Drawing Together


Diploma of Early Childhood Education And Care

Course Code: CHC50113

This qualification is ideal for early childhood educators who are responsible for designing and implementing curriculum in early childhood education and care services. In doing so they 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.


Under the Education and Care Services National Law (2011) the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) publishes lists of approved early childhood education and care qualifications and information regarding regulatory requirements here: www.acecqa.gov.au



Employment Outcome


Job roles and titles vary across different industry sectors. Possible job titles relevant to this qualification include:

  • Authorised Supervisors

  • Early Childhood Service

  • Early Childhood Service Coordinator

  • Early Childhood Service Director

  • Group/team coordinator/leader

  • Program Leader



Delivery Mode


Blended Delivery: This is a full time course. Learning and assessment for this course is primarily delivered online however students are supported through regular progress sessions with the trainer. Students are also expected to attend workshops/webinars and simulation sessions to reinforce learning and provide opportunity to practice skills and knowledge in realistic early childhood education and care environment. Students must complete 380 hours of mandatory work placement. SIELL will make arrangements for work placement for each student.


While the main responsibility for learning is with the students, Trainer/Assessor will be available to support students by phone and email.



Recognition of Prior Learning


Recognition of Prior Learning or RPL pathways is available to students who can provide evidence that they meet the skills and knowledge to the standards required for this course:

  • RPL is offered to all students prior to commencement of the course.

  • RPL is based on a portfolio and interview approach, where students accept the main responsibility for identifying, gathering and submitting evidence about their achievement of the competencies.

  • For those units where the participant cannot provide evidence to the standards required, the participant has the option to complete the learning and assessment for individual units or clusters as required.


Course Prerequisites

  • There are no prerequisite requirements for individual units of competency. All participants will be screened for compliance with Prohibitive Employment (Child Protection) legislation prior to work placement.

  • Students must be 18 years or older to commence employment in the industry – this is because the Early Childhood Education and Care Service provider cannot count them as part of the ratio of staff to children until the staff member is 18.  However, they can commence study if they are under the age of 18.

  • It is SIELL's policy that all students will complete the First Aid component of this course prior to commencing work placement. 


Working with Children Check


This course requires people to agree to have their background checked. Students need to check the procedure for completing this in their State. This is explained to all students. 


Is this course right for you?


This course is ideal for:

  • People with no prior children’s services experience who are seeking employment in children’s services in early childhood education and care facilities.

  • People who have previously completed the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care and wish to pursue further study.

  • School based trainees who are seeking employment in children’s services in early childhood service facilities.

  • People who are seeking a career change and are seeking employment in children’s services in early childhood education and care facilities.





The primary pathway from this qualification is into a supervisory level role in the children's services sector. Students may also undertake further studies at a Bachelor level in Early Childhood Education at a Tertiary Institution which would support career progression.



Course Length


This program is a full-time course completed over a period of 24 months (this includes 24 weeks of holiday). A student may take up to 30 months to complete the course i.e. complete assessments and fulfil work placement responsibilities.