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Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

  • National Course Code: CHC50113
  • TAFE NSW code: CHC50113-01V04-20BAT-009

Location – Bathurst

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Hours Per Week



36 Weeks

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Traineeship Allowed
  • This training is subsidised by the NSW Government
  • VET Student Loans Available

Course Details

Gain the skills to operate as an educational leader, supervisor, or manager in childcare with the nationally accredited Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care. Learn to lead the practical application of the National Quality Framework and mentor and support other educators.


Through on the job experience and theoretical course work, you will:

  • Practice operational leadership skills
  • Build caring and supportive relationships with people accessing services
  • Engage in interventions
  • Identify and prioritise the goals of your clients
  • Work within community and strategic frameworks


Develop the personal qualities to get ahead in this field:

  • Professionalism
  • Leadership skills
  • Communication and interpersonal skills


Completing this course will provide you with:

  • A national qualification as an industry recognised early childhood leader
  • Confidence and ability to progress your career to the next level

Our graduates go on to roles such as:

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


Take your career to the next level with a university degree:

  • Bachelor of Education Early Childhood - with TAFE NSW

Broaden your skills to expand your opportunities:

  • Certificate IV and Diploma of School Age Care
  • Certificate III and IV in Education Support


While the number of children in long day care is growing along with the Government's commitment to invest more than $40b into childcare support to 2021, the demand for Diploma level childcare workers is moderate. However, university qualified workers are experiencing high demand that continues to rise. This course provides a direct pathway into the bachelor degree.

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 knowledge and skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.


There are no Training Package entry requirements for this qualification.


To be eligible for this course, you must:

  • Complete a Working with Children Check
  • Be physically fit to undertake tasks related to the work including:
    • Manual lifting
    • First aid responses including CPR while kneeling on the floor
  • Provide evidence of vaccinations where required

Most students who enrol in this course are over 18 years of age. However, if you are under 18 years old you will need a signed consent from your parents or guardians for certain written agreements in the course.


This courses has a mandatory 240 hours of work placement to help you apply your learning in a practical environment. You may be required to comply with some (or all) of the following work placement criteria.

Work placements generally only begin after you have had a reasonable amount of contact with your teacher and they are satisfied that you are ready to benefit from workplace learning and perform workplace duties.

Specific requirements for TAFE Digital students

This course is offered online however, you still need to undertake the mandatory hours of work placement plus eight hours of mandatory face-to-face training for First Aid.

When you apply for the course, TAFE NSW will get in touch to check your suitability and access to a suitable workplace for assessment.

First Aid

Before enrolling, you need to agree to one of the following options:

  • Attend Strathfield campus for the arranged First Aid training and assessment sessions
  • Attend another TAFE NSW campus for a First Aid training and assessment session - you must arrange this with your teacher
  • If you are unable to attend a TAFE NSW campus, obtain your First Aid certificate with another provider. Your course fee will be adjusted on enrolment when you submit your certificate


With 130 locations across the state, TAFE NSW tailors qualifications to meet the needs of the local community and specific student groups (like apprentices, fast-tracked and online students). To make sure this course is the right fit for you, we will need you to demonstrate that you can meet the additional requirements below.

Video recording

If you are in a remote location you may need to provide video evidence for assessments in the workplace. When you apply, and it is identified you are in a rural location, an email questionnaire will be sent to you outlining more detail on work placement and video requirements.

All video requirements must include parental permissions and release forms where relevant, and should be completed on the equipment at your work placement to help maintain client confidentiality.


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.

Work Health and Safety units Work health and safety units are contextualised to the WorkCover NSW legislation.

First Aid The Safe Work Australia National WHS Model Code of Practice for First Aid in the Workplace

Safe Work references the nationally endorsed first aid units of competency from the HLT Training Package. It also sets the requirements for refresher courses for first aid and CPR. In addition, training providers must ensure they implement their training programs in line with the Australian Resuscitation Council guidelines for education and training (Guideline 10). These guidelines are available online at the Australian Resuscitation Council website.


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

  • Learning, reading, writing, literacy and numeracy competencies to level 3 of the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF)

TAFE NSW Skills Teams will conduct an assessment prior to screen your ability to meet this level. Where necessary, support with these skills can be provided.

TAFE NSW entry requirements:

Students may enter this qualification after completing a CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care that will give them auto credits for Stage 1 of the Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care - CHC50113. This is a Stage 2 & 3 course and will be undertaken across a 12-month period

To successfully complete this course, you will need to:

  • Complete a Working with Children Check-Anyone engaging in child-related work (including student placements and volunteers) MUST have a current Working with Children Check (students/volunteers free).
  • Be physically fit to undertake tasks associated with the work placement (such as manual lifting) first aid responses including performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) while kneeling on the floor
  • Follow TAFE NSW policy and procedures, adhering to NSW law when enrolling students under the age of 17- Students under 18 years of age will require signed consent from their parents or guardians for certain course written agreements
  • First Aid-complete HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting which will include a mandatory eight-hour face-to-face session
  • Attend TAFE on your designated course days
  • Actively participate in all course instruction and activities
  • Submit all assessments by the due dates and be assessed as competent

Prior to the commencement of the course to help, determine the support needs of each individual learner. The LLN tool is not a full ACSF assessment. It is only an indicator tool to help identify general strengths and skills gaps in learners.

It's all happening at TAFE NSW InfoFest. Register for an information session to broaden your skills set to get ahead. Can't find an Information Session for you? Enquire Online or call 131601.


