Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

National Code: CHC50113
TAFE SA Code: TP00614


This course provides the skills needed by educators in a range of early childhood education and care settings who work within the requirements of the Education and Care Services National Regulations and the National Quality Standard. This involves learning how to support the implementation of an approved learning framework, children’s wellbeing, learning and development.

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Up to 24 months 

Full Time or Part Time equivalent

Child Care Educator Child Care Educator
  • Duration
    Full Fee
    Average cost per semester
    $2,195 - $2,788
    $1,594 - $2,025
    $970 - $1,233
    Total Fees for the 24 Months course
    $8,778 - $11,153
    $6,376 - $8,101
    $3,881 - $4,931

    Average cost per semester
    Total Fees for the 24 Month course
    Full Fee
    $2,195 - $2,788
    $8,778 - $11,153
    $1,594 - $2,025
    $6,376 - $8,101
    $970 - $1,233
    $3,881 - $4,931

    Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. This course also has an incidentals cost of $57.20 for The Department for Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI) Child related Employment Screening Check.

    This course is subsidised through the Government of South Australia's WorkReady initiative. To access subsidised training through WorkReady, your suitability to complete the qualification will be assessed. This may include participation in a Language, Literacy and Numeracy pre-assessment.

  • Upfront Payment

    This is the total cost of the course you need to pay when you enrol if you are not eligible for a subsidy or concession.

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    VET Student Loan

    This is an interest-free personal loan from the Australian Government that provides eligible students access to capped funding to help pay for their studies.

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    Payment Plan

    If you have difficulty paying for the full cost of a course upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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    • This course has a blended learning approach, incorporating online learning, weekly contact sessions (on campus/SKYPE) and some on campus workshops. Attendance at all of these components is essential to enable successful completion of the qualification. This course mode requires you to have access to a computer connected to the internet.
    • Prior to commencing your vocational placement you are required to have a Child-related Employment Screening clearance letter from the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion; a Child Safe Environment certificate for Children's Services; Responding to Abuse and Neglect – Education and Care (RAN-EC) certificate for Department for Education school or service or a private school or service in South Australia.
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of units you will be enrolled into depends on the campus you attend, and the qualification packaging rules described on www.training.gov.au.

    Not all units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.


    Name Nominal Hours
    Analyse information to inform learning 70
    Design and implement the curriculum to foster childrens learning and development 170
    Develop cultural competence 70
    Develop positive and respectful relationships with children 70
    Embed sustainable practices in service operations 60
    Ensure the health and safety of children 63
    Establish and implement plans for developing cooperative behaviour 50
    Establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment for children 50
    Facilitate compliance in an education and care service 120
    Foster the holistic development and wellbeing of the child in early childhood 240
    Identify and respond to children and young people at risk 40
    Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children 50
    Maintain work health and safety 40
    Nurture creativity in children 80
    Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety 25
    Promote and provide healthy food and drinks 35
    Promote childrens agency 80
    Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting 20
    Provide care for babies and toddlers 60
    Provide care for children 70
    Use an approved learning framework to guide practice 70
    Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate education and care for children 70
    Work legally and ethically 55


    Name Nominal Hours
    Develop and implement policy 90
    Foster the holistic development and wellbeing of the child in school age care 240
    Meet community information needs 70
    Reflect on and improve own professional practice 120
    Work with diverse people 40
  • Employment Outcomes

    Team leader, assistant director, director, educational leader.

    Note: Completion of a TAFE SA course does not guarantee an employment outcome. Formal requirements other than educational qualifications (eg licensing, professional registration), may apply to some occupations.

    Qualifications & Skills Covered

    Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC50113)
    Skills covered include cultural competence, health and safety, food and drink, respectful relationships, learning frameworks, holistic development, compliance, nurturing creativity, curriculum and workplace safety. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 23 core units and 5 elective units.

    Note: Students who successfully complete only one or more units of competency but not the full Qualification are eligible to receive a Statement of Attainment.

    of TAFE SA graduates find jobs or continue studying.
    of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.

    * 2017 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Studying at TAFE SA is one of the easiest pathways towards a University Degree. Credit Transfer is the formal recognition that parts of a TAFE SA course are equivalent in content and level to parts of some University courses. Below are the Credit Transfer details for this course. View all TAFE SA Credit Transfer Agreements

    University University Course Details
    Bachelor of Education (Primary R to 7) and Bachelor of Arts
    Bachelor of Education (Middle and Secondary Schooling) and Bachelor of Arts
    Bachelor of Psychological Science
    Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Honours)
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