CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

CRICOS Code: 084226J

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 the Pre-Training Interview form, to the satisfaction of ITHEA. You will also need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency. ITHEA will accept the following minimum English language test score:

English language test providers Minimum score Minimum score and at least 10 weeks English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) Minimum score and at least 20 weeks ELICOS
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 5.5 5 4.5
TOEFL internet based test 46 35 32
Cambridge English: Advanced (Certificate in Advanced English) 162 154 147
Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) 42 36 30
Occupational English Test B for each test component N/A N/A

The test must have been taken no more than two years before you apply for your student visa.

ITHEA may also consider any English Language tests taken in Australia.

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. The opportunity exists to go straight into second year  for this program. 

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

Assessment: 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 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
CHCDIV001Work with diverse people40
CHCPRP003Reflect on and improve own professional practice120
CHCECE010Support the holistic development of children in early childhood70
CHCECE013Use information about children to inform practice40
BSBWOR301Organise personal work priorities and development30

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. Download and complete the International Student Application Form.

2. Provide a certified copy of your English Language proficiency.

3. Provide a certified copy of your passport.

4. Provide certified copies of any academic transcripts.

5. Send your International Student Application Form with all supporting documents directly to ITHEA by mail or email ( or through an authorised education agent. ITHEA administration team will process applications quickly. Applicants will then receive notification informing them of the result of their application.

Receiving a Letter of Offer and Enrolment Acceptance Agreement

Upon receipt of your completed application form and required relevant documents, ITHEA will ensure that all necessary entry requirements are met before issuing a Letter of Offer and an Enrolment Acceptance Agreement outlining the nominated course(s), duration of course(s), Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC), deposit required and instalment plan.

Please read and understand the Enrolment Acceptance Agreement before returning the complete signed document to ITHEA. We will also require your initial payment as indicated on the Enrolment Acceptance Agreement. Please ensure all payments are in Australian Dollars. When you have completed these steps, ITHEA will then send you a copy of the Confirmation of Enrolment(s) – eCoE(s)

Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE)

Take the copy of the Confirmation of Enrolment(s) – eCoE(s) to the Australian Consulate, Embassy, High Commission in your home country and apply for a student visa. If you are applying for your student visa directly, you can obtain information from the Department of Home Affairs or your local Australian Diplomatic Mission. The Department will then commence procedures for the issue of your visa. As this can take some time, it is important that your application is submitted well before your course start date.

ITHEA is proud to announce established pathways for our Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care graduates. Successful students are able to enter the related Swinburne University of Technology Bachelor, 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.


104 weeks full time (including holidays and orientation)


Enrolment Fee: $250
Materials Fee: $400
Course Tuition Fee: $19,400


Term 1 – Tue 29 Jan
Term 2 – Tue 23 Apr
Term 3 – Mon 15 Jul
Term 4 – Mon 7 Oct

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