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CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

National ID: CHC50113 State ID: J594
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The Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care covers educators in children's services (early childhood) who are responsible for planning, implementing and managing programs in early childhood services, in accordance with licensing, accreditation and duty of care requirements. At this level educators have responsibility for supervision of other staff and volunteers. In most states it is the highest qualification required at director or service manager level for children's service centre based care and education.

Gain these skills:

  • lead a team in an Education and Care Service
  • provide care and meet the social, emotional, physical and educational needs of infants and young children in various care settings
  • ethical work practices and legal requirements of the industry
  • advanced skills in care routines
  • working with families 
  • observing and recording children's behaviour
  • working with culturally diverse clients
  • managing safety in the workplace
  • work closely with children from different backgrounds and cultures
  • provide care and support for children in various child care situations
Half-price

This qualification is directly aligned with priority industry areas where the jobs are today, and into the future. As part of the state government Lower fees, local skills initiative, from 1 January 2020 through to 31 December 2025 you'll only pay half the course fees, capped for each year at $1,200; or $400 (plus resource fee) if you're aged 15—24 or eligible for a concession. Find out more

VET Student Loans (VSL)

This course is a VET Student Loan eligible course. A VET Student Loan creates a debt that must be repaid to the Commonwealth and is only available to students who are eligible.

To find out if you are eligible or to see the list of eligible courses visit our Student Loans page.

This course requires vaccination and working with children check prior to work placement. See the important information tab for instructions. 

School Leaver Non-School Leaver AQF
Completion of WACE General or ATAR (Minimum C Grades) or equivalent Completion of WACE General or ATAR or equivalent (minimum C Grades) Certificate III

For those wishing to study our online and on campus study option, you will need to have completed a Certificate III in Early Childhood and be working in a childcare organisation to satisfy the requirements of work placement in completing the diploma.

This course is available as a traineeship.

Entrance requirements for traineeships

You must be employed in a training contract by an appropriate organisation to study an apprenticeship or traineeship. 

In a traineeship you also gain hands-on skills and work experience, and improve your employment prospects, while earning a wage. On successful completion you will gain a nationally recognised qualification which can lead to rewarding career options. The difference between a traineeship and an apprenticeship is that a traineeship can be either a full time or part time employment based training arrangement, usually for a nominal duration of 12 months or more, generally in a non-trade related area. 

To find out how to arrange a traineeship and study at South Metropolitan TAFE, please contact the Jobs and Skills Centre closest to you.

Full time on campus study option

Attendance in class

This course is equivalent to 4 days per week when studied full time across three semesters. This qualification has three stages each a semester in length.

Stage 1

This option is for people who have not studied the Certificate III in Early Childhood or who need a supportive learning environment from lecturers who can assist with literacy and numeracy. Stage one of the Diploma is available full-time at the Thornlie campus only.

Stages 2 and 3

These stages are for students who have passed either Stage 1 or 2 of the Diploma or the Certificate 111 in Early Childhood Education and Care. This option is suitable for students who are currently working in the industry and want to continue working whilst engaging in study.

At-home study

As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 15 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including private study, assignment preparation, and research.

You will need to have the basic technical requirements for at-home study. If you don’t have access to a computer and WiFi at home, we recommend using our library computers during library hours.

Students will be expected to access to online learning resources with either a laptop or an iPad. The purchase or an eBook or text is required.

Work placement

Stage 1 of the Diploma has 180 hours of work placement and stages 2 & 3 have 240 hours of work placement which is mandatory for completion of this course. SM TAFE will arrange a suitable work placement within industry if you are not already working in the industry. For stages 2 and 3, this can be achieved by attending one day per week of class and 4 days per week of work placement in Term 2. For those using our online study option for stage 1, a work placement of 2 days within a Perth metropolitan organisation is required.

In order to undertake mandatory work placement, you must obtain a Working with Children Check (WWCC). This form will be issued and completed at your orientation.

Please be aware that industries and employers have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic which has meant that some work placements have been cancelled, put on hold or student places significantly reduced. While every effort is being made to work with our industry partners to secure work placements during this unprecedented time, there may be delays in students being placed. As a result of these delays some students may take longer than the expected time to complete their course. Lecturing staff will keep all students up to date and will inform students if this may affect them and cause a delay in finishing their course.

What you need for your first day of class

On your first day you should bring your SM TAFE confirmation enrolment receipt, your student ID and stationery (pen, notepad, two white lever arch files [2 ring] and two sets of file dividers [10 pack]).

Students will be expected to access to online learning resources with either a laptop or an iPad. The purchase of an eBook or text is required.

Part time online and on campus study option

Students who have completed the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care and are currently working in the early childhood industry can use this study option to attend workshops on campus, supplemented by online study at home.

Attendance in class

you will be required to attend 7 to 8 workshops on Saturdays at the Thornlie campus.

Work placement

Your work placement arrangement will be used to satisfy the work placement for the course.

What you need to study online

To study online and on campus, you should be prepared to commit to independent study and to attend our campuses. To help you understand what it takes to study online and on campus at SM TAFE, download our info pack below.

Online and on campus study info pack (337 KB) (PDF document - opens in a new tab)

  • This qualification takes three semesters of full-time study to complete.
  • Students must be proficient in written and spoken English, as the course requires communication with other students, lecturers and workers/clients in industry.
  • Students must have the ability to set aside between four and five days per week for attendance at classes, work placement and study.
  • Students will be required to provide personal care such as nappy changing or toileting for babies and children.
  • Successfully completed either Stage one of the Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care or have completed the CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
  • To complete this course students must successfully complete an LLN test to ascertain the learner needs.
  • Delivered on campus via seven compulsory workshops – Thornlie campus on a Saturday from 0900 to 1200.
  • If not already working in the Child Care sector applicants are required to do at least two days a week of placement at a Registered Child Care service over the semester.

A Working with Children Check (WWCC) must be obtained prior to attending the mandatory work placement. This form will be issued and completed at your orientation.

Important COVID-19 update

This course includes work placement or live works in a Group 1 or Group 2 industry as outlined in COVID-19 mandatory vaccination policy.  For the latest information on vaccine requirements for students visit the COVID-19 updates page.

Please note this list should be used as a guide only as job titles and qualification requirements may vary between organisations.

SM TAFE actively promotes the employment availability of course graduates to key industry partners and organisations. We also seek expressions of interest from organisations for the placement of our students into work experience. In addition, this course involves work placement, giving you further opportunity to develop relationships with potential employers. We endeavour to assist students into a career pathway, but please be aware that employment is not guaranteed by us.

To access free career planning and job search assistance, visit the Jobs and Skills Centres page.

Become a specialist in your field with university study

The information about university credit points and tuition costs provides a general guide only. SM TAFE recommends students discuss credit points with the university or college of their choice at the time of graduation.

Study options and next steps

Click on your preferred study mode below to get started with your application.

Semester 1

Details
Duration 3 Semesters
When Semester 1
Where Thornlie
How On Campus
Course fee
Tuition fee* Resource fee Total fee
General $1,200.00 $406.75 $1,606.75
Concession $400.00 $406.75 $806.75

Indicative fees and charges 

Visit our Fees page for all you need to know about fees at SM TAFE including rules around refunds and withdrawals. 

Call 1800 001 001 to get a more accurate fee indication based on your eligibility and study plan before applying. 

More information about fees – at a glance 

Fees and charges published on our website are indicative. The fee for this course is displayed in the table above, showing tuition fees, resource fees and total fees for general and concession fee types for qualifications and skill sets, and one total fee for short courses. 

Your fees will depend on your eligibility for government funding or a concession rate, and the units you choose to study or seek to be recognised under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Our Indicative fees lists show fees that are: 

  • Based on the full possible study plan of units, including the recommended electives 

  • Based on full time study in 2021 for Semester 2 study options

  • Based on full time study in 2022 for Semester 1 study options

  • Charged at the government funded rate for over 18 years of age students 

  • Based on unit electives designed to meet localised industry demand for skills 

  • * Made up of course fees and resource fees, or RPL fees. Course fees are the cost of your tuition, while resource fees pay for consumables provided to you to aid your study (such as printing and paper). You may also be required to purchase text books or equipment that are not part of our tuition or resource fees. Short course fees include both tuition and resource fees as one total fee. 

Fees may vary between students and between educational providers. Other charges may apply. 

Lower Fees, Local Skills fee caps 

The annual fees cap on Lower fees, local skills qualifications means that regardless of how much course fees are, you will not pay more than a set total amount per qualification or course in any one calendar year. The annual fees cap is set at $400 for eligible concession students, and $1,200 for non-concession students, plus resource fees. If you begin study in Semester 2 and your course runs longer than one semester, you should expect a new calendar year cap to begin in the next semester of your study, as your further study will be considered in a new calendar year. 

