of Early 

Childhood Education

and care

Duration: Self Paced (24 months, including 240 hours on the job or work placement at an Early Childhood Education and Care setting

Total Units: maximum 28 units, depending on RPL or credit transfers, maybe less 

Nationally Recognised Qualification on the Australian Qualifications Framework

Studying your course with TrueLearning Australia


This course is designed for People who are passionate about Early Childhood Education and Care and are aiming to gain a formal qualification in this amazing industry. You must be over the age of 16 years (parental permission required for students under 18 years of age), hold a Permanent Resident visa or be an Australian citizen.

TrueLearning Australia's online student portal makes learning by distance super easy.   


Through the portal you will be able to:

  • Access assessments and resources 

  • Easily download and upload documents 

  • Message your trainer with quick responses

  • Access thorough feedback and guidance on your assessment submissions 

  • Be notified when your assessments are marked 

  • Chat with your trainer and other students if you get stuck or have a question


It is our aim to make your study journey rewarding, stress-free and enjoyable.

Free TLA professional development is offered throughout your course to further develop your knowledge/skills. 

This course is Nationally Recognised through the CHC Community Services Training Package

Achieve your goals and further your career opportunities to become:

A Room Leader, Team Leader, Educational Leader, Manager, Area Manager or Director in an Early Childhood Centre and/or a Out of School Care setting and Family Day-care services. You may be responsible for the education and supervision of volunteers and other staff.

Open your own centre, if that is your dream.

Course Delivery Plan   



  • We offer a weekly 3 hour online group for students to access their trainer directly for guidance, assignment clarification and support. The meetings are optional, but highly recommended during this course. They are from the convenience of your own home   

  • Email, phone or zoom support from the trainer.

  • Trainer Assessment visits to the student's workplace or work placement location

  • Self-paced learning is estimated at 10 hours per week for full-time students

  • Mandatory 240 hours on the job or work placement location using a logbook

  • Participants will have access to a qualified supervisor and assessor 


Course duration: 24 months full time (3 months free extensions if needed) 

(Part time information available)

Recognition of Prior Learning and Enrolment - Upgrade with Ease

If you hold the previous Certificate 3 in Children's Services and not the current Certificate 3 in Early Childhood Education and Care, you are eligible to apply for an upgrade through RPL and/or credit transfers. 

Course 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.

Course Selection Criteria

The structure of this course is adjustable and flexible to meet the needs of the student and employer.


Students will need to meet the following entry requirements prior to course commencement:                                                                                                                     

  • Students must provide a current Working with Children Check. Apply online:          ;

  • Must be above the age of 16 (parental permission required for students                                                                        under 18 years of age) and an Australian citizen or Permanent Resident;

  • Provide a valid USI (Unique Student Identifier);

  • Complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy assessment before commencement of the course;

  • Students are required to have an agreement with an Early Childhood                                                                            service to complete their 240 hours work placement if the student is                                                                            not currently working in the industry.         


Payment Plan

  • Payment Plans are available to students.


Additional Fees 

  • Current Working with Children Check

  • Current HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting


Mode of Assessment                                                                                                                                                         Assessment will be through a combination of methods including:

  • Observation/Demonstration

  • Oral Questioning

  • Written Tasks

  • Third Party Feedback

  • Case Studies

  • Portfolios of Evidence

  • Workplace Recordings (to assist with trainer observation tasks) 


Units of Competency

CHCECE001      Develop cultural competence

CHCECE002      Ensure the health and safety of children 

CHCECE003      Provide care for children

CHCECE004      Promote and provide healthy food and drinks 

CHCECE005      Provide care for babies and toddlers 

CHCECE007      Develop positive and respectful relationships with children

CHCECE009      Use an approved learning framework to guide practice

CHCPRT001      Identify and respond to children and young people at risk

HLTAID004        Provide emergency first aid response in an education and care setting 

CHCDIV002       Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety

CHCLEG001      Work legally and ethically     ​                                                                                                                                                                                  

CHCECE017      Foster the holistic development and well-being of the child in early childhood 

CHCECE018      Nurture creativity in children 

CHCECE022      Promote children’s agency

CHCECE023      Analyse information to inform learning 

CHCECE024      Design and implement the curriculum to foster children’s learning and development 

CHCECE020      Establish and implement plans for developing cooperative behaviour 

CHCECE026      Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate education and care for children 

CHCECE021      Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children 

CHCECE019      Facilitate compliance in an education and care services 

CHCECE016      Establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment for children 

HLTWHS003      Maintain work health and safety 

CHCECE025      Embed sustainable practices in service operations 

BSBLED401       Develop teams and individuals 

BSBINN502       Build and sustain an innovative work environment
CHCPOL002      Develop and implement policy 

BSBMGT605      Provide leadership across the organisation 

CHCPRP003      Reflect on and improve own professional practice 

TrueLearning Australia is a member with Early Childhood Australia

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Nationally Recognised Qualification on the Australian Qualifications Framework

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