Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Course Code: CHC50113

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The Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care CHC50113 supersedes the old  Children’s Services Diploma CHC50908. This most current diploma includes relevant Certificate III level units, so you can enrol right away without needing to hold any prior units.

This course will train you in key areas of early childhood education, from providing care for children to managing a child care facility. If you are a child care manager, director or plan to become one, this is the course you need!

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Where Can the CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care Take Your Career?

The Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC50113) is a nationally recognised and accredited child care 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

CHC50113 Course Delivery

Inspire Education (RTO# 32067) delivers this course through Mixed Mode Delivery, which means it will be self-paced and completed via distance education 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.

Through this method, you are able to study and complete your course from anywhere in Australia, whether you live in remote areas or major cities like Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney, Perth or Adelaide. Online study allows you to complete the course at your own pace, at times most convenient to you.

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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.

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What Will you Learn in Our Early Childhood Diploma Course?

As you study the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC50113), you will discover a huge range of skills and knowledge, including how to ensure compliance in an early education and care service, use sustainable practices, and work with families and the wider community. You’ll develop skills to help enhance children’s creativity, development and well-being in a child care setting, how to support children’s development with learning and play plus much more.

This is the latest Australian child care diploma course. This diploma qualification includes relevant units from CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care. This means now you can enrol directly into the Diploma course without the extra time and cost of doing the Certificate III course first!

Do what you LOVE with the CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care!

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 knowledge and skills. 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: The course is assessed through questioning, product-based methods, direct observation, third-party evidence, and credit transfer

CHC50113 Course Units

The CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care is made up of 23 core units, and 5 electives. 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.

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!

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


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.

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

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.

Training Resources

To support your studies Inspire will provide:

  • 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

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

Vocational Placement

To successfully complete your Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC50113) you will need to initiate contact with a registered Australian Early Childhood Education and Care facility and complete workplace-based experience (between 120 and 240 hours per year for 2 years, at least 240 hours in total). This 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 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 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
    • Travelling
    • 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.

Qualification Pathways

Students enrolled in this course may wish to study other courses that will enhance their skills. Other options available for students may include:

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

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

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 education and care qualification (such as this course).

Inspire works with a range of reputable parties to market and recruit for national qualification and courses. Students of Inspire Education may be recruited by other parties under specific arrangements.

Helpful Guides and Articles

1. Frequently Asked Questions about the Diploma of Early Childhood

2. What does a Child Care Worker do?

3. Infographic: How To Start Your Child Care Career In Australia

4. Is Your Child Care Qualification Valid Under The New NSW Regulations?

5. Getting Job And Work Experience In A Child Care Centre

6. Student Reviews for Child Care Courses

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