Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Course Code CHC50113
Campus Shepparton - Fryers Street, Wangaratta - Docker Street
Duration 1938 hours

Course Overview

You will be enrolled into a current qualification.
The CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care is the recognised qualification to become a qualified Early Childhood Educator. Do you enjoy seeing children learn and grow? Are you looking for more responsibility? The CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care gives you the skills and knowledge that you need to move your career forward and will equip you to work in settings such as Long Day Care, Preschool, Family Day Care and Out of Hours School Care, in senior roles, supervising staff and volunteers. The Diploma in Early Childhood Education and care will provide you with skills and knowledge in:
Best practice and quality assurance
Planning for children with additional needs
Effective communication
Family partnerships
Childhood development (aesthetic, creative, physical)
Music program
Health and safety

We will support you all the way and provide you with the assistance that you need to achieve your goals. We help with work placements with our local partners is just the start. We want to see successful graduates strengthening our community. This qualification is delivered on campus, as a Traineeship and via a flexible/online model for students already employed in the industry with CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care wishing to upskill with a Diploma qualification. Intake for each course occurs at regular intervals throughout the year. Students can apply for flexible delivery mode at all campuses- Benalla, Seymour, Shepparton, and Wangaratta.

Pathways / Employment Opportunities

The CHC50113 Diploma in Early Childhood Education & Care is designed for those wishing to further their knowledge and skills to seek employment in the Early Childhood Education and Care industry.
Job roles may include:

  • Early childhood educator
  • Playgroup leader
  • Family day care worker
  • Nanny/Au pair
  • Director of Service

Working in this industry may involve working outside of usual business hours, working with children who have additional needs, and working with parents, families and guardians, as well as other service providers and Early Childhood Education staff. Working in this industry can also be physically demanding. Applicants should consider their physical ability to complete the job role e.g. bending, lifting, manual handling etc.

Further studies
After gaining the CHC50113 Diploma in Early Childhood Education & Care, you might wish to undertake further study within a Bachelor degree in Early Childhood Education and Care at university level.

Sessions - Dates/Times

Campus Times
Shepparton – Fryers Street 3 days per week, 9.00am to 4.00pm, Semester 1 / 2019
Shepparton – Fryers Street Flexible Delivery – (Transition) – Semester 1 / 2019
Shepparton – Fryers Street Flexible Delivery – (Transition) – Semester 2 / 2019
Shepparton – Fryers Street 3 days per week, 9.00am to 4.00pm, Semester 2 / 2019
Wangaratta – Docker Street 3 days per week, 9.00am to 4.00pm, Semester 1 / 2019
Wangaratta – Docker Street 3 days per week, 9.00am to 4.00pm, Semester 2 / 2019

Attendance and Commitment

It is important that students commit to all course requirements, including class attendance, interaction with Moodle, off campus study and assessment completion.
Due to its demanding nature, this course requires a high level of commitment with a weekly off campus study load of 6 hours. This time is allocated to review content, complete homework tasks and undertake readings and research in preparation to undertaking assessments. This is in addition to time required for undertaking assessment work and preparing for practical placement.

Students are encouraged to attend all face-to-face sessions and participate in any Workshops and/or Webinars held outside of their scheduled days of attendance. A Moodle platform is used parallel to in class training, and students download and upload assessment work into this space.

Course Co-ordinator

Name: Fiona Corish
Location: Shepparton

Fee Information
Type Average Enrolled Hours Hourly Fee Rate Indicative Tuition Fee Hourly Govt Subsidy Rate Total Govt Contribution
Govt Subsidised-Standard 1,938 $5.15 $9,980.70 $6.00 $11,628.00
Govt Subsidised-Trainee 1,938 $5.28 $10,232.64 $6.00 $11,628.00
Full Fee 1,938 $9.00 $17,442.00 N/A N/A
Course Materials 1,938 $0.35 $678.30 N/A N/A

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

You will receive an Indicative Fee Statement when you decide upon your course. A finalised invoice will be issued upon enrolment. Students will be invoiced for the components of the course that they are enrolled into for each year or semester.

Material fees cover costs associated with the following where applicable, and not limited to:

  • Classroom activity consumables, handouts and booklets
  • E-Learning resources and associated license access fees
  • Excursions

Additionally some courses require students to purchase or supply text books, kits, tools, uniforms and personal protection equipment. Some specific materials may be purchased through the GOTAFE Book Shop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your Course Information session or during the Pre-Training review Interview.

Entry Requirements

Training package entry requirements
There are no Training package entry requirements for this qualification.

GOTAFE preferred entry requirements
Participants complete CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care and then apply for CHC50113 Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care. Up to 15 units from CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care can be credit transferred into the Diploma.

Completion of a literacy and numeracy assessment (CSPA test) to determine support requirements. Those wanting to access a VET Student Loan must achieve a result of Language- 3, Literacy-3, Numeracy-3

Applicants must also supply:

  • a current and successful Police Check
  • a current Working with Children Check
Units of Competency

CHC50113 – Core Units

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

CHC50113 – Elective Units

CHCMGT003 – Lead the work team
CHCPRP003 – Reflect on and improve own professional practice
CHCECE006 – Support behaviour of children and young people
CHCECE012 – Support children to connect with their world
CHCECE010 – Support the holistic development of children in early childhood
CHCECE013 – Use information about children to inform practice
CHCDIV001 – Work with diverse people

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods may include:

  • written assessments
  • practical placement
  • demonstrations
  • projects
  • written observation
Skills Recognition

Skills Recognition is an assessment only process that may result in credits towards a part or full qualification.  There is no formal training involved, although you may choose to complete further training as a result of the assessment process.

You can apply for Skills Recognition before you enrol in the qualification you are seeking.  You can apply for Skills Recognition through one or both of the following processes:

  • Credit Transfer for formal training that might be equivalent to a new qualification or partial qualification
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for people who have relevant and current skills and knowledge that they have gained through non-formal or informal learning i.e. work or life experience.
Information Sessions

For further information regarding this course please call 1300 468 233.


Please note:  Eligible individuals who wish to access a government subsidised place, must participate in a Pre-training Review.  This will consider your:

  • Aspirations/career goals
  • Educational attainment and capability
  • Literacy and numeracy skills
  • Suitability for Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer
Individual Needs

On campus: Enrolment in general public entry courses will require a selection interview. Please call 1300 468 233 to enquire further.

Trainees: Enrolment in a Traineeship course is commenced after GOTAFE receives a Training Contract completed at an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN). To locate an AASN, please go to australianapprenticeships.gov.au or call 13 38 73.

Learner’s Rights

Refer to the Student Handbook for information regarding Learner’s Rights Student Handbook.
Further information is provided at course induction.

Student Welfare Unit

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you will be welcome to access a variety of non-academic support services from the Student Welfare Unit. These services are designed to best support you to successfully complete your course.

Services include on campus supports and remote supports

  • Counselling
  • employment information
  • careers
  • activities etc.
Educational Support Services

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you may access a wide range of academic support services to assist you to meet the academic challenges of your course from our Learning Support Unit.

Where to from here?

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