Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

CRICOS Code: 083067E
National Code: CHC50113


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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104 weeks
80 weeks
Child Care Educator Child Care Educator

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Course Admission Requirements
(for International Applications)

Work Placement Duration:   240 hours

The Vocational Placement hours will be across all semesters of this course, and, depending on the location, likely be for up to 7 hours per day. Some students may be required to do more than 240 hours (possibly up to 300) if they cannot achieve competency (a pass grade) in the 240 hours. The Vocational Placement will be within an early childhood regulated education service which will be organised by TAFE SA staff. Prior to work placement, international students will be required to apply for and successfully receive the following South Australian Department of Human Services Screenings prior to undertaking any vocational placement: working with children check.

Course Notes

  • Students who successfully complete the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care and continue into the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care will receive credit into the diploma. Students undertaking the package of both courses will study both qualifications concurrently during Term 4 of the first year. The total duration of the package will be 2 years with a total cost of $27,900.


These course fees are for international students only.

Tuition Fees
Incidental Fees
Semester 1
AUD $6200
AUD $70
Semester 2
AUD $6200
Semester 3
AUD $6200
Semester 4
AUD $6200
Fee Totals
AUD $24800
AUD $70
Total Course Cost
AUD $24870

* International students will be required to pay for their own screenings and checks. Students will also be required to purchase a name badge for $10.

Note: TAFE SA course fees are currently under review. Current fees published are for 2020 and will be updated shortly. 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.

  • Employment Outcomes

    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.

  • 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

    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 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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