CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care



This qualification reflects the role of early childhood educators who are responsible for designing and implementing curriculum in early childhood education and care services. In doing so they work to implement an approved learning framework within the requirements of the Education and Care Services National Regulations and the National Quality Standard. They may have responsibility for supervision of volunteers or other staff.


This course is offered as either face-to-face or distance.

Cohort - New Entrant Into The Industry or Skilled Learner

Face-to-face training is delivered one day per week (5.5 hours per day) for 52 weeks or two days per week (5.5 hours per day) for 26 weeks.

It is suggested that a new entrant into the industry do 20 hours of independent study per week plus an additional 1 day per week of LLN support if required (over 12-24 months); whereas a skilled learner or someone who already holds a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC30113) is suggested to do 10 hours of independent study per week (over 12-24 months).

Distance training is self-paced, which means students are welcome to complete the course as fast as they like. However, we recommend completing one to two units per month to complete within the 24 month time limit. No classroom training or attendance is required. It is suggested that students allow at least 20 hours per week of independent study to complete the course.

If you have completed a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC30113), it may be possible for you to Credit Transfer up to 12 units of competency.


Cairns and surrounding regions.

Courses are subject to availability.


It is a requirement of this qualification that you complete 240 hours of work placement, which we organise for you with one of our partner organisations.

It is mandatory that you are able to gain a Working With Children Check (e.g. a Queensland Blue Card) and complete first aid training (HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting) before commencing work placement.


Full course fees are determined through our Schedule of Fees.

Students may be eligible for Higher Level Skills funding - funded by the Queensland Government. To find out more about eligibility requirements contact us.

Co-contribution fees are $50 for concessional participants or $100 for non-concessional participants.


If you are currently working in the industry you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning (RPL). Please contact us for further information.


To find out more information please contact us on 07 4041 0407.


Employment pathways from this qualification can include Early Childhood Educator, Team Leader, Educational Leader, Director/Manager, Outside School Children’s Education or Care Coordinator.



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

CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety

HLTWHS003 Maintain work health and safety

HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting


CHCMGT003 Lead the work team

BSBLED401 Develop teams and individuals

CHCPOL002 Develop and implement policy

BSBSUS501 Develop workplace policy and procedures for sustainability

CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice