CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC)


IHNA Nationally Recognized Training IHNA Course
Course Code : CHC50113 Duration : 104 weeks
AQF Level : 5 School : School of Education
International Students : Perth Campus International Fees : Click here for more details
CRICOS Code: 093191G
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Do you love to work with children, and are you planning to become an early childhood educator? Do explore our Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care that offers you the option to work in the childcare education industry, in settings such as early learning centres, family day care centres and so on.

The Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) is designed to educate students to competently handle roles within an early childcare education setting. You will be responsible for educating and nurturing the creativity in children, taking care of babies and toddlers, developing their social and cultural competencies, and helping them to become confident, socially capable children.

The course will be delivered in both classroom and blended learning modes which include a combination of theory, simulation based training and assessment in a simulated children services lab environment. There will be 240 hours of Professional Experience at placement venues (PEP) that is mandatory.

On successful completion of this course, students can gain employment in the Early Childhood Education Industry in multiple settings that include Child Care Centres, After School programs, Pre-school programs, Family Day Care Centres, and Play Groups among other community settings.

Course learning outcomes:

Having completed the course, students will be able to:

• Gain knowledge and understanding of the Diploma of ECEC, and apply that knowledge in the early education sector.
• Demonstrate the ability to manage children, educate them, and contribute to their development and learning process.
• Understand the legal and ethical side of working in an early childhood education centre.
• Understand and ensure the health and safety of the children in the centre.
• Respond to emergency first aid situations at an education and care setting.
• Gain the ability to nurture, develop, and educate the children's ability to deal with the outside world and to become confident and socially capable.
• Gain the ability to deal with families and to provide them with appropriate counselling about their children.
• Manage and operate the early learning centre, and manage the team of educators.
• Plan programs that are in sync with the national quality framework.

"Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are encouraged to apply".

Course Overview

What is Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)?

RPL is about the skills and knowledge you've gained through work and life experiences, no matter how, when or where the learning occurred.

We acknowledge your previous achievement of competencies or learning outcomes that may count towards your qualification. RPL acknowledges that people learn in many different ways and that learning may have been obtained through:

•  Formal learning - which takes place within an institution, such as in a school system, college or at TAFE, and is formally recognised with grades, diplomas or certificates;
•  Work Experience (Informal Learning) - occurs in a variety of places, such as at home, work, and through daily interactions and relationships with members of society;
•  Life Experience (Non-formal learning) - you had a formal learning environment, but is not formally recognised within a curriculum or syllabus framework (e.g. from workshops, short courses, seminars, community or interest based courses, conferences);
•  A mix of the above.

This recognition process is evidenced in accordance with the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) and could provide you with a full or partial qualification and avoid duplication of training. You may be able to complete your course faster through recognition of your previous study, work skills and past experience as credits towards completion of your course.

Some of our courses also have recognised study pathways, making learning more accessible. Applications for RPL can be made prior to enrolling.

How are my skills assessed?

We have developed an RPL Assessment Kit, to assess your skills, and experiences against industry standards. This is done by an RPL assessor. You may be asked to:

•  Perform tasks or jobs.
•  Talk about and explain how you do those jobs (through a structured interview process).
•  Provide evidence of your work.
•  A visit to your workplace may be organised so you can demonstrate your abilities. You may have to provide job descriptions, references or documented evidence of performance appraisals.
•  The assessor will consider your skills and knowledge and match them against a suitable qualification.

Overseas qualifications

If your qualifications, training or skills were gained outside Australia, you might be able to get recognition for your skills or qualifications to determine your eligibility to gain credit for the intended course of study. We can initiate this process on the available courses for which RPL is applicable.

Applications for RPL

If you intend on applying for RPL:

•  Carefully read the information contained within the RPL Student Guide.
•  Send your RPL application to our Admissions Officer using the RPL Student Information Form (fully complete all sections).
•  Collate copies of all required documents to be used as evidence of your prior learning/experience.
•  Attach these documents with your application.
•  Submit the Application Form and documented evidences via email to

Our RPL Fees for the Diploma of ECEC is:
$6,100 + $200 (admission fee) = Total $6,300

104 weeks

The Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care has a total of 28 units; 23 core units and five elective units.

