CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care


CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

About this course

METS trainers will inspire you to create a safe and inclusive environment in early childhood education and care services. This nationally- recognised course includes 12 core units and 3 electives.

This qualification will give you knowledge for supporting and leading children’s learning and development, health and wellbeing, along with designing, planning, implementing and evaluating educational programs and practices, that meet the requirements of the National Quality Framework (NQF), which includes the National Law and Regulations, National Quality Standard, the assessment and rating process and national learning frameworks. It will also prepare you for working with community members and external agencies.

The Education and Care Services National Regulations state under Section 126: Centre-based services – The qualification requirements for educators at centre-based services for children preschool age or under are – at least 50 per cent of the educators who are required to meet the relevant educator to child ratios for the service must have, or be actively working towards, at least an approved diploma level education and care qualification. Section 128: Family Day Care Co-ordinator qualifications state: A family day care co-ordinator must have an approved diploma level education and care qualification.

While enjoying the combination of online study as well as practical workplace experience, this course will prepare you for your role and responsibilities as a diploma level educator.

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.

After completing this nationally recognised Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care course, you can pursue a career as a:

  • Early Childhood Educator/Educational Leader
  • Child Development Worker
  • Family Day Care Worker
  • Children’s Services Coordinator
  • Centre Director/Manager
  • Playgroup Supervisor
  • Qualified Nanny

Approximately 12 to 24 months

Hold a CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care or CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care. Student’s must have computer literacy and literacy skills and be above the age of 16 to enrol. Students under the age of 18 will require a parent or guardians’ permission to enrol.

There are a wide variety of funding options available. From government funding through to fee-for-service. To find out what you are eligible for, click here.

  • 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
  • BSBTWK502 – Manage team effectiveness
  • CHCPRP003 – Reflect on and improve own professional practice

CHCINM002 – Meet community information needs
CHCDIV001 – Work with diverse people
CHCPOL002 – Develop and implement policy

Education pathways after completing CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care:

  • CHC50313 Diploma of Child, Youth and Family Intervention
  • CHC62015 Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management
  • Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)


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24 Months Self Paced


Workplace Traineeships, Online Learning, Classroom Courses


To be eligible to commence a traineeship, a participant must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident working full or part time within a service (minimum 15 hours). The participant must have the support of their employer, an accredited RTO (such as METS Training Services) and an Australian Apprenticeship Centre.

Finding a traineeship is similar to finding any job. You’ll need to network with employers and job recruitment agencies and market yourself within your chosen sector.
If a participant is ineligible for a traineeship due to their employment status (casual, part-time working under 15 hours etc.), they can still complete the course as a Fee for Service Student. If a participant is ineligible for a traineeship due to their residency status, they can in some cases still complete the qualification Self-Funded, however visa restrictions do apply. It is best to speak to your immigration officer and/or us regarding your eligibility.
Depending on the unit of study, you will complete both theory and practical based assessments to achieve competency in your qualification. Assessments may include short answer, project work, case students and reflection logs.

Yes. Under certain circumstances your traineeship can be extended, however this process can take some time and applying for an extension should be considered as a last resort. You should speak to us and/or your Australian Apprenticeship Centre if you are considering applying for an extension.

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