Diploma of Early Childhood Education & Care


  • Course Code CHC50113
  • Duration 78 weeks (72 weeks of study, 6 weeks of holidays)
  • Location Perth Campus
  • Timetable Monday and Tuesday (9.00am - 4.00pm) , Wednesday Practical Placement (8.30am - 5.30pm)
  • Self Directed Study 4-6 hours
  • Next Intake Date Monthly

Course Outline

This qualification will suit you if you are, or wish to become a qualified educator in children’s services – responsible for planning, implementing and managing programs in accordance with licensing, accreditation and duty of care requirements. At this level, qualified educators have responsibility for the supervision of other staff members and volunteers. In most states it is the highest qualification required for director or service manager level in children’s service center-based care.

The completion of this course may lead you to jobs such as:

  • Authorised Supervisor (children’s services)
  • Child Care Worker
  • Child Development worker
  • Children’s Services Coordinator
  • Director (Children’s Services)
  • Centre Manager (Children’s Services)
  • Children’s Service Director/Manager

*Please note all WAIFS courses are offered via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

** This course can be assessed via RPL, distance learning and online assessment.

  • Entry Requirements

    Successful completion of year 12 (or equivalent).

    IELTS score of 5.5 (or equivalent).

  • Work-based Placement

    All students of the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care will undertake a minimum of 294 hours of work-based training (subject to student having at least 80% attendance), linked with a number of units of competency in the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care program. Students will undertake work-based training placements in Regulated Education & Care Services and work alongside qualified professionals. Students are supervised during these placements by WAIFS’ trainers and designated supervisors at the host employer.

    WAIFS uses the 3rd Party Reports merely as supplementary evidence and Competent/Not Yet Competent decisions are made by WAIFS’ assessors only. Students must ensure that the following (if applicable) are completed prior to commencement of work based training:

    1. 1.Police Clearances (international and Australian Federal)
    2. 2.Working with Children Check
    3. 3.Health Checks
    4. 4.Immunisation etc. (if applicable) are completed and original documents are sighted by the host employer advanced of commencement of work base training placement
  • Pathways/Articulation

    Successful completion of this qualification gives you a pathway into other Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Degree qualifications within the Community Service Sector. You may be able to receive exemptions from some subjects based on this qualification. The level of articulation to other universities or RTO’s may vary, so you should apply to the institute of your choice well in advance of completion of your qualification at WAIFS.

    For more details on this course, please contact: admissions@waifs.wa.edu.au.

  • International Fees

    Tuition Fee: $12,500.00

    Materials Fee: $750.00

    Uniform Fee: $100.00

    A one off $230.00 Enrolment Fee is applicable to process the Application.

    *Course fees may change. This is usually annually on 1 July and typically no more than 4%.

    **Fees quoted are in AUS Dollars.

  • Domestic Fees

    Tuition Fee: $7,750.00

    Materials Fee: $750.00

    Uniform Fee: $100.00

    A one off $230.00 Enrolment Fee is applicable to process the Application.

    *Course fees may change. This is usually annually on 1 July and typically no more than 4%.

    **Fees quoted are in AUS Dollars.

    *** This course is eligible for funding. Please refer to Future Skills WA.