CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Meerilinga Training College promotes professional excellence in the early childhood education sector by developing Educators who inspire children’s curiosity and learning. We are a Registered Training Organisation (6000) with more than 30 years experience in early childhood education, child development and community services across WA. Our expertise and passion for delivering childcare services in Perth children and family services throughout the community informs our training practice and ensures students receive a unique insight into best practice in the early childhood sector.Enquire now

Meerilinga don’t just offer a child care diploma traineeship, we also provide:

  • Excellence in Early Childhood Education and Care delivery
  • Flexible training plans including RPL and Credit Transfer options
  • Support to achieve training goals
  • Regular visits from experienced trainers
  • Opportunities for trainees to attend study days/workshops
  • Including HLTAID004 Provide an Emergency First Aid Response in an Education and Care Setting (facilitated by external provider First Aid Services Western Australia who can be contacted on
  • Payment plan options

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Meerilinga Young Children’s Foundation Inc. trading as Meerilinga Training College. Registered Training Organisation NTIS code: 6000

Why study with Meerilinga?

At Meerilinga Training College it’s not just about what we do but how and why we do it.

Yes, we offer you a nationally recognised childcare certificate but we also offer you so much more.

We specialise in ‘promoting positive childhoods’ so you aren’t just a student to us, you become part of our community. We will ensure that you receive the best training and support from our friendly, qualified staff to help build your skills and confidence and your career in child care in Perth and across Australia..

About the course

The CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care is offered by Traineeship only through Meerilinga Training College. 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.

Completing the CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care will enhance staff’s current skills and give them further qualification, training, understanding and confidence.

The diploma traineeship generally takes around 18-24 months to complete whilst the student is working full-time at a child care centre. This diploma consists of your staff member completing 28 units. Of these 28 units, 23 units are compulsory and 5 units are elective. As some of the units are completed as part of the CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care they may be exempt from having to complete them again for the Diploma.

Please note, it is recommended that applicants be 18 years of age or above at the time of course completion to offer unrestricted work opportunities.  Regulation 20 of the National Regulations requires that an approved provider of a centre-based service must ensure that any educator at the service who is under 18 years of age:
(a) does not work alone at the service; and
(b) is adequately supervised at all times by an educator who has attained the age of 18 years.

A Meerilinga trainer will attend your centre every 6-8 weeks and provide ongoing mentoring support. They will work closely with the childcare centre and the staff to ensure that the student is completing the required tasks of the units to a high standard. The course normally takes 18 months to 24 months to complete. Each student also has to conduct some external reading and assessments in their own time outside of child care hours. As part of the traineeship centres must nominated an experienced workplace supervisor who is an existing staff number and holds suitable qualifications.

Meerilinga Training College retains all original student assessment documents. You may request a copy of your submitted work. Please note a fee may apply.

The First Aid unit –  HLTAID004 Provide an Emergency First Aid Response in an Education and Care Setting is a compulsory unit and is delivered through a third party arrangement with First Aid Services Western Australia who can be contacted on HLTAID004 Provide an Emergency First Aid Response in an Education and Care Setting is run over a two day period from 8:30am – 4:30pm and students are required to attend both days in order to complete the unit.

Click here to view the  Student Handbook.


Am I eligible?

All applications will be assessed by the Meerilinga Education Team based on the eligibility criteria and students can also apply for recognition of prior experience the industry and/or credit transfer for units already completed. We encourage potential students of all ages to apply. Please contact Meerilinga or refer to the website for information on the student eligibility criteria.

Course Fees

The fees are based on the current years West Australian Department of Training and Workforce Development VET Fees and Charges Policy, as well as proof of evidence or approval in relation to fee waiver due to severe financial hardship, concession, units eligible for Recognition or Credit Transfer within the specified period of time outlined in the Student Handbook.  Visit the Department of Training and Workforce Development website to read the VET Fees and Charges for each year.

The Student tuition fees are indicative only and are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Additional fees may apply such as Student service and resource fees.

CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Annual Maximum Fee per Course* (Only if all units commenced in 2019) $7860.00

Fee Rate per Nominal Hour $4.42

Annual Maximum Fee per Course $10,306.20

Fee Rate per Nominal Hour $5.79

Concession Rate** Course/Tuition Fee $3097.20

**Concession Fee Rate per Nominal Hour $1.74


*For secondary school aged persons (in 2019, these students will be born on or after 1 July 2001 and must be at least 15 years old), the maximum course fee chargeable in 2018 is $420. This maximum applies to the total course fees for one or more courses for both concessional and non-concessional students. For all other students the maximum course fee chargeable in 2019 is $7860 for a Diploma or Advanced Diploma course. These maximums apply per course in 2019 when all units are commenced prior to 31 December 2019.

**Concession Rate: applies where proof of eligibility is provided on application. The following students are entitled to the concession rate on course fees:
a) Persons and dependants of persons holding:
i) A Pensioner Concession Card.
ii) A Repatriation Health Benefits Card issued by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.
iii) A Health Care Card.
b) Persons and dependants of persons in receipt of AUSTUDY or ABSTUDY.
c) Persons and dependants of persons in receipt of the Youth Allowance.
d) Persons and dependants of persons who are inmates of a custodial institution.
e) Secondary school-aged persons, not enrolled at school.

CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care is ineligible fee waiver due to financial hardship.

This information is indicative only and subject to change pending proof of evidence or approval in relation to units eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning and/or Credit Transfer within the specified period of time outlined in the Student Handbook. Incidental charges may be incurred through the course of study.

Payment Options

On enrolment, students will take up one of the following payment options:

  1. Pay the full amount of fees and charges in one payment;
  2. present a signed authority from an employer to invoice that employer for the student’s fees and charge;
  3. pay the fee by instalment;
  4. make an application on the grounds of severe financial hardship for fees and charges to be waived

Students who fail to take up one of the above options will not be enrolled.

Students can pay course fees on the commencement of units which are delivered in unit cluster sets but if it works better financially all our students are welcome to apply to utilise our option of payment by fortnightly instalment. This is direct debited from the designated savings, cheque or credit card.

Students will be invoiced on the commencement of units. Course fees are calculated on the Nominal Hours of each unit set by the Department of Training and Workforce Development (DTWD). Nominal hours do not represent the hours of training or instruction.

Student’s upfront fees will be calculated (at no more than $1500) and the student will be invoiced accordingly. Whereby a unit or cluster of units exceed an upfront cost of $1500, alternative payment arrangements will be made.

Resource Fees

Course/Tuition Fees do not include the cost of recommended reading materials for your course. These can be purchased separately by the student through Meerilinga or an external provider. Please note if purchased externally, they must be the correct edition and be purchased before the commencement of your studies. See below for resource information. Please note: students who cannot obtain a current copy of the recommended reading materials will be able to access the recommended text from the Class Set in the Student Library.

Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care Textbooks Cost purchased through Meerilinga
The Early Childhood Educator for Certificate III 2nd Edition Revised by Lorraine Walker Print edition 2018. Publisher McGraw-Hill Education $100.00
The Early Childhood Educator for Diploma 2nd Edition Revised by Lorraine Walker Print edition 2018. Publisher McGraw-Hill Education $105.00

Student Resources

Free training resources are available to download from the Meerilinga website to support student’s learning. All students need access to a personal computer or digital device to view and download additional Student Resources from the Meerilinga website: . All students will be provided with WIFI access in all class locations.


Where units are eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning a charge of $100 per unit will apply.

Credit Transfer

Units eligible for Credit Transfer are free of charge.

Find Census Dates HERE

Course Units
Unit Code Unit Nominal Hours
CHCECE019 Facilitate compliance in an education and care service 80
CHCECE025 Embed sustainable practices in service operations 45
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically 50
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk 30
CHCECE002 Ensure the health and safety of children 50
CHCECE004 Promote and provide healthy food and drinks 30
CHCECE016 Establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment for children 40
HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting 20
HLTWHS003 Maintain work health and safety 40
CHCECE009 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice 35
CHCECE017 Foster the holistic development and wellbeing of the child in early childhood 300
CHCECE018 Nurture creativity in children 80
CHCECE022 Promote children’s agency 80
CHCECE023 Analyse information to inform learning 70
CHCECE024 Design and implement the curriculum to foster children’s learning and development 90
CHCECE003 Provide care for children 60
CHCECE005 Provide care for babies and toddlers 60
CHCECE007 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children 60
CHCECE020 Establish and implement plans for developing cooperative behaviour 40
CHCECE021 Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children 60
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety 30
CHCECE001 Develop cultural competence 70
CHCECE026 Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate education and care for children 50
BSBLED401 Develop teams and individuals 40
CHCMGT003 Lead the work team 95
CHCPOL002 Develop and implement policy 75
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice 40
PSPMGT004 Manage diversity 60


Government Subsidies

Meerilinga Traineeships and the majority of students who participate in class room delivery courses are subsidised through Jobs & Skills WA. Jobs & Skills WA is the way the State Government, through the Department of Training and Workforce Development that prioritises its investment in training to focus on courses that equip people to take up jobs that are, or will be, in high demand. To do this, Jobs & Skills WA provides a guaranteed, subsidised training place for eligible students enrolled in courses that are deemed State priority qualifications, where a training place is available. Apprenticeships and traineeships are a priority for the State Government. Other priority training areas are identified on their website.  Please view the Jobs & Skills WA website for more information or contact the Training College

meerilinga training college is supported by the Department of training and workforce development in the form of jobs and skills wa

Appeals, Concerns and Grievance

Meerilinga Training College ensures that students and clients have access to a fair and equitable process of dealing with appeals, concerns and grievances and provides an avenue for students to appeal decisions which may affect the student’s progress. This includes the student’s right to appeal assessment outcomes, fees and payments and general concern. In the first instance students and clients should discuss concerns directly with the Education Team.

Meerilinga Training College ensures that students and clients have access to a fair and equitable process of dealing with appeals, concerns and grievances and provides an avenue for students to appeal decisions which may affect the student’s progress. This includes the student’s right to appeal assessment outcomes, fees and payments and general concern.

