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Short courses

CHCSS00060 Early Childhood Skill Set

This skill set has been endorsed by industry as appropriate for people who hold a Diploma of School Age Education and Care who require skills and knowledge to work with children aged birth to 6 years.

This is an online course that has a workplace component. Assessment consists of both theory and practical components and are to be completed by specified due dates. All practical assessments are completed as part of the required work placement.

Career opportunities

Occupations relevant to this short course include:
- early childhood educator
- group leader
- service director
- preschool assistant
- outside school hours educator/director
- home based educator

Entry requirements

You must:

  • be 18 years or older; and
  • not be attending secondary school; and
  • hold a Diploma of School Age Education and Care.

*If you do not meet the entry requirements and would like to discuss your options, contact Student Central.

Essential requirements

Students are required to undertake a minimum of 240 hours of work placement (120 hours minimum with babies and toddlers 0-24 months) in regulated early childhood education and care service. Students will be required to obtain an Ochre Card prior to undertaking work placement. The work placement will be arranged by CDU.

Appropriate dress standards for children's services volunteer placement students include:
- a collared and sleeved shirt - some students wear the navy/dark blue CDU polo shirt but this is not a requirement
- closed in shoes
- a brimmed hat for working outside
- if wearing shorts, these should be a respectable length e.g. just above the knee.


To be eligible for an NT Government funded place you must be:

  • a Northern Territory resident; and
  • an Australian citizen, permanent Australian resident or a New Zealand citizen who has resided in Australia for a minimum of six months


To be eligible for an NT Government funded place you must be:

  • a resident of the Northern Territory; and
  • a temporary visa holder who:
    • does not have work or study restrictions
    • has a valid visa for the duration of the training, allowing for the total volume of learning required to achieve the qualification, including supervised and unsupervised training and study
    • is not the primary provisional visa holder of a skilled, business innovation and investment, student, work or holiday visa identified on the Department of Home Affairs website.

Upcoming intakes

There are currently no course offerings in 2021 for this course.

Course structure

To achieve CHCSS00060 Early Childhood Skill Set a total of FIVE (5) unit of competency must be completed as listed below.

Students will be issued with a Statement of Attainment for units of competency successfully completed.

The total Nominal Hours for this training program is 480.
Code Module/Unit of Competency Hours
Units of Competency
CHCECE003 Provide care for children 70
CHCECE005 Provide care for babies and toddlers 60
CHCECE011 Provide experiences to support children’s play and learning 40
CHCECE017 Foster the holistic development and wellbeing of the child in early childhood 240
CHCECE023 Analyse information to inform learning 70
  Total nominal hours for the training program 480



This is a current, nationally accredited Skill Set from the CHC Community Services Training Package.

Additional information

You can access student services, find support and explore your community through the Current Students web.

Contact details Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call).