Offering Info

Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

  • National Course Code: CHC50113
  • TAFE NSW code: CHC50113-01V04-21WLG-202

Location – Wollongong


Full Time



Course Start Date

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Study Commitment

27 Hours per week


1 Year

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Traineeship Allowed
  • This training is fully government-subsidised under JobTrainer
  • VET Student Loans Available

Course Details

The nationally recognised Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care builds on your leadership skills so you can operate as an educational leader or manager in the childcare industry. Design educational programs that nurture creativity and establish a safe learning environment for all.


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

  • Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children
  • Establish and maintain a healthy environment for children
  • Maintain work health and safety
  • Nurture creativity in children
  • Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate education and care for children


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • A passion for education and care
  • High levels 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


Completing this course provides you with:

  • A nationally accredited qualification at Diploma level
  • A strong pathway to continue your study and enhance your career opportunities

Career opportunities:

  • Early childhood educator
  • Lead educator
  • Early childhood director


Take your career further with the:

  • Bachelor of Early Childhood Education and Care (Birth-5) with TAFE NSW Degrees

This course is superseded. You can still enrol in this course, and you will be contacted if you need to transition into the next version when it is available.

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 entry requirements for this qualification. You can enrol now.

TAFE NSW also offers the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care as a traineeship. To be eligible to enrol as a trainee you must:

  • Be employed in the regulated early childhood education and care service industry as this course is delivered in the workplace
  • Have a signed traineeship contract

Thinking about a traineeship? Enquire today.


During your study, you will need to meet specific requirements to complete your coursework.

To be able to undertake work placement you need to meet other requirements. These will differ depending on your work placement. Your teacher will let you know when you need to provide evidence of:

  • A working with Children Check (WWCC)
  • Vaccination and health screenings
  • Any additional evidence your work placement provider requires


A valid Working with Children Check (WWWC) is necessary to obtain before entering the workforce.


Work placement provides you with opportunities to respond to situations and circumstances that cannot be replicated in a learning or simulated environment.

During your course you will undertake a mandatory 240 hours of work placement with a suitable industry employer.

TAFE Digital students: You are responsible for arranging your own work placement. Our SkillsTeam can offer support and guidance to assist you.

Campus-based students: TAFE NSW will arrange your work placement with a suitable industry employer.


To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • Patience and enjoy working with children
  • Good organisational skills and the ability to multitask
  • The ability to keep calm in stressful situations


Work placement provides you with opportunities to practise responding to situations and circumstances that cannot be replicated in a learning or simulated environment. Work placement strengthens your training and supports continued learning and assessment in the workplace.

During your course, you will undertake a mandatory 240 hours of work placement with a suitable industry employer.

TAFE Digital students: You are responsible for arranging your own work placement. Our SkillsTeam can offer support and guidance to assist you.

Campus-based students: TAFE NSW will arrange your work placement with a suitable industry employer.

Work placement generally only begins once you have had significant contact with your teacher and they are satisfied that you are ready to benefit from on-the-job industry learning.


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

  • A sound ability to read, write and speak English at Year 10 high school level
  • A basic ability to apply numeracy
  • A strong sense of professionalism and integrity
  • A strong work ethic
  • Leadership skills and a desire to mentor others
  • Patience and dedication to work staff and children
  • A passion to advocate for early childhood education

Physical ability

You must also have a reasonable level of fitness and flexibility to carry out:

  • Manual lifting
  • First aid responses including performing CPR while kneeling on the floor

Certain aspects of assessment rely on your physical ability to perform two minutes of uninterrupted CPR on an adult and infant manikin at floor level, and respond to an emergency situation where there may be risk to life.

If you are unable to meet the physical requirements, you will not be able to successfully complete this course.

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


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.

To successfully complete this course, you will need to:

  • Be physically fit to undertake tasks associated with the work placement, such as manual lifting, and to undertake 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- For certain courses there are written agreements, students under 18 years of age will require signed consent from their parents or guardians.
  • Complete and and provide evidence of First Aid unit HLTAID004 Provide an Emergency First Aid Response in an Education and Care Setting, which includes a mandatory eight-hour face to face session, either with TAFE NSW or another Registered Training Organisation. The student's fee will be reduced accordingly on enrolment or submission of their statement, once a credit transfer has been completed.
  • If you already have Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care you will need to provide a copy of this transcript to receive recognition of previous study.
  • 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 and volunteers free). Visit:
  • Have the learning, reading, writing, literacy, and numeracy competencies of level 3 of the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF). The RU Ready tests assess reading, writing, comprehension and numeracy skills and are delivered online requiring basic computer skills to log in and complete the test.

