CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Course Details

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:

Course: 15 units (12 core plus 3 elective units) plus a mandatory 280hrs in an early childhood education and care setting
Timeline: Course Completion: maximum time 18 months
Course Payment: maximum time 12 months


Student Selection and

Entry requirements


Persons with the language, literacy & numeracy skills to fulfil their job role & complete course AND meet industry vaccination mandates  

Entry to this qualification is open to individuals who hold either:

•              CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

•              CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.

Student Intake

All year (except for end of year closure)

Delivery Mode

Online with support from CTA Trainers and Assessors

Course Duration

Maximum 18 months part-time or 6 months full-time

Practical Component


Student must be either employed and working in a Regulated Early Childhood Education and Care setting OR be able to secure a Volunteer Placement for a minimum 280 hours on enrolment (confirmation from centre required)

Fees - Diploma of Early Childhood education and Care


High Level Skills (HLS)

Student Co-contribution fee

$30 on enrolment (no refund) plus cost of HLTAID012 First-aid Certificate if student cannot provide a copy on enrolment 

 $15 for concession card holders on enrolment (no refund) plus cost of HLTAID012 First-aid Certificate if student cannot provide a copy on enrolment

Eligibility for a HLS training subsidy by the QLD State Govt. includes.

  • be aged 15 years or over and no longer at school 
  • permanently reside in Queensland 
  • be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident (includes humanitarian entrant), temporary resident with the necessary visa and work permits on the pathway to permanent residency, or a New Zealand citizen 
  • not hold, and not be enrolled in, a certificate IV or higher-level qualification, not including qualifications completed at school and foundation skills training 

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 to further their studies

Refer to the QLD Govt. VET Investment Plan Student Factsheet for more information

User Choice


Student Co-contribution fees 

No fees if the apprentice is under 25 years of age.

Contribution fees for apprentices over 25 years of age.

$2156.80 Payment Plan available

$1294.08 *Concession Payment Plan available

To be eligible to receive a government contribution, the apprentice or trainee must:

  • have entered into a Training Contract for a qualification that is funded by the department be registered on DELTA with a commencement date or recommencement date on or after 1 July 2021
  • select a training provider that holds SAS status for their nominated qualification.

*(Concession) Partial exemption of tuition fees of 40% apply if the applicant falls into one of the categories below:

  • Was or will be under 17 at the end of February in the year in which training commences, providing the applicant is not at school and hasn’t completed year 12. Dependent DESBT training initiatives i.e.,
  • Holds a health care card or pensioner card, or is the partner or a dependant of a person who holds a health care card or pensioner card, and named on the card
  • The applicant provides an official form under Commonwealth law confirming the applicant, his or her partner or the person of whom the applicant is dependant, is entitled to concessions under a health care card.
  • The applicant is an Aboriginal or Torress Strait Islander person.

Full exemption (short summary) from the student contribution fee where the participant falls into one or more of the following exemption categories:

  • Payment of the student contribution fee would cause extreme financial hardship,
  • Queensland Government, as represented by the departmental officer responsible for the User Choice budget, advises in writing that fees are optional.
  • Where credit transfer/national recognition has been applied to a unit of competency/module
  • The participant is a school-based apprentice or trainee
Fee for service

$5200.00 plus First-aid Payment Plan available (includes $300 enrolment fee)

Face-to-face classes On application and group basis
VETiS (Schools) As per school Partnership Agreement (SATS fully funded otherwise Fee for Service)

The Enrolment fee (if applicable) is non-refundable as are courses fees once students commence training. Fees andconditions are aligned to government funding conditions. Refer to fee policy on enrolment form for further information.

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12 compulsory