Course Description

Childcare is a rewarding career choice, and the CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care is recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), meaning that your diploma will demonstrate to potential employers that you have achieved a certain level of training and study.

If you want to help children get a great start in life, then this course is perfect for you. It will teach you to develop strategies to provide and maintain healthy, safe and caring environments for children. With the CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, you will learn how to design and implement educational programs that will stimulate learning and development, and get the skills you need to foster the holistic wellbeing of children.

You’ll also learn fundamental management skills, so you can move into more senior roles.

Why study this course?

  • You don’t need previous experience in childcare to enrol, all you need is to be over 18 years of age and have completed year 10 or a Certificate II or higher.
  • The course will cover the basics of childcare, and move through to more advanced education theory and practice.
  • It’s perfect for people wanting to start their career in childhood education, as well as for those looking for a qualification that will enable career progression into management roles.
This course involves work placement that currently needs to be undertaken in Australia. More information available in our FAQs

Potential career outcomes

  • Child Development Worker
  • Children's Service Manager or Area Manager
  • Early Childhood Educator
  • Family Day Care Coordinator
  • Service Director
  • Team Leader
Course number E1050
Qualification name CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
Course duration Maximum 24 months
Delivery Method Online with Work Placement
Recognition Nationally Recognised Nationally Recognised Training
Assessments Case studies, Logbook, Practical assessments, Projects, Quizzes, Short-answer questions, Simulation, Workplace assessments, Workplace portfolio
Awarded by
  • Open Colleges (Provider number: 90796)


You will need to have completed year 10, or equivalent. Equivalency can be demonstrated by one of the following:

  • A qualification at Certificate II level or higher OR
  • 2 years of industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication.

Minimum age

You will need to be at least 18 years old.


This course involves reading and undertaking a range of written assessments, as well as engaging in online forums and discussions. Furthermore, the delivery mode relies on the extensive use of written communication. As such, entry to the course requires the successful completion of English to Year 10 level.

If you haven't successfully completed English at Year 10 level, you can demonstrate equivalency through one of the following:

  • Successful completion of a Nationally Recognised Training qualification at Certificate II level or higher; or
  • 2 years relevant industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication

Open Colleges recognises that not all people are able to read, write and perform calculations to the same standard. See the Language, Literacy and Numeracy Considerations section for more information on tools, resources and support services provided to by Open Colleges.


You will need access to a computer and the internet and have basic computing skills. Minimum specifications for your computer are:

All users:

  • Microsoft Office 2010 or equivalent
  • Broadband internet connection
  • 2GB of RAM
  • CD-ROM or DVD drive
  • Adobe Reader XI or equivalent
  • Adobe Flash Player 10 or higher.
  • Access to printer and associated software
  • Access to scanner and associated software
  • Digital imaging software
  • File compression software.

Windows users:

  • Microsoft Windows 7 or higher (Windows 8 recommended)
  • 1 Ghz or faster processer (2GHz recommended)

Mac OS users:

  • Mac OSX v10.5 or higher (Mac OSX v10.6 recommended)
  • 1 Ghz or faster processer (2GHz recommended)


To successfully complete this course, you will require basic computing skills. This includes:

  • Creating, saving and editing Microsoft Office documents
  • Accessing and searching the internet
  • Downloading and saving documents from websites
  • Uploading documents through websites
  • Participating in online discussions
  • Compressing image files
  • Recording, compressing and uploading videos.

Physical requirements

Students will need to be reasonably physically fit to undertake the work placement as the tasks and activities associated with the work placement may involve manual lifting and other physical activities.

Language, Literacy and Numeracy

Our free online assessment tool can help give you an idea of the language, literacy and numeracy skills needed to study a VET course. This tool can also help you determine your learning level and help you plan your future studies. You can access the Language, Literacy and Numeracy tool here.

