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Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care


This qualification reflects the role of workers in a range of early childhood education settings who work within the requirements of the Education and Care Services National Regulations and the National Quality Standard. They support the implementation of an approved learning framework, and support children’s wellbeing, learning and development. Depending on the setting, educators may work under direct supervision or autonomously.

Course Duration

One Hundred  (100) weeks including  Twenty Eight (28) weeks holidays

Pathways from the qualification

Students can further their studies in a range of other higher education courses, such as:

* Completion of this course does not guarantee applicants a place in CSU.

Job Roles

Job roles and titles may vary across early childhood settings. Upon successful completion of CHC50113 a person could seek employment opportunities in roles such as;

• Early Childhood Educator
• Family day care educator
• Preschool assistant
• Nanny or in home care educator
• Room leaders
• Nominated or authorised supervisor for a centre under 29 children

Entry Requirements

• be 18 years or older; and

• have completed Year 11 or its equivalent with suitable English language skills.

International Students are also required to have an English ability at the IELTS 5.5 or equivalent.

• A working with children check is required for work placement and for gaining employment

Working with Children Check

Due to the mandatory work placement requirement, students wish to study CHC30113 will be required to undergo and satisfy Working with Children Checks. This should be done during orientation so that approval is provided prior to the first industry placement

Delivery Modes

The program uses a variety of methods to provide a rich and engaging learning experience for learners. 

  • Face-to-face Study- Students will be attending classes for 15 hours per week
  • Work Placement- Students’ enrolled in the CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care are required to participate in a minimum of 375 hours practical placement within an accredited early childhood education and care service. Student will commence their work placement as soon as possible after the course commencement following orientation by the workplace supervisor (within the first two weeks). Times Academy will engage with the nominated workplace to ensure that it can provide a suitable environment to gather practical experience across all tasks outlined in the units of competency. Times Academy will complete a Work place suitability assessment prior to placement with the nominated workplace and coordinate with the service to ensure the student is orientation and inducted properly into the workplace and that the workplace meets the requirements of the training package.
  • Unsupervised/self-Study- Students need to allocate between 10 to 15 hours of self-study time per week to enhance their understanding.  A maximum of 15 hours of self-study should be sufficient for an average student to grasp the learning content and complete the Personal Research Task and Reflection Journal.
  • Playgroup planning and supervising –  For 2 hours per week, children from 0-5 years old come to Times Academy for a playgroup registered with Play Groups NSW.  It is a time to have practical hands-on teaching and care experiences for our trainees under supervision.  This engages students in practical learning and assessment in a controlled environment.

Course Structure

This qualification is made up of eighteen(fifteen core and three elective units) units of competency are

stand alone;

Unit(s) Duration 
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically

CHCECE009 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice

4 weeks
CHCECE001 Develop cultural competence

CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety

HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting weeks
CHCECE002 Ensure the health and safety of children

CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk 

CHCECE005 Provide care for babies and toddler

CHCECE003 Provide care for children

CHCECE004 Promote and provide healthy food and drinks

HLTWHS003 Maintain work health and safety

CHCECE016 Establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment for children

CHCECE007 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children weeks
CHCPOL403C Undertake research activities

CHCPOL002 Develop and implement policy

CHCECE019 Facilitate compliance in an education and care services

CHCMGT003 Lead the work team

CHCECE025 Embed sustainable practices in service operations

CHCECE017 Foster the holistic development and wellbeing of the child in early childhood

CHCECE018 Nurture creativity in children

CHCECE020 Establish and implement plans for developing cooperative behaviour

CHCECE022 Promote children’s agency

CHCECE021 Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children

12 weeks
CHCECE023 Analyse information to inform learning

CHCECE026 Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate education and care for children

CHCECE024 Design and implement the curriculum to foster children’s learning and development

10 weeks
CHCORG627B Provide mentoring support to colleagues

CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice


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