Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

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Course Description

The Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care is a nationally recognised qualification for those that are seeking employment in the Early Childhood industry or would like to rise to a more senior role within an Early Childhood Education and Care Centre, Kindergarten, or other Child Care facility.

Graduates would be responsible for designing and implementing curriculum in their respective services and work to implement an approved learning framework within the requirements of the Education and Care service National Regulations and the National Quality Standard.

Graduates may also have responsibility for supervision of volunteers or other staff.


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Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care Information Booklet


Mode of Study

This qualification is delivered via 3 different modes:

  • Full time day class (for those with or without the CHC30113 qualification)
  • Part time night class (only for those employed in the Early Childhood industry and must hold their Certificate III)
  • Mixed mode including online study

The full time day class is ideal for those with minimal to no experience in the early childhood industry. It is delivered as a classroom and practicum based course over a 16-month period for those that do not hold the CHC30113 qualification, and a 7-month period for those that hold the CHC30113 qualification. Students attend classes 3 days per week (9:30am – 3:00pm) with practical placement hours completed throughout the duration of the course. For full details regarding practical placement, please refer to the practical placement section within this booklet or speak with an FYI student advisor.

The part time night class is aimed for those that are employed within the industry and currently hold the CHC30113 qualification. It is delivered as a classroom based and employment centred course over an 18-month period. Students attend classes 1 night per week (6:00pm – 9:00pm) and candidates must supply documentation upon enrolment as evidence that they are currently employed in the industry. They must:

  • Be at a suitable organisation
  • Have support and approval to log their hours from their organisations management
  • Be working a minimum of 2 days per week

If the students employment status changes after the commencement of the course and it fails to meet these criteria (e.g. they change to only 1 day per week or they become unemployed), students will be transferred to an alternate program to complete their course.

The mixed mode including online study class is aimed for those that are unable to commit to a full time course or do not meet the requirements of the night class. It is delivered as a mixed mode course over a 28-month period for those that do not hold the CHC30113 qualification, and a 16-month period for those that hold CHC30113. The primary forms of contact with the trainer are via email or phone calls and assessments are completed and submitted online. It is an expectation that students will attend the monthly study group available to them, held from 6:00pm – 8:00pm with a nominated trainer to assist them. Students also complete an orientation session at FYI Training head office to educate them on how the online system works.

This qualification may also be delivered and assessed as a workplace based traineeship model. For further information regarding this model, please contact FYI Training and speak to a student advisor.


Occupational Titles May Include:

  • Authorised Supervisor
  • Playgroup Supervisor
  • Centre Director
  • Early Childhood Educator
  • Children’s Services Coordinator
  • Childcare Educator
  • Group/Team Leader
  • Program Leader


Course Materials

  • Course text
  • Written Assessments
  • Practical Placement Workbook and log
  • Various handouts
  • Videos
  • Online reading/research materials



  • Written assessment tasks/case studies/projects/presentations
  • Practical placement assessment tasks
  • Observation assessments/practical tasks


Entry Requirements

This qualification does not have any entry requirements


Government Funding Eligibility Criteria

For full details of the Eligibility Criteria for Government Funding (Skills First Funding), please go to our website www.fyitraining.com.au. This information is located on the Pre-Course Info page under the Student Information tab.


Language Literacy and Numeracy

All candidates will be required to complete a language, literacy and numeracy assessment upon enrolment to ensure that they can meet the assessment outcomes of the qualification. Therefore it is recommended that all applicants be competent in written and spoken English.

Any language, literacy and numeracy concerns identified at this time will either be referred internally to arrange appropriate support strategies or externally for additional support services. Internal support strategies vary depending on the student’s needs. Please speak to a student advisor for more information or to find out what would be right for you.

Candidates seeking to enrol in the online study mode will be required to also complete a computer literacy assessment to ensure potential learners hold the minimum required computer literacy to successfully complete their chosen qualification.


Required Documents

As part of the practical placement program, it is required for all students to have a Working with Children’s Check (WWC) prior to commencing placement. Students are responsible to apply for this and are responsible for any costs associated with the WWC.

Any candidates that have gained employment in the Early Childhood industry do not need to apply for their WWC for FYI Training, but alternatively need to supply FYI Training with a completed Employment Confirmation Letter prior to enrolment. To receive a copy of this form, please speak to a student advisor.


Physical Requirements

This course is physically demanding and FYI actively encourages all candidates to discuss any concerns with a student advisor prior to enrolling. 



