International Course Info

Course code:


Course fee:

A$15,870 - A$16,510


1 Year


The Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care gives you the skills to design early education programs that nurture creativity in children. Build on your mentoring skills and lead a team to create learning environments that enhance children’s development and education, and are safe for all.

This qualification provides you with extensive learning about how to critically reflect to enable you to make continuous improvements to your professional practice.

You'll graduate with the skills to make a real difference to children's education and help them grow personally. Learn from our experienced teaching staff as well as from your work placement experience. Take the opportunity to demonstrate your new skills and knowledge so you can lead and innovate in a growing industry.


Through a mix of theory and practical coursework, learn to: 

  • Devise and implement strategies for the inclusion of all children
  • Establish and maintain a healthy learning environment for children
  • Nurture creativity in children
  • Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate education and care for children
  • Lead teams in the workplace


Build your experience and get practical skills in: 

  • Making curriculum decisions to promote inclusion and participation of all children
  • Using information gathered in the self-assessment process to inform the development of a Quality Improvement Plan (QIP)
  • Using analysis to inform children's development and learning strategies
  • Teaching children how to use creativity to overcome challenges
  • Designing programs that nurture creativity in children based on their interests and cultural activities
  • Providing feedback to team members on team effort and contributions


Develop the qualities you need to get ahead in this industry:

  • A passion for continued learning in early childhood education and care
  • A high level of professionalism
  • High energy, commitment and dedication to your career
  • Well developed communication and interpersonal skills
  • A willingness to build leadership skills
  • Patience and adaptability


This qualification could help you prepare for roles like:

  • Early Childhood Educator
  • Lead Educator
  • Early Childhood Director
  • Educational Leader
  • Coordinator
  • Nominated Supervisor


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:
  • Academic IELTS 6.0 (with no individual band less than 5.5) or equivalent

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 builds on the knowledge and skills you gain in your course and helps prepare you for success in the work place.

During your course you'll undertake 280 hours of mandatory work placement in an approved children’s education and care service in Australia.

TAFE NSW will arrange your work placement with a suitable industry employer.

Before You Start Work Placement

Before you start work placement, you'll need to provide your teacher with the following evidence:

  • Hold a valid Australian Working with Children Check
  • Meet vaccination requirements
  • Any additional evidence your work placement provider requires
  • Completion of any required work placement readiness activities

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

  • The ability to problem solve and work with people in difficult situations and circumstances
  • Interest in leadership and supporting and guiding colleagues
  • Empathy, patience and the capacity to empower others
  • Good organisational skills and the ability to multitask and respond well to rapid change
  • The ability to perform CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) while kneeling on the floor

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

No occupational licensing, certification or specific legislative requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

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.

Learn more about TAFE NSW study locations

LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
Bankstown Feb , Jul (Full) A$15,870
Glendale Feb , Jul A$15,870
Meadowbank Feb 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
LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
Bankstown Feb (Full) , Jul (Full) A$16,510
Glendale Feb , Jul A$16,510
Meadowbank Feb , Jul A$16,510
Nirimba Feb , Jul A$16,510
Ourimbah Feb A$16,510
Petersham Feb , Jul A$16,510
Randwick Feb , Jul A$16,510
St Leonards Feb , Jul A$16,510
Wollongong Feb , Jul A$16,510


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


TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the resources, counselling and facilities to support you while you are studying.

We offer a range of support services including: 

  • 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.


Grow your expertise with a TAFE NSW early childhood study pathway:

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.