Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Become an important part of children’s development and learning. With more and more child care centres opening up to meet the demands of working families, this shortage is likely to continue. This means that there are many employment opportunities for qualified Early Childhood Educators – so get qualified and kick start your career!

Depending on the setting, educators may have responsibility for supervision of volunteers or other staff in a range of child care facilities such as full day care centres, occasional care facilities, crèches and early learning centres as an Early Childhood Educator.

With this course you will learn how to establish a safe and healthy environment, design, implement, coordinate and evaluate a variety of programs and care routines for children, along with a number of other key skills and abilities that will be immediately applicable and relevant to senior roles in active and dynamic child care environments.

This qualification includes:

  • Providing care for babies and young children
  • Developing skills to support children’s play and learning
  • Ensuring the health and safety of children
  • Developing the knowledge to understand legislative requirements

Employment opportunities with this qualification are:

  • Early Childhood Educator
  • Room Leader
  • Director of an Early Childhood Education Centre

What will you achieve from completing this course?

  • A nationally recognised CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
  • Skills and knowledge required to manage an early childhood education centre
  • Skills to lead a team and develop work priorities
  • The knowledge to abide by legislative requirements to provide positive and respectful relationships with children

What you need to know about this course:

  • New students are expected to attend a mandatory college orientation before course commencement. Orientation times and dates will be advised after enrolment.
  • Classes commence at the beginning of week 1 of each school term
  • Students will be accepted into the class throughout the term
  • You will need to plan for approximately 10-12 hours a week at home to complete assessment tasks
  • There is no training during school holidays
  • Private Facebook groups are used to share resources and learning
  • Resources are provided by SGSCC
  • Student lounge available
  • WiFi is available

What resources do you need to study from home?

  • A computer with internet access
  • Email access
  • Facebook account

Course entry requirements

  • Students must be working in the industry and have a current CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care to enrol in this course. Students must be working in the industry to enrol in this course as it requires workplace assessment to be conducted.
  • Current National Police Check (arranged through SGSCC)
  • Complete an SGSCC English language, literacy and numeracy assessment to determine that the student has sufficient skills to successfully complete the course
  • Access to computer/internet
  • Facebook account for private class communication and access to learning resources (assistance creating an account can be arranged through SGSCC)
  • Note taking materials
  • Attend work placement and be workplace assessed (minimum 240 hours)
  • Unique Student Identifier (can be arranged through SGSCC)
  • Recognition for units may be granted based on previous learning, studies, work and/or life experiences.

Do you need to complete any work placement hours?

  • Yes, you need to complete 240 hours (30 days) in an early childhood education centre that caters for children up to 6 years.
  • Before commencing your work placement you will need a ‘Working with Children’ check and a current National Criminal Record history check. The college can help you apply for this.
  • SGSCC also offers a simulated learning environment.

Will you need to sit for any exams?

  • No. This is a competency-based course
  • Tell us, then show us you understand and are able to implement the learning you have received
  • You will be required to competently complete assessment tasks for all 28 units of learning

Assessments are made up by a range of:

  • Case studies
  • Demonstration
  • Observations in the workplace
  • Portfolio of evidence
  • Presentation
  • Questions & answers
  • Research report

To be deemed competent:

  • You will receive clear assessment instructions
  • You must complete all assessments to a satisfactory standard as set by your trainer
  • These are assessed by your trainer
  • Opportunities will be provided for trainers to support students and to resubmit their assessments if required.

Course Fees & Payment Options:

  • $4,970 (maximum Smart and Skilled student fee)
  • $5,000 (fee for those who are ineligible for Smart and Skilled)
  • Pay in full or interest-free monthly payment plan available
  • By Cash, EFTPOS, Visa or MasterCard

Delivery Overview:

  • Duration: 4 term course
  • Days: Wednesday and Thursday 9.30am-4pm
  • Units of Learning: 28
  • Requirements: Students must have a current CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care to enrol in this course. 16 days of work placement at end of course.
  • Monthly Intake: Yes

Eligibility for Subsided Training under the Smart & Skilled Training Program:

This training is subsidised by the NSW Government under the Smart & Skilled Training Program. To be eligible you must be

  • an Australian Citizen/Perm Resident/NZ citizen/humanitarian visa holder
  • aged 15 years or older, and
  • live or work in New South Wales, and
  • no longer be at school or equivalent

See Smart & Skilled page for further information.

Eligibility for “Skilling for Recovery” - Fee-Free nationally accredited training:

Skilling for Recovery is a NSW Government initiative to deliver JobTrainer funding in NSW. It provides free certificate, diploma and short course training to eligible applicants. If you meet the Smart & Skilled Program eligibility above and one of the following you could complete this course fee free:

  • Unemployed (with or without a benefit); or
  • At risk of unemployment; or
  • 17-24 years old (employed or not)

See Skilling for Recovery page for further information.

Time for you to enrol:

  • The WorkSkills team are available to take your enquiry or enrolment on 02 8543 7412 during business hours
  • At the Jannali Office Reception (Mon-Fri 9am to 5pm)

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Assessments are made against units of competency from the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care CHC50113.
  • Meet community information needs (CHCINM002)
  • Establish and implement plans for developing cooperative behaviour (CHCECE020)
  • Promote and provide healthy food and drinks (CHCECE004)
  • Maintain work health and safety (HLTWHS003)
  • Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting (HLTAID004)
  • Provide leadership across the organisation (BSBMGT605)
  • Promote children's agency (CHCECE022)
  • Nurture creativity in children (CHCECE018)
  • Identify and respond to children and young people at risk (CHCPRT001)
  • Develop cultural competence (CHCECE001)
  • Develop and implement policy (CHCPOL002)
  • Lead the work team (CHCMGT003)
  • Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children (CHCECE021)
  • Facilitate compliance in an education and care service (CHCECE019)
  • Design and implement the curriculum to foster children's learning and development (CHCECE024)
  • Embed sustainable practices in service operations (CHCECE025)
  • Work legally and ethically (CHCLEG001)
  • Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety (CHCDIV002)
  • Provide care for children (CHCECE003)
  • Analyse information to inform learning (CHCECE023)
  • Establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment for children (CHCECE016)
  • Use an approved learning framework to guide practice (CHCECE009)
  • Provide care for babies and toddlers (CHCECE005)
  • Reflect on and improve own professional practice (CHCPRP003)
  • Develop positive and respectful relationships with children (CHCECE007)
  • Ensure the health and safety of children (CHCECE002)
  • Foster the holistic development and wellbeing of the child in early childhood (CHCECE017)
  • Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate education and care for children (CHCECE026)