Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (Traineeship)

Course Code CHC50113
Locations Warrnambool

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Study Mode Full-time, Traineeship
Length 36 months
Commencement Start any time
Timetable Flexible - depends on traineeship start date
Note This qualification is superseded and course updates are occurring.
Course Overview

During this traineeship, you will build on and further develop your skills and knowledge as an early childhood educator to become responsible for designing, implementing and monitoring the curriculum in early childhood education and care services.

Through on-the-job training, you will learn about the intellectual, social, emotional, physical needs and educational development of children and how to support that.

You will learn to be a lead educator, who implements an approved learning framework within the requirements of the Education and Care Services National Regulations and the National Quality Standards.

To complete this traineeship, you must be employed as a trainee for a minimum of 13 hours a week in a regulated early learning centre.

To be eligible to apply for this qualification, you must have completed the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.

What will I Learn?

As a trainee, you will develop hands-on skills and knowledge through on-the-job training and guidance from our trainers.

You will learn about the intellectual, social, emotional, physical needs and educational development of children. You will gain the skills and knowledge to support their rights, safety and wellbeing.

You will become qualified to supervise staff and volunteers. You will develop the necessary knowledge and skills to plan, implement and manage programs in accordance with relevant legislation, standards and duty of care requirements.

Course Outcomes and Career Opportunities

  • Early Childhood Educator
  • Outside School Hours Care Assistant
  • Playgroup Supervisor
  • Recreation Assistant
  • Family Day Care Educator   
  • Nanny
  • Child Care Educator
  • Room Leader


Following the completion of this course, you may choose to continue to study in the education sector at Bachelor level in either Early Years or Primary Education. You may be able to apply for credit for prior learning with your chosen university or TAFE.

If you'd prefer to continue further study locally, you can apply for a course with Deakin University to complete a:

You can apply for Recognition of Prior Learning and receive credits toward your degree.

Course in Transition

This qualification is superseded and course updates are occurring.

To ensure course content is relevant and industry-specific, industry is constantly having input into this training package. The course code, title, units, and content may change in the future and you may be enrolled in the new qualification. Further information will be provided on our website, upon enrolment and/or during the course of your training.

Course Requirements
Entrance requirements & pre-requisites

Entry requirements for this traineeship include:

  • Successful completion of CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
  • Demonstrated desire and suitability to work in the early childhood field
  • Evidence of successful application for a Working with Children Check card
  • Police Check (disclosures will be considered on a case-by-case basis according to the centre requirements)
  • You must be employed as a trainee in the early childhood education and care industry

Apprenticeship/Traineeship Entry Requirements

You need to be employed in this field as an apprentice or trainee before commencing this course.

If you are currently not employed in this field please contact the Skills and Jobs Centre for further advice. 

Course requirements

To be eligible for this qualification you must successfully complete 15 units: 12 core and 3 elective units.

You are also required to be working as a trainee in a regulated early childhood education and care setting for a minimum of 13 hours per week.

Units offered

Core Units

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Unit Code Unit Name Unit Hours Unit Consumables
CHCCS400C Work Within A Relevant Legal And Ethical Framework 50 $0.00
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety 25 $0.00
CHCECE001 Develop Cultural Competence 70 $0.00
CHCECE002 Ensure the Health and Safety of Children 63 $0.00
CHCECE003 Provide Care For Children 70 $0.00
CHCECE004 Promote and Provide Health Food and Drinks 35 $0.00
CHCECE005 Provide Care For Babies and Toddlers 60 $0.00
CHCECE007 Develop Positive and Respectful Relationships With Children 70 $0.00
CHCECE009 Use an Approved Learning Framework to Guide Practice 70 $0.00
CHCECE016 Establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment for children 50 $0.00
CHCECE017 Foster the holistic development and wellbeing of the child in early childhood 240 $0.00
CHCECE018 Nurture creativity in children 80 $0.00
CHCECE019 Facilitate compliance in an education and care service 120 $0.00
CHCECE020 Establish and implement plans for developing cooperative behaviour 50 $0.00
CHCECE021 Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children 50 $0.00
CHCECE022 Promote children's agency 80 $0.00
CHCECE023 Analyse information to inform learning 70 $0.00
CHCECE024 Design and implement the curriculum to foster children's learning and development 170 $0.00
CHCECE025 Embed sustainable practices in service operations 60 $0.00
CHCECE026 Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate education and care for children 70 $0.00
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically 55 $0.00
CHCPRT001 Identify and Respond to Children and Young People at Risk 40 $0.00
HLTAID004 Provide an Emergency First Aid Response in an Education and Care Setting 20 $50.00
HLTHIR404D Work Effectively With Aboriginal And/Or Torres Strait Islander People 20 $0.00
HLTWHS003 Maintain work health and safety 40 $0.00

Elective Units

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Unit Code Unit Name Unit Hours Unit Consumables
BSBLDR403 Lead team effectiveness 50 $0.00
BSBPEF301 Organise personal work priorities 30 $0.00
BSBPEF502 Develop and use emotional intelligence 60 $0.00
BSBSTR501 Establish innovative work environments 50 $0.00
BSBTWK502 Manage team effectiveness 60 $0.00
BSBXTW301 Work in a team 40 $0.00
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people 40 $0.00
CHCECE006 Support Behaviour of Children and Young People 30 $0.00
CHCECE010 Support the Holistic Development of Children in Early Childhood 70 $0.00
CHCECE012 Support children to connect with their world 40 $0.00
CHCPOL002 Develop and implement policy 90 $0.00
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice 120 $0.00

This course involves accredited units.  You will be required to complete assessment tasks to demonstrate your underpinning knowledge, skills and attributes to meet the course outcomes.  A combination of written, oral and practical assessment strategies will be used in either a classroom, online or workplace environment. 

Where units require demonstration of skills in a workplace environment, you will have the opportunity to do this either in your own workplace (where appropriate), through a practical placement, or by using one of the Institute's simulated workshops/classrooms.  Detailed information about the types, conduct and dates of assessments will be provided in advance.  You will also be provided with information about the opportunity for reassessment and appeal.

After applying

Once you have applied for your chosen course, you will receive a thank you email from South West TAFE with a few steps to help process your enrolment.

Complete a Pre-Training Review
You will receive an email to complete a Pre-Training Review online evaluation. This evaluation helps us tailor your training to suit your needs.

Create or provide a Unique Student Identifier (USI)
A USI is a nationally recognised reference number that provides an online record of your training qualifications gained in Australia.
Create your USI
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Skills recognition
If you have experience or prior qualifications, you may be eligible to apply for recognition of prior learning and gain credits. You will be asked to provide any relevant Statement of Attainment to support identified credits.

Course Fees

Here's an outline of fees and costs associated with your course.

Your fees each year can be made up of 3 different elements.  Everyone has different circumstances that can affect what you pay and how much you pay. :

  1. Tuition fees - charged as an hourly rate that varies from course to course. A large portion of the tuition is subsidised by the Victorian Government for eligible students.
  2. Resource and/or materials costs - covers the cost of materials and other incidentals. This fee will vary according to the course being undertaken.
  3. Booklist items - such as textbooks, equipment and stationery recommended for your course

Tuition fees

There are 4 different rates of tuition fees. Only one will apply to you (depending on your eligibility and circumstances). 

  1. Government Subsidised Fee - you could be eligible for a government-subsidised rate under the Skills First funding depending on your age, educational history, and citizenship or residency status. If you are eligible, the government will contribute to the cost of your training.
    Find out more about subsidised training

  2. Government Subsidised Concession Fee - If you are eligible for a Skills First government-subsidised place and hold a current healthcare or pension card, that you can provide at enrolment, you may be eligible for the concession rate. Note, the concession rate is not applicable to Diploma level courses.
    Find out more about concession rates

  3. Free TAFE - Students who are eligible for Victorian government-subsidised training will not pay course tuition fees for the duration of their enrolment in this course, however, there may be some consumable/material fees for the course (find out more below). Any resource or material costs, or booklist items for this course are listed in the table below.
    Find out more about Free TAFE

  4. Full fee - If you are not eligible for a Skills First government-subsidised place, exemption, concession or are enrolling in a course that isn't government-subsidised, you may be required to pay the full fee rate.


The fees listed below are indicative only. The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Funding made available to eligible individuals by State and Commonwealth Governments. If funding is utilised, this may affect future opportunities to access additional funding in the future.

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Course fees by student type Indicative Course Fee
Government subsidised rate (if eligible) $5,050.00
Full fee rate (if not eligible for govt subsidy) $17,100.00
This is a Free TAFE course

Students who are eligible for Victorian government-subsidised training will not pay course tuition fees for the duration of their enrolment in this course, however, there may be some consumable/material fees for the course (find out more below). The consumable fees for this course are listed in the above table.
Find out more or chat with our Customer Service team on 1300 648 911, or visit a SWTAFE Campus.

Resource and/or materials costs

Some courses require specific resources or materials necessary for your study eg: tools of the trade, excursions, etc. Final costs will be determined upon enrolment.

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Additional course fees Indicative Course Fee
Course consumable/materials (approximate) $70.00
How do I pay my fees?

Once we have processed your enrolment form, you will receive an email with your invoice.

You have three options when organising your payment:

  1. Upfront payment - can be made over the phone with EFTPOS
  1. Payment plan - can be directly debited from your bank account, debited from your Centrelink payments or via a VET Student Loan (for diploma or advanced diploma courses only)
  1. Paid by employer, school or job network agency - if your fees are being paid by your employer, school or job network agency, you will need to complete an Authority to Invoice form.

Payments will need to be arranged within five(5) business days of receiving the email containing your invoice.

We also offer a range of scholarships each year which you may be eligible to apply for to assist with course fees.

Next Steps
How to apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship

There are five simple steps to apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship with us.

  1. Find a job - find a job as an apprentice or trainee through an Apprenticeship Centre or Group Training Company.
  2. Register - register with an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) and nominate SWTAFE as your training provider (your employer will usually do this for you).
  3. Complete a pre-training review - SWTAFE staff will contact you to organise your
    Pre-Training Review once your ASSN contract registration is complete.
  4. Enrol - complete the enrolment form provided to you and provide your identification.
  5. Sign - once you’ve completed your enrolment form and verified your identification you will receive your student declaration form to review and sign. You can sign this digitally via your smartphone, computer or tablet.

If need any assistance with applying, contact our Customer Service team on 1300 648 911 or visit your nearest campus.

Careers and Course Advice

Not sure which course is right for you? South West TAFE will help you find your way.

Our Careers Coaches at the Skills and Jobs Centre is here to support you. Whether you’re exploring career options, transitioning from school to the workforce or looking to study after school we’re here to help you.

Student Support

As a SWTAFE student, you can access a variety of support services that will enhance your study experience and help you complete your studies successfully. For more information about any of these services, visit our student page.