(CHC50121) Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

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CHC50121 Course Overview

The Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care will teach you about leading and managing a team and maintaining regulatory compliance in all areas of service operations. You will be part of the team responsible for quality improvement in areas such as work health and safety, environmental responsibility, the educational program and governance and leadership.

Upon successful completion of the course, you will have the ability to design and implement curriculum using an approved learning framework in a variety of early childhood settings. You will be able to use specialised knowledge and analyse and apply theoretical concepts to diverse work situations.

You may seek to become an educational leader within the service and will be able to critically reflect upon and improve your own practice and guide and supervise others.

Participants should have a genuine interest in working with young children and their families. You will need to develop good communication skills with children and adults, and awareness and respect for differing family and cultural values.

This qualification would suit:

  • People who currently hold a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care CHC30113 or CHC30121 and who would like to develop their skills and knowledge further.

You will be required to apply for registration to work with vulnerable people. This is called the Working with Vulnerable People Check (WWVP). Textbooks and a TasTAFE polo shirt for use on work placement will be supplied.

AQF Code
Course Duration
68 weeks
Intake Dates
Study Mode
Full time, on-campus-work placement and online
Course Fee
Additional Fee
$20.40 (Working with Vulnerable People registration)
English Language Requirements
IELTS 5.5 (no band less than 5.0) or equivalent
Required Prior Study
Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care CHC30113 or CHC30121
Package Details
Certificate III and Diploma of Early Childhood Education make the full package. The total duration is 2.5 academic years
 *Please note the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care courses are only available in Launceston.

Career Opportunities

Early Childhood Education and Care qualifications prepare you for work in a number of areas, including long day care centres, outside-school-hours care, vacation care programs, and family day care.

Career options may include full or part-time work as a Manager, Supervisor, Qualified Educator or Educational Leader in a regulated children’s education and care service in Australia.

Occupational titles may include:

  • Authorised Supervisor (Children’s Services)
  • Centre Manager (Children’s Services)
  • Childhood Educator
  • Children’s Adviser
  • Children’s Service Director / Manager
  • Early Childhood Educator
  • Children’s Services Coordinator
  • Director (Children’s Services)
  • Group/Team Coordinator / Leader (Children’s Services)
  • Program Leader (Children’s Services)
  • Child Development Worker


Pathways to further study

At the successful completion of the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, you may receive up to 1 year’s advanced credit into a University of Tasmania 4-year Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) Degree.


Course Structure

This course is delivered on campus and online and includes a period of placement in the industry to gain vocational experience.

To achieve a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, 15 units must be successfully completed:

12 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 family
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice
3Elective Units

Electives may vary from region to region; contact GETI Tasmania for a full list of electives.

Assessment Process

Throughout all assessments, Work Health & Safety procedures must be followed. Options for assessment will include:

  • Short written assessments – question and answer style tests
  • Scenario and Case Studies with written questions
  • Projects – group or individual, may be practical or research-based
  • Research – research topics and provide a written response
  • Engage in online collaborative tasks
  • Presentations-deliver information to others
  • Practical – you will be observed doing tasks

Entry Requirements

  • Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
  • 5.5 IELTS General Training (no band less than 5.0) or equivalent


Recognition of Prior Learning

At TasTAFE we believe that the things you already know how to do should be formally recognised.

Regardless of how, when or where the learning occurred, you may be eligible to apply for recognition of your skills and experience.  When you apply to attend TasTAFE you can ask for recognition of:

  • schooling
  • formal/informal learning
  • life experience
  • employment/work experience.

You may also be able to apply for credit transfer for units/modules that you have completed previously at another training organisation. 

It is also possible to apply for credit for TasTAFE subjects if you decide to study at university.



The course information displayed on this website is subject to change.