About this Diploma

This version of the Diploma of Children's Services (Early childhood education and care) is designed specifically to:

  • Give you strong program development skills for childcare for younger children
  • Prepare you for transition to a Bachelor of Education in early childhood.

The recommended textbooks, both published by Pearson, are Frameworks for Learning and Development and The Business of Childcare. You might also find it helpful to have access to copies of the Pearson Certificate III textbooks: The Big Picture and Birth to Big school.

The writing guide is online at this link.

The units

Safe and healthy environment (Core)

Establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment for children CHCCN511B

Physical development (Core)

Foster physical development in early childhood CHCFC502A

Social development (Core)

Foster social development in early childhood CHCFC503A

Emotional and psychological development (Core)

Support emotional and psychological development in early childhood CHCFC504A

Cognitive development (Core)

Foster cognitive development in early childhood CHCFC505A

Language and communication development (Core)

Foster children's language and communication development CHCFC506A

Professional reflection (Elective)

Reflect on and improve own professional practice CHCORG428A

Developing cooperative behaviour (Core)

Establish and implement plans for developing cooperative behaviour CHCIC510A

Children with additional needs (Core)

Plan and implement inclusion of children with additional needs CHCIC512A

Enhancing children's development (Core)

Organise experiences to facilitate and enhance children's development CHCPR502E

Using information about children (Core)

Gather, interpret and use information about children CHCPR509A

Program management (Core)

Design, implement and evaluate programs and care routines for children CHCPR510AB

Quality management (Core)

CHCIC501B Manage children's services workplace practice to address regulations and quality assurance

Work environment (Elective)

CHCCS513C Maintain an effective community sector work environment

Working with families (Core)

Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate care for children CHCRF511A

Music (Elective)

Use music to enhance children's experience and development CHCFC507A

Aesthetic and creative development (Elective)

Foster children's aesthetic and creative development CHCFC508A

Ethical understanding (Elective)

Promote ethical understanding of children CHCFC520C