Diploma of
Early Childhood
Education and Care (111823D)

Course Description

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.


Duration 52 weeks including holidays and 300 hours of work placement
AQF Level 5
Course Delivery Face-to-Face

Areas of Study

  • Childcare Management
  • Educator

Course Entry Requirements

International Students
  • Students must be 18 years or above
  • Students must have completed Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care – either CHC30113 or CHC30121
  • Complete a Pre-Enrolment Review prior to enrolment
  • Complete an online language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) assessment (on campus)
  • Basic -intermediate level of computer skills
  • Completed education level of year 12 or equivalent
  • Proficient in English International Students require either an
    • IELTS level of 5.5 or above with no band under 5.0 or
    • TOEFL 46-49 (internet-based) or
    • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) 42 or
    • Cambridge English Advanced (CAE) score of 162 or
    • OET score of C for each test component
Domestic Students
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Students must have completed Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care – either CHC30113 or CHC30121
  • Be able to read and comprehend course requirements
  • Have an intermediate to advanced understanding of computers and the internet to assist with conducting research and complete assessments

Course Structure

This qualification consists of 15 units of competency that is made up of 12 core units and 3 elective units

All students enrolled in this qualification are required to undertake work placement. Work placement provides the student with the opportunity to put into practice the skills learned in the classroom. Work placement requirements will be discussed during Student Orientation.

AHSI will organise the work placement opportunities for students and where possible in organisations located close to their address. Should a student wish to change the work placement provider, they will need AHSI suitability approval and this can only take place after AHSI has assessed that organisation and signed a contract with the new provider.

Work placement requirements

  • Hold a Working with Children Check
  • Hold a National Criminal Police Check
  • Are physically, mentally and emotionally healthy to respond appropriately to personal needs
  • First Aid Course certificate
  • Up to date immunisation including COVID19

Core units

CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice
CHCECE041 Maintain a safe and healthy environment for children
CHCECE044 Facilitate compliance in an education and care service
CHCECE042 Foster holistic early childhood learning, development and wellbeing
CHCECE045 Foster positive and respectful interactions and behaviour in children
CHCECE043 Nurture creativity in children
CHCECE046 Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children
CHCECE047 Analyse information to inform learning
CHCECE050 Work in partnership with children’s families
CHCECE048 Plan and implement children’s education and care curriculum
BSBTWK502 Manage team effectiveness
CHCECE049 Embed sustainable practices in service operations

Elective units

CHCMGT003 Lead the work team
CHCPOL002 Develop and implement policy
CHCDIV003 Manage and promote diversity

Career opportunities

Possible career opportunities relevant to this qualification include:

  • Early Childhood Services Coordinator
  • Qualified Room Leader
  • Early Childhood Educator

Pathways for Further Education

This qualification provides a pathway for students to continue their studies and enhance their skills through higher education providers.

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