Skills Ready skill sets 

Skills Ready skill sets are free for eligible students. For those who are not eligible, tuition, resource and other fees are payable.  Find out more about the initiative

VET Student Loans 

Selected Diploma and Advanced Diploma courses are VET Student Loan eligible courses. A VET Student Loan creates a debt that must be repaid to the Commonwealth and is only available to students who are eligible. Student Loan fee caps apply. To find out if you are eligible, to see the list of eligible courses or view the loan caps visit our Student Loans page.  

International students 

Selected courses are available to International students for full time study only. Fees, charges, available locations, applications and enrolment procedures for International students are different to those for students who have Australian permanent residency. For more information or to find a course visit the TAFE International WA website. 

Recognition of Prior Learning 

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) enrolments are charged at $3.25 per nominal hour of study. 

No concession fees apply to RPL enrolments. Refer to the institutional or apprenticeship/traineeship fee list above for an indicative RPL course fee. 

To get started with RPL, visit the Recognition of Prior Learning page. 

College Discretionary Fee (CDF) 

For all on campus and online and on campus students an annual $20 discretionary fee is payable to cover items like security and other onsite facilities. Fully online students are not expected to pay a CDF as they do not attract on campus costs.

Details
Duration 3 Semesters
When Semester 1
Where Thornlie
How Online and On Campus
Course fee
Tuition fee* Resource fee Total fee
General $1,200.00 $0.00 $1,200.00
Concession $400.00 $0.00 $400.00

Indicative fees and charges 

Visit our Fees page for all you need to know about fees at SM TAFE including rules around refunds and withdrawals. 

Call 1800 001 001 to get a more accurate fee indication based on your eligibility and study plan before applying. 

More information about fees – at a glance 

Fees and charges published on our website are indicative. The fee for this course is displayed in the table above, showing tuition fees, resource fees and total fees for general and concession fee types for qualifications and skill sets, and one total fee for short courses. 

Your fees will depend on your eligibility for government funding or a concession rate, and the units you choose to study or seek to be recognised under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Our Indicative fees lists show fees that are: 

  • Based on the full possible study plan of units, including the recommended electives 

  • Based on full time study in 2021 for Semester 2 study options

  • Based on full time study in 2022 for Semester 1 study options

  • Charged at the government funded rate for over 18 years of age students 

  • Based on unit electives designed to meet localised industry demand for skills 

  • * Made up of course fees and resource fees, or RPL fees. Course fees are the cost of your tuition, while resource fees pay for consumables provided to you to aid your study (such as printing and paper). You may also be required to purchase text books or equipment that are not part of our tuition or resource fees. Short course fees include both tuition and resource fees as one total fee. 

Fees may vary between students and between educational providers. Other charges may apply. 

Lower Fees, Local Skills fee caps 

The annual fees cap on Lower fees, local skills qualifications means that regardless of how much course fees are, you will not pay more than a set total amount per qualification or course in any one calendar year. The annual fees cap is set at $400 for eligible concession students, and $1,200 for non-concession students, plus resource fees. If you begin study in Semester 2 and your course runs longer than one semester, you should expect a new calendar year cap to begin in the next semester of your study, as your further study will be considered in a new calendar year. 

Skills Ready skill sets 

Skills Ready skill sets are free for eligible students. For those who are not eligible, tuition, resource and other fees are payable.  Find out more about the initiative

VET Student Loans 

Selected Diploma and Advanced Diploma courses are VET Student Loan eligible courses. A VET Student Loan creates a debt that must be repaid to the Commonwealth and is only available to students who are eligible. Student Loan fee caps apply. To find out if you are eligible, to see the list of eligible courses or view the loan caps visit our Student Loans page.  

International students 

Selected courses are available to International students for full time study only. Fees, charges, available locations, applications and enrolment procedures for International students are different to those for students who have Australian permanent residency. For more information or to find a course visit the TAFE International WA website. 

Recognition of Prior Learning 

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) enrolments are charged at $3.25 per nominal hour of study. 

No concession fees apply to RPL enrolments. Refer to the institutional or apprenticeship/traineeship fee list above for an indicative RPL course fee. 

To get started with RPL, visit the Recognition of Prior Learning page. 

