CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Duration :              16 Months

Delivery Mode:     Classroom Blended

Start Date:              Enrol Anytime

Recognition:           Nationally Recognised Training

Quality Assurance : As a registered training organisation (RTO) Hammond Institute operates within the Vocational Education and Training Quality Framework (VETQF) and the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) delivering nationally recognised qualifications and units of competency.

Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care qualification reflects the role of early childhood educators who are responsible for designing and implementing curriculum in early childhood education and care services. Childcare course equips you with all the necessary skills and knowledge to implement an approved learning framework to guide the learning and development of children.

  • Early Childhood Coordinator
  • Family Day Care Coordinator
  • Team Leader
  • Play Group Coordinator

Some of the career pathways after completing Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care:

  • Early Childhood Coordinator
  • Family Day Care Coordinator
  • Team Leader
  • Play Group Coordinator
  • Pre-school programs
  • Family Day Care Centre supervisor
  • Playgroup Supervisor

There are NO previous work or education requirements for entry into this childcare course. Students may enrol directly in the diploma level childcare course without completing lower ranked qualifications.

Childcare course graduates can expect higher course levels to result in higher potential salary, positions and skill capabilities.

Students must satisfy the following age, English and other requirements:

  • Age: must be 18 years or over
  • Undertake Pre Training Review
  • Undertake an LLN test: Learning (ACSF Level 4), reading (ACSF Level 3), writing (ACSF Level 3), oral communication (ACSF Level 3) and numeracy (ACSF Level 3) are desirable to parcipate in the course.
  • Moderate level of computer literacy and has access to Internet enable device.
  • Student complete separate digital literacy test to identify the level of digital literacy.
Government Funded Fee* Government Funded Concession Fee** Administration Fees Fee for Service
$0 $0 $80 $10,000

For full list of other optional fees that may be applicable, please refer to our Course Fees page.

*To be eligible for Victorian government subsidised training fees, the candidate must meet the Skills First eligibility criteria.

**If you are studying in a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care qualification you are not eligible to have a concession applied to your tuition fees.

**Under the Indigenous Completions Initiative, Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander students pay only the concession tuition fee for government subsidised training at all qualification levels (including at Diploma and above).

Delivery methods:
The range of delivery methods may include, but not limited to the following:

  • lectures / Instructions
  • pre-reading
  • demonstrations and modelling
  • practice opportunities
  • brainstorming activities
  • group discussions
  • guided facilitation of individual or group learning activities, group work or project-based case studies


Delivery Structure:

  • Delivery structure is comprised of classroom training sessions, structured learning such as training support, learning activities, self-paced (to allow the learners to absorb and reflect on their learning), workshops and work placement.
  • The unit of competency will be delivered and assessed as stand-alone unit.


Delivery Locations:

  • Dandenong
  • Werribee
  • Craigieburn
  • Melton
  • Box Hill

Notes: Additional locations may be allocated to meet a group of learner cohort’s needs and based on demand (if practicable for Hammond Institute)

Course pathways after completing Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care:

  • CHC62015 Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management
  • Bachelor of Early Childhood Education and Care

Assessment method for Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care may include:

  • Knowledge Questions
  • Written Assignment & Case studies
  • Workplace Assessment
  • Log Book
  • Projects / Research Reviews

All assessment will be conducted in accordance with the Training Package requirements, Principles of Assessment and Rules of Evidence (

To achieve Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care qualification the candidate must have completed at least 240 hours of work placement as detailed in the assessment requirements of the units of competency

If a student is unable to find appropriate work placement, Hammond Institute will assist in finding the work placements.

Before you commence placement, you must hold a current Working with Children Check, the link is below.

Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care requires 28 units of Competency.

  • 23 core units
  • 5 elective units.

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

Industry Suggested Electives:

CHCMGT001 Develop,implement and review quality framework
CHCMGT003 Lead the work team
CHCECE010 Support the holistic development of children in early childhood
CHCECE013 Use information about children to inform practice
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people

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

Other Electives options are available. Discuss options with the course coordinator.

Credit Transfer and RPL offered: Recognition of prior learning and skills assessment.

Hammond Institute does not use brokers or deliver this course through third party arrangements.

Job Facts

  • $1272
    Weekly Pay
  • 13,000 workers
    Employment Size
  • Very Strong
    Future Growth
  • Very high skill
    Skill level rating
  • 71% Full-Time
    Full-Time Share
  • 92% female
    Gender Share

Source: Department of Employment. For full details on Child Care Centre Managers visit Job Outlook