Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Course Code: CHC50113
Study Area:
Children’s Services

Start date: 28 January 2020

End date: 16 June 2021

The Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care will provide students with the knowledge and skills to design and implement curriculum in early childhood education and care services, using an approved learning framework. 

This program is full time, classes are held 2 days per week and class times are from 9am – 4pm.

You will be provided with a timetable before you start your training. As well as attending classes at Bendigo TAFE, practical placement within the education industry is scheduled throughout the course. All students will undertake an induction session at the commencement of their training program. It is important that you attend ALL timetabled sessions.

You may be entitled to free tuition fees for this course if you meet the eligibility criteria for the State Government’s FREE TAFE for Priority Courses initiative. It's important to know that you may incur other fees, such as student services fees or materials fees, and you'll need to cover these costs yourself.

  • Bendigo City Campus
  • Echuca Campus
Course Structure
  • Full time - Blended - 18 - Month/s

    Total number of units = 28

      HLTWHS003 Maintain work health and safety
      CHCECE009 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
      CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
      CHCECE002 Ensure the health and safety of children
      CHCECE005 Provide care for babies and toddlers
      CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
      CHCECE007 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children
      CHCECE011 Provide experiences to support children’s play and learning
      BSBMGT407 Apply digital solutions to work processes
      CHCECE003 Provide care for children
      CHCECE001 Develop cultural competence
      CHCECE004 Promote and provide healthy food and drinks
      CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
      BSBLED401 Develop teams and individuals
      CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
      CHCECE020 Establish and implement plans for developing cooperative behaviour
      CHCECE022 Promote children’s agency
      CHCECE023 Analyse information to inform learning
      CHCECE017 Foster the holistic development and wellbeing of the child in early childhood
      CHCECE024 Design and implement the curriculum to foster children's learning and development
      CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice
      CHCECE021 Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children
      HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting
      CHCECE016 Establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment for children
      CHCECE019 Facilitate compliance in an education and care services
      CHCECE025 Embed sustainable practices in service operations
      CHCECE026 Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate education and care for children
      CHCECE018 Nurture creativity in children


This qualification is nationally accredited and recognised.

Possible careers
    • • Long day care
      • Family day care
      • Occasional care
      • Preschools
      • Outside school hours care (OSHC)
      • Nanny

  • There are no set prerequisites. However, it is mandatory for students to attend an interview and to complete a Literacy and Numeracy assessment.

    Students must have the appropriate level numeracy and literacy skills to undertake this course.

    Successfully obtain and clear National Police Check (NPC) and Working With Children’s Check (WWCC).

    If you would like to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), this can be discussed with the Children's Services department.

Course overview

This qualification reflects the role of workers in a range of early childhood education settings who work within the requirements of the Education and Care Services National Regulations and the National Quality Standards. Workers in this field support the implementation of an approved learning framework, and support children's well-being, learning and development.

How to apply
Online application direct to Bendigo TAFE

Selection process
  • Attend an individual interview Complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy assessment successfully

Recognition of prior learning (RPL)
Recognition of prior learning (RPL) may be given for skills and knowledge gained through previous study or other relevant experience.  Further information refer to RPL

Assessment Methods
  • •Written test and/or assignment •Observation on practical placement •Questioning/quizzes •Role play •Case studies •Research tasks

Learning options
  • - Blended - Classroom (Delivery Method)

Key study areas
    • Diversity in the workplace
    • Legal and ethical requirements
    • Provide care to babies
    • Healthy eating
    • Cultural competency
    • Workplace health and safety

Further study opportunities
  • Bachelor of Early Childhood Education


Your fees are made up of four parts.
  1. Course enrolment type
  2. Materials
  3. Consumables
  4. Student Support Fee.   
Once you have determined the fees applicable to your situation you will be able to calculate a indicative total fee for your qualification.

Are you eligible for Government subsidised fees? Check for your eligibility here
Are you eligible for concession? Check for your eligibility here
Concessions for Diploma and Advanced Diploma course categories are only available to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders.

A.   Course enrolment type:Standard
Government subsidised - average total course fee*$7,792.00
Concession - average total course fee*$1,558.40
Full fee - average total course fee*$18,486.52
B.   Materials average fee**$389.80
C.   Consumables average fee**$133.80
Indicative pricing for:

*The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment and details of any other fees including but not limited to student services, amenities, goods or materials and consumables.
**Materials/Consumables fees may vary for each individual based on the units they are studying.
Average tuition fees are based on the typical number of student contact hours undertaken by a student to complete this course. Average fees displayed are purely indicative and may not be your actual fee. Fees vary based on the number/hours of electives chosen by the student. Read more on fees and charges

D.  Student Support fees
The Student Support fee is a non-tuition fee for Government subsidised (eligible) students and full fee paying (ineligible) students. Read more. Student support fees are non refundable . Student support fees are payable annually for the duration of your course, over and above tuition fees.

This page was last updated on 21/01/2020 4:02 PM

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