Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

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Foundation Education
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    Foundation Education

  • Qualification


  • Study Mode


  • Payment Options

    Payment planUpfront payment

  • Duration

    24 months

  • Start Date

    Anytime – start today!

  • Course Fee

    Price may vary

  • Career Outcomes

    Early Childhood Teacher | Early Learning Coordinator | Nominated Supervisor | Educational Leader | View all

This course meets the Nationally Recognised Training standards. It is listed on the Australian government's National Register for Vocational Education and Training (VET). Studying this course leads to a qualification that's recognised throughout Australia, and lets employers know that you have the right skills for the job.

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  • In a Nutshell

    The Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC50113) from Foundation Education, equips you to design a project plan, administer, monitor, finalise and review projects, establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment for children and determine individual and team development needs to facilitate the development of individuals and groups.

    You also learn how to identify and respond to children and young people at risk, develop positive and respectful relationships with children, provide care of babies, toddlers and children, implement strategies for the inclusion of all children, nurture creativity in children and use an approved learning framework to guide practice.  In addition, you'll gain the skills and knowledge to facilitate compliance in an education and care service and design and implement the curriculum to foster children's learning and development.

    Upon graduation, you will be qualified to work as an Early Childhood Educator or Child Care Assistant. This is the highest qualification required for a Director or Service Manager-level role in a children's care centre, so you will also be qualified to work as Child Care Centre Director.

    Work Placement

    This course also requires a minimum of 240 hours of work placement in a registered childcare facility, supervised by a qualified staff member able to sign off on practical demonstration elements. You will also need to complete a First Aid Certificate to demonstrate competency for HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting at your own cost prior to undertaking your work placement.

    Please note that this course is currently in a transition period (superseded due to Government-mandated updates), with updates due for release in the coming year. Rest assured, completion of this course version before 20 January, 2023 will still provide you with a valid and quality outcome. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to send an enquiry to our Career Advisors.

  • What You'll Need to Get In

    Whilst there are no formal entry requirements mandated by the training package, students' skills and capabilities to undertake this training product will be assessed and advice on suitability will be provided during the pre-enrolment process.

    Minimum Age
    Students under the age of 18 years require the signed consent of a parent or guardian to enrol in this qualification.

    Work Placement Requirements
    Students must apply for their Working with Children check at course commencement. For mandatory work placement (240 hours), students must have access to a regulated education and care service provider, with an appropriate range of work tasks and ratios of children, AND access to a qualified supervisor (i.e. a person who holds a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care or equivalent).

    Residency Status
    You will need to be a permanent Australian resident or equivalent.

    Computer Requirements

    In order to complete the on-line part of the course you will need regular access to the following:

    Computer:      Laptop or desktop computer with working speakers or headphone points

    Internet:        High speed internet such as Broadband or ADSL, T1/T2, fibre optic

    Windows :     Operating system – Windows 8 or above

    Internet Browser – Google Chrome, Firefox or Microsoft Internet Explorer 11

    MAC :            Operating system - OS X 10.14 Mojave or later

    Software:       Flash, Adobe Reader, Microsoft Word (or Open Office which is free to download)

  • Subject Breakdown

    In this education course, the subjects you may study include:

    • BSBWOR501 - Manage personal work priorities and professional development
    • BSBPMG522 - Undertake project work
    • BSBINN502 - Build and sustain an innovative work environment
    • BSBLED401 - Develop teams and individuals
    • BSBRSK501 - Manage risk
    • HLTWHS003 - Maintain work health and safety
    • CHCECE002 - Ensure the health and safety of children
    • CHCECE016 - Establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment for children
    • CHCPRT001 - Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
    • CHCECE022 - Promote children's agency
    • CHCECE007 - Develop positive and respectful relationships with children
    • CHCECE020 - Establish and implement plans for developing cooperative behaviour
    • CHCECE003 - Provide care for children
    • CHCECE005 - Provide care for babies and toddlers
    • CHCECE004 - Promote and provide healthy food and drinks
    • CHCECE021 - Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children
    • CHCECE023 - Analyse information to inform learning
    • CHCECE001 - Develop cultural competence
    • CHCDIV002 - Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
    • CHCECE017 - Foster the holistic development and wellbeing of the child in early childhood
    • CHCECE018 - Nurture creativity in children
    • CHCECE025 - Embed sustainable practices in service operations
    • CHCECE009 - Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
    • CHCECE019 - Facilitate compliance in an education and care service
    • CHCLEG001 - Work legally and ethically
    • CHCECE024 - Design and implement the curriculum to foster children's learning and development
    • CHCECE026 - Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate education and care for children
    • * HLTAID004 - Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting

    * Please note that unit HLTAID003 – Provide first aid must be completed through an external provider.

  • Why Foundation Education?

    Foundation Education is one of the few Registered Training Organisations (RTO) in Australia who endeavour to deliver flexible online training solutions designed to fit our students’ lifestyle. Since 1999, we’ve been focused on providing excellence in Vocational Education and Training and building partnership networks that drives the quality of graduates across each industry, with our partner RTO, the Australian Institute of Personal Trainers (AIPT). With more than 30 nationally recognised certificate and diploma level courses on offer, the Foundation Education difference means:
    Flexible Online Study – Courses that don’t require a practical placement are delivered 100% online so you can study whenever and wherever suits you. This also gives you the flexibility to choose your course length – whether that be the full term of your course or completing your study in as little as six months.
    Dedicated Student Support – Our industry experienced Subject Advisors, Assessors and Support Officers will support you from enrolment through to graduation. You can use them as often or as little as you like either via email or the telephone.
    Industry Relevant Courses – Course material is developed in consultation with industry experts to equip you with the job-ready skills and up-to-date knowledge required to support your career goals.
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    Foundation Education provides a dedicated student support team throughout your studies. Whether it is access to experienced Subject Advisors, Assessors or general Support Officers, we will support you from enrolment right through to graduation. You can use our team as often or as little as you like either via email or the telephone at no extra cost.

  • Where will this course take you?

    Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive a nationally recognised, accredited Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC50113) from Foundation Education.

    With this qualification, you will gain job-ready skills to potentially establish a career as an Early Childhood Educator.

  • Career Outcomes

    Wondering where a career in early childhood education could take you? Potential job outcomes may include; Early Childhood Teacher, Primary Teacher, Child Care Coordinator, Early Learning Coordinator, Kindergarten Teacher, Professional Development Educator, Child and Family Services Manager, Community Worker, Family Day Care Educator, Mobile Service Educator, Occasional Care Educator.

  • Let's talk price

    Foundation Education offers affordable payment options to help you start your studies sooner.

    Payment Option 1: Pay in weekly instalments

    • $99.23 per week (52 weekly repayments)
    • $100 deposit

    Payment Option 2: Pay in full when you enrol and save up to $700 on your course fees

    • $4,390 upfront payment

    Tuition fees include course delivery and assessment, study materials and dedicated student support services. Please note this course does not qualify assisted government funding.


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