Course Code: CHC50121

Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Course Overview

Course Code: CHC50121

The CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care is the qualification that ACECQA requires for those wanting to advance their career and studies in early childhood and take on higher levels of responsibility and leadership in an early childhood service. You will have the opportunity to develop skills in providing care to children, with an emphasis on play-based learning and assist children achieve developmental outcomes. It is the qualification for those wishing to lead an education and care program for children before they enter formal schooling. A Diploma further enables you to implement, and manage education and care programs, and supervise staff and volunteers. You will also gain entry level management knowledge and skills that let you oversee the early childhood education and care service.


Total of 52 weeks: 40 weeks of tuition, 280 hours of work placement, 12 weeks of holidays


Face to face, blended and online

Job Outcomes

Centre Based Director
Lead Educator in long day care
Educational Leader
Centre Manager

Course Fees

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  • 18 years of age or over
  • Complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy test
  • A current Working with Children Check
  • Have a reasonable level of fitness to cope with standing, lifting, bending, twisting and reaching.
  • CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care OR
  • CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
  • Workplace requirements: 280 hours

Classroom (one session per week) plus work-based training

Total of 52 weeks:

  • 40 weeks of tuition
  • 280 hours of work placement
  • 12 weeks of holidays

Through the Diploma qualification, you will learn what it means to provide a program for babies, toddlers and young children and work in a position of responsibility. There are 15 units of study in this qualification covering topics such as:

  • Developing, implementing and evaluating learning programs for children
  • Facilitating children’s holistic development and wellbeing
  • Managing and maintaining legal and ethical compliance
  • Leadership and basic management responsibilities
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
CHCDIV003 Manage and promote diversity
CHCECE053 Respond to grievances and complaints about the service
CHCECE057 Use collaborative practices to uphold child protection principles

MindChamps Academy advises relevant progression that may be attained such as:

  • Bachelor of Early Education (Early Childhood)

The Diploma qualification provides for employment in the following roles:

  • Centre Based Director
  • Lead Educator in long day care
  • Educational Leader
  • Centre Manager

All students in this qualification are allocated a MindChamps Academy Trainer/Assessor who will guide them through the qualification. Trainers and Assessors are all qualified in early childhood education and have at least 5 years’ experience completing the job you are wanting to hold. Our Trainers and Assessors provide regular zoom tutorial sessions, email and face to face support so you always have help when you need it!

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