Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

National Code: CHC50121
TAFE SA Code: TP01333


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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24 months 

Part Time

Child Care Educator

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Course Admission Requirements

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Entry Recommendations
Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC30113 or CHC30121) is a prerequisite for entry to this course. If you have experience in early childhood education and care, we recommend you discuss Recognition of Prior Learning after enrolment.

Attendance Requirements (subject to change)
Part time students attend one online evening class and one day of vocational placement a week. Optional tutorials are available each week during term.

Industry Conditions and Skills
You will need a reasonable level of fitness to physically care for infants and children and carry out manual handling and first aid. You will have an interest in working with children from birth to 6, awareness of the physical care needs of infants and children, the ability to communicate with children and diverse families, collaboration and teamwork skills and the ability to multitask, the ability to access information and use technology and good literacy to manage documentation. You will need a computer with an internet connection.

Additional Uniforms, Equipment and Costs

  • Department of Human Services Working With Children Check, $66
  • Child Safe Environment certificate.

Vocational Placements
You will need to complete vocational placement in a regulated early education and care service for a minimum of 240 hours to complete this course. The vocational placement is approximately one full day (or equivalent) a week over the duration of the course. Your vocational placement may be in your current workplace. If you are not currently working in a regulated early education or care environment, you will be allocated a vocational placement organised by TAFE SA's Placement team. To make sure that you are able to be placed, you will need to provide the required clearances, checks and certificates by the date advised.

Mandatory Requirements
Working with Children Check, Safe Environments for Children and Young People - Through Their Eyes certificate. Individual Early Education and care services may have their own policies on vaccination requirements. You may need to show evidence of vaccination.

Average cost per semester
Total Fees for the 24 month course
$1,197 - $1,214
$4,786 - $4,857
$691 - $701
$2,764 - $2,805
You may be eligible for government subsidised training.
Subsidised training requires applicants to complete a Core Skills Profile Assessment (CSPA).
Full Fee
$1,652 - $1,676
$6,606 - $6,704

This course also has an additional cost of $66.00 for Department of Human Services Working With Children Check..

Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary. Fee updates will be available prior to offers being made.

  • 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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  • Total hours required: 280

    To achieve this qualification you must have completed a total of at least 280 hours of work in a regulated children’s education and care service in Australia.

  • 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 (CHC50121)
    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 12 core units and 3 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 are satisfied with the overall quality of training.
    of TAFE SA graduates would recommend their training.

    * 2021 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of elective 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 elective units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.


    Name Nominal Hours
    Analyse information to inform children’s learning 75
    Embed environmental responsibility in service operations 73
    Facilitate compliance in a children’s education and care service 110
    Foster holistic early childhood learning, development and wellbeing 200
    Foster positive and respectful interactions and behaviour in children 60
    Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children 65
    Maintain a safe and healthy environment for children 55
    Manage team effectiveness 60
    Nurture creativity in children 80
    Plan and implement children’s education and care curriculum 180
    Reflect on and improve own professional practice 120
    Work in partnership with children’s families 70


    Name Nominal Hours
    Develop and implement policy 90
    Develop and use emotional intelligence 60
    Meet community information needs 70
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