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The Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care prepares people to work in a range of early childhood education settings within the requirements of the Education and Care Services National Regulations and the National Quality Standard. Students will learn to:

  • design curriculum in early childhood education and care services
  • implement an approved learning framework within the requirements of the Education and Care Services National Regulations and the National Quality Standard
  • Supervise staff and volunteers

Students will be involved in theory and practical training to gain the qualification as the training is offered through blended delivery strategies with integrated E-learning and work place delivery and assessment.

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Career Opportunities


The Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care is appropriate for people who want to be qualified to work as:

  • Early Childhood Educator
  • Room Leader
  • Team Leader
  • Authorised Supervisor
  • Educational Program Leader

Qualification Structure and Course Content


The Diploma of Early Childhood Education & Care focuses on providing the practical skills and knowledge through integrated E-Learning and workplace delivery. The course content is divided into six modules.

Module A: Legislation, Policy & Safety

Module A: Legislation, Policy & Safety

SubjectUnit of Competency
CHCLEG001Work legally and ethically
CHCPRT001Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
CHCECE009Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
CHCECE004Promote and provide healthy food and drinks
HTLAID004Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting
(delivered by another Registered Training Organisation)
HLTWHS001Participate in workplace health and safety
Work PlacementOne week block work placement

Module B: Caring for Children & Sensitive Practice

Module B: Caring for Children & Sensitive Practice

SubjectUnit of Competency
CHCECE007Develop positive and respectful relationships with children
CHCECE001Develop cultural competence
CHCECE012Support children to connect with their world
CHCECE003Provide care for children
CHCECE005Provide care for babies and toddlers
CHCDIV002Promote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
Work PlacementTwo week block work placement

Module C: Inclusion of families and children

Module C: Inclusion of families and children

SubjectUnit of Competency
CHCECE021Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children
CHCECE020Establish and implement plans for developing cooperative behaviour
CHCECE026Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate education and care for children
CHCECE017Foster the holistic development and wellbeing of the child in early childhood
Work PlacementOne week block work placement

Module D: Children’s development and curriculum design

Module D: Children’s development and curriculum design

SubjectUnit of Competency
CHCECE017Foster the holistic development and wellbeing of the child in early childhood
CHCECE018Nurture creativity in children
CHCECE024Design and implement the curriculum to foster children’s learning and development
CHCECE023Analyse information to inform learning
CHCECE022Promote children’s agency
Work PlacementTwo week block work placement

Module E: Service management

Module E: Service management

SubjectUnit of Competency
CHCECE019Facilitate compliance in an education and care service
CHCECE025Embed sustainable practices in service operations
CHCINM002Meet community information needs
HLTWHS003Maintain work health and safety
CHCECE016Establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment for children
Work PlacementOne week block work placement

Module F: Leadership

Module F: Leadership

SubjectUnit of Competency
CHCPRP003Reflect on and improve own professional practice
BSBLED401Develop teams and individuals
CHCMGT003Lead the work team
BSBWOR301Organise personal work priorities and development
Work PlacementTwo week block work placement

Delivery Structure


For international students, SELC has integrated the mandatory work placement requirements to ensure that institutional pathway delivery & assessment and workplace experience & practical assessment comply with the rules of the training package.

Mandatory Work Placement for International Students


Diploma of Early Childhood Education & Care includes 360 hours mandatory industry/work placement for successful completion of the course. Some units of competency within the Early Childhood Education and Care require assessment to take place in a regulated education and care service providing education and care to children birth to five years that is licensed or approved under state and territory legislation. During the mandatory work placement, students will be supervised and assessed by a SELC qualified workplace trainer and assessor.

Exit Point/Award


Nationally_Recognised_TrainingCHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education & Care (AQF – 5) This qualification is recognised nationally under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF)


Course Entry Requirements and Durations


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