Open Colleges

Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

CHC50113Open Colleges
Up to 24 monthsself-paced
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Why study this course

  • Learn about the basics of childcare and study education theory and practice in order to start your career in childcare or move into management positions
  • Open Colleges has partnered with Littlehubs, a platform that helps families access flexible and trusted child care, and is their preferred course provider
  • Study online and at your own pace

Career Insights from SEEK

Roles related to this course: Educator, Assistant Educator, Early Childhood Educator, Childcare Educator, and 5 more.


This course meets Australian Qualifications Framework standards.

Nationally Recognised Training
Australian Qualifications Framework

Entry requirements

  • Successful completion of Year 10 or equivalent; OR
  • Successful completion of a Certificate II qualification or higher; OR
  • At least 2 years of industry experience in a role that requires use of written documentation and communication


In addition, you must be at least 18 years of age, have regular access to the internet and have a level of physical fitness that would allow you to perform tasks in a child care environment.

Where is this course offered?

This course is delivered entirely online, so you can:

  • Study from anywhere and choose when you want to fit study into your week
  • Access all study materials, assessments, and student support services
  • Achieve the same qualification as someone studying in a classroom

Find out more about online courses and the benefits of studying online.

What you’ll learn

In this course you will learn to:

  • Provide and maintain a safe and caring environment
  • Design and implement educational programs
  • Stimulate learning and development
  • Support the holistic wellbeing of children
  • Manage of day-to-day operations

Enquire with Open Colleges to find out more about the course content, units, and what you’ll learn.

Course price

The course price can vary depending on a few factors, including:

  • Whether you are eligible for a subsidy, concession, or government loan
  • Your previous study and work experience
  • Your unit selections

Enquire with Open Colleges to find out more about the course price for you.

What to know before you apply

To help you decide if this is the right course for you, Open Colleges can provide you with more information about:

Credit and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

You may be able to get credit or RPL for some units of this course based on your previous studies and work experience. This means the duration of the course may be reduced.

Work placement

Work placement gives you invaluable real-life skills, so you graduate ready to step into a job.

As part of this course you must complete 240 hours of work placement. This must be undertaken in a registered child care facility.

Enquire with Open Colleges to find out more about credit, RPL, or work placement.

Career Insights

SEEK users who hold a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care have been employed in these roles:

Related rolesJob satisfactionMost common salaryJobs on SEEK
Assistant Educator
Early Childhood Educator
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Support and delivery

When you study online with Open Colleges, you will have access to:

  • A Student Support Team who are available via phone, live chat and email to help with any administration issues. They can provide assistance with enrolment, updates on your course progress and help with work placement queries.
  • A Learning Support Team made up of former teachers, trainers and academics who can provide study tips and tricks, advice on research strategies and help you use OpenSpace, your online campus
  • Academic assistance from your trainers who are available to help with any course content questions and will provide feedback on your assessments
  • Career support via a range of resources including resume tips, a career change guide, quizzes and information on career pathways

Find out more about this course

Open Colleges

Diploma of Early Childhood Education and CareCHC50113

You may wish to discuss the following with Open Colleges:

  • Course price
  • Prior Recognition of Learning (RPL)
  • Support with sourcing placements

Submit an enquiry direct to Open Colleges.

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