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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12 months 

Full Time or Part Time equivalent

Child Care Educator

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Course Admission Requirements

If there are more applications for this course than places available, applicants will be ranked by date of application to this course.

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Entry Recommendations

  • If you do not have a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care from the 2013 or 2021 training package, please apply for the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care [CHC30121].
    Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) can be discussed at enrolment.
  • Mandatory national entry requirements for Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care can be found at https://training.gov.au/Training/Details/CHC50121

Attendance Requirements (subject to change)
Part time students attend one online evening class and one day of vocational placement a week. 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 a camera and reliable internet connection.

Additional Uniforms, Equipment and Costs
If you do not hold the following, a current Working with Children Check and Child Safe Environments certificate, you will be required to complete these and will be advised of the associated costs prior to registration.

Vocational Placements
You will need to complete vocational placement in a regulated early education and care service throughout the duration of the qualification. If you are not working in a regulated early education and care service, you will be placed by TAFE SA's Placement team. To make sure that you are able to be placed, you will need to provide the required clearances, documentation and certificates by the date advised.

Mandatory Requirements
You will require a current Working with Children check and a Safe Environments for Children and Young People certificate. If you do not have these checks and certificates you will not be able to commence your vocational placement. 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 12 month course
$2,494 - $2,531
$4,988 - $5,062
$1,483 - $1,505
$2,966 - $3,010
You may be eligible for government subsidised training.
Subsidised training may require applicants to complete a Core Skills Profile Assessment (CSPA).

This course is part of the Fee Free TAFE initiative. Fee Free TAFE and vocational education is a joint initiative of the Australian and South Australian Governments providing tuition-free training places to students wanting to train, retrain or upskill. The eligibility check below is an indication only and does not confirm your eligibility status. Eligibility verification will take place before the enrolment process and may include participation in a Language, Literacy and Numeracy pre-assessment. The number of Fee Free TAFE places that are funded is limited by the terms of the skills agreement signed by the Australian and South Australian Governments. Should all available Fee Free TAFE places be taken, subsequent applicants will be offered a subsidised place.

Fee Free Training Eligibility
Full Fee
$3,437 - $3,488
$6,875 - $6,977
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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 (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.

    * 2023 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
    Meet community information needs 70
    Respond to grievances and complaints about the service 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 Early Childhood Education (Honours)
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