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CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Centrelink/DHS Approved: Yes
NQF Approved Qualificationt: Yes 
Recognised Australia wide: Yes

"Please note that as of 20th October 2021, ACCCO is no longer accepting enrolments for the CHC50113 due to the transition period for this course finishing on 20th January 2023. Students that have significant credit transfers into this course may still be accepted an  enrolment on a case-by-case basis. Students will only have until 20th January 2023 to have completely finished their course. ACCCO will be offering enrolments for the new Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care in January 2022. This course has a prerequisite for Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC30113 or CHC30121) to be completed prior to entry into the course. For more information please visit:"

Qualification Description

The CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care is the qualification that ACECQA requires for those wanting to advance their career and studies in early childhood, and take on higher levels of responsibility and leadership in an early childhood service. You will have the opportunity to develop skills in providing care to children, with an emphasis on play-based learning and assist children achieve developmental outcomes. It is the qualification for those wishing to lead an education and care program for children before they enter formal schooling. A Diploma further enables you to implement, and manage education and care programs, and supervise staff and volunteers. You'll also gain entry level management knowledge and skills that let you oversee the early childhood education and care service. As a Diploma qualified educator, you will:

  • support children's learning and development
  • design, plan, implement and evaluate educational programs
  • support the health, learning and development of children and their families
  • work with community and external agencies
  • provide leadership and support to other staff
  • manage a variety of early childhood services
  • ensure compliance with policies and legislation.

Entry Requirements


The guideline for duration is 12 months – 2 years depending on your chosen study option. External training is self-paced, and duration depends on the individual learner, their employment situation and enrolment type. Credit transfer and RPL options may also reduce the overall time taken to complete the course.

Study Options

ACCCO offers a variety of delivery options that allows students to complete the qualification in a mode/s that suit individual learning requirements:

Learning Areas

Through the Diploma qualification, you will learn what it means to provide a program for babies, toddlers and young children and work in a position of responsibility. There are 28 units of study in this qualification covering topics such as:

  • Developing, implementing and evaluating learning programs for children
  • Facilitating children’s holistic development and wellbeing
  • Managing and maintaining legal and ethical compliance
  • Leadership and basic management responsibilities

Units in this Qualification

This qualification is made up of 28 units of competency (23 core, 5 elective) which reflect the needs of industry.

Core units

CHCECE007   Develop positive and respectful relationships with children
CHCECE003   Provide care for children
CHCECE005   Provide care for babies and toddlers
HLTAID004      Provide an emergency response in an education and care setting
CHCECE002   Ensure the health and safety of children
CHCECE004   Promote and provide healthy food and drinks
CHCLEG001   Work legally and ethically
HLTWHS003   Maintain work health and safety
CHCPRT001   Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
CHCECE009   Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
CHCDIV002    Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
CHCECE001   Develop cultural competence
CHCECE017   Foster the holistic development and wellbeing of the child in early childhood
CHCECE023   Analyse information to inform learning
CHCECE022   Promote children's agency
CHCECE024   Design and implement the curriculum to foster children's learning and development
CHCECE020   Establish and implement plans for developing cooperative behaviour
CHCECE018   Nurture creativity in children
CHCECE016   Establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment for children
CHCECE019   Facilitate compliance in an education and care services
CHCECE021   Implement strategies of the inclusion of all children
CHCECE026   Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate education and care for children
CHCECE025   Embed sustainable practices in service operations

Elective units

CHCPRP003   Reflect on and improve own professional practice
CHCLEG003   Manage legal and ethical compliance
CHCPOL002   Develop and implement policy
CHCMGT003  Lead the work team
CHCECE029   Respond to problems and complaints about the service

Please note: HLTAID004 Provide an emergency response in an education and care setting unit may be completed at an additional cost through an external provider if the student is unable to attend an ACCCO training location.  

To learn more about what is included in the units above, click here and type in the unit code.

Employment Opportunities

The Diploma qualification provides for employment in the following roles:

  • Centre Based Director
  • Lead Educator in long day care, child care centres, occasional care
  • Educational Leader
  • Centre Manager
  • Family Day Care Coordinator
  • Family Day Care Educator
  • In Home Care Provider or Coordinator
  • Out of School Hours Coordinator
  • Out of School Hours Educator
  • Preschool Assistant
  • Assistant Educator in a Kindergarten or preschool program, working with a teacher
  • Nanny
  • Other education based employers may accept this qualification, such as working as tutor, education support staff or as teacher aides.

