Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care


General: This qualification reflects the role of educators in early childhood education and care who work in regulated children’s education and care services in Australia. Educators at this level are responsible for designing and implementing curriculum that meets the requirements of an approved learning framework and for maintaining compliance in other areas of service operations. They use specialised knowledge and analyse and apply theoretical concepts to diverse work situations. They may have responsibility for supervision of volunteers or other educators. Are you looking for a way to save money on Udemy courses? You’re in luck! With Udemy coupon codes, you can get amazing discounts on a wide range of courses. Whether you’re interested in learning a new language, developing a new skill, or just want to brush up on your knowledge, you can find the perfect course on Udemy. With these coupons you can save money and get the most out of your learning experience. So don’t wait – start exploring the world of Udemy today and take advantage of all the amazing discounts available!

Early childhood educators work in long day care centres, family day care, pre-schools or kindergartens.

Entry to this qualification is open to individuals who:

Entry requirements:

Entry to this qualification is open to individuals who:

  • hold a CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care or
  • CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.

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. You must have good word processing and email skills as well as the ability to download and upload documents and information. Please see our Online Service Standards.

Vocational outcomes: Students can go into a range of employment options. Occupations may include, Childhood Education Manager, Outside School Hours Coordinator.


Job outlook: Community and Personal Service Workers is the broad occupation category.

Delivery and assessment: We offer students the flexibility of choosing between online learning or classroom delivery. All students will be enrolled into our Learning Management System and all assessments must be completed online. As a result, all students will require a personal computer, with access to the Internet, to successfully complete their studies. 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 individual must have completed a total of least 280 hours of work in a regulated children’s education and care service in Australia as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of units of competency. The total number of hours may be applied collectively across all units of competency that include the requirement for workplace hours. 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 Unit

Unit CodeUnit DescriptorNominal Hrs
BSBTWK502Manage team effectiveness60
CHCECE041Maintain a safe and healthy environment for children55
CHCECE042Foster holistic early childhood learning, development and wellbeing200
CHCECE043Nurture creativity in children80
CHCECE044Facilitate compliance in a children’s education and care service110
Foster positive and respectful interactions and behaviour in children60
CHCECE046Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children65
CHCECE047Analyse information to inform children’s learning75
CHCECE048Plan and implement children’s education and care curriculum180
CHCECE049Embed environmental responsibility in service operations73
CHCECE050Work in partnership with children’s families70
CHCPRP003Reflect on and improve own professional practice120


Elective Units

Unit CodeUnit DescriptorNominal Hrs
BSBTWK503Manage meetings30
CHCECE053Respond to grievances and complaints about the service40
CHCINM002Meet community information needs70


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. 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 Skills First Program Funding).

2. To complete the application process, click on the ‘Apply Now’ link. Complete the steps involved to submit your application online.

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.


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


  • Skills First Funding


  • Non Apprentice/Trainee
  • Trainee


18 months




Melbourne CBD 3000 – Thu Fri


Traineeship, in class or online


280 hrs


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