All concerns, complaints, grievances, and appeals and subsequent actions, outcomes and improvements will be recorded and forwarded to the Chief Executive Officer without delay, stored centrally (a copy can be retained where it was lodged). The central records will be used to identify any opportunities to improve our systems and identify appropriate corrective and preventative actions. All complaints and requests for an appeal will be acknowledged in writing and finalised as soon as practicable.

All documentation and records relating to a concern, complaint, grievance or appeal are to be held confidentially. All formal complaints will be attended to within 10 working days of being received.

No costs are associated with lodging a Complaint that is resolved internally by Meerilinga staff. Where a complaint is forwarded on to an external body for review, the costs will be shared by the student and Meerilinga. Students are encouraged to contact the Meerilinga Office for more information in this regard.

Meerilinga is a member of a Mediation Scheme which will handle all complaints and grievances that cannot be resolved internally by Meerilinga. Please contact the Meerilinga office if you require contact details. In the first instance students and clients should discuss concerns directly with the Education Team.

Census dates

What is a Census Date?

Census Date is the last date a student can withdraw from an enrolment in an individual subject without incurring financial liability for the course fee.

How are Census Dates determined?

Each unit of your study has a unique Census Date. The Census Date is calculated at 20% of the duration of a unit.
For example:

  1. A unit starts on the 21 October and ends on 8 April. You will have completed 20% of the unit on the 24 November, the Census Date is 24 November.
  2. A unit starts on the 21 October and ends on 8 December.  The duration of the unit is shorter, therefore you will complete 20% of the unit sooner, the Census Date is 31 October.

How to find your Census Dates

On confirmation of your enrolment you will be issued with an enrolment invoice which contains information about your course costs and census dates. The census date for each course unit is disclosed. You can confirm your unit census dates by contacting us on 9489 4022.

Census Date and Withdrawing from a Course/Unit

Whether you are studying a Certificate or Diploma, you will need to withdraw from a course or unit by the Census Date to obtain a refund. Withdrawal from a unit prior to the Census Date will receive refund of tuition fees and pro rata refund of resource fees, if applicable.

Privacy Notice

Under the Data Provision Requirements 2012Meerilinga Training College is required to collect personal information about you and to disclose that personal information to the National Centre for Vocational Education Research Ltd (NCVER).

Your personal information (including the personal information contained on this enrolment form), may be used or disclosed by Meerilinga Training College  for statistical, administrative, regulatory and research purposes. Meerilinga Training College may disclose your personal information for these purposes to:

  • Commonwealth and State or Territory government departments and authorised agencies; and

Personal information that has been disclosed to NCVER may be used or disclosed by NCVER for the following purposes:

  • populating authenticated VET transcripts;
  • facilitating statistics and research relating to education, including surveys and data linkage;
  • pre-populating RTO student enrolment forms;
  • understanding how the VET market operates, for policy, workforce planning and consumer information; and
  • administering VET, including program administration, regulation, monitoring and evaluation.

You may receive a student survey which may be administered by a government department or NCVER employee, agent or third party contractor or other authorised agencies. Please note you may opt out of the survey at the time of being contacted.

NCVER will collect, hold, use and disclose your personal information in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth), the National VET Data Policy and all NCVER policies and protocols (including those published on NCVER’s website at

All personal and sensitive information is held in Meerilnga archives for a reasonable period of time as per Australian Law dictates. Once this information is no longer required Meerilinga will take reasonable steps to destroy the information or to ensure it is de-identified. Meerilinga also uses an external provider, CTI Records Management, for secure and confidential off-site storage.

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Student Resources

Please follow the links below to access additional resources designed to support your learning.

Cluster 1

Sample Privacy Statement

Template Newsletter

Sample Code of Ethics

Sample Contract of Employment

Sample Enrolment Form

Sample Job Description


Study Tips

Sample Sustainability Policy

Cluster 2

Emergency Evacuation Drill Report Template

Sample Hazards Identification 1 & 2

Sample Child Incident Report – Injury – Trauma – Illness – Near Miss

Sample Medical Conditions Policy

Sample Medical Risk Minimisation & Communication Plan

Sample Medication Records

Sample Nutrition and Beverages

Sample Child Protection Policy

Sample Policy and Procedures

Windex Material Data Safety Sheet

Smartsteps by School Drug Education and Road Aware (SDERA) 

Smartsteps Passenger Safety

Smartsteps Safety on Wheels

Smartsteps Pedestrian Safety



Our policies at Meerilinga Training College have been created to establish boundaries, guidelines, and best practices for acceptable behavior in our Registered Training Organisation. Being honest and transparent with employees, families and all other stakeholders in our community, ensures we all have the same expectations of services offered.

Appeals Policy

Assessment Policy

Complaints, Grievances and Concerns Policy

Enrolment Policy

Fees, Charges, Refunds, Deferred Payment and Waiver Policy.

Issuing AQF Qualifications Policy

Management of Scope Policy

Members Qualifications, Competencies and Supervision Policy

Student Behaviour Policy

Student Placement Work Experience Policy     Open for feedback

Transition and Teach Out Policy

Validation Policy

Privacy Policy

meerilinga training college is supported by the wa government and jobs n skills wa