CHC50113 - Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

CHC50113 - Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Being a leader in Early Childhood Education is more than being gifted with children.  Leadership is that sweet spot between authority, mentor and coach. Leadership is intuitive, playful and authentic.  Leaders in education cannot merely focus on what they do but must be aware of who they are becoming.

Industry pulls us in many directions.  For example, research demonstrates that children learn through controlled exposure to risks, yet some early childhood leadership teams remain so risk averse that their learning environments are too sanitised to support play based enquiry.  Industry requires Education leaders that employ creativity, lateral thinking, sound rational judgement and exceptional communication skills to embrace risks, keep children safe and remove the 'glass ceiling' on what learning is possible.

Another example is that the EYLF outcomes 4.4 and 5.5 reference a need for children to access technologies to access information, investigate ideas and represent their thinking yet the Australian Government Department of health recommends that children under 2 access zero screen time and children 2-5 years have less than 1 hour per day.  Industry requires the Leadership team to facilitate informed discussions about appropriate use of technology in Early Childhood - ask yourself - what was the most influential piece of technology a.) the hammer that paved the road to rare earths and touch screens, or b.) the pencil that passed our thoughts and creative insights through generations?  A playful learning environment that embraces technologies does not have to be reduced to apps and screens!

These are some of the debates and problems you will seek solutions and compromises to as an emerging leader in Early Childhood Education.

Watch the below video and see why quality educators matter! Play your part. Become an extraordinary Early Childhood Educator.

This qualification reflects the role of early childhood educators who are responsible for designing and implementing curriculum in early childhood centres such as Day Care and Family Day Care centres. These educators work to implement an approved learning framework within the requirements of the Education and Care Services National Regulations and the National Quality Standard.

They may have responsibility for supervision of volunteers or other staff.

Occupational titles may include:

  • Authorised supervisor / coordinator (children's services)
  • Centre director / manager (children's services)
  • Child care worker / Family Day Care worker
  • Children's adviser / program leader
  • Children's service director / manager

Are you the 'right fit' for this course?

Students who get the most from our course have some of the following in common.

  • Are driven and success oriented - have been working at a higher level than they are employed at - acting manager, team leader or supervisor.
  • Are creative thinkers, artists and creators - open to learning new skills.
  • Are solutions focussed and seeking to bring about change within existing organisations.
  • Are planning on career progression or setting up own family day care service.
  • Think deeply about our children and the society they will inherent.
  • Are open to alternative education and parenting.

To be an ECE leader you must be passionate about your industry and that passion must be contagious.  Your team must like and respect you if you are to be effective!

  • If you have low levels of reading and writing literacy this is not the course for you.

Our pre enrolment process is designed to ensure you are the right fit for this course and you get maximum benefit from us.

Our pre enrolment process includes:

  1. Watch the video!  This is a values based video demonstrating the day in the life of an ECE.  This is rewarding and hard work and not for everyone.  If you like what you see we are happy to chat further.
  2. Give us a ring on 90361504.  We will have a chat about our course content, fees, your time commitments, academic preferences, eligibility for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) or Credit Transfer (CT), as well as any support we can provide to ensure your success.  During this conversation we will commence a 'pre training review' designed to ensure you have the suitable Language, literacy and Numeracy, can make the time commitments, that the course aligns with your carer trajectory, and you know what you are getting into.  We don't want you to sign into something you cannot commit to or won't find rewarding!
  3. Attend a face to face meeting.  During this meeting we will complete the 'pre training review' including a Language Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) assessment.  Our course is tailored for mature students with LLN level of ACSF 3 or above.  Essentially, this is a year 10 or above level English, correct use of capitalisation, understanding of context, ie formal vs informal language etc.  If you find reading pleasurable (who has time!) and can write a letter then you should breeze through!
  4. At this point, we will discuss our fees and charges and you will receive an agreement outlining refunds/ withdrawals and consumer protections.

Ok, I'm interested but how much time do I need?

  1. You will need to put aside 2 days a week to participate in this course.  You will attend class 1 Friday a fortnight and participate in work placement 1 day per week.  This leaves the Friday on the alternate fortnight to complete homework.  If you are already employed, your employment will count towards placement.
  2. There are 16 modules to complete this course. Each module is delivered in one month.  Assessment can take longer depending on the nature of your work placement. 
  3. Modules consist of 4 major assessments.  You will need to demonstrate sufficient competence in all 4 assessments to pass each module.
    1. Assessment 1 - complete workbook activities
    2. Assessment 2 - attend all classes
    3. Assessment 3 - focus child activities (completed during placement)
    4. Assessment 4 - EYLF programming (stemming from focus child observations during placement)
  4. Allow up to 18 months to complete this course.  Duration can be shorter depending on RPL or CT - for example, if you have completed CHC30113 Certificate III Early Childhood Education and Care you will get 9 units Credit Transfer which will reduce the course by 4 modules.

This course has been structured around a play based curriculum that promotes a practical hands on approach to recognising that children learn through play.

Students can commence this course at any time, enrolling in the first class of the month of enrolment and will continue until completion of all 16 modules.

What is a focus child?

A focus child is a child that you will observe closely throughout your work experience activities.  By focussing on a single child rather than on all children at your centre, you will be able to effectively, plan, monitor, implement and review your education activities.  

You will work closely with 3 focus children. Of the 3 children, one child must be  0-12 months, one child must be between 1-3 years of age, and one child that is 3+ years of age.

What is Work Placement?

Work placement can be paid or voluntary.  We have voluntary agreements and insurance in place to clarify your rights and expectations.  During placement you will engage with 3 focus children and our assessment activities will centre around the developmental needs and interests of these children. Your assessor will visit you once per month during placement to conduct an observation assessment.  We will also collect information from the worksite and speak with your supervisor to assist form judgement of competence.

Course Outline:

The units selected for this qualification have been customised to meet the requirements of either Family Day Care Educators or Supervisors of educators within centre based care.

Total number of units = 28

  • 23 core units (11 of which are core from the CHC30113 Certificate III in Early childhood Education and Care)
  • 5 elective units

This course is delivered over 16 defined clusters of units over 16 months. Depending on the number of units that need to be completed (if you do not have the 11 certificate III units below or a recognised equivalent) this course could take up to 18 months to complete.

You will be expected to enrol in volunteer work placement for 5 hours per week for at least 240 hours over the 18 month course duration. During placement you will engage with 3 focus children and your assessment activities will centre around the developmental needs and interests of these children. Your assessor will visit you during placement to conduct an observation assessment and support you develop and extend the learning experiences for your focus children.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course you will gain the qualification CHC30113 Diploma of Early childhood education and care.


Students are encouraged to complete our CHC50113 Certificate III in Early childhood education and care which incorporates 11 core units prior to enrolling. Where students do not wish to complete the full Certificate III they will need to complete the 11 units which make up part of the core of this qualification.

Entry Requirements

  • Students will need to successfully pass the following selection criteria to study this course
  • Victorian Working with Children's Check
  • National Police Check
  • Pass a Language and Literacy test of ACSF Level 3 (equivalent to Year 10 English)
  • Attend pre enrollment interview and demonstrate a genuine desire to work in the industry.

Who should attend:

Anyone who is passionate about working with children and is seeking to enter this exciting sector.  Students seeking additional know how to set themselves up in Family Day Care are supported via our link with Ignite Minds family day care.

Support Services:

Organisational Learning Australia promotes and models inclusive social practice. We understand that the world is not equally accessible and we will do everything we can to overcome barriers to accessing our learning program. Please discuss your particular needs with your Trainer either on the phone or in person when you meet. Alternatively, please email and our privacy officer will make a time to discuss options with you. We trust we can work together to provide a supportive and proactive learning environment. More details can be found in our Student Welfare Policy at Student Information page

People with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

We aspire to a world where people are valued and promoted on their ability and have the necessary tools and aids to leave the term ‘disability’ redundant. Click here to view our Access & Equity Policy.  If after discussions with us you decide that this is something to pursue we will work with you to make this happen.

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