(CHC50113) Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

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Course Overview

The Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care will teach you about teamwork, professional practice, Occupational Health and Safety, and management and leadership. Upon successful completion of the course, you will have the ability to plan and manage learning programs in a variety of early childhood settings for children aged 0–5, such as after school care, vacation care and family day care.

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

This qualification would suit:

  • People who would like to work in Children’s Services
  • People who currently hold a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (or similar), would like to update their skills and knowledge and are not currently working in Children’s Services
  • People who enjoy working with children and their parents

You will be required to undertake a Childcare Safety Screening.  An AU$140 textbook is also recommended, however it is not compulsory.


AQF Code
Course Duration
96 weeks
Intake Dates
Study Mode
Full time, on-campus
Course Fee
Additional Fee
$19.00 (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
Package Details
Certificate III and Diploma Of Early Childhood Education make the full package. The total duration is 3 Academic Years.
 *Please note the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care courses are only available in Launceston.

Career Opportunities

Children’s Services qualifications prepare you for work in a number of services, 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 or Qualified Children’s Services Worker in a Children’s Services setting.

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 includes a period of placement in the industry for experience. The course also includes study in team work, professional practice and occupational health and safety.

To achieve a Diploma of Early Childhood Educat, 28 units must be successfully completed:

23 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 behaviour
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
5 Elective 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
  • Projects – group or individual, may be practical or research based
  • Assignments – research topics and provide a written response
  • Engage in online collaborative tasks
  • 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.



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