It has become an expectation that half of all educators employed in child care centres need to hold a Diploma level qualification, as a condition of operation. All Family day care coordinators working with children aged birth to 13 years must hold a Diploma level qualification.

Course Description

The Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care will allow you to potentially take on a supervisor or management role in child care, preparing you to establish a safe and healthy environment, and design and evaluate programs and care routines for children. The diploma prepares you to deal with the complex issues you may encounter in this career with confidence and professionalism.

You’ll learn how to manage staff who look after children, how to create a safe working environment and how to promote inclusive policies and coordinate the workplace. A work placement also gives you real-life training to make sure that you are ready to step directly into professional employment.


Course Features

Internal and Online Learning offers participants a unique combination of online learning methodologies that are fully supported and highly integrated.

Internal Study – There is a set class timetable. You will be advised of the class timetable upon enrolment. Generally, two days in class and one day in a childcare centre. You may need one extra home day to complete your weekly content.

Online Study – With our rolling intake, it will offer you the flexibility to enrol whenever suits you with no set class timetable. You can study when and where you like, tailoring your education to suit lifestyle, family, and employment commitments. We will supply you with a suggested timetable through the student dashboard to guide you through your studies.

Course Material – Have all your e-learning materials, resources and assessments, which you will be able to access through your student dashboard. You will also be allocated a mentor to support you with your assessments. Your mentor will also support and guide you in choosing a childcare centre to assist you with your practical assessment. Every step of the way, you will be supported.

Full Access to Resources – Detailed course materials, student email, forums, recorded lectures, quizzes and assessments, links to external resource materials and videos.   Access to Inspired Training’s student dashboard.


Inspired Training Mentor

You will be assigned your own personal training mentor who will guide and support you every step of the way. Your mentor will ensure that you are supported via phone, skype and email as needed and on a regular basis. You will never be alone, get stuck or feel unsupported throughout your study. We are here to support, motivate and ‘Inspire’ you, to best your best. The course will involve workbooks, practical assessments, written assignments and training sessions, plus on-the-job training with workplace supervisors, assessment and training via phone and email and regular onsite visits by an assessor for mentoring support or a third-party report from your centre director.


Course Delivery and Duration

This course is delivered online over a period of 10 months. You will be provided with your own personal mentor for the duration of the course who will answer questions and guide you through the course material and assessments. You will have access to your mentor at any time and can contact them via email. You will gain access to an interactive online learning environment 24/7.



Graduates receive the award CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.


Entry Requirements

  • Students are required to complete a learning literacy and numeracy assessment prior to commencement for all courses.
  • Completed CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.
  • Year 12 equivalent literacy, numeracy and language skills and intermediate computer skills.


Work Experience

The Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care includes the requirement for a 240 hour vocational placement in an Early Childhood Education setting. In order to participate in this, you will be required to complete a Working With Children check to comply with the requirements of the Working with Children (Risk Management and Screening) Act 2000 and the Child Care Act 2002.


Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Recognition of Current Competencies (RCC) options are also available for students on request and assistance will be provided to determine eligibility. Each student requesting RPL will be interviewed and they should provide a portfolio of evidence to support their application and may be assessed on the job. On the job assessments can be conducted to assess current skills and knowledge.

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