National course code: CHC50113

Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

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Overview About this course

Take the lead in providing meaningful childcare to babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers. Gain the practical knowledge to become an educational leader or manager in childcare, implement the National Quality Framework and ensure children receive inclusive care in their early years.

This course is superseded. You can still enrol in this course, and you will be contacted if you need to transition into the next version when it is available.

Outcomes What You'll Gain

Learning Outcomes

Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

  • Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children

  • Establish and maintain a healthy environment for children

  • Maintain work health and safety

  • Nurture creativity in children

  • Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate education and care for children

Course Outcomes

Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.

  • Real-world experience through 240 hours of work placement

  • Experience in supporting and creating inclusive and safe play settings, environments, resources and learning experiences

  • The ability to design and implement an inclusive curriculum

  • Strong pathways to continue your studies and enhance your career opportunities

Suitability Is This Course Right For You?

Entry requirements

Some courses require evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol.

  • There are no entry requirements for this qualification. You can enrol today.

  • This course is also offered as a traineeship. Enquire today to check the traineeship eligibility requirements.

Completion requirements

During your study you’ll need to provide your teacher with the following evidence:

  • A Working with Children Check (WWCC)

  • Vaccination and health screenings

  • Any additional evidence your work placement provider requires

Entry recommendations

To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • Patience and enjoy working with children

  • Good organisational skills and the ability to multitask

  • The ability to keep calm in stressful situations

TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.

Pathways Future Career and Study Options

Career pathways

Our graduates go onto roles like:


You need to hold a valid Working with Children Check (WWWC) to gain employment in the workforce. In NSW, graduates need a minimum of one year of work experience before they can apply for the role of an authorised supervisor of a childcare centre. See the Trades Recognition Australia (TRA) requirements.

Study pathways

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The Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care does not have any post-graduate courses.

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Your experience counts

At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.

Units Subjects in this course

Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 28 Units of competency, including 23 core and 5 speciality units.

Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.

  • Design and implement the curriculum to foster children's learning and development CHCECE024-UNGRADED

  • Nurture creativity in children CHCECE018-UNGRADED

  • Analyse information to inform learning CHCECE023-UNGRADED

  • Foster the holistic development and wellbeing of the child in early childhood CHCECE017-UNGRADED

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TAFE NSW Services Facilities and Support

TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service

  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support

  • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)

  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service

  • TAFE NSW Libraries

  • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

  • Smarthinking - online access to a tutor

  • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills

  • Student associations – get social with our student community

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