Open Colleges may make changes to the course from time to time to reflect changes introduced to the relevant Training Package or other regulatory requirements. Please download the course guide for current information about the course and its status.
  • Identify and respond to legal requirements
  • Identify and meet ethical responsibilities
  • Contribute to workplace improvements
  • Identify learning frameworks
  • Apply the learning framework
  • Reflect on own cultural identity and biases
  • Identify and develop cultural competency
  • Research Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities
  • Support individual cultural identities
  • Create environments to support children’s cross-cultural understanding and relationships
  • Support the implementation of inclusive learning experiences
  • Support children in developing confidence and strength in personal and cultural identity
  • Identify cultural safety issues in the workplace
  • Model cultural safety in own work
  • Develop strategies for improved cultural safety
  • Evaluate cultural safety strategies
  • Implement work practices which support the protection of children and young people
  • Report indications of possible risk of harm
  • Apply ethical and nurturing practices in work with children and young people
  • Support each child’s health needs
  • Provide opportunities to meet each child’s need for sleep, rest and relaxation
  • Implement effective hygiene and health practices
  • Supervise children to ensure safety
  • Minimise risks
  • Contribute to the ongoing management of allergies
  • Contribute to the ongoing management of asthma
  • Promote safe sleep
  • Provide positive nappy-changing and toileting experiences
  • Promote quality mealtime environments
  • Create a healthy and safe supporting environment
  • Develop relationships with babies and toddlers
  • Develop relationships with families
  • Provide physical care
  • Promote physical activity
  • Adapt facilities to ensure access and participation
  • Help children with change
  • Settle new arrivals
  • Communicate positively with children
  • Interact positively with children
  • Support and respect children
  • Maintain the dignity and rights of children
  • Promote healthy eating
  • Plan food and drinks that are nutritious and appropriate for each child
  • Maintain food safety while carrying out food-handling activities
  • Gather and document information about children
  • Monitor children’s learning and development
  • Use evidence to inform practice
  • Share information appropriately
  • Foster physical development
  • Foster social development
  • Foster emotional development
  • Foster cognitive development
  • Foster communication development
  • Foster an environment for holistic learning and development
  • Foster creativity through the physical environment
  • Foster creativity through the human environment
  • Foster creativity through a learning framework
  • Provide experiences
  • Evaluate experiences
  • Establish and apply limits and guidelines for behaviour
  • Identify and review behaviour as required
  • Develop a plan to guide a particular child’s behaviour where required
  • Implement and monitor behaviour plan
  • Promote inclusion
  • Respect diversity
  • Identify children with barriers to learning
  • Develop a plan for support and inclusion
  • Implement strategies to meet the child’s additional needs
  • Monitor and review strategies
  • Develop appropriate settings and environments
  • Design and implement curriculum in consultation with others
  • Design learning experiences to foster children’s learning and development
  • Implement learning experiences to foster children’s learning and development
  • Assess and evaluate planned and unplanned teaching and learning
  • Provide families with opportunities to be involved in the service
  • Provide information to families about their child
  • Provide information to families about the service
  • Provide information about community services and resources
  • Establish a learning environment that reflects children’s interests
  • Provide opportunities that stimulate learning and development
  • Design, implement and evaluate learning experiences for children
  • Support children to participate
  • Contribute to workplace procedures for identifying hazards and controlling risks
  • Implement policies and procedures into work team processes
  • Support consultation, cooperation and communication
  • Develop a sustainability management plan
  • Support children to develop an understanding and respect for the natural environment
  • Support others in implementing sustainable practice
  • Embed sustainability into service policies and procedures
  • Support each child’s health needs
  • Provide for each child’s comfort
  • Promote and implement effective hygiene practices
  • Take steps to control the spread of infectious diseases
  • Ensure adequate supervision of children
  • Take precaution to protect children from harm
  • Develop plans to effectively manage incidents and emergencies
  • Interpret the National Quality Framework
  • Facilitate an organisation self- assessment
  • Facilitate the development of a quality improvement plan
  • Coordinate the service for a site visit
  • Contribute to and promote effective work practices
  • Develop and implement staffing processes
  • Maintain professional approach to leading work team
  • Promote effective workplace relations
  • Evaluate plans
  • Review individual performance
  • Research new policy initiatives
  • Draft policies
  • Test draft policies
  • Develop policy proposals
  • Implement and review policies

HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting**

**Open Colleges does not provide this unit. You will need to provide a current Education and Care First Aid Certificate
to satisfy competency for this unit.