Work Placement is a requirement of this course. You will need to complete 240 hours of timetabled work placement.


There are no information sessions currently scheduled for this course.

Staff from the Education and Care section at Wollongong Campus will contact you to give you further information.


This is a fulltime blended delivery course. You will need to attend approximately 27 hours of class, over 5 days a week, for I year.

As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 4 hours of other study each week outside of class hours, including research, study and readings to reinforce training.

Days and times are subject to change. Attendance may reduce once you have completed the first stage of the Diploma. Due to the COVID19 pandemic, this course may start as a connected classroom and may move back to face-to-face once once all risks have been assessed, or vice versa. You will need to have access to a computer and the internet.


This course offering is designed for people who are:

  • New entrants with no formal qualification in Early Childhood Education and Care, studying full-time.
  • This course is tailored to meet the needs of domestic students who typically have little to no previous experience in early childhood.
  • Students may have experience working with children, for example through babysitting, however, this experience may not be in the context of an Australian regulated education and care service.
  • Students who enrol in the blended delivery CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care are usually seeking employment in Childrens Services, or using the qualification as a pathway to further study.
  • You can also apply for this course if you have your Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, and you will receive recognition for units completed and this may reduce your course time.

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
  • Smarthinking - after hours online study support service
  • Easy computing online short courses
  • Access to local TAFE libraries
  • Accessibility and Disability Support Services
  • Access to Read&Write learning support software at TAFE and at home

The way you learn may change during your enrolment to ensure the best learning experience or to keep you safe as COVID-19 restrictions change, and some of our face to face classes may change to online or virtual classroom learning. Also, to ensure that we keep you safe while studying, we may modify our face to face classes to meet physical distancing requirements and increased cleaning on campus. If work placement and the demonstration of practical skills are requirements of your course, there may be a modification or delay in the planned timeframe due to COVID-19 impacts. Be assured, we'll keep you informed every step of the way.

This course is currently scheduled on Monday and Thursday from 9.00am to 3.30pm, and Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 9.00am to 2.30pm. This timetable may change and will be confirmed by your teacher.

This is a fully government-subsidised JobTrainer course. Eligibility criteria applies.


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.

You will need to provide for yourself the following resources which you will keep when you complete your study:

  • You will be required to purchase 2 textbooks at the cost of approximately $220.
  • You will need a broad brimmed hat, closed-in shoes and a polo shirt.

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.


Learn about TAFE NSW Fees

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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

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Enquire now and we will contact you when enrolments open. Visit our Online Courses to view our range of study options that you can start anytime.

Core Units
Number Title
CHCECE026 Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate education and care for children
CHCECE018-UNGRADED Nurture creativity in children
CHCECE021-UNGRADED Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children
CHCECE017-UNGRADED Foster the holistic development and wellbeing of the child in early childhood
CHCECE019 Facilitate compliance in an education and care service
CHCECE016 Establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment for children
CHCECE020 Establish and implement plans for developing cooperative behaviour
CHCECE025 Embed sustainable practices in service operations
CHCECE001 Develop cultural competence
CHCECE024-UNGRADED Design and implement the curriculum to foster children's learning and development
HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
CHCECE009 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
CHCECE003 Provide care for children
CHCECE005 Provide care for babies and toddlers
CHCECE022-UNGRADED Promote children's agency
CHCECE004 Promote and provide healthy food and drinks
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
HLTWHS003 Maintain work health and safety
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
CHCECE002 Ensure the health and safety of children
CHCECE007 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children
CHCECE023-UNGRADED Analyse information to inform learning
Elective Units
Number Title
CHCECE011 Provide experiences to support children's play and learning
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice
CHCECE010 Support the holistic development of children in early childhood
CHCECE013 Use information about children to inform practice
CHCMGT003 Lead the work team

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.

Course Location

Foleys Lane, North Wollongong
Phone 131 601

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