College Discretionary Fee (CDF) 

For all on campus and online and on campus students an annual $20 discretionary fee is payable to cover items like security and other onsite facilities. Fully online students are not expected to pay a CDF as they do not attract on campus costs.

Details
Duration 3 Semesters
When Semester 1
Where Rockingham
How On Campus
Course fee
Tuition fee* Resource fee Total fee
General $1,200.00 $406.75 $1,606.75
Concession $400.00 $406.75 $806.75

Indicative fees and charges 

Visit our Fees page for all you need to know about fees at SM TAFE including rules around refunds and withdrawals. 

Call 1800 001 001 to get a more accurate fee indication based on your eligibility and study plan before applying. 

More information about fees – at a glance 

Fees and charges published on our website are indicative. The fee for this course is displayed in the table above, showing tuition fees, resource fees and total fees for general and concession fee types for qualifications and skill sets, and one total fee for short courses. 

Your fees will depend on your eligibility for government funding or a concession rate, and the units you choose to study or seek to be recognised under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Our Indicative fees lists show fees that are: 

  • Based on the full possible study plan of units, including the recommended electives 

  • Based on full time study in 2021 for Semester 2 study options

  • Based on full time study in 2022 for Semester 1 study options

  • Charged at the government funded rate for over 18 years of age students 

  • Based on unit electives designed to meet localised industry demand for skills 

  • * Made up of course fees and resource fees, or RPL fees. Course fees are the cost of your tuition, while resource fees pay for consumables provided to you to aid your study (such as printing and paper). You may also be required to purchase text books or equipment that are not part of our tuition or resource fees. Short course fees include both tuition and resource fees as one total fee. 

Fees may vary between students and between educational providers. Other charges may apply. 

Lower Fees, Local Skills fee caps 

The annual fees cap on Lower fees, local skills qualifications means that regardless of how much course fees are, you will not pay more than a set total amount per qualification or course in any one calendar year. The annual fees cap is set at $400 for eligible concession students, and $1,200 for non-concession students, plus resource fees. If you begin study in Semester 2 and your course runs longer than one semester, you should expect a new calendar year cap to begin in the next semester of your study, as your further study will be considered in a new calendar year. 

Skills Ready skill sets 

Skills Ready skill sets are free for eligible students. For those who are not eligible, tuition, resource and other fees are payable.  Find out more about the initiative

VET Student Loans 

Selected Diploma and Advanced Diploma courses are VET Student Loan eligible courses. A VET Student Loan creates a debt that must be repaid to the Commonwealth and is only available to students who are eligible. Student Loan fee caps apply. To find out if you are eligible, to see the list of eligible courses or view the loan caps visit our Student Loans page.  

International students 

Selected courses are available to International students for full time study only. Fees, charges, available locations, applications and enrolment procedures for International students are different to those for students who have Australian permanent residency. For more information or to find a course visit the TAFE International WA website. 

Recognition of Prior Learning 

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) enrolments are charged at $3.25 per nominal hour of study. 

No concession fees apply to RPL enrolments. Refer to the institutional or apprenticeship/traineeship fee list above for an indicative RPL course fee. 

To get started with RPL, visit the Recognition of Prior Learning page. 

College Discretionary Fee (CDF) 

For all on campus and online and on campus students an annual $20 discretionary fee is payable to cover items like security and other onsite facilities. Fully online students are not expected to pay a CDF as they do not attract on campus costs.

All year round

Details
When All year round
How Traineeship

Indicative fees and charges

Visit our Fees page for all you need to know about fees at SM TAFE including rules around refunds and withdrawals. . 

Call 1800 001 001 to get a more accurate fee indication based on your eligibility and study plan before applying. 

More information about fees – at a glance 

2021 Apprenticeship/Traineeship fees list 

Fees and charges published on our website are indicative. The fee for this course is available in the list in the document linked above, showing tuition fees, resource fees and total fees for general and concession fee types. 

Your fees will depend on your eligibility for government funding or a concession rate, and the units you choose to study or seek to be recognised under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Our Indicative fees lists show fees that are: 

  • Based on the full possible study plan of units, including the recommended electives 

  • Based on full time study in 2021 for Semester 2 study options

  • Based on full time study in 2022 for Semester 1 study options

  • Charged at the government funded rate for over 18 years of age students 

  • Based on unit electives designed to meet localised industry demand for skills 

  • Made up of course fees and resource fees, or RPL fees. Course fees are the cost of your tuition, while resource fees pay for consumables provided to you to aid your study (such as printing and paper). You may also be required to purchase text books or equipment that are not part of our tuition or resource fees. 

