Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC50113)


This Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care program is designed for participants who already hold CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, and are employed in a childcare centre. Credit for units completed in Certificate III will be allocated as per the table below.


This course is nationally recognised.


  • Child Care Educator
  • Supervisor
  • Coordinator
  • Child Care Centre Director/Manager


Students may continue into higher education such as bachelor degree programs in Early Childhood or Education.


Hold Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, and be employed in a childcare centre. (Placement may be arranged for participants who are not currently working.)


The course is scheduled over 18 months, using a blended learning format incorporating both face-to-face classes, and online delivery and tutoring, including at least:

  • One full day face-to-face intensive per month (Saturdays)
  • One face-to-face evening tutorial per month
  • Weekly online tutorial/delivery sessions
  • Ongoing phone and email support

Additional face-to-face sessions may be arranged as required, according to student needs. Regular workplace visits will also be undertaken to assess participants application of knowledge and skills.


18 Months


Core units from the CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care course will be credited towards completion as per table below:

Unit Code Unit Title
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety CT
CHCECE001 Develop cultural competence CT
CHCECE002 Ensure the health and safety of children CT
CHCECE003 Provide care for children CT
CHCECE004 Promote and provide healthy food and drinks CT
CHCECE005 Provide care for babies and toddlers CT
CHCECE007 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children CT
CHCECE009 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice CT
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically CT
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk CT
HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting CT
CHCECE016 Establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment for children C
CHCECE017 Foster the holistic development and wellbeing of the child in early childhood C
CHCECE018 Nurture creativity in children C
CHCECE019 Facilitate compliance in an education and care services C
CHCECE020 Establish and implement plans for developing cooperative behaviour C
CHCECE021 Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children C
CHCECE022 Promote children’s agency C
CHCECE023 Analyse information to inform learning C
CHCECE024 Design and implement the curriculum to foster children’s learning and development C
CHCECE025 Embed sustainable practices in service operations C
CHCECE026 Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate education and care for children C
HLTWHS003 Maintain work health and safety C
BSBMGT401 Show leadership in the workplace E
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice E
BSBLDR401 Communicate effectively as a workplace leader E
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people E**
HLTAID001 Provide CPR CT

*CT = credit transfer from Certificate III/current First Aid/CPR certificate, C = core unit, E = elective unit (selected by API based on industry consultation)

**Participants who have completed Certificate III with API will be awarded Credit Transfer


Total cost: $5000

Government Funding
Reduced fees may be available for eligible students under the Higher Level Skills program, funded by the Queensland Government.

To be eligible, participants must be:

  • Be aged 15 years of age or older and no longer at school
  • Be an Australian citizen/ permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, permanently living in Queensland
  • Not hold or be enrolled in post-school Certificate IV or higher qualification (not including training completed at school, or foundation skills training)

Participants are required to pay a co-contribution fee, towards the cost of training. Fees are charged per unit of competency.

Per unit fee: $17 (not applicable to credit transfers)
Total fees: $255

Per unit fee: $20 (not applicable to credit transfers)
Total fees: $300

 Click here to access the HLS FACT SHEET FOR STUDENTS. 

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