Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC50121)

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This qualification reflects the role of educators in early childhood education and care who work in regulated children’s education and care services in Australia. Educators at this level are responsible for designing and implementing curriculum that meets the requirements of an approved learning framework and for maintaining compliance in other areas of service operations. They use specialised knowledge and analyse and apply theoretical concepts to diverse work situations. They may have responsibility for supervision of volunteers or other educators.

Early childhood educators work in long day care centres, family day care, pre-schools or kindergartens.

To achieve this qualification, the individual must have completed a total of least 280 hours of work in a regulated children’s education and care service in Australia as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of units of competency. The total number of hours may be applied collectively across all units of competency that include the requirement for workplace hours.

No occupational licensing, certification or specific legislative requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

Under the Education and Care Services National Law (2011) the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) publishes lists of approved early childhood education and care qualifications and information regarding regulatory requirements here: www.acecqa.gov.au.

  • Family Day Care Manager
  • Day Care Supervisor
  • Child Care Manager
  • Team leader
  • Preschool Manager
  • Educator


Entry to this qualification is open to individuals who:

  • hold a CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care or
  • CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.

International Students

Must be 18 years of age or over, Completed Year 12 (HSC or equivalent)

Minimum of 5.5 IELTS score or equivalent (International students only)


The Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care is offered over 12 months full time study or 2 years part time.


  • Mixed
  • Face to face
  • Online


Students are required to undertake 280 hours or 12 weeks of student work placement during the course.


It is important that you inform and advise College of English Education and Training Australia prior to enrolment about any existing skills and prior knowledge and education. This ensures the College can provide the appropriate structure and student support throughout the course.


Packaging Rules

Total number of units = 15

  • 12 core units
  • 3 elective units, consisting of:

All electives chosen must contribute to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome.

Core units

BSBTWK502 Manage team effectiveness
CHCECE041 Maintain a safe and healthy environment for children
CHCECE042 Foster holistic early childhood learning, development and wellbeing
CHCECE043 Nurture creativity in children
CHCECE044 Facilitate compliance in a children’s education and care service
CHCECE045 Foster positive and respectful interactions and behaviour in children
CHCECE046 Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children
CHCECE047 Analyse information to inform children’s learning
CHCECE048 Plan and implement children’s education and care curriculum
CHCECE049 Embed environmental responsibility in service operations
CHCECE050 Work in partnership with children’s families
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice

Elective units

BSBHRM413 Support the learning and development of teams and individuals
CHCMGT003 Lead the work team
BSBOPS502 Manage business operational plans