Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care


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18 - 24 Months Self Paced


Workplace Traineeships, Online Learning, Classroom Courses

About this Course

METS trainers will inspire you to create a safe and inclusive environment in early childhood education and care services. This nationally- recognised course includes 12 core units and 3 electives.

This qualification will give you knowledge for supporting and leading children’s learning and development, health and wellbeing, along with designing, planning, implementing and evaluating educational programs and practices, that meet the requirements of the National Quality Framework (NQF), which includes the National Law and Regulations, National Quality Standard, the assessment and rating process and national learning frameworks. It will also prepare you for working with community members and external agencies.


The Education and Care Services National Regulations state under Section 126: Centre-based services – The qualification requirements for educators at centre-based services for children preschool age or under are – at least 50 per cent of the educators who are required to meet the relevant educator to child ratios for the service must have, or be actively working towards, at least an approved diploma level education and care qualification. Section 128: Family Day Care Co-ordinator qualifications state: A family day care co-ordinator must have an approved diploma level education and care qualification.


While enjoying the combination of online study as well as practical workplace experience, this course will prepare you for your role and responsibilities as a diploma level educator.

To achieve this qualification, the individual must have completed a total of least 280 hours of work in a regulated children’s education and care service in Australia as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of units of competency. The total number of hours may be applied collectively across all units of competency that include the requirement for workplace hours.

Career Prospects
  • Early Childhood Educator/Educational Leader
  • Child Development Worker
  • Family Day Care Worker
  • Children’s Services Coordinator
  • Centre Director/Manager
  • Playgroup Supervisor
  • Qualified Nanny
  • Approximately 12 to 24 months.
Entry Requirements

Entry to this qualification is open to individuals who:

  • hold a CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care or
  • CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.

Students are required to:

  • Have sound language and literacy skills
  • Obtain a Unique Student Identifier (USI)
  • Undertake a Language, Literacy and Numeracy Evaluation
  • Have basic computer skills
  • Provide a valid ID with his/her picture and signature


Elective Units

CHCDIV003 – Manage and promote diversity

BSBHRM413 – Support the learning and development of teams and individuals

BSBPEF502 – Develop and use emotional intelligence

Core Units

CHCECE041 – Maintain a safe and healthy environment for children 

CHCECE042 – Foster holistic early childhood learning, development and wellbeing 

CHCECE043 – Nurture creativity in children 

CHCECE044 – Facilitate compliance in a children’s education and care service 

CHCECE045 – Foster positive and respectful interactions and behaviour in children 

CHCECE046 – Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children 

CHCECE047 – Analyse information to inform children’s learning 

CHCECE048 – Plan and implement children’s education and care curriculum 

CHCECE049 – Embed environmental responsibility in service operations 

CHCECE050 – Work in partnership with children’s families 

BSBTWK502 – Manage team effectiveness

CHCPRP003 – Reflect on and improve own professional practice

Funding and Payment Options

There are a wide variety of funding options available. From government funding through to fee-for-service. To find out what you are eligible for, click here

Education Pathways

 Education pathways after completing CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care: 

• CHC50313  Diploma of Child, Youth and Family Intervention 

• CHC62015 Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management 

• Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)

Am I eligible for a traineeship?

To be eligible to commence a traineeship, a participant must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident working full or part time (minimum 15 hours). The participant must have the support of their employer, an accredited RTO (such as METS) and an Australian Apprenticeship Centre.

How do I find a traineeship?

Finding a traineeship is similar to finding any job. You’ll need to network with employers and job recruitment agencies and market yourself within your chosen sector.

I am not eligible for a traineeship. Can I still complete the qualification?

If a participant is ineligible for a traineeship due to their employment status (casual, part-time working under 15 hours etc.), they can still complete the course as a Fee for Service Student.

If a participant is ineligible for a traineeship due to their residency status, they can in some cases still complete the qualification Self-Funded, however visa restrictions do apply. It is best to speak to your immigration officer and/or us regarding your eligibility.

What kind of assessments will I be completing?

Depending on the unit of study, you will complete both theory and practical based assessments to achieve competency in your qualification. Assessments may include short answer, project work, case students and reflection logs.

Can I extend by traineeship if I am not able to complete it by the end date?

Yes. Under certain circumstances your traineeship can be extended, however this process can take some time and applying for an extension should be considered as a last resort. You should speak to us and/or your Australian Apprenticeship Centre if you are considering applying for an extension.

Have more questions? Visit our student frequently asked questions page or contact us!

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