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Course Description

The CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care supersedes the old CHC50908 Diploma of Children’s Services. This diploma includes all CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care units, so you can enrol straight into the Diploma without needing to first complete your Cert III.

This nationally-recognised diploma in child care course teaches core skills to those wishing to start or progress their career – and boost their skills and knowledge about appropriate education and child care.  It also provides critical child care diploma training for those wanting to start their own family day care centre.

Throughout this early childhood diploma course you will gain sound skills and knowledge on how to care for young children and babies; provide a safe and healthy environment; develop positive and respectful relationships; and support and foster holistic development, wellbeing, and creativity in children. You will also learn to establish and implement support strategies and plans for cooperative behaviour, and curriculum development to foster young children’s learning and development.

Additionally, while undertaking your child care diploma online, you’ll learn how to partner with children’s families; develop cultural competence, enhance cultural safety,  promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Straight Islander cultural safety; how to use an approved learning framework to guide practice; as well as how to work with diverse people, and lead the work team.

Where Can this Early Childhood Diploma Take Your Career?

Successful completion of this early childhood diploma online course will give you a nationally-recognised and nationally-accredited child care qualification. It is suitable if you are just starting a child care career, or to advance your knowledge in early child care to take on more challenging (or leadership) roles in the child care centres and family day care centres across Australia.

Why not take the next step, and start doing what you love? This child care diploma is the next step in professional development for anyone seeking a fulfilling career in the early education and care industry. Typically, those undertaking this qualification are seeking employment as a:

  • Child Care Centre Manager
  • Family Day Care Provider
  • Early Childhood Team Leader
  • Child Care Assistant
  • Family Day Care Coordinator
  • Playgroup Coordinator
  • Early Childhood Educator
  • Assistant Director in an Early Learning Centre
  • Lead Early Learning Educator
  • Director in a Child Care Centre
  • Preschool Assistant
  • Early Childhood Educator
  • Nanny

Looking at Australia’s child care centre manager jobs outlook and child care-related jobs outlook will give you a glimpse of the jobs you can take on—possible tasks, salary information, skill level required, and industry growth forecast. Click on the links to explore where the Diploma of Child Care can take you.

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Course Details

Course Code:

Course Name:

CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Course Duration:

Expected Study Hours:

12 Months Up to 1390 hours (including Vocational Placement)

Delivery Methods:


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Course Delivery Options & Duration

Course Delivery

Inspire Education (RTO# 32067) delivers the CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Australia-wide, online, and through Mixed Mode Delivery. This means students complete their course at their own pace, using Inspire’s online student portal. Delivery includes face-to-face webinars, self-paced study, directed research, and online learning and assessment materials and activities.

Online study is ideal if you want to learn according to your own schedule, and gain your qualification as fast as you can. You can study at your own pace with full trainer supportthroughout your studies. Your course materials are accessed online, so you are free to work on your child care diploma anytime, from anywhere in Australia.

This online Diploma Child Care course can be studied from anywhere in Australia, including Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, and Perth – as well as other cities, remote communities, or anywhere with internet access.

Being online, this CHC50113 course has a rolling intake throughout the year. This means you can enrol and start your course straight away, or on your preferred start date.

Please read our policies and procedures in the Inspire student handbook before enrolling by clicking here.

Course Duration

You will have up to 12 months starting from your commencement date to successful complete this Self-Paced, Online course. Eligible students can enrol anytime during the year under this delivery method.

What Will You Learn in this Diploma of Child Care Course?

As you study your CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, you will discover a huge range of skills and knowledge around caring for children. You’ll learn about many aspects of how to assist child development, from providing basic care for children and babies.  You’ll gain skills to support the holistic development of young children, whilst maintaining a healthy environment, that is inclusive and safe for them.

You’ll learn to follow learning frameworks and provide appropriate education to improve your own professional practice and learn how to put in place a curriculum to foster children’s learning, nurture children’s creativity, and support children’s play using play-based learning.

You also learn ways to develop positive and respectful relationships with both the children and their families to foster appropriate learning, holistic development, and care.

Finally, as this is a diploma level course – you’d learn to work with a diverse range of people, and lead work teams.

Please note, as the leading Australian child care diploma course, it includes ALL relevant units from CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care. This means now you can enrol directly, without completing your Certificate III first.

Do what you LOVE and start your Early Childhood Diploma, today!

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

Eligible students are required to:

  • Obtain a Unique Student Identifier (USI)
  • Provide a valid ID with his/her picture and signature
  • Undertake a Language, Literacy and Numeracy Evaluation
  • Undertake a Personal Learning Plan Evaluation before accessing the course materials and commencing studies
  • Obtain a positive National Criminal History Check
  • Obtain an eligibility for relevant Working with Children Check (state-based)

All students considering a self-paced online course should give consideration to the following prior to enrolment:

  • Ability to access any required technologies
  • Information technology skills in accessing and using online programs
  • Experience and self-motivation to learn on their own
  • Competing pressures, such as work and family commitments, that may impact self-paced study time

Take our “Online Study Readiness Survey” to do a self-assessment! Visit the Inspire FAQ page for more info.

Qualification Pathways

This early childhood diploma course will qualify you to work in many levels of child care, from entry level positions up to senior/managerial positions such as group leader, centre manager or family day care coordinator.

