Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

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The Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care qualification is the required level to work in supervisor and senior roles such as a lead educator, coordinator or director in an early childhood service. The Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care is a highly sought after qualification as it is designed to prepare graduates with the knowledge and skills to meet the everyday challenges of working within the early childhood industry. This qualification is needed for those wanting to achieve leadership positions within ACECQA approved early childhood services.


The Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care 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 Standards. With topics on management, you will also develop the ability to lead and support other staff, implement and lead educational programs, and manage a variety of tasks within an early childhood service.


Upon completion of the Diploma of Childhood Education and Care course, you will be ready to advance your early childhood career into senior and leadership positions.  

Topics covered in this qualification:

  • Children's Health and Safety
  • Legislation and Policy
  • Supporting Children's Development
  • Collaborative Partnerships with Children and Families
  • Curriculum and the Physical Environment
  • Cultural Connections
  • Service Management


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Course Details (CHC50121)


Full-time: 24 months


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Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Vocational placement hours

Minimum 280 hours in a regulated education and care service

Delivery Mode

Blended learning/workplace or Traineeship


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Entry Requirements

Entry to this qualification is open to educators who hold either:

CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care or
CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.

And have an appropriate level of language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) skills as required per the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) level.
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Nationally Recognised

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Centrelink approved

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Nationally quality framework (NQF) approved

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Course Units

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 families
  • CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice

Elective units

  • CHCECE053 Respond to grievances and complaints about the service
  • CHCPOL003 Research and apply evidence to practice
  • CHCPRP006 Lead own professional development

Course Delivery

The Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care is delivered in a blended format incorporating:

  • Flexible online learning
  • Vocational placement (280 hours)
  • Ongoing online trainer support
  • Regular workplace trainer visits

Study Pathways

Upon completion of this qualification, students may be eligible for credit in Early Childhood Teaching qualifications at specific universities. Students also have the ability to progress to CHC60215 - Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management to further develop their management and leadership skills and to expand into higher management positions within the childcare or community services sector.

Vocational Placement

All students are required to be employed or volunteering in a regulated education and care service (ACECQA approved) to complete the practical components of this qualification.All students are required to complete a minimum of 280 hours spread over the duration of their qualification and conduct placement with babies and toddlers under 2 years of age.Venture Education may be able to support you with one of its industry partners to arrange this placement for you if you don’t have a service organised.

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Career Opportunities

The Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care qualification provides employment in the following roles:

  • Early childhood lead educator or coordinator
  • Outside school hours care (OSHC) educator or coordinator
  • Family day care educator or coordinator
  • Early childhood teacher (for those holding primary teaching qualifications. See also the Early Childhood Teacher Bridging Program)
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"Sharon offers students a face to face approach and is readily available to answer questions and guide the student’s learning in order for them to succeed in their study"
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CEO Mother Duck Childcare and Pre-School Centres
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"My colleagues recognised my improvements throughout my course, and I continue to apply my knowledge gained from studying with Venture Education"
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"I am happy to be able to apply the knowledge that I have gained through the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care to my work with confidence."
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Frequently Asked Questions

Will I be provided with job opportunities upon graduating?

Starting a career is such an exciting time! Venture Education supports students to find a service to complete their required vocational placement hours. However, students are encouraged to seek their own arrangements when it comes to their employment. Venture Education and their trainers have years of industry experience and can support students to prepare for gaining employment within the industry once the course has been completed.

I am already working in childcare; will my working hours count towards the vocational placement hours?

Yes, your hours will count towards your vocational placement. If you can provide current evidence of the hours you have completed as an employee within a licenced long day care service these hours will count towards the required vocational placement hours. Evidence of these hours can be provided with a payslip. These hours will be verified by your trainer who will contact your service director.

Is there a minimum or maximum age requirement?

The minimum age to enrol in a course with Venture Education is 15 years of age; please refer to each course overview for further information relating to other entry requirements. Age restrictions differ for students who are looking to undertake an apprenticeship or traineeship. The Child Employment Act states that the minimum age for apprentices and trainees is 13 years of age unless otherwise stated. Please feel free to contact us to discuss further.

Will I need to attend an orientation?

Yes, all students will conduct an orientation and induction to their course with a Venture Education trainer. This is an integral part of your course in order to get you set up with your course materials, meet your trainer and ask any questions that you may have. Depending on your enrolment (i.e. traineeship, fee-for-service) and location, orientation can be conducted either over the phone/skype or in the workplace.

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