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CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

CHC50113 | CRICOS: 082222G

Advance your career and studies in early childhood with Diploma of Early Childhood Education at Queensland Academy of Technology.

Progress your career in child care with this advanced qualification and gain the specialised skills and knowledge needed to work as an early childhood educator or centre director.

A Diploma further enables you to implement, and manage education and care programs, and supervise staff and volunteers. You'll also gain entry level management knowledge and skills that let you oversee the early childhood education and care service.

Course Description

Through your study time here at Queensland Academy of Technology, you will engage with our professional teachers, and learn about the development of the whole child. The holistic development covers intellectual, social, emotional, physical and educational needs of children under six years old. This qualification will empower you with the knowledge and practical experience required to work with children, to support their learning, development, wellbeing, rights and safety. This course will build on your skills in curriculum planning care routines and understanding children’s cognitive development. As an educator you will be qualified to supervise staff and students and volunteers, implement programs for the children in an early years setting.

Course Duration and Study Options

  • 58 Weeks (2 days per week; Minimum 240 hours industry placement)
  • 44 Weeks (Certificate III ECEC graduate )
  • Distance training available for domestic students

Entry Requirements

  • Queensland resident who is no longer at school
  • An Australian or New Zealand citizen, or Australian permanent resident (including humanitarian entrants), or a temporary resident with the necessary visa and work permits on the pathway to permanent residency
  • Must not have or be enrolled in a certificate IV or higher-level qualification (not including qualifications completed at school and foundations skills training)
  • Must not have or be enrolled in a Certificate 3 level or higher qualification (not including qualifications completed at school and foundation skills training)

Tuition Fees

Under Higher Level Skills:
  • Concessional: $76
  • Non-Concessional: $112
Fee for Services: $7,000


Skills and knowledge assessments are an essential step in progressing through your course. You may be assessed in a number of ways while you study at the Queensland Academy of Technology, including observation, written assessment, questioning, portfolios, work samples, third-party feedback.

Credit transfer is available for students who have successfully completed units of competency through a nationally recognised provided. Evidence of transcript will be requested prior to commencing the course.

Payment Options

We have many payment options available depending on each individual student. Please Contact QAT to know what payment option suits you.

Why Study with QAT?

At QAT our aim is to assist you in reaching the required competence and confidence to succeed within the Early Childhood Services industry.

Join QAT industry award winning trainers who will provide you with the individual training support to successfully achieve your Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care to reach career goals and gain employment in the Early Childhood Service industry.

You will receive:
  • Highly informative orientation and induction
  • Meet with the lead trainer to discuss all aspects of the course including work placement
  • An individual training schedule which includes assessment due dates
  • Meet the student support officer dedicated to assist you
  • Access to the QAT student portal, E-learning portal and virtual classroom
  • Access to QAT student Facebook, student activity calendar and QAT job club
  • Work placement at an Early Childhood Centre to receive hands on experience
  • Access to Early Childhood job vacancies
  • Receive specific training in special needs and have the opportunity to work alongside children with additional needs through our industry partnership program
  • Pathway towards career development into university to complete BA in Education

Qualification Units

The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete 28 units of competency. Completing placement is compulsory, and you will be expected to manage family and work commitments in order to complete your shifts. You are required to complete a minimum of 240 hours of placement to satisfy this component of your qualification.

**Prior to work placement you are required to apply for a blue card (working with children check).

Develop positive and respectful relationships with children
Ensure the health and safety of children
Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
Promote and provide healthy food and drinks
Provide care for babies and toddlers
Provide care for children
Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting
Work legally and ethically
Develop cultural competence
Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
Analyse information to inform learning
Foster the holistic development and wellbeing of the child in early childhood
Design and implement the curriculum to foster children’s learning and development
Maintain work health and safety
Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children
Establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment for children
Embed sustainable practices in service operations
Nurture creativity in children
Establish and implement plans for developing cooperative behaviour
Work in partnerships with families to provide appropriate education and care for children
Work with diverse people
Develop and implement policy
Promote children’s agency
Facilitate compliance in an education and care service
Lead the work team
Provide leadership across the organization
Reflect on and improve own professional practice

Employment Opportunities

Job prospects upon successful completion of this course include:

  • Before and After School Care Coordinator
  • Lead Educator
  • Long Day Care Service Centre Manager
  • Family Day Care Coordinator
  • Centre Administrator

Further Study

Students can pursue further studies from our wide range of university pathways. Pathways include a Bachelor degree in:

  • Education (Early Childhood)
  • Human Service and Social Science. Students can have up to 8 units credit (1 year) transferred.

For more information on our university pathways, please see Pathways Programs.

Students may also choose to immediately commence their careers as an educator in an early childhood environment.

Any Questions?

For assistance, our Enrolments Team are more than happy to help you with any questions you may have.
Contact us now and we'll get you started.

* Alternatively, students are required to take a pre-test before enrolment.

**Additional costs include: Materials fee $500+ First Aid $170 + Enrolment fee $250; this is a guide only, please contact QAT for the exact cost.

Course Overview

  • Duration

    52 weeks

  • Delivery Mode

    Campus. Online.

  • Units


  • Work Placement:

    240 hours

  • Intake Dates

    Every second Tuesday; see the PDF for all the dates

  • Cost

    Higher Level Skills Concessional $76
    Non-Concessional $112
    Fee for Service $7,000

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