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Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

ECTARC offers the CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care as a distance study qualification that can be studied from any location within Australia. ECTARC students come from regional, remote and metropolitan areas of every state. You can enrol at any time of the year and commence study as soon as your enrolment has been processed.

How you will study your course

ECTARC students have access to an online Training portal which holds learning materials and where assessments can be submitted online. Through the Training Portal students can also:

- message their Training Officer
- upload any forms or documents
- view marked assessment tasks - students are notified as soon as an assignment is marked
- access resources - additional information and documentation to support learning.

The Training Portal is available through secure market leading technology and students find it very easy to use. The Training Portal increases communications with students and ensures valuable information is available when required and provides access to their student records 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  If for some reason you do not have access to the internet please contact our office to arrange an alternative study solution. Hard copies of learning materials can also be provided on request.

ECTARC guarantees that a Training Officer is always available to speak to Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm and Tuesday evenings 5pm to 7pm.

Nationally recognised

The CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care is a nationally recognised qualification from the CHC Community Services Training Package. 

Upgrade your Certificate III to a Diploma

You may also upgrade from the CHC30708 Certificate III in Children's Services or CHC30712 Certificate III in Children's Services to the CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care. Call ECTARC on 02 4223 1111 for details on the credit you may receive for studies previously completed. 

Career prospects

This qualification is for educators in early childhood education and care services who are responsible for planning, implementing and managing programs in accordance with approvals, quality rating systems and duty of care requirements.  

The Education and Care Services National Regulations state under Section 126: Centre-based services - The qualification requirements for educators at centre-based services for children preschool age or under are - at least 50 per cent of the educators who are required to meet the relevant educator to child ratios for the service must have, or be actively working towards, at least an approved diploma level education and care qualification.  Section 128: Family Day Care Co-ordinator qualifications state: A family day care co-ordinator must have an approved diploma level education and care qualification.    

Completion time

Average completion time is 18 months. This is self paced, more time allocated to study will determine when the qualification can be achieved. The full qualification must be completed within 3 years from date of enrolment and regular submission of assessment tasks is required.

Practicum requirements - 240 hours

60 hours – Birth-2 years – Babies practicum
60 hours – 2-3 years – Toddlers practicum
60 hours - 3-5 years Preschool practicum
30 hours – must include a child with additional needs (any age group)
30 hours – service management

Course units

28 units in total - 23 compulsory units and 5 elective units must be completed for this qualification. Students must choose 5 electives from the elective units listed below.

FIRST AID CERTIFICATE: please note all students must complete the first aid certificate qualification HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting with an external registered training organisation at their own expense.  A copy of the Statement of Attainment must be forwarded to ECTARC before the completion of the course. Credit will be given for this unit. To find an external training provider please click here 

1.   CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
2.   CHCECE001 Develop cultural competence
3.   CHCECE002 Ensure the health and safety of children
4.   CHCECE003 Provide care for children
5.   CHCECE004 Promote and provide healthy food and drinks
6.   CHCECE005 Provide care for babies and toddlers
7.   CHCECE007 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children
8.   CHCECE009 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
9.   CHCECE016 Establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment for children
10. CHCECE017 Foster the holistic development and wellbeing of the child in early childhood
11. CHCECE018 Nurture creativity in children
12. CHCECE019 Facilitate compliance in an education and care service
13. CHCECE020 Establish and implement plans for developing cooperative behaviour
14. CHCECE021 Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children
15. CHCECE022 Promote children’s agency
16. CHCECE023 Analyse information to inform learning
17. CHCECE024 Design and implement the curriculum to foster children’s learning and development
18. CHCECE025 Embed sustainable practices in service operations
19. CHCECE026 Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate education and care for children
20. CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
21. HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting
22. CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
23. HLTWHS003 Maintain work health and safety

Elective units

Choose 5 electives from this list of units.   

1.   BSBINN502A Build and sustain an innovative work environment
2.   CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
3.   CHCMGT003 Lead the work team
4.   CHCPOL002 Develop and implement policy
5.   BSBLED401 Develop teams and individuals
6.   CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice

The Enrolment Process

Courses can be commenced at any time of the year. 

Students need to read the following documentation to understand their rights, responsibilities and ECTARC policies (such as refund policy) before enrolling.

Students need to provide:

  • Unique Student Identifier (USI) number
  • verified identification
  • certified qualification/s and/or transcript/s (if applying for Recognition of Prior Learning or Credit Transfer)

Processing of enrolments and distribution of learning materials can take up to 10 working days. During the 10 days, the ECTARC Assessors review new enrolments to determine if students are eligible for credit transfer. This process must take place to determine which unit a student will be allocated to commence their studies. If students submit qualifications and transcripts for credit transfer consideration, the enrolment and distribution of learning materials can take up to 21 working days. Certified copies of identification (see below) are also required for the enrolment process to be completed. Students can commence study as soon they receive their learning materials and information package. 

Unique Student Identifier number

It s a regulatory requirement that if you're studying nationally recognised training in Australia from 1 January 2015, you will be required to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI).  Your USI links to an online account that contains all your training records and results (transcript) that you have completed from 1 January 2015 onwards. When applying for a job or enrolling in further study, you will often need to provide your training records and results (transcript). One of the main benefits of the USI is the ability to provide students with easy access to their training records and results (transcript) throughout their life.  You can access your USI account online from your computer, tablet or smart phone anytime.
How do you get a USI?

Follow the steps here to get a USI. It is easy and quick to do. When you enrol online you will be required to enter your USI number.

For detailed information on the USI please visit the Australian Government's Department of Industry website at visit 

Verified Identification

To verify a document, the original must be seen, and the copy must be signed and dated by an employer, Director/Nominated Supervisor, ECTARC Training & Development Officer or ECTARC staff member. The person verifying the document must write on the document a statement that says "The original has been sighted. Verified by ", print their name, sign and put the date on the document. ECTARC requires that licences, passports and birth certificates are verified.

Certified documentation

ECTARC is legally required to check that your any qualifications or transcripts you provide are authentic. There are 2 ways this can occur:

1) if you have completed a qualification from 2015 onward, you can give ECTARC access to your online USI records so we can certify your qualifications. Watch this video to see how you can do this or click here to download instructions.

2) send ECTARC certified copies of your qualifications and/or transcripts. Steps to follow:

i) Make a copy of your qualifications, transcripts, marriage certificates and other official documentation

ii) Take the original documents and copies to a Justice of the Peace who will sign the copies to say they are authentic.  You will often find an employee that is a Justice of the Peace at your local post office or bank. Alternately, google 'Find a Justice of the Peace' to locate someone in your local area.  

iii) The original certified copies must be mailed to ECTARC. However, you can upload a copy of your certified copies when you enrol online so you can receive your learning materials quicker. Simply scan your qualifications/transcripts and save it as a PDF or jpeg file to upload. Please note: You do not have to have these documents to complete your online enrolment; the original documents can be mailed to ECTARC at a later date. 

Please note: ECTARC requires all documentation and relevant information before fully processing enrolments. Training will not commence until all documentation is received.  We want to ensure that you get any credit transfer or RPL you are entitled to and that all regulatory requirements are met.