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 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 compliment your child care skills:

Course Units

The CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care is made up of 23 core units, and 5 electives. It includes a set of electives we have chosen to ensure they meet the needs of a wide range of child care professionals.

Unit Clustering

Inspire Education has clustered the 28 units in this Diploma into just 10 easy-to-follow workbooks and a practical skills journal. This design has been chosen to help you complete your course faster by reducing duplicate content and assessing learning outcomes that appear in multiple units just once!


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


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 Inspire Education, you must organise the completion of this unit via an external provider.

This Diploma of Early Childhood includes relevant units from the CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care. You can now enrol directly into the Diploma course without completing the Certificate III first.

The CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, which supersedes this course, was released on 19 July 2021. What we offer, the CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, has a teach out period until 20 January 2023. As such, students will still gain this qualification, provided they successfully complete course requirements within this period.

Resources Provided by Inspire

  • Access to a student account in the Learning Management System (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
  • Work health and safety (WHS) industry guidelines and other relevant organisation policy, protocols, and procedures
  • Information about accreditation standards
  • Templates for completing Project Documents

Resources Supplied by the Student

To complete your studies you will need to have access to:

  • 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)
  • At least one (1) volunteer for assessment activities
  • At least one (1) Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community representative to act as mentor

Course Outline & Structure

You will complete a Personal Learning Plan Evaluation as part of your enrolment. You will then be provided with a training plan that identifies your Cohort, taking into account your existing level of relevant skills and knowledge.

The amount of training and support required for each learner will vary on these 4 Cohorts:

  • Beginner (Full Study Model) – Limited relevant knowledge or skill in the competence contained in this qualification. No recent related industry experience. Study hours is up to 1390 hours
  • Intermediate (Partial Study Model) – Moderate relevant knowledge and skill with limited recent related industry experience. Study hours is up to 1200 hours
  • Advanced (Partial Recognition Pathway) – Extensive relevant knowledge and skill with recent related industry work experience of 1 year or more. Study hours is up to 910 hours
  • Expert (Assessment only) – Current industry experience of 2 or more years and extensive relevant knowledge and skill. These candidates are recommended to undertake a full recognition pathway. Study hours is up to 720 hours

Expected Study Hours

This Diploma-level qualification has a total of 1390 expected study hours. As this course is self-paced, you can study and complete your qualification in less time if you are able to.

Assessment Methods

Assessment is conducted using a combination of Questioning (e.g. written/oral questions, interviews, self-evaluation, and questionnaires), Product-based Methods (e.g. reports, displays, work samples, role plays, presentations, and outputs), Direct Observation (e.g. assessments in real-time in the workplace or in a simulated off-the-job situation that reflects the workplace), Third-Party Evidence (e.g. observation, skills workbook, workplace assessment workbook, logbook, and third-party reports), and Credit Transfer

Vocational Placement

Successful completion of your Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC50113) requires you to initiate contact with a registered Australian Early Childhood Education facility and complete workplace-based experience (between 120 and 240 hours).

This time in an early childhood setting will allow you time to develop your hands-on skills and experience in child care and let you demonstrate the practical competencies required to complete the course.

To view what is required by your Vocational Placement Provider, click here >> Vocational Placement FAQs

The Vocational Placement Provider must provide access to:

  • Approved and registered Child Care Service workplace
    • A supervisor
    • National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Care
    • Relevant approved learning framework under the National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Care
    • Access to service policies and procedures
    • Materials and equipment to facilitate and support children’s play and leisure
    • Cleaning equipment and materials
  • Access to a diverse range of children and parents:
    • Gender
    • Race and culture (including Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander children)
    • Age
    • Interests and preferences
    • Social context and lifestyle
    • Communication style
    • Personality
    • Length of time attending service/child care
  • Appropriate opportunities for the following age groups:
    • For infants:
      • Objects to explore by mouth, swinging toys, rattles, toys to encourage sensory exploration, poke, squeeze, push along the floor
      • Outdoor play
    • For toddlers:
      • Opportunities provided indoors and outdoors to practise new skills of walking, climbing, balancing, and pushing and pulling wheeled toys, dancing and toddler cycling
    • For 3 to 5-year olds:
      • Opportunities to develop fine motor skills, such as puzzles, peg boards, beads to string, construction sets, crayons, brushes, scissors
      • Opportunities through indoor and outdoor play to practise large muscle and fundamental movement skills, such as running, jumping, throwing and catching a ball, dancing, and cycling
  • A range of experiences in the childcare centre, including:
    • Formally organised activities
    • Time and place for unplanned interaction
    • Meetings
    • Traveling
    • Walks
    • Setting up environment/venue

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.

Certification Requirements

The CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care is an Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) approved Diploma qualification for working in children’s education and care services.

Under the training regulations, all early childhood educators working directly with children in Birth to Preschool age care must hold (or be working towards) a Certificate III level education and care qualification. At least 50% of early childhood educators at a service must also have (or be working towards) a Diploma level child care qualification (such as this course).

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

RPL is offered to any Learner who can provide evidence of competency for the units offered in this Diploma of Child Care course. See the RPL Guide for more information on this process and how to apply.

Career Pathways

Upon successful completion, you’ll be awarded the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, you will now be qualified for a more advanced career in child care.  Career information provided by My Skills includes the following job outcomes:

  • Childhood Education Manager
  • Outside School Hours Coordinator

You can also search for child care centre managerearly childhood educator, or preschool director to see all the opportunities available right now.

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