Early Childhood Education and Care

A qualification in early childhood education will prepare you to work in a range of early childhood education and care services through engaging with children to support their learning, development and wellbeing.

The Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care reflects the role of early childhood educators who are responsible for designing and implementing curriculum in early childhood education and care service. Qualified graduates are equipped to supervise staff at a child care centre and may also be responsible for designing and implementing learning frameworks at early learning centres.

To work in child care you must have, or be actively working towards, at least a Certificate III qualification.

If you would like to be considered for a position in an upcoming course, please complete all sections of the Student Enrolment Form and email it to info@firstintervention.com.au.

Alternatively you can Contact Us directly – we are here to help.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements however sound language, literacy and numeracy skills combined with a moderate level of computer literacy skills are required. Your capacity to complete the assessment items within the specified timeframes is also necessary.

Applicants must be aged 18 years or above. In line with legal requirements, you will need to successfully complete a Working with Children Check before commencing any work placement. Applicants are responsible for associated costs.

If you’re thinking about studying, we offer a Skills Recognition Pathway aimed at evaluating your options and entitlements to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), Credit Transfer (CT), National Recognition (NR) or Recognition of Current Competency (RCC).

You may be able to reduce the time it takes to get your qualification based on the skills and knowledge you’ve gained through work and life experiences.

All applicants need to complete a Pre-Training interview to discuss suitability to the Course and any RPL arrangements prior to acceptance of an Enrolment application.

Click here for Skills Recognition/Subject Exemption information when considering enrolment into this qualification course.

Course Delivery and Duration

The course is delivered through a blended learning approach including face-to-face classroom training, a variety of assessments, flexible self-study, and a practical work placement.

The standard duration of the course is 1 to 2 years (including practical work placement) however different schedules can be adopted to suit the learner cohort and reduce the course duration. You must be capable of completing the assessment items within the specified timeframes.


During the course, you are also required to complete a minimum of 240 hours of practical work placement in an early childhood setting to ensure they have the relevant practical skills and knowledge to work in the industry.

Course Requirements

28 units of competency are required to complete this qualification, including 23 core units and 5 elective units.

Core Units


Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety


Develop cultural competence


Ensure the health and safety of children


Provide care for children


Promote and provide healthy food and drinks


Provide care for babies and toddlers


Develop positive and respectful relationships with children


Use an approved learning framework to guide practice


Work legally and ethically


Identify and respond to children and young people at risk


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


Establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment for children


Foster the holistic development and wellbeing of the child in early childhood


Nurture creativity in children


Facilitate compliance in an education and care service


Establish and implement plans for developing cooperative behaviour


Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children


Promote children’s agency


Analyse information to inform learning


Design and implement the curriculum to foster children’s learning and development


Embed sustainable practices in service operations


Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate education and care for children


Maintain work health and safety

Elective Units


Build and sustain an innovative work environment


Lead team effectiveness


Develop workplace policy and procedures for sustainability


Support children to connect with their world


Comply with family day care administration requirements


On successful completion of this course you will be awarded the CHC50113 – Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care which is a nationally recognised qualification.

Students who do not complete all units may be eligible for a Statement of Attainment for the partial completion of units within the Diploma.

Training Centres


Career Opportunities

Potential job roles in this qualification are:

  • Authorised early childhood supervisor
  • Children’s services coordinator
  • Childcare centre manager
  • Childhood educator
  • Children’s adviser
  • Early childhood educator

Payment options

Flexible payment options are available. Contact us for further details.


Pathways provide ways into and connections between courses, starting at certificate level and right through to postgraduate study.

The units of competency achieved in this qualification may provide credit towards a range of other qualifications at Diploma level and above, with many students continuing with their early childhood education and care knowledge and training and moving into more advanced areas of study as a natural progression.

After completing your Diploma, you may be eligible to apply for particular higher education qualifications such as an Undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education and Care.

Further details on qualifications and job pathways are available from the My Skills and training.gov.au websites:


Our training is delivered by qualified early childhood education and care professionals who excel in their field of expertise. All trainers hold a minimum qualification of Certificate IV in Training & Assessment.

We offer the highest standards of knowledge and skills transfer, supported by up-to-date, relevant information on industry practices and protocols.

All units outlined here contribute to a Nationally Recognised Training Qualification which is recognised within the Australian Qualifications Framework.

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General Enquiries

+61 3 9376 7900

+61 3 9376 4900

First Intervention Pty Ltd

25 Silicon Place, Tullamarine,

Victoria 3043 Australia

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