Fees may vary between students and between educational providers. Other charges may apply. 

Fees for apprenticeships and traineeships are charged at a rate per nominal hour of study. This means that your fees will vary depending on the units you study as part of your training plan. Lower Fees, Local Skills indicative fees do not apply to existing worker trainees. 

Apprentices and trainees are liable to pay for their own fees but some industrial agreements (awards) dictate that employers are required to reimburse their apprentice upon receipt of satisfactory progress. An employer may also opt to pay on behalf of the apprentice or trainee. 

For more information visit our Apprenticeships and traineeships page. 

Recognition of Prior Learning 

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) enrolments are charged at $3.25 per nominal hour of study. 

No concession fees apply to RPL enrolments. Refer to the institutional or apprenticeship/traineeship fee list above for an indicative RPL course fee. 

To get started with RPL, visit the Recognition of Prior Learning page. 

College Discretionary Fee (CDF) 

For all on campus and online and on campus students an annual $20 discretionary fee is payable to cover items like security and other onsite facilities. Fully online students are not expected to pay a CDF as they do not attract on campus costs.

Semester 2

Details
Duration 3 Semesters
When Semester 2
Where Rockingham
How On Campus
Course fee
Tuition fee* Resource fee Total fee
General $1,200.00 $406.75 $1,606.75
Concession $400.00 $406.75 $806.75

Indicative fees and charges 

Visit our Fees page for all you need to know about fees at SM TAFE including rules around refunds and withdrawals. 

Call 1800 001 001 to get a more accurate fee indication based on your eligibility and study plan before applying. 

More information about fees – at a glance 

Fees and charges published on our website are indicative. The fee for this course is displayed in the table above, showing tuition fees, resource fees and total fees for general and concession fee types for qualifications and skill sets, and one total fee for short courses. 

Your fees will depend on your eligibility for government funding or a concession rate, and the units you choose to study or seek to be recognised under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Our Indicative fees lists show fees that are: 

  • Based on the full possible study plan of units, including the recommended electives 

  • Based on full time study in 2021 for Semester 2 study options

  • Based on full time study in 2022 for Semester 1 study options

  • Charged at the government funded rate for over 18 years of age students 

  • Based on unit electives designed to meet localised industry demand for skills 

  • * Made up of course fees and resource fees, or RPL fees. Course fees are the cost of your tuition, while resource fees pay for consumables provided to you to aid your study (such as printing and paper). You may also be required to purchase text books or equipment that are not part of our tuition or resource fees. Short course fees include both tuition and resource fees as one total fee. 

Fees may vary between students and between educational providers. Other charges may apply. 

Lower Fees, Local Skills fee caps 

The annual fees cap on Lower fees, local skills qualifications means that regardless of how much course fees are, you will not pay more than a set total amount per qualification or course in any one calendar year. The annual fees cap is set at $400 for eligible concession students, and $1,200 for non-concession students, plus resource fees. If you begin study in Semester 2 and your course runs longer than one semester, you should expect a new calendar year cap to begin in the next semester of your study, as your further study will be considered in a new calendar year. 

Skills Ready skill sets 

Skills Ready skill sets are free for eligible students. For those who are not eligible, tuition, resource and other fees are payable.  Find out more about the initiative

VET Student Loans 

Selected Diploma and Advanced Diploma courses are VET Student Loan eligible courses. A VET Student Loan creates a debt that must be repaid to the Commonwealth and is only available to students who are eligible. Student Loan fee caps apply. To find out if you are eligible, to see the list of eligible courses or view the loan caps visit our Student Loans page.  

International students 

Selected courses are available to International students for full time study only. Fees, charges, available locations, applications and enrolment procedures for International students are different to those for students who have Australian permanent residency. For more information or to find a course visit the TAFE International WA website. 

Recognition of Prior Learning 

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) enrolments are charged at $3.25 per nominal hour of study. 

No concession fees apply to RPL enrolments. Refer to the institutional or apprenticeship/traineeship fee list above for an indicative RPL course fee. 

To get started with RPL, visit the Recognition of Prior Learning page. 

College Discretionary Fee (CDF) 

For all on campus and online and on campus students an annual $20 discretionary fee is payable to cover items like security and other onsite facilities. Fully online students are not expected to pay a CDF as they do not attract on campus costs.

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