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CHC50121 – Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

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Early Childhood Education


The CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care is a 74 or 96 week course, delivered through the blended learning experience of either face-to-face and/ self-paced classroom learning, which provides students with a range of skill and knowledge to work in the childcare industry:
  • 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

The CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care is delivered face to face or blended learning which includes 15 units of study and 280 hours of work placement. If you are not already working within the Industry, Educare College will assist you with work placement in an approved childcare centre.

Our training has been designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge required to become a carer within the early childhood education and care industry and to follow an individualised plan which is tailored to provide care and support to children.

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Course Information
Entry Requirements
Details and Units
Career Pathways and Outcomes

The Diploma is delivered over 74 or 96 weeks face to face which includes 15 units of study and 280 hours work placement component. Work placements will be pre-arranged with Australian approved childhood centre partners and arrangements will be supported by the college.

The face to face training component has been designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge required to become a carer within the early childhood education and care industry and to follow an individualised plan which is tailored to provide care and support to children.

  • Hold a CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care or CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
  • Literacy and numeracy Test
  • Be Covid 19 Vaccinated (required to complete vocational work placement)

It’s preferred that students have obtained a minimum of a School Certificate or equivalent. Students will be required to provide a current National Police Certificate and BLUE Card prior to commencing work placement.

Core Units
Course Code Course Name
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice
BSBWOR502 Lead and 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 an 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 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
Elective Units
Code Title
BSBPEF502 Develop and use emotional intelligence
CHCDIV003 Manage and promote diversity
CHCMGT003 Lead the work team

Upon completion of this course, students may further their studies and go on to University to complete a Bachelor of Education.

A person with this level of qualification will be able to:

  • Design, plan, implement and evaluate educational programs
  • Support children’s learning and development
  • Support the health, learning and development of children and their families
  • Work with community and external agencies
  • Provide leadership and support to other staff
  • Manage a variety of early childhood services
  • Ensure compliance with policies and legislation

Suitable Career outcomes may include:

  • Lead Educator in long day care, child care centres, occasional care
  • Family Day Care Educator
  • Assistant Educator in a Kindergarten or preschool program, working with a teacher
  • Supervisor roles
  • Early Childhood Teacher (for those holding Primary Teaching qualifications ask us about the Early Childhood Teacher Bridging Program)

Queensland Higher Level Skills – for students residing in Queensland

Higher Level Skills Funding:  The Higher-Level Skills Program aims to assist individuals to gain the higher-level skills required to secure employment or career advancement in a priority industry, or to transition to university. Read the Higher-Level Skills student fact sheet at https://training.qld.gov.au/training/incentives/highskills.

Fee for Service: Non-funded trainees will be charged a fee for service cost. These will be confirmed prior to the commencement of training. See here.

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Teaching and Delivery Modes for Students

At Educare key objectives are to ensure that the core focus of your learning experience is based on the practical applications of your study. Therefore, we support you by providing learning materials which are utilised during most of the following delivery modes such as:

  • Face to face facilitation and roleplays

  • Independent learning/simulated sessions

  • Group based workshops and discussions

Resources Needed

You will have access to our online learning system. You must have your own (laptop) computer with up-to-date software, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player. This equipment and software are required by all students to successfully undertake their study with Educare.

Work Placement

Work Placement forms an essential part of competency-based assessment and provides the student with practical job skills and work experience.

Students will undertake 240 placement hours in an Australian approved childcare centre organised by Educare College. This placement will take place after the successful completion of class room activities and prescribed assessments which will be outlined in your induction and orientation timetables.

An individualised work placement log book along with your training plan will be provided to you by your assessor which you must use to record and track your course progress and work placement hours. 

Students are required to do their work placement shifts determined during the times provided by the placement provider. Please note shifts can vary and may include mornings (commencing at 6am), evenings (finishing at 8pm). Students are expected ensure their time management skills are utilised well in order to not only balance family and work commitments but also their vocational shifts.

Should the student’s assessment results not be satisfactory, they will be deemed not competent against those prescribed units. You may make necessary arrangements with your trainer to reassess your placement at another suitable time for all parties.

Prior to commencement of Vocational Placement students are required to organise and complete an Australian Federal Police Check. Students must obtain the Check to go on Placement and be able to complete the qualification. For students working within Queensland Health, as well as a police check you will also be required to obtain a Positive Notice for Child Related Employment (Blue Card) . It is recommended potential students have all their vaccinations up to date, this includes; Varicella. Adults who have not had the Varicella — chickenpox — vaccination will need to get it prior to working in child care. Measles, Mumps and Rubella. Tetanus and Diphtheria. Influenza and Hepatitis.


Program Outcomes and Benefits

Throughout the program, students will learn the skills to enable them to use discretion and judgement in relation to individual support as well as taking responsibility for their outputs. We at Educare college aim to assist you in providing you with opportunities to achieve the following outcomes:

  • Link off job learning at college to on job training in the workplace.
  • Establish pathways to qualifications nationally recognised by industry, education and vocational training authorities.
  • Students may apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) to determine on an individual basis, the competencies obtained by a person through previous formal or informal training, work and/or life experience.
  • Receive a Statement of Attainment or Certificate from Educare College listing competencies successfully achieved for each training program studied.
  • Successful completion of a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) Assessment
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