FYI has a mandatory attendance requirement of at least 90% of all scheduled classes and practicum. This is to assist students with their learning journey and to assist students to gain the required skills and knowledge prior to graduation.  



To be deemed competent in each individual unit of competency, students are required to successfully complete all forms of assessment relating to that unit. This involves written assessment tasks, practical placement work tasks, and observation assessments.


Practical Placement
What is Practical Placement?

Practical placement, as explained by the Victorian Department of Education and Training, is structured workplace learning that provides students with first hand experience and on the job training relating to their course.

It is a fantastic opportunity for students to implement the skills they are learning about, gain confidence with their future role within their chosen industry, develop their job-related skills, and to gain an insight into how the industry works before they graduate.

FYI Training arranges student’s placements with trusted networks that are reliable and understand what it takes to support students and provide them with the best possible experience. This is to ensure that all FYI Training graduates understand the expectations of the industry and have the confidence and necessary knowledge to provide high quality care and education in the Early Childhood industry.

Practical Placement Requirements

Students that do not hold the CHC30113 qualification are required to complete a total of 360 hours of practical placement within the Early Childhood Education and Care sector.

Students that already hold the CHC30113 qualification only need to complete a total of 240 hours due to the completion of a minimum 120 hours practicum with their CHC30113 program.

Practical placement hours in a Childcare and Kindergarten range from 6:00am – 6:00pm, students must complete an 8 hour day and shifts will be set between these times (weekday only). FYI Training attempts to arrange placement as close to the students home address listed on their enrolment as possible, however this could be up to half an hour travel by car.

As stated previously, candidates are required to successfully pass a Working with Children’s Check and supply a copy of their WWC to FYI Training prior to the commencement of practical placement.


Placement is structured to allow students to complete their full placement hours during the course dates and is factored into the course duration.

Placement is structured in a way to allow students to implement different strategies and techniques that they learn over a period of time. This allows students to build on their knowledge and skills, improving their abilities and confidence.

For the placement dates for a specific course, please see the course schedule.


Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning

Credit Transfer (CT) is the transfer of units from one qualification over to another. To be applicable, the units for both qualifications must have the same unit code.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) involves a formal recognition of the skills and knowledge students have already achieved through previous studies, work and life experiences.

Potential students should contact FYI Training, read through the student handbook or look on the FYI Training website for more information prior to enrolling.


Support Services

A wide variety of support services are available to students to assist them with completing their chosen qualification. If amendments to course resources are required, this is arranged upon enrolment, otherwise a meeting with the nominated trainer is arranged on the first class to allow the trainer to work with the student to put in place any additional supports. This can also be done at any time during the course if students find they require it.

To find more information regarding what supports are available, it is recommended that candidates read through the FYI Training student handbook prior to enrolling.


Additional Requirements/Technical Requirements

As this is a diploma level qualification, it is highly recommended that all students type their assessment tasks. However, if this is not possible it can be arranged for students to hand write their assessments, but this must be discussed with the nominated trainer prior to the submission of the assessment.

All online students need to have access to a computer with Microsoft Word and a stable internet connection to enable them to complete their assessment tasks and access their resources. Students should have basic computer skills including typing skills, ability to open and save word documents, and be able to follow directions on how to work the system.


28 Units are Required to Complete this Qualification

Code Description
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
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 services 
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 services 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 
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically 
HLTWHS003  Maintain health and safety 
CHCMGT003 Lead the work team
BSBLED401 Develop teams and individuals
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
CHCECE013 Use information about children to inform practice

 This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment

Entry Requirements

This qualification does not have any entry requirements


Government Funding Eligibility Criteria

For full details of the Eligibility Criteria for Government Funding (Skills First Funding), please go to our website www.fyitraining.com.au. This information is located on the Pre-Course Info page under the Student Information tab.


Available as a day, night or online course. Please see course flyer for more information

Non funded fees

Full fee:
- Night class: $5112
- Day class, holds Cert III: $5112
- Day class, no Cert III: $5934
Full fee concession:
- Night class: $4601
- Day class, holds Cert III: $4061
- Day class, no Cert III: $5341
Materials fee: $200
Deposit: $1000

Goverment funded fees

Funded: $400.00 (this applies to all 3 different classes)
Funded concession: $200.00 (this applies to all 3 different classes)
Materials fee: $200.00


Upon completion of this qualification, candidates may seek to enrol into a higher qualification within a similar discipline. Some institutions may recognise this qualification and it may provide credits.

Course code : CHC50113

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