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Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care


This qualification reflects the role of early childhood educators who are responsible for designing and implementing curriculum in early childhood education and care services. In doing so they work to implement an approved learning framework within the requirements of the Education and Care Services National Regulations and the National Quality Standard. They may have responsibility for supervision of volunteers or other staff.

Under the Education and Care Services National Law (2011) the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) publishes lists of approved early childhood education and care qualifications and information regarding regulatory requirements here:

Students enjoy a supportive learning environment where care and attention is given to their individual needs. Credit for previous community services experience may apply.

This course is delivered using a blended learning mode. Students attend regular on-campus sessions each month, supported by self paced online learning. Each learner has a dedicated Educator to provide support through their learning journey.

For other important information, please read our Student Handbook. You can access it here.
Alternatively, you may request to have the handbook emailed to you by contacting


There are a total of 28 units of competency required for successful completion of this qualification, a list of the required units have been included on the following page.

This qualification includes Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC30113).


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This course includes a minimum of 240 hours of industry placement within an approved Early Childhood Education and Care centre.

It is a condition of the course that students undertake industry placement. This is generally completed part time in addition to campus learning commitments.. If you are already working in a registered and approved child care centre, you are able to undertake your industry experience within your workplace.

This qualification has recently been superseded. We are accepting registrations of interest for the planned intake of the new course in January 2022.

Important: To be considered for an intake, completed applications should be received no later than 30 days prior to the scheduled course commencement date. Applications that are incomplete or incorrect may not be considered. Course offers for applications received by the due date are not guaranteed and intake capacity may vary. EQUALS reserves the right to accept or decline applications at its total discretion.


Applicants will need to have a passion for working with children. An entry health & skills questionnaire and interview will be required prior to enrolment.

Current and valid Provide First Aid certificate, Department of Communities & Social Inclusion (DCSI) Screening Check for working with children, & Physical Fitness are required for this course.

If you do not hold a current DCSI check, you are required to apply through DCSI at the time of application for enrolment at EQUALS. A DCSI check must be acquired prior to industry placement. Visit for further information.

Please note that the outcome of your DCSI screening check may affect industry placement opportunities, and that this is at the discretion of placement host facilities.

Students are also expected to hold a current Child Safe Environments Certificate prior to attending professional practice placement.


Please view the English requirements for international students on this page.


Core Units

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

Elective Units offered by EQUALS

  • CHCECE010 Support the holistic development of children in early childhood
  • CHCECE011 Provide experiences to support children’s play and learning
  • CHCECE013 Use information about children to inform practice
  • CHCMGT003 Lead the work team
  • CHCDIV001 Work with diverse peoples

Subsidised by the Government of South Australia for eligible participants. Eligibility and subsidy criteria applies. Check your eligibility at

  • Government Subsidised Training Fee: $495.00

  • Job Trainer Co-Contribution Fee: $495.00
  • Fee for Service: $6,900
  • Duration: 12 Months (Day or Evening classes)

  • Study Mode: Blended (On Campus, Self Paced)

  • Qual Code: CHC50113

  • RPL: Yes

  • VET Student Loan Cap: $16,077

  • Resources Required: Yes

  • Qual Status: Superseded
  • Tuition Fee (AUD): $12,950

  • Amenities Fee (AUD): $295

  • Duration: 12 Months

  • Study Mode: Full-time On Campus

  • Qual Code: CHC50113

  • CRICOS Course Code: 083997G
  • RPL: Yes
  • Resources Required: Yes

  • Qual Status: Superseded
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