Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

National Code: CHC50113
TAFE SA Code: TP00614


Further your career in early childhood education by gaining the skills and knowledge to become a team leader, director or educational leader in a range of education settings. Learn about cultural competence, health and safety, food and drink, respectful relationships, learning frameworks, holistic development, compliance, nurturing creativity, curriculum and workplace safety.

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Up to 24 months 

Full Time

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Course Admission Requirements

  • Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
If there are more applications for this course than places available, applicants will be ranked by date of application to this course
If you have a verified disability/medical condition and require additional support to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills please contact Student Services prior to applying to discuss your needs. To be eligible for support you must provide medical documentation to verify your disability/medical condition.

Average cost per semester
Total Fees for the 24 month course
$1,617 - $2,055
$6,468 - $8,218
$924 - $1,174
$3,696 - $4,696

This course is subsidised through the Government of South Australia's Subsidised Training initiative. The eligibility check below is an indication only and does not confirm your eligibility status. Eligibility verification will take place during the enrolment process and may include participation in a Language, Literacy and Numeracy pre-assessment. Concessions apply to Subsidised Training only.

Subsidised Training Eligibility
Full Fee
$2,195 - $2,788
$8,778 - $11,153

This course also has an incidentals cost of $60.00 for The Department for Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI) Child related Employment Screening Check.

Student Services Fee (SSF) applies. Full-time student $20. Part-time student $10.

Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary.

    • 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.
    • Reading, writing and numeracy skills are assessed using the Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA). This assessment is used to determine whether you will be required to undertake additional support units alongside your qualification or undertake a pathway course before commencing your chosen qualification. If you receive an offer, more information will be provided at your enrolment session.
  • Upfront Payment

    Each semester, fees can be paid online with VISA or Mastercard or at an Australia Post outlet.

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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 your fees upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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  • 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)
    This qualification covers 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.

    * 2019 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • 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
  • 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 Psychological Science
    Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Honours)
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