Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Duration (incl. holidays) 102 weeks
Teaching Duration80 weeks
(2 Semesters is 1 academic year)
CRICOS Code083067E
National CodeCHC50113
Course TypeTraining Package Qualification
Example Career ProfileChild Care EducatorChild Care Educator
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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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    Course Admission Requirements (for International Applications)

    Work Placement Duration:  480 hours

    Students will need to undertake 20 days work placement x 4 semesters (140 hours).

    Course Notes

    • Students may choose, particularly those who don't meet the academic entry criteria of Year 12 or equivalent, to complete the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care first. Upon successful completion of the Certificate III students can then continue with the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care. Students will receive a semester of credit into the Diploma which is typically 4 semesters in length. The duration for the package of Certificate III and Diploma is 4 semesters at a total cost of $24,000.
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    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.

    Credit Transfer

    You will only receive a joint offer for TAFE SA and University if you apply for a Packaged University Program. If the University course that you have selected is not part of a Packaged University Offers, you will need to apply separately to the University for your selected degree program.

    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.

    Find other TAFE SA Credit Transfer Agreements

    Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

    Credit Gained
    UniversityUniversity CoursePointsTime Equiv.Details
    Flinders UniversityBachelor of Education (Primary R to 7) and Bachelor of Arts13.5 points  Details
     Bachelor of Education (Middle and Secondary Schooling) and Bachelor of Arts9 points  Details
    University of AdelaideBachelor of Psychological Science12 points 6 months Details
    University of South AustraliaBachelor of Social Science (Human Services)18 points 6 months Details


    These course fees are for international students only.

    Tuition FeesIncidental Fees
    Semester 1AUD $6000-
    Semester 2AUD $6000-
    Semester 3AUD $6000-
    Semester 4AUD $6000-
    Fee TotalsAUD $24000-
    Total Course CostAUD $24000

    * Students will need to purchase a name badge $10.

    Note: TAFE SA does not commit to any fees shown. Charges vary between courses and subjects and are based on a rate per hour. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary.

    Overseas Students Health Cover

    All overseas students are required to have Overseas Students Health Cover (OSHC) insurance for the entire duration of the course. The health cover rate will vary depending on the personal circumstances and duration of stay in Australia. Read more about Overseas Students Health Cover.

    Contact us

    TAFE South Australia International

    Level 1, 120 Currie Street
    Adelaide, South Australia, 5000