'To find out more about this course, meet our teachers and receive information about enrolment and next steps, attend an information session. Date: Tuesday, 21 January 2020 Time: 10.00am to 10.30am Location: Bathurst Campus, Building K, Room 0.3-0.4 Or Date: Wednesday, 22 January 2020 Time: 6.00pm to 6.30pm Location: Bathurst Campus, Building K, Room 0.3-0.4 Or Date: Thursday, 23 January 2020 Time: 4.00pm to 4.30pm Location: Bathurst Campus, Building K, Room 0.3-0.4 Or Date: Friday, 24 January 2020 Time: 1.00pm to 1.30pm Location: Bathurst Campus, Building K, Room 0.3-0.4


This is a flexible blended course. You will need to attend approximately 10.6 hours of class, over 2 days a week, for 36 weeks. As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 10.9 hours of other study per week.

You may also be required to complete approximately 2.8 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including private study, research, assignment preparation and work experience preparation.


This qualification reflects the role of workers in a range of early childhood education settings who work within the requirements of the Education and Care Services National Regulations and the National Quality Standard. They support the implementation of an approved learning framework, and support children?s wellbeing, learning and development. Depending on the setting, educators may work under direct supervision or autonomously. 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.


There are additional learning and study tools available for this course, including:

Educational and Support Services TAFE NSW provides the following services to ensure a supported and successful learning environment for all students:

  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Student Support and Services
  • Accessibility and Disability Services
  • Personal Counselling
  • Vocational Counselling
  • Learning Support
  • International Student Support
  • Scholarships
  • Multicultural Support Detailed current information on these Support Services are made available to staff and students at TAFE NSW Student Services. Additionally, every student is supported by a dedicated Student Services team at each campus location.

We offer student services and study support to ensure you can achieve your goals. Learn about TAFE NSW Student Services

As a TAFE NSW student in this course, you will have access to:

  • LinkedIn Learning (formerly
  • Studiosity - online access to a real life tutor
  • Easy computing online short courses
  • Access to local TAFE libraries

This course is currently scheduled on Monday and Wednesday from 5.30pm to 8.30pm. This timetable may change and will be confirmed by your teacher.


This course is government-subsidised, meaning you pay a portion of the full course fee to TAFE NSW and the NSW Government will pay the balance. However, you must meet certain eligibility criteria for this to apply.

Depending on your previous qualifications and experience, your fee may be less than the maximum fee quoted. Your actual fee and eligibility for concession/exemption will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process.

For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit Are You Eligible?


This course is approved for a Commonwealth VET Student Loan (VSL). If you meet the VSL eligibility and academic suitability requirements, you are able to apply to the Commonwealth for a loan to cover all or part of your course fee. We will ask you whether you would like to apply for a VET Student Loan when you enrol and advise you of the process.

To complete your VET Student Loan application, you will need to provide:

  • Your Tax File Number (TFN). If you dont have a TFN, click here for information on how to apply for one. You can complete your loan application with a Certificate of Application for a TFN, but must provide your TFN as soon as it is issued. If you dont provide your TFN before your first census day, you will need to pay the tuition fees for that unit of study.
  • Your Commonwealth Higher Education Student Support Number (CHESSN) ). If you have previously accessed a loan via the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP), either at TAFE or university, you will already have a CHESSN. You must use the same CHESSN whenever you access a student loan. If you dont have CHESSN, we will allocate one on your behalf.
To be eligible for a VET Student Loan, you will need to be assessed as academically suitable to undertake high level VET study. You will need to provide:
  • A copy of your Australian Year 12 Certificate; OR
  • A copy of a certificate showing that you have been awarded a qualification at level 4 or above in the Australian Qualifications Framework (where the language of instruction was English). If you previously completed a Certificate IV or higher qualification at TAFE NSW, just let us know where and when you studied in your application; OR
  • Display competence at Exit Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework in both reading and numeracy through an approved Language, Literacy and Numeracy test. We will let you know if this is required once you apply.
If you intend to apply for a VET Student Loan, its important you know your student obligations.

Find out more about VET Student Loans

Direct payment by Unit of Study instalments is available for this course.

The Units of Study and associated fees for this course are detailed above. Fees are charged on the census day for each Unit of Study. To secure a loan for part or all of your course, you must be eligible and submit a valid application to the Commonwealth for a VET Student Loan. You may withdraw prior to the census date without incurring a fee.


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Recognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce your course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.

Learn about Recognition at TAFE NSW Recognition

Semester two starts July 2020. Enquire now to be notified when enrolments open.

To find out more information on this course including the next start date, submit an online enquiry by clicking the Enquire Now button on this page, or call 131 601 during business hours* to chat with a member of our friendly customer service team.

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Core Units
Number Title
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-UNGRADED Foster the holistic development and wellbeing of the child in early childhood
CHCECE018-UNGRADED Nurture creativity in children
CHCECE019 Facilitate compliance in an education and care service
CHCECE020 Establish and implement plans for developing cooperative behaviour
CHCECE021-UNGRADED Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children
CHCECE022-UNGRADED Promote children's agency
CHCECE023-UNGRADED Analyse information to inform learning
CHCECE024-UNGRADED 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
Elective Units
Number Title
CHCECE010 Support the holistic development of children in early childhood
CHCECE011 Provide experiences to support children's play and learning
CHCECE013 Use information about children to inform practice
CHCMGT003 Lead the work team
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice

Note: Not all elective units listed may be available to study, please enquire for more information.

Whether you're a school leaver, an aspiring apprentice, looking to kickstart a career, or you're upskilling, reskilling, or re-training, there's a TAFE NSW course to give you the skills you need for the job you want.

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Panorama Avenue, Bathurst
Phone 131 601

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