CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

General: 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.

Entry requirements: Prospective students are required to complete a Language Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) assessment and a Pre-Training Interview, administered by and to the satisfaction of ITHEA and be at least 18 years of age.

Vocational or educational outcomes: Successful graduates have the opportunity to go on to further study with Swinburne University.

Students have academic credit recognition for Swinburne’s Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) BA-EDUEC2 OR Bachelor of Education (Primary) BA-EDUPRI. The opportunity exists to go straight into second year  for either of these programs. 

The level of academic credit recognition and details of exemptions awarded to individual students will be granted according to the arrangements specified in the Statement of Academic Credit.   

Please note: Students are still required to go through the normal application process and meet all relevant academic and English language entry requirements.

Changes in the academic credit offered to students may occur in the future at Swinburn’e discretion. As such information may be varied by Swinburne at any time.

Alternatively students can go into a range of employment options. Occupations may include, Childhood Education Manager, Outside School Hours Coordinator.

Job outlook: Please refer to the Australian Government Job Outlook site for job prospects for a Child Care Worker. 149,600 persons were employed as Child Carers in 2015. Job openings over the next 5 years are expected to be greater than 50,000.

Source: Department of Employment 2017. For full details on Child Carers visit Job Outlook

Delivery and assessment: We offer students the flexibility of choosing between online learning or classroom delivery. Assessment methods allow for the gathering of sufficient quality evidence about the student’s performance. Methods used include question and answer, observation and demonstration, and case study.

Practical placement: To achieve this qualification, the candidate must have completed at least 240 hours of work as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of the units of competency. Students are required to undertake supervised practical placement in relevant child care settings. Evidence provided by the supervisor will contribute to assessment of the candidate’s ability to work at this level. Students are required to find their own practical placement, however ITHEA will provide assistance and support where needed. Students must have a valid Working With Children Check prior to attending placement.

Core Units

Unit CodeUnit DescriptorNominal Hrs
CHCDIV002Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety25
CHCECE001Develop cultural competence70
CHCECE002Ensure the health and safety of children63
CHCECE003Provide care for children70
CHCECE004Promote and provide healthy food and drinks35
CHCECE005Provide care for babies and toddlers60
CHCECE007Develop positive and respectful relationships with children70
CHCECE009Use an approved learning framework to guide practice90
CHCECE016Establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment for children50
CHCECE017Foster the holistic development and wellbeing of the child in early childhood240
CHCECE018Nurture creativity in children80
CHCECE019Facilitate compliance in an education and care service120
CHCECE020Establish and implement plans for developing cooperative behaviour50
CHCECE021Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children50
CHCECE022Promote children's agency80
CHCECE023Analyse information to inform learning70
CHCECE024Design and implement the curriculum to foster children's learning and development170
CHCECE025Embed sustainable practices in service operations60
CHCECE026Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate education and care for children70
CHCLEG001Work legally and ethically55
CHCPRT001Identify and respond to children and young people at risk40
HLTAID004Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting20
HLTWHS003Maintain work health and safety40

Elective Units

Unit CodeUnit DescriptorNominal Hrs
BSBINN502Build and sustain an innovative work environment50
BSBLED401Develop teams and individuals40
BSBWOR301Organise personal work priorities and development30
CHCPOL002Develop and implement policy90
CHCPRP003Reflect on and improve own professional practice120

This Training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government Funding. Eligibility criteria apply. People with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

Please make sure you have read all the course information about units of study, duration, entry requirements, assessment information, job prospects etc.


1. Click on the ‘Apply Now’ link. Complete the steps involved to submit your application online.

2. To complete the application process, you must attend a pre-training interview which includes a Language, Literacy and Numeracy test and complete the eligibility declaration form (in the case of students applying for Victorian Training Guarantee Funding).

3. ITHEA will assess your application and make sure all entry requirements are met. An ITHEA representative will contact you if your application is unsuccessful.


ITHEA is proud to announce established pathways for our Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care graduates. Successful students are able to enter Swinburne University of Technology courses either on campus or online through Swinburne Online, with academic credit awarded in recognition of their studies. Please see the “VOCATIONAL OR EDUCATIONAL OUTCOMES” tab above for further information.


If you have any questions about the course, please call us on 9650 3900.


2 years


Term 1 classes start – 29 Jan
Term 2 classes start – 23 Apr
Term 3 classes start – 16 Jul
Term 4 classes start – 8 Oct

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