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Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Course ID

The aim of this course is to develop the knowledge and skills required by 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.

Course Delivery

Clients are provided with an induction to the course to outline the learning and assessment processes, support services and other relevant information.

A blended delivery mode is employed including workplace delivery and face to face training that takes place in the Thinkpoint training facility. Clients also undertake independent study during the course. Some units of competency have common content so we therefore adopt a ‘clustered’ approach to delivery where units are delivered in conjunction with others.

Workplace delivery is a methodology used to develop students’ knowledge and skills. i.e. students learn on the job and practice applying knowledge and skills when completing workplace tasks.

Clients also complete work placement requirements for 6 units of competency during the workplace delivery component of the course. Work placement as its name suggests is undertaken in the workplace and therefore is a component of the workplace delivery and assessment methodology.

The following techniques are employed during face to face delivery depending on the subject matter:  power point presentations, individual tasks, case studies, research, role plays, practical demonstrations and group work.

During non-contact time clients will be provided with text books to develop knowledge and understanding. This includes a mixture of theoretical information and tasks. Text books include sufficient information for the clients to learn the topic, undertake practice activities and complete tasks. Clients will be supported by their trainers outside of class contact time.

Clients will be provided opportunities for formative assessment during delivery. Trainers provide feedback to clients on areas for improvements to facilitate the development of appropriate knowledge and skills and prepare them for summative assessment.

ThinkPoint offer courses throughout the year to suit clients’ requirements.


Assessment will take place at Thinkpoint’s training facility, the clients workplace/ work placement organisation and in their own time.

Some units of competency have common content so we therefore adopt a ‘clustered’ approach to assessment where units may be assessed in conjunction with others using the one assessment tool.

4 units of competency require the student to complete a minimum of 240 hours in the workplace or work placement organisation. Assessment methods include a combination of written tests, projects, reports, portfolios and practical demonstration of skills.

Client’s competency against the unit of competency specifications are assessed throughout the course. Clients are provided with opportunities for re-assessment if they fail to demonstrate competency during assessment tasks.

Clients will be informed of assessment processes and methodologies pre enrolment and at orientation. Assessors will provide copies of the assessment tasks in accordance with the assessment schedule and discuss the assessment requirements with each client prior to them attempting each task.

Entry requirements

Clients Language, Literacy and Numeracy ability is assessed in conjunction with their knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications in accordance with Learning and assessment strategy. On completion of the assessment Thinkpoint determines if the course is suitable for the client and addresses their learning needs.

Clients must have access to a regulated education and care service facility that provides early childhood education and care services to School aged and pre-school children. Thinkpoint provides each client with information on the facilities, equipment, resources, operational contexts and clientele that each workplace must provide to facilitate course requirements.

The candidate must be able to fulfil assessment and work placement requirements of the course in a regulated education and care service facility. Thinkpoint will arrange work placement for clients (i.e. place clients in regulated education and care service facility). Work placement requirements will be discussed with all clients’ pre-enrolment.

Clients must have a current working with children check to satisfy legislative requirements for working in a regulated education and care organisation.

Course structure and modules

In order to achieve the CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care students must satisfactorily complete the following units of competency:

CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
CHCECE001 Develop cultural competence
CHCECE002 Ensure the health and safety of children
CHCECE003 Provide care for children
CHCECE004 Promote and provide healthy food and drinks
CHCECE005 Provide care for babies and toddlers
CHCECE007 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children
CHCECE009 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
CHCECE016 Establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment for children
CHCECE017 Foster the holistic development and wellbeing of the child in early childhood
CHCECE018 Nurture creativity in children
CHCECE019 Facilitate compliance in an education and care service
CHCECE020 Establish and implement plans for developing cooperative behaviour
CHCECE021 Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children
CHCECE022 Promote children’s agency
CHCECE023 Analyse information to inform learning
CHCECE024 Design and implement the curriculum to foster children’s learning and development
CHCECE025 Embed sustainable practices in service operations
CHCECE026 Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate education and care for children
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
HLTWHS003 Maintain work health and safety
CHCPOL002 Develop and implement policy
CHCMGT003 Lead the work team
BSBMGT605 Provide leadership across the organisation
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
CHCECE006 Support behaviour of children and young people

Training Pathway

Clients who successfully complete this course may progress onto other related Community Services courses at Advanced Diploma level

Employment Pathway

This qualification may provide entry into employment in the following or related roles in the Early Childhood Education and Care sector:

Designing and implementing curriculum in early childhood education and care services


On successful completion of this course, clients will receive a CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care. A Statement of attainment will be provided to clients to indicate the units they have successfully completed if they do not successfully complete all units in the course.

Fee Information

Higher Level Skills Program Co-Contribution
Student Contribution Cost

Concession: $200.00* ($7.14 per unit) Non-Concession $250.00 ($8.92 per unit)

* Evidence to support Concession; Health care card, Pensioner concession card showing of Queensland residency and must be valid at the time of enrolment, the participant is an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT)

All clients are provided with the opportunity to have their prior learning and experience assessed and gain recognition for this. Clients who have successfully completed whole units of competency with a Australian registered Training Organisation that are identical to any of those contained within this course can apply for Credit Transfer.

Further Information

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