Core Units


Work legally and ethically


Ensure the health and safety of children


Maintain work health and safety


Identify and respond to children and young people at risk


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


Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety


Develop cultural competence


Provide care for children


Provide care for babies and toddlers


Promote and provide healthy food and drinks


Develop positive and respectful relationships with children


Use an approved learning framework to guide practice


Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children


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 services


Establish and implement plans for developing cooperative behaviour


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

Elective Units


Work with diverse people


Support the holistic development of children in early childhood


Provide experiences to support children's play and learning


Reflect on and improve own professional practice


Support children to connect with their world

International students should have:

• A satisfactory English Proficiency: A minimum IELTS overall score of 6 (Academic) with no band less than 6 or equivalent
• Satisfactorily completed a minimum of year 12 or equivalent
• Must be of a minimum age of 18+ at the time of course commencement

In addition, all the applicants are required to have successfully completed an ACSF test and demonstrate competence as working at Level 4 for all indicators to enrol for this qualification (issued within the last 12 months from the time of admission).

Additional Requirement for professional experience placement:

• Current satisfactory Australian National Police clearance / AFP/ NCC and WWCC
• IHNA highly recommends students to complete the immunization requirements before the professional experience placement start date

It is also essential for the student to possess basic computer skills.

Physical requirements

While IHNA will work with you to make "reasonable accommodations" in the campus lab and classroom, there are work place practice conditions that occur in the workplace environment that are beyond IHNA's control. The physical requirements below are necessary to function in the healthcare facility and/or community setting. Students must be able to perform and complete course objectives and requirements with or without reasonable accommodations otherwise you will not be enrolled.

Skills and abilities that are needed to perform client care to pass the course objectives and requirements are:

Strength: Sufficient to assist with lifting and transferring a client, and perform CPR
Mobility: Sufficient mobility to bend, stoop, and bend down to the floor; ability to move around rapidly; and to move in small, confined areas.
Hearing: Sufficient to hear through the stethoscope to discriminate sounds; to hear cries for help; to hear alarms on equipment and emergency signals; and various overhead pages.
Vision: Sufficient to make physical assessments of client and equipment.
Communication: Able to communicate in both verbal and written formats; and interact with clients, staff, and faculty supervisors.

If you have a disability that will require reasonable accommodations to fulfill these requirements then please declare in your course application.

Perth Campus

Our campus in Perth City is in the heart of the business district. Transportation and services are available just minutes away from our campus.

For School of Education Student Support:

Institute of Health & Nursing Australia

Corporate Offices (Rosanna) Tel : 03 9455 4418
Perth Campus Tel : 08 6212 8200

The total tuition cost for the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care is:

International Students: AUD $24,000.00

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Interested in this course?

Do apply for the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care with IHNA.

Before applying for the course, please check the entry requirements for this course.

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Note: Information provided as a guide only. The units taken into account may vary depending on the course provider. Please contact us for specific information on units and credit transfers.


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Pathways and Careers

This course leads to the following study pathways, among others:

•  Advanced Diploma of ECEC
•  Bachelor Degree of Education (Early childhood)
•  Graduate Diploma of Education
•  Master of Education

Students who have successfully completed this course can work as a Childhood Education Manager or an Outside School Hours Coordinator within an early childhood sector.

Some other potential jobs the graduates can obtain employment in are:

•  Early childhood educator.
•  Family day care educator
•  Before and after school hours' care coordinator
•  Service director/ program manager/ educational leader

Job prospects in this sector are very promising. 149,600 people in Australia were employed as Child Carers in 2015. Job openings over the next 5 years are expected to be greater than 50,000.

Source: Department of Employment. For full details on Child Carers visit Job Outlook

Employment Level and Growth

•  In the five years to November 2019, the number of job openings for Child Carers is expected to be greater than 50,000.
•  Employment prospects for this occupation have risen very strongly in the past five years. Looking forward to November 2020, employment for Child Carers is expected to grow very rapidly.
•  This is a very large occupation (149,600 in November 2015) suggesting that opportunities should be available in most regions.
•  It has been found that the most common level of educational attainment for Child Carers is Certificate III/IV (33.6 per cent).
•  At present, Child Carers are mainly employed in: Health Care and Social Assistance; Education and Training; and Other Services.

Information for this occupation (presented as charts and tables), includes employment level and growth.

Pathways and Careers

These data show past and projected (to 2020) employment levels (thousands). Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Employment trend data to November 2015 and Department of Employment projections to 2020.

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