Diploma of Early Childhood Education & Care


  • Help future-proof your early childhood career with a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC50113)
  • 50% of centre-based educators must have, or be actively working towards, at least a diploma qualification
  • Study online & complete your course while you're working

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OTEN – Open Training & Education Network (RTO 90004)
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Nationally recognised - meets Australian Qualifications Framework standards.


No prerequisites for this course.
If you pay using VET FEE-HELP you need to provide a Year 12 Senior Secondary Certificate of Education or complete a Language Literacy & Numeracy test.



Work placement

240 hours in total

Course length
Self-paced (e.g. 32 hrs a week = finish in 1 year, 16 hrs a week = finish in 2 years). Complete within 2 years.
Study mode


By online tests, assignments & work placement
Start date

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OTEN – Open Training & Education Network (RTO 90004)
Payment options

Study now pay later – VET FEE-HELP

12-month interest free payment planTerms & conditions apply

Upfront payment

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There are no entry requirements for this course. You can enrol no matter what level of education or work experience you have.

What you'll learn

Become trained in:

  • Child development and care
  • Play and creative experience
  • Professional skill development
  • Health and safety
  • Family and culture

Work placement

This course includes a total of 240 hours of professional work placement in a Centre Based Care setting.

You will do 2 placements of 120 hours through the course. You will need to arrange your own work placement.

Course structure

28 units


  1. CHCECE003 - Provide care for children

  2. CHCECE005 - Provide care for babies & toddlers

  3. CHCECE007 - Develop positive & respectful relationships with children

  4. CHCECE026 - Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate education & care for children


  1. CHCECE002 - Ensure the health & safety of children

  2. CHCECE004 - Promote & provide healthy food & drink

  3. CHCECE016 - Establish & maintain a safe & healthy environment for children

  4. HLTWHS003 - Maintain work health & safety

Work environment

  1. CHCPRT001 - Identify & respond to children & young people at risk

  2. CHCLEG001 - Work within a legal and ethical framework

  3. BSBWOR301 - Organise personal work priorities and development


  1. CHCDIV002 - Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety

  2. CHCECE001 - Develop cultural competence


  1. CHCECE009 - Use an approved learning framework to guide practice

  2. CHCECE010 - Support the holistic development of children in early childhood

  3. CHCECE013 - Use information about children to inform practice

Holistic child

  1. CHCECE017 - Foster the holistic development & wellbeing of the child in early childhood

  2. CHCECE018 - Nurture creativity in children

  3. CHCECE022 - Promote children's agency

  4. CHCECE023 - Analyse information to inform learning


  1. CHCECE020 - Establish & implement plans for developing cooperative behaviour

  2. CHCECE021 - Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children

  3. CHCECE024 - Design & implement the curriculum to foster children's learning & development


  1. CHCECE025 - Embed sustainable practices in service operations

  2. CHCMGT003 - Lead the work team

  3. CHCECE019 - Facilitate compliance in an education & care service

  4. CHCPRP003 - Reflect on & improve own professional practice

First aid requirement:
This course requires you to complete a first aid course. You will need to organise to complete this training through an RTO such as St Johns Ambulance or Australian Red Cross. OTEN can also deliver this course to local students for an additional commercial fee. 

Support and delivery

When you study online with OTEN, you can:

  • Study from anywhere, when it suits you best.
  • Graduate with the identical qualification as an on-campus student.
  • Get comprehensive support from teachers via phone and email.
  • Access course materials online.
  • Interact with teachers and fellow students via platforms like virtual classrooms, forums and video calls.

OTEN's online courses can also be referred to as distance education. Some hard-copy course materials and assessments may be accessed or submitted via post.

Payment options

There are 3 ways you can pay for this course:

1. Study now pay later – VET FEE-HELP

If you are eligible, you can pay for this course through the Australian Government’s VET FEE-HELP loan scheme.

This means you don’t need to pay upfront for the course if you:

2. 12-month interest free payment plan

Pay for your course over time by making weekly, fortnightly or monthly repayments.

This flexible payment plan requires no deposit, and you pay no interest for the first 12 months.

3. Upfront payment

You can pay for this course upfront via credit card or bank transfer.

To understand more about payment options or find out if you’re eligible for a funding entitlement, contact a SEEK Learning Consultant.

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