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CHC50113 - Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care


Qualification Description

This qualification reflects the role of 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 Structure and Resources             
Course structure is flexible and can be tailored to both employer and learner needs.
There are a variety of delivery options including employment based, correspondence or face to face dependent on your situation and availability.  Phone and email support are available. All courses are competency based and all resources are supplied by METS.
Options for study
Option 1: Traineeships – you need to be employed within an Early Childhood Service on a permanent basis (fulltime or part time) to undertake a Traineeship (other conditions apply). The course cost is subsidised by the Government for eligible participants although a compulsory enrolment fee applies (concessions and exemptions may apply)
You must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident (some visas are acceptable and other conditions apply).
Contact METS or your local apprenticeship centre for more information.
Option 2: Fee for Service (Self funded)
For those who are not eligible or simply do not wish to participate in a Traineeship, you can still complete the course as a Fee for Service Learner. You can be employed by an early childhood service as permanent, casual or volunteer and you will need the cooperation of the service to comply with the practical components of the course. You can choose to start this course at any time throughout the year.
Skills Recognition
Learners may have attained knowledge and skills in the workplace and/or competencies in one or more units.  RPL (recognition of prior learning) is available for each unit of competency based on relevant workplace experience, formal training or other expertise relative to the sector.
Conditions in the Workplace
It is required that you have a qualified person holding a Diploma or higher qualification: eg Early Childhood Teacher in order to assist you with mentoring whilst you are studying and to be your practical supervisor during the course of your study.
These arrangements are flexible and METS staff are available if you need assistance with discussing the arrangements with your chosen organisation.
Duration of the course –
Trainees - 24 months for a fulltime employee or 36 months for a part time employee
Fee For Service (Self funded) – An enrolment period of 2 years will be given, extensions can be applied for however further enrolment fees will apply.
What’s next?
Trainees will need to have the full support of their employer for their training. METS will discuss responsibilities with your employer and then proceed to organise an Apprenticeship centre to complete the necessary documents. METS will then begin the enrolment process.
Trainees classified as New Entrant will be charged an annual enrolment fee.  NSW State Training Services have instructed RTOs to collect this compulsory fee. Concessions and exemptions may apply.
Fee for Service Learners pay an enrolment fee and price per unit.
Once we receive a completed enrolment form, an invoice is then generated. You must purchase 3 units in the first transaction then you can choose to pay as you go or purchase clusters of units (maximum up to $1000) Call METS to discuss.
Course Outline
28 Units of Competency 
All of these competencies must be successfully completed to gain the CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education & Care.


Work legally and ethically


Ensure the health and safety of children


Identify and respond to children and young people at risk


Promote and provide healthy food and drinks


Provide care for children


Provide care for babies and toddlers


Develop positive and respectful relationships with children


Use an approved learning framework to guide practice


Develop cultural competence


Work with diverse people


Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety


Establish and implement plans for developing cooperative behaviour


Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children


Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate education and care for children


Maintain work health and safety


Establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment for children


Foster the holistic development and wellbeing of the child in early childhood


Nurture creativity in children


Promote children's agency


Analyse information to inform learning


Design and implement the curriculum to foster children's learning and development


Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting


Embed sustainable practices in service operations


Facilitate compliance in an education and care service


Develop and implement policy


Meet community information needs


Lead the work team


Reflect on and improve own professional practice

You must show evidence of the ability to complete tasks outlined in elements and performance criteria of the core unit Nationally Recognised Training Logo.jpgCHCECE005 Provide care for babies and toddlers. This includes providing care to at least 3 different babies or toddlers of varying ages from birth to 24 months. If your Early Childhood service does not provide care for babies and toddlers between 0-2, you must complete this practical assessment at another cooperative service during the period of your traineeship to obtain competency in this unit. For more information, please speak to METS. 

How can I get started?

Now you know that you'd like to start or continue on your training journey; please find our pre-enrolment and consumer protection information here.​

Enrolling in our courses

To get started, email your completed Enrolment Pack​, along with a copy of your ID to our friendly METS team at

Last Modified: 15/05/2019 3:28 PM