Diploma Of Early Childhood Education And Care

Course Code: CHC50113
Study Area:
Early Childhood Education and Care

If you are enrolling in this course as a Traineeship, you must have employment in the relevant industry before commencing the course.

Classes are delivered remotely online with several workshops for practical classes and assessments. 


Campus: Bendigo City

Start Date: June 2022

End Date: December 2023

Days & Times: 2 days per week (days TBC)


Practical Placement requirements are met in the workplace.

The Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC50113) will provide students with the knowledge and skills to design and implement curriculum in early childhood education and care services, using an approved learning framework.

Our course delivery features a combination of on-campus and remote (online) learning. This flexibility allows our students to continue to study in a safe, guided and supported manner.

All students required to attend on-site learning must be fully vaccinated in line with Bendigo TAFE’s Vaccination Policy

Free TAFE and JobTrainer

You may be entitled to free tuition fees for this course if you meet the eligibility criteria for the State Government’s FREE TAFE for Priority Courses initiative. If you are aged 17-24 or looking for work, you may be eligible for 80% discount on the tuition fee through JobTrainer. It's important to know that you may incur other fees, such as student services fees or materials fees, and you'll need to cover these costs yourself. To find out more, call 13 TAFE (13 8233).

Normally a Skills First student is only entitled to one Free TAFE fee waiver. However, you may be able to enrol even if you have previously used your Free TAFE entitlement in a second Free TAFE course under JobTrainer. You may be able to get an exemption if you don’t meet the upskilling requirement.

  • Bendigo City Campus
Course Structure
  • Full time - Blended - 18 - Month/s


This qualification is nationally recognised

Possible careers
  • Family day care worker
  • Play centre worker
  • Preschool worker
  • Private homes worker
  • Special needs worker
  • Child care worker
  • Credits may apply in a range of university courses, including the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education

  • Evidence of full Covid-19 vaccination status (2 x doses) or a medical exemption by a medical practitioner
  • Individual interview
  • Working with Children Check
  • Literacy and numeracy assessment
  • Victorian Police Check
  • Minimum age is 17 years and 11 months at time of course start date

If you are enrolling in this course as a Traineeship, you must have employment in the relevant industry before commencing the course.

Course overview

This qualification reflects the role of workers in a range of early childhood education settings who work within the requirements of the Education and Care Services National Regulations and the National Quality Standards. Workers in this field support the implementation of an approved learning framework, and support children's well-being, learning and development.

This is a full time course delivered over 18 months

Practical placement- students will complete 1 x 2week block and 2 X 4 weeks blocks of placement where student is expected to complete 5 full days for each week, totalling approx. 380hrs, which will be planned by our placement coordinator. Some students may need to travel outside of their home suburb/town to complete placement, but we will make every attempt to keep as local as possible

Practical Placement is a mandatory component of this course. Bendigo TAFEs Industry Placement Coordinator will assist students with their placement needs in approved host organisations. Bendigo TAFE will make efforts to secure an appropriate placement.

Before you can start your practical placement, you will need to provide the following compulsory requirements:

    Evidence of full Covid-19 vaccination status (2 x doses) or a medical exemption by a medical practitioner
    A valid Working with Children Check (Volunteer)
    A satisfactory National Police Check - National Police checks are conducted via fit2work. An account with fit2work will be created using the students name and the BT issued student email address, once studies in the program have commenced. Further information will be provided once enrolment has been completed.
    Placement agreements

How to apply
  • Online application direct to Bendigo TAFE

Selection process
  • Attend an individual interview. Complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy assessment successfully.

Recognition of prior learning (RPL)
Recognition of prior learning (RPL) may be given for skills and knowledge gained through previous study or other relevant experience.  Further information refer to RPL

Assessment Methods
  • Case Study
  • Role Play
  • Field Work
  • Assignment
  • RPL
  • Practical Assessment
  • Observation
  • Knowledge Test

Learning options
  • Online
  • Traineeship
  • Electronic

Key study areas

Child development and behavioural studies, observational skills, children with additional needs, health, safety and accident prevention, first aid, communicating with children, communities, advocacy and families, professional and legislative studies, occupational health and safety, team workplay and leisure, program planning, on the job training.

Further study opportunities
  • Bachelor of Early Childhood Education


Your fees are made up of four parts.
  1. Course enrolment type
  2. Materials
  3. Consumables
  4. Student Support Fee.   
Once you have determined the fees applicable to your situation you will be able to calculate a indicative total fee for your qualification.

Some or all of this training is provided with State or Federal Government funding. Are you eligible for Government Subsidised fees? Find out now!

Are you eligible for Government subsidised fees? Check for your eligibility here
Are you eligible for concession? Check for your eligibility here
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Free TAFE and JobTrainer courses only: Students eligible for Free TAFE receive the tuition rate free. Students eligible for JobTrainer pay 20% of the tuition. Materials, consumables and student services fees are payable by all students and do not receive a JobTrainer discount, however concession rates for student services fees are available for concession card holders, apprentices, trainees and 100% off campus delivery courses. Please note that these tuition rates only apply to courses offered under the Free TAFE or JobTrainer schemes.
Concessions for Diploma and Advanced Diploma course categories are only available to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders.

A.   Course enrolment type:Standard
Government subsidised - average total course fee*$8,186.80
Concession - average total course fee*$1,637.36
Full fee - average total course fee*$18,948.68
B.   Materials average fee**$389.80
C.   Consumables average fee**$133.80
Indicative pricing for:
A.   Course enrolment type:Traineeship
Government subsidised - average total course fee*$6,389.77
Concession - average total course fee*$1,277.95
Full fee - average total course fee*$17,970.30
B.   Materials average fee**$310.00
C.   Consumables average fee**$30.00
Indicative pricing for:

*The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment and details of any other fees including but not limited to student services, amenities, goods or materials and consumables.
**Materials/Consumables fees may vary for each individual based on the units they are studying.
Average tuition fees are based on the typical number of student contact hours undertaken by a student to complete this course. Average fees displayed are purely indicative and may not be your actual fee. Fees vary based on the number/hours of electives chosen by the student. Read more on fees and charges

D.  Student Support fees
The Student Support fee is a non-tuition fee for Government subsidised (eligible) students and full fee paying (ineligible) students. Read more. Student support fees are non refundable . Student support fees are payable annually for the duration of your course, over and above tuition fees.

This page was last updated on 16/11/2021 5:10 PM