CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

The Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care is a highly sought after qualification within the child care industry.

Upon completion, graduates will have the skills and knowledge to become a lead educator in delivery of Early Childhood education programs for children in centre based and family day care. This qualification will also develop your ability to lead and mentor other staff in their early childhood education careers. The Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care includes some management competencies designed to equip graduates with the knowledge to meet the daily challenges of working within the Early Childhood industry.

Whether you are considering studying a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care at our campus in Melbourne, via distance or through a workplace traineeship, our experienced and supportive facilitators will be with you every step of the way delivering quality and relevant learning opportunities to our students.

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Course Code


Delivery Mode
Campus, WorkplaceDistance, RPL

Course Duration
12 – 18 months

Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Nationally Recognised

Practical Placement
Min. 240hrs that we can organise for you.

Government Funding & Fees

Payment Methods
Payment Plans, Direct Debt, Debt/Credit Card, Cash, VET Student LoanCatalyst Plus Interest Free Student Loans

Practical Placement requirements
A minimum of 240 hours in at least one regulated education and care service is required for this qualification.

Course Units

Core Units

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

Elective Units

CHCPRP003 Reflect and improve own professional practice
BSBLED401 Develop teams and individuals
BSBMGT605 Provide leadership across the organisation
BSBWOR301 Organise personal work priorities and development
HLTWHS001 Participate in work health and safety

Course Entry

  • To complete Selmar’s Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, your Language Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skills meet required standards for Diploma level study.
  • Completion of a course requirement form.


Potential job outcomes upon completion of the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care:

  • Early Learning Coordinator
  • Early Learning Centre Manager
  • Early Learning Centre Director
  • Group/Team Coordinator/Leader


Campus Training

Our campus is based in St Kilda and possesses state of the art facilities to assist our facilitators to deliver quality and relevant child care courses to our students. Read more…

— Weekday classes.
— 350 hours of practical placement organised by Selmar.
— Early Learning Simulation laboratory for practical learning.


Workplace Training

Workplace training is available to any student who holds a position within the Early Learning industry. Selmar’s facilitators will attend the student’s workplace monthly to offer support and guidance. Read more…

— Early Childhood training comes to you!
— One-on-one training.
— Working hours can be incorporated as placement hours.


Distance Training

Distance training allows students the flexibility to study in their own time. Facilitator contact is maintained via phone, email and placement visits. Read more…

— On-going support and guidance.
— Early Learning facilitator visits while you are on placement.
— Study at your pace over 18 months.
— If you can’t find a centre for you practical placement, Selmar can help you.


Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) allows assessment of the student’s previously unrecognised skills and knowledge. Read more…


Practical Placement

It is a requirement for anyone who is completing practical placement or working in the Early Childhood industry to hold a current Working with Children Check (WWCC).

The WWCC must be applied for immediately as it can take several months for your application to be processed.


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