ACECQA's "Actively working towards an approved qualification" Requirements

Students wishing to be considered "actively working towards" an approved Diploma qualification for ACECQA purposes may need to show evidence to their employer / prospective employer that they have successfully completed 11 units of this qualification. Students seeking this approval to be eligible to be classified as "actively working towards a Diploma" will need to maintain a current enrolment and be making satisfactory progress in the Diploma. Click here for ACECQA's requirements for this.

    Vocational Placement

    All students need to be employed or volunteering in an ACECQA approved early childhood service to complete the practical components of their qualification. This will be for no less than 240 hours spread over the duration of the qualification. Placement working with children under 2 years of age is required (minimum of 60 hours with 0-12mths and 60 hours with 12-24 months) the remaining hours can be spread across all ages between 0 - 5years. Actual hours completed is dependent on student capability.

    The ACCCO Trainer Assessor may be able to support you to arrange this placement if you don't already have one. Students must have a current Working with Children Check prior to starting placement.

    Help and Support

    No matter what your study mode, all students in this qualification are allocated an ACCCO Trainer Assessor who will guide them through the qualification. Trainer Assessors are all qualified in early childhood education and have at least 5 years' experience completing the job you are wanting to hold. Trainer Assessors provide regular phone, email and face to face support in the workplace so you always have help when you need it!

    Pathways to Further Study

    Some universities offer credit from the Diploma qualification to enrol in Early Childhood teaching qualifications. Alternatively, the CHC60215 Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management is a great qualification for those aiming to hold a management position in an ACECQA approved service.

    Flexible Payment Options

    ACCCO offers flexible payment options and students may qualify for VET Student Loans, an Australian Government loan scheme to help pay for all or part of your tuition fees for the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care. Alternatively, you may be eligible for State and Federal Government funding, depending on circumstance. Call our dedicated education consultants now on 1300 139 406 to discuss payment options applicable to you.


    This qualification attracts funding assistance for eligible persons!!!  Funding varies between State / Territories so please check your eligibility requirements for what is available to you in your area.   

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    How to Apply

    1. Choose Your Course

    Once you have made the decision to apply for a qualification you will need to complete an enrolment form and a Literacy, Language and Numeracy indicator (LLN).

    Check you meet:

    • Minimum Age Requirement
    • English Language & Academic Requirements
    • Appropriate Visa Requirements

    2. Prepare Your Application

    Complete the online enrolment form, and upload details of:

    • Colour copy of Passport or Driver’s Licence. (Proof of ID+ residency)                                                                        - If passport provided please provide a copy of a bank statement or utility bill issued within the last 6 months showing your current residential address.
    • Colour copy of either: current green Medicare card; Birth Certificate; current Australian passport; current New Zealand passport; or Australian citizenship certificate. (Proof of citizenship)
    • Colour copy of Certificates and Statement Results for any previously attained or partially completed qualifications completed in or recognised in Australia.

    3. Process of Your Application

    Your enrolment will be assessed on the information you have provided. Upon receiving all paperwork and supporting evidence a formal assessment of your eligibility for government funding and suitability for the qualification is conducted. You will be notified by an enrolments officer on the status of this application once your eligibility has been assessed.

    *Please note that we are unable to finalise your enrolment until all required information and supporting evidence has been provided.

    4. Letter of Offer

    ACCCO assesses the enrolment application. When deemed a successful enrolment application, the student will be issued a Letter of Offer to study with ACCCO. Student reads and accepts the conditions outlined in the Letter of Offer. Student fees are finalised – payment established.

    5. Confirm Your Enrolment

    If your enrolment application is accepted, you will receive a welcome email with a Confirmation of Enrolment attached, confirming acceptance into the qualification. It is important to check your junk or spam folder as this email can end up here sometimes. If not received, please contact our enrolments team on 1300 139 406 during business hours. Your Trainer Assessor will contact you to undertake an induction and commence the learning program.

    Before you submit your application it is important that you provide all the above required documents. Without these we are unable to process your application.

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