International Course Info

Course code:


Course fee:

A$14,430 - A$15,870


1 Year


The Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care equips you with specialised skills in childhood development to become an educational leader, supervisor or manager in early childhood education and care.

You will graduate with the ability to lead teams and be able to design, implement and evaluate education programs. Advance your knowledge and professional practice in providing safe, meaningful and inclusive care and education, and mentor others to deliver innovative programs for young children.

At TAFE NSW, you will study with teachers who are experts in this field and benefit from work placement with our leading industry partners.


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Through course work, you will:

  • Develop your educational leadership skills
  • Design programs that nurture creativity in children
  • Work collaboratively with families and communities
  • Develop your educational leadership skills
  • Design programs that nurture creativity in children
  • Work collaboratively with families and communities


TAFE NSW is known for delivering training that develops your practical capability in leading teams and programs in childhood development, including:

  • Enable your team to provide outstanding care and education of children
  • Provide physical care of children
  • Offer health and nutrition advice
  • Ensure the safety and wellbeing of babies, toddlers and preschoolers
  • Develop respectful relationships with diverse groups


Stand out in the global job market with the professional skills and confidence to work effectively with colleagues, children and their families in early education settings:

  • Professionalism and integrity
  • Leadership skills
  • Communication and interpersonal skills


The global market for children's day care services is forecast to grow by AUD $84.5 billion between 2019 and 2023 which is an annual growth rate of around 4%. Key drivers of this growth include:

  • An increase in the number of families with both parents working
  • Awareness about the benefits of early learning
  • Government funding in developed nations towards child care costs


When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledgeand skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.

English Language Requirements:

TAFE NSW makes every effort to ensure your Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) needs are met. The level of support you need may be assessed via a review of your LLN skills with written tasks and a one-on-one interview. If you need to strengthen your LLN skills, an individual training plan will be created with you.

Work placement helps you to apply your learning in a real-world environment. You will gain exposure to circumstances that cannot be experienced in a learning or simulated environment.

This course includes a minimum of 280 hours of work placement in an approved children's service.

A teacher will secure a work placement for you and assist with coordinating the workplace learning and other workplace activities you will undertake.

It's important to know that work placements generally only begin after your teacher is satisfied that you are ready to benefit from working in the industry. As this is a learning opportunity, you will not be paid for your time.

Before You Start Work Placement

Before work placement begins, all students must:

  • Complete a Working with Children Check to participate in child-related work. This includes student placements and volunteers.
  • Some services will require students to adhere to additional CoVID19 Health and Safety requirements.
  • The current Public Health order directs that an education and care worker must not carry out relevant work on or after 8 November 2021 unless the worker has (a) 2 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine or (b) been issued with a medical contraindication certificate.

To be prepared for this course, it is highly recommended that you are:

  • Committed to completing the course work and workplace learning
  • Passionate about early childhood education
  • Physically fit to undertake tasks associated with your work placement such as manual lifting and first aid responses, including performing CPR while kneeling on the floor

If you need help preparing for study, contact us about your options.

Under the Education and Care Services National Law (2011), the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) publishes lists of approved early childhood education and care qualifications and information regarding regulatory requirements.

To understand Australian licensing requirements, please visit: ACECQA


From mountains to oceans, from cities to country towns, international students can choose from a range of courses offered at multiple campus locations across the state. Experience our vibrant spaces such as libraries, cafes and gyms as well as places you can network and socialise.

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LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
Bankstown Feb , Jul A$14,430
Glendale Feb , Jul A$14,430
Meadowbank Feb , Jul A$14,430
Nirimba Feb , Jul A$14,430
Petersham Feb , Jul A$14,430
Randwick Feb , Jul A$14,430
St Leonards Feb , Jul A$14,430
Wollongong Feb , Jul A$14,430
LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
Bankstown Feb , Jul (Full) A$15,870
Glendale Feb , Jul A$15,870
Meadowbank Feb , Jul A$15,870
Nirimba Feb , Jul A$15,870
Petersham Feb , Jul A$15,870
Randwick Feb , Jul A$15,870
St Leonards Feb , Jul A$15,870
Wollongong Feb , Jul A$15,870


Additional costs for uniforms, equipment, textbooks and materials (if applicable) range from A$300 - $1,000 per course.


TAFE NSW offers you a range of on-campus study environments, you will have access to industry specific computer rooms, simulated work places, study and presentation areas as well as general student facilities to enhance your learning and student experience.

Many campuses across TAFE NSW simulate the working conditions of a regulated education and care service in their Professional Practice Centres. These Centres use workplace policies and procedures, documentation, equipment and resources and give you the opportunity to work with babies, children and families from the local community to enhance your learning.

Student facilities, amenities and support services include::

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service
  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support
  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service
  • Studiosity - online access to a tutor
  • LinkedIn Learning - an online resource that offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills


To receive this course students must complete all core units and a range of Additional units. 

Note: Additional units may vary between each semester and campus, and will depend on a number of considerations including the packaging rules for the qualification and demand for the unit at that location. TAFE NSW does not guarantee that speciality units listed will be offered at each location and semester. You will receive your timetable from the teaching section on commencement and speciality units offered will be provided at that time.

  • Packaging Rules Total number of units = 15
  • 12 core units
  • 3 elective units, consisting of:
  • 2 units from the electives listed below
  • up to 1 unit from the list below, elsewhere in the CHC Community Services Training Package, or any other current Training Package or accredited course.
  • Core Units
  • BSBTWK502 Manage team effectiveness
  • CHCECE041 Maintain a safe and healthy environment for children
  • CHCECE042 Foster holistic early childhood learning, development and wellbeing
  • CHCECE043 Nurture creativity in children
  • CHCECE044 Facilitate compliance in a children’s education and care service
  • CHCECE045 Foster positive and respectful interactions and behaviour in children
  • CHCECE046 Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children
  • CHCECE047 Analyse information to inform children’s learning
  • CHCECE048 Plan and implement children’s education and care curriculum
  • CHCECE049 Embed environmental responsibility in service operations
  • CHCECE050 Work in partnership with children’s families
  • CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice
  • BSBPEF401 Manage personal health and wellbeing
  • CHCECE053 Respond to grievances and complaints about the service
  • CHCMGT003 Lead the work team
  • BSBHRM413 Support the learning and development of teams and individuals
  • BSBLDR523 Lead and manage effective workplace relationships
  • BSBOPS502 Manage business operational plans
  • BSBPEF502 Develop and use emotional intelligence
  • BSBSTR401 Promote innovation in team environments
  • BSBSTR501 Establish innovative work environments
  • BSBSUS511 Develop workplace policy and procedures for sustainability
  • CHCCOM002 Use communication to build relationships
  • CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
  • CHCDIV003 Manage and promote diversity
  • CHCECE051 Promote equity in access to the service
  • CHCECE052 Plan service and supports for children and families
  • CHCLEG003 Manage legal and ethical compliance
  • CHCPRP001 Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships


From certificates to diplomas, degrees to study packages, you can take your study further with us.


Explore your Degree Options

When you successfully complete this course you can apply for the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education and Care (Birth 5) degree program with credits.


Plan your study around your life with a TAFE NSW study package. Our study packages allow for multiple courses to be packaged together that can lead you to a TAFE NSW or an Australian University Bachelor Degree with credits. This gives you a one stop shop by completing your applications for the whole package through TAFE NSW allowing you to apply for one student Visa for the full duration of the package.

TAFE NSW allows for two or more courses to be packaged together, either to meet the prerequisite requirements for a course or to plan your studies around your career goals. You can submit a single TAFE NSW application form and will be able to apply for one Student Visa for the full duration of the package.

TAFE NSW allows for two or more courses to be packaged together leading to a TAFE NSW Bachelor Degree, either to meet the prerequisite requirements for a course or to plan your studies around your career goals. You can submit a single TAFE NSW application form and will be able to apply for one Student Visa for the full duration of the package.