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Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

ECTARC offers the CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care as a distance study qualification that can be studied from any location within Australia. ECTARC students come from regional, remote and metropolitan areas of every state. You can enrol at any time of the year and commence study as soon as you receive your learning materials. Printed learning materials are posted to students and no additional texts are required. Assessments are submitted online via the ECTARC Training Portal. Students also have access to the ECTARC Student Portal to instantly see results. 

ECTARC guarantees that a Training Officer is always available to speak to Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm and Tuesday evenings 5pm to 7pm.


Commence at any time of the year. Enrol online.

Students need to provide:

  • certified identification
  • certified qualification/s and/or transcript/s (if applying for Recognition of Prior Learning or Credit Transfer)

Processing of enrolments and distribution of learning materials can take up to 10 working days. During the 10 days, the ECTARC Assessors review new enrolments to determine if students are eligible for credit transfer. This process must take place to determine which unit a student will be allocated to commence their studies. If students submit qualifications and transcripts for credit transfer consideration, the enrolment and distribution of learning materials can take up to 21 working days. Certified copies of identification (see below) are also required for the enrolment process to be completed. Students can commence study as soon they receive their learning materials and information package. 


Please note: it is a regulatory requirement that original certified copies of your identification (eg. driver's licence or passport), previous qualifications and transcripts (if you wish to apply for Credit Transfer) are provided when you enrol with ECTARC. The original certified copies must be mailed to ECTARC. However, you can email a copy of your certified copies when you enrol online so you can receive your learning materials quicker to  Simply scan your identification/qualifications/transcripts and save it as a PDF or jpeg file to upload.

Please note: You do not have to have these documents to complete your online enrolment; the original documents can be mailed to ECTARC at a later date. 

A certified copy means that identification, qualifications, transcripts, marriage certificates and other official documentation must be signed by a Justice of the Peace.  You will often find an employee that is a Justice of the Peace at your local post office or bank. Alternately, google 'Find a Justice of the Peace' to locate someone in your local area.  Training regulatory bodies require ECTARC to obtain certified copies of documentation.  Click here for more information.


The CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care is a nationally recognised qualification from the CHC Community Services Training Package. 


You may also upgrade from the CHC30708 Certificate III in Children's Services or CHC30712 Certificate III in Children's Services to the CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care. Call ECTARC on 02 4223 1111 for details on the credit you may receive for studies previously completed. 


This qualification is for educators in early childhood education and care services who are responsible for planning, implementing and managing programs in accordance with approvals, quality rating systems and duty of care requirements.  

The Education and Care Services National Regulations state under Section 126: Centre-based services - The qualification requirements for educators at centre-based services for children preschool age or under are - at least 50 per cent of the educators who are required to meet the relevant educator to child ratios for the service must have, or be actively working towards, at least an approved diploma level education and care qualification.  Section 128: Family Day Care Co-ordinator qualifications state: A family day care co-ordinator must have an approved diploma level education and care qualification.    


Average completion time is 18 months. This is self paced, more time allocated to study will determine when the qualification can be achieved. The full qualification must be completed within 3 years from date of enrolment and regular submission of assessment tasks is required.


60 hours – Birth-2 years – Babies practicum
60 hours – 2-3 years – Toddlers practicum
60 hours - 3-5 years Preschool practicum
30 hours – must include a child with additional needs (any age group)
30 hours – service management


28 units in total - 23 compulsory units and 5 elective units must be completed for this qualification. Students must choose 5 electives from the elective units listed below.

FIRST AID CERTIFICATE: please note all students must complete the first aid certificate qualification HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting with an external registered training organisation at their own expense.  A copy of the Statement of Attainment must be forwarded to ECTARC before the completion of the course. Credit will be given for this unit. To find an external training provider please click here 

1.   CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
2.   CHCECE001 Develop cultural competence
3.   CHCECE002 Ensure the health and safety of children
4.   CHCECE003 Provide care for children
5.   CHCECE004 Promote and provide healthy food and drinks
6.   CHCECE005 Provide care for babies and toddlers
7.   CHCECE007 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children
8.   CHCECE009 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
9.   CHCECE016 Establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment for children
10. CHCECE017 Foster the holistic development and wellbeing of the child in early childhood
11. CHCECE018 Nurture creativity in children
12. CHCECE019 Facilitate compliance in an education and care service
13. CHCECE020 Establish and implement plans for developing cooperative behaviour
14. CHCECE021 Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children
15. CHCECE022 Promote children’s agency
16. CHCECE023 Analyse information to inform learning
17. CHCECE024 Design and implement the curriculum to foster children’s learning and development
18. CHCECE025 Embed sustainable practices in service operations
19. CHCECE026 Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate education and care for children
20. CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
21. HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting
22. CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
23. HLTWHS003 Maintain work health and safety


Choose 5 electives from this list of units.   

1.   BSBINN502A Build and sustain an innovative work environment
2.   CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
3.   CHCMGT003 Lead the work team
4.   CHCPOL002 Develop and implement policy
5.   BSBLED401 Develop teams and individuals
6.   CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice


ECTARC is well known for the high level of support that students are offered throughout their studies. Every student has a personal Training and Development Officer to support and guide them every step of the way. There is always an ECTARC Training Officer available to speak to during office hours 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday and Tuesday evenings 5pm to 7pm. Questions can also be emailed to your personal Training and Development Officer.

ECTARC Student Portal

To further support our students, we offer an online Student Portal that allows students to:

- view assessment results - students are notified as soon as an assignment is marked.
- upload assessment tasks
- view marked assessment tasks
- access resources - additional information and documentation to support learning.
- send messages to Training & Development Officers
- receive messages from Training & Development Officers
- update personal details

The Student Portal is available through secure market leading technology and students find it very easy to use. The Student Portal increases communications with students and ensures valuable information is available when required and provides access to their student records 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Illawarra Area Child Care Ltd (IACC) manages ECTARC and 12 community owned early childhood education and care services in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven areas. The close working connection between IACC services, management and ECTARC staff ensure that training provided continues to meet the needs of the early childhood sector and regulatory bodies. ECTARC has been delivering training for over 15 years and we are proud to specialise in early childhood training and professional development.

Commence your early childhood career with ECTARC today. Enrol online now!