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CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care


Course Overview

Course Code:



Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Course Overview:

The Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care is for people who wish to take on a leadership role in an early childhood service and has a strong emphasis on advocacy for the rights of children; the development of strong relationships, effective workplace processes; inclusive, respectful and responsive workplace culture; and curriculum which focuses on the needs of a child and their individual context.

A Diploma qualification in early childhood provides career opportunities beyond working directly with children, including leadership, management and support roles. 

The course covers the following areas:

  • Supporting the health, learning and development of children
  • Supporting children's learning and development
  • Design, planning, implementing and evaluating educational programs
  • Work with families, community and external agencies
  • Providing leadership and support to other staff
  • Leadership roles in a variety of early childhood services
  • Managing compliance with policies and legislation.
Course Duration:
  • Full time (12 to 18 months) or Part time (18 to 36 months)
Number of Units:
  • 28 (23 core and 5 nominated electives)
  • If you have already been awarded CHC30113, you can gain credit for 11 to 13 units
  • See Course Fact Sheet for detail list of units

       Note: The college does not currently deliver the First Aid competency

Delivery Mode:
  • Mixed (online with classroom or workshop) with practical placement
Formal Entry Requirements:
  • There are no formal entry requirements for this course however you will need language, literacy and numeracy skills at an appropriate level to complete the course.
Other Requirements:
  • You will need to apply for a Blue Card (working with children check) for placement

2019 Student fees:
Student Fee Type Per Course Per Unit
Full Fee $9,990 $370
Subsidised Fee $4,050 $150
Concession Fee $2,700 $100

** C&K Staff discounts are available

2019 Apprenticeship Fees:
Student Fee Type Per Course Per Unit
Subsidised Fee $3,277 $1.60 per nominal hour
Concession Fee $1,311 $0.64 per nominal hour
Year 12 Fee Free $0 $0

Payment options:
  • Fees are payable up front or by payment plan (weekly, fortnightly or monthly payments)
  • McGraw Hill Textbook
  • Dr Kaylene Henderson Raising Good Kids Online Course
  • Nutrition Australia Qld LEAPS (Learning, Eating, Active Play, Sleep) online training
  • Early Years online series covering Inclusion, Governance, Disability support and Transdisciplinary practice.
  • Students will need to undertake the required First Aid course (HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting) and provide a copy of the Statement of Attainment to the College for the Credit Transfer process.

Assessment Methods:

The assessment methods used in this course include:

  • Written tasks, questions, case studies, activities, scenarios and workplace projects

Work Placement:

Students completing a Diploma qualification who do not work in a regulated care service, must complete at least 240 hours of unpaid vocational placement. This practical component allows students to put their learning into practice. You are required to work across all age groups (including at least 30hrs of work placement with children under 2 years of age). Students participating in vocational placement will be required to undergo a Working with Children Check and receive a positive notice and blue card.

Career Pathways:

Some universities offer credit from the Diploma qualification to enrol in Early Childhood teaching qualifications.

C&K College of Early Childhood have a number of articulation arrangements in place, including:

  • Australian Catholic University – for the Bachelor of Education (Birth to Five years) at any location/jurisdiction students will be eligible for 80cp (for specified credit) and for the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary) at any location/jurisdiction students will be eligible for 30cp to 60cp (for specified credit depending on strand)
  • CQ University - nine exemptions into CQ University’s Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) CC14 or the Bachelor of Education (Primary) CC12.
  • Griffith University – 80CP (70CP if ELEC required) credit transfer towards the Bachelor of Child and Family Studies 240CP for completion of the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC50113)

Further Information:


Helpdesk: 07 3513 2524 


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Course Fact Sheet  Student Guide   Application Form


Funding Information

Higher Level Skills

The Higher Level Skills program provides a government subsidy to support eligible individuals to access subsidised training in selected certificate IV or above qualifications, and priority skill sets. Read more

User Choice (apprenticeship and traineeship funding)

The User Choice program provides a public funding contribution towards the cost of training and assessment for eligible Queensland apprentices and trainees. C&K College of Early Childhood Education is an approved pre-qualified supplier. Read more

Fee-free training for Year 12 graduates

​To support Year 12 graduates into work, the Queensland Government supports free training in high priority areas. Eligible Year 12 graduates must enrol and start training in a high priority qualification within the calendar year after leaving school to be eligible for this funding. Read more

Early Childhood Teacher Bridging Program

​​​​​If you're a primary school teacher, you can fast track your career and complete a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care. This typically takes 6 to 12 months of full-time study (depending on the skills and knowledge you need to successfully transition to early childhood teaching).​ Read more

Fee for Service

Fees for self-funded students. The Fee for Service is applied when a student is not eligible for subsidies, government loans or where no subsidies are available.