending on mode of study and length of enrolment.


  • Ability to read, write and speak good English
  • Able to apply sound numeracy skills
  • A current Working with Children Check

Whilst you can commence CHC50113 without having completed the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, it should be noted that those students wishing to be considered “actively working towards” an approved Diploma qualification for ACECQA purposes may need to show evidence to their employer / prospective employer that they have successfully completed the 11 AQF level 3 units of this qualification.

Commencing the Diploma after having completed CHC30113 will provide direct credit for these 11 units. This is what we refer to in Course Duration as having ‘Advanced Entry’.

Students seeking this approval to be eligible to be classified as “actively working towards a Diploma” will need to maintain a current enrolment and be making satisfactory progress in the Diploma. Click here for ACECQA’s requirements for this.


Course Topics Core Units (23)
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
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
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
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
HLTWHS003 Maintain work health and safety
Course Topics Elective Units (5)

TLC has pre-selected the following two sets of electives to ensure graduates gain diverse experience relevant to early childhood settings and their workplace.

Both these units:

CHCPOL002 Develop and implement policy
BSBSUS501 Develop workplace policy and procedures for sustainability

Plus THREE of the following

CHCSAC005 Foster the holistic development and well being of the child in school age care
BSBINN502 Build and sustain an innovative work environment
BSBLDR403 Lead team effectiveness
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice


Vocational outcomes for graduates of this qualification may include:

  • Centre Based Director or Centre Manager
  • Lead Educator in long day care, child care centres, occasional care
  • Educational Leader
  • Family Day Care Educator or Coordinator
  • In Home Care Provider or Coordinator
  • Out of School Hours Educator or Coordinator
  • Assistant Educator in a Kindergarten or preschool program, working with a teacher
  • Nanny
  • Other education based employers may accept this qualification, such as working as tutor, education support staff or as teacher aides.


TLC offers a variety of payment methods including direct debit, Ezidebit (payment plan), cheque, study loans, credit card or money order.

A student handbook is available prior to enrolment which outlines all policies in relation to fees, refunds, suspensions and cancellations.

Your quoted fee will depend on study mode chosen, whether you have any credit transfers or, if applying for RPL, whether there is any gap training required.

State funded Trainees / Apprentices and Higher Level Skills students pay a student contribution fee with remainder of course fees paid by the State government.

Higher Level Skills (QLD ONLY)

Concession Fee

*Enrolment Fee: $150

*Resource Fee: $100 (hard cover books) or $75 (e-book option) or $50 (RPL)

Course fee: $84 ($3.00 x 28 units)

Total Cost including First Aid: $234 plus relevant resource fee


*Enrolment Fee: $200

*Resource Fee: $100 (hard cover books) or $75 (e-book option) or $50 (RPL)

Course fee: $140 ($5.00 x 28 units)

Total Cost including First Aid: $340 plus relevant resource fee

*Enrolment and resource fees are non-refundable

Classes held on campus currently on hold due to COVID-19. Students can join the class-based model if they have access to Zoom.

Apprenticeships (QLD)

QLD: Student contribution fee $1.60 per nominal hour (non-concession) or $.64c per nominal hour (concession) – Approx. 1380 – 1958 nominal hours depending on electives chosen and number of units required to complete.

Traineeships (NSW)

NSW: Student contribution fee $1000 (non-concession) or $240 (concession)

NSW trainees that commence their traineeship qualification on or after 1 January 2020 may be eligible for fee-free training. For more information, go to vet.nsw.gov.au. For eligible trainees there will be no requirement to pay the student fee.

Fee for Service – External or Workplace Based (QLD and NSW)

Enrolment Fee  $200

Resource Fee $100 (or $75 with provision of e-text books)

Per Unit Fee $150

Fee for Service – Recognition of Prior Learning (QLD and NSW)

Enrolment Fee  $200

Resource Fee $50

Per Unit Fee $120

Please note: Some students may be exempt from fees depending on eligibility:

Year 12 School leavers (QLD) Read Here

Aboriginal Torres Strait Islanders (NSW) Read Here

Students with a Disability (NSW) Read Here

School Based Trainees (QLD) Read Here

Under 21’s (QLD) Read Here

*Please note this is a superseded qualification.