  • Develop workplace sustainability policy
  • Communicate workplace sustainability policy
  • Implement workplace sustainability policy
  • Review workplace sustainability policy implementation
  • Perform administration activities in line with legislative and organisational requirements
  • Record required information using appropriate forms
  • Follow organisational requirements for taxation and insurance
  • Clarify and plan for daily functions related to the provision of care
  • Attend to agreed daily functions of home-based care
  • Respond to unexpected changes in home-based care
  • Review daily care functions



What are my payment options?

Pay in full

If you pay your course fees up-front in full, you’ll benefit from a discount. When you pay in full, we don’t have to spend extra money on administration for tasks such as payment plan processing. Instead, we get to pass this saving onto you in the form of a discount.

Payment Plan

Pay for you course in weekly or fortnightly instalments. By paying in instalments, you can schedule your payments around your regular outgoings and get ahead without breaking the bank. Open Colleges payment plans are interest-free.

ZipMoney Payment Plan

If you need a little more flexibility in your finances, and want to pay off your course fees over a longer period of time, you can switch to a zipMoney payment plan. Essentially, zipMoney pays your course fees for you, and you pay this loan back over 24, 36 or 48 months. As long as you are eligible, you can switch to a zipMoney plan at any time.

Find out more

Angie Bailison

Angie has been working in early childhood education and care services throughout Australia and overseas for nearly 20 years. Angie has seven years’ experience as a lecturer in early childhood education and care at TAFE. She regularly facilitates education workshops for parents with young children and has been published in parenting magazines. She has an Associate Diploma in Social Science, Certificate IV in Training & Assessment & Parent Education Leadership Training Certificate.

Diana Penson

Diana Penson started her teaching career as a graduate of Sydney Day Nursery Teachers' College and Mitchell College of Advanced Education. She taught in a number of preschools, infant and primary schools whilst completing her Bachelor's degree. In recognition of her work operating a mobile preschool for isolated regions, the NSW Department of School Education awarded Diana a full-time scholarship to undertake post graduate studies in Early Childhood Special Education. On completion, Diana was commissioned to undertake a pilot program to identify and set up programs for young children requiring specialist assistance. The program flourished and grew from one location to eight locations within a major NSW regional area. This experience led Diana into the training of adults and workplace assessment. In addition to tutoring students in our Certificate III in Children's Services and Diploma of Children's Services since 2005, Diana has also lectured at universities and written content for a range of vocational courses.

Lyndal Wilkins

Lyndal holds a Bachelor of Teaching as well as a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. She has over 15 years’ experience working with educators, children and families and in early childhood education, and has also continuously furthered her qualifications and professional development. Throughout her career Lyndal has undertaken numerous roles. Most recently she worked as an educational leader and mentor in services- up skilling early childhood educators in curriculum planning and working with the Early Years Learning Framework.


Students of this course will receive a membership to these organisation(s)

After enrolling in this course and completing the first module, you're eligible for a FREE one year membership to Early Childhood Australia (ECA), Australia's peak child care body, worth over $150! Open Colleges


The course contains a minimum of 240 hours of work placement

Your work placement will need to be conducted in a registered child care facility, supervised by a qualified staff member. You will also need to secure your own Work Placement, however Open Colleges can provide advice and direction through our Work Placement Support Team.

There are a number of statutory checks required by workplaces, such as a Criminal Record Check. These may vary by state. In addition, individual workplaces may impose additional requirements on students undertaking work placement. You will be responsible for the costs of any such checks or requirements. Please see the Workplace Assessment Guide for details on the individual statutory requirements for your state or territory.

You will also need to complete a First Aid Certificate to demonstrate competency for HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting at your own cost prior to undertaking your work placement.

Your work placement will need to be completed in Australia, and you will be responsible for the costs of any travel, accommodation, statutory checks or other requirements related to your work placement. 

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