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1.5 Years


The accredited 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.


Our graduates go on to roles such as:

  • Early childhood educator
  • Lead educator
  • Early childhood supervisor
  • Early childhood manager


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.

To be eligible to enrol in this course you must provide evidence that you have:
English language entry requirements
You must also provide evidence for one of the following:
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 240 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.

Additional information

In NSW, graduates need a minimum of one year of work experience before they can apply for the role of an authorised supervisor of a child care centre.

See the Trades Recognition Australia (TRA) requirements.

Before you start work placement

Before work placement begins, all students must:

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. Visit for more information.


From mountains to oceans, from cities to country towns, international students can choose from over 50 campus locations across the state. Experience our vibrant spaces such as libraries, cafes and gyms as well as places you can network, socialise and just chill out.

Learn more about TAFE NSW study locations


LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
Wollongbar Feb , Jul A$21,645
Wollongong Feb A$21,645


LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
Orange Feb A$21,645
Wollongbar Feb , Jul A$21,645
Wollongong Feb , Jul A$21,645



There are many scholarships, grants and bursaries which can help you financially with studying in Australia.They are offered by the Australian Government and a number of other public and private organisations.

Learn more about Scholarships


TAFE NSW offers you a range of on-campus study environments - industry specific computer rooms, simulated workplaces, study areas, presentation areas and general student facilities.

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.

Be supported during your time with TAFE NSW:

  • 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


To receive this course students must complete all core units and, if available, a range of additional units.

Note: Additional units contain compulsory and elective units which 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.

  • Packaging Rules:

    Total number of units = 28
  • 23 core units
  • 5 elective units, of which at least 2 must be selected from the elective units listed, and up to 3 units may be selected from any endorsed Training Packages oraccredited courses relevant to the work outcome. All electives chosen must contribute to a valid, industry-supportedvocational outcome.
  • Core Units:

    CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
  • CHCECE001 Develop cultural competence
  • CHCECE002 Ensure the health and safety of children
  • CHCECE003 Provide care for children
  • CHCECE004 Promote and provide healthy food and drinks
  • CHCECE005 Provide care for babies and toddlers
  • CHCECE007 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children
  • CHCECE009 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
  • CHCECE016 Establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment for children
  • CHCECE017 Foster the holistic development and wellbeing of the child in early childhood
  • CHCECE018 Nurture creativity in children
  • CHCECE019 Facilitate compliance in an education and care services
  • CHCECE020 Establish and implement plans for developing cooperative behavior
  • CHCECE021 Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children
  • CHCECE022 Promote Children\'s agency
  • CHCECE023 Analyse information to inform learning
  • CHCECE024 Design and implement the curriculum to foster children's learning and development
  • CHCECE025 Embed sustainable practices in service operations
  • CHCECE026 Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate education and care for children
  • CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
  • CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
  • HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting
  • HLTWHS003 Maintain work health and safety
  • CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
  • CHCINM002 Meet community information needs
  • CHCMGT003 Lead the work team
  • CHCPOL002 Develop and implement policy
  • CHCPOL003 Research and apply evidence to practice
  • CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice
  • CHCSAC005 Foster the holistic development and wellbeing of the child in school age care
  • BSBINN502 Build and sustain an innovative work environment
  • BSBLED401 Develop teams and individuals
  • BSBMGT605 Provide leadership across the organization
  • BSBSUS501 Develop workplace policy and procedures for sustainability
  • PSPMNGT605B Manage diversity


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


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Be recognised

If you already have experience, skills and knowledge that are relevant to your course, you may be able to apply for credit through articulation, credit transfer or recognition of prior learning. Credits greatly reduce your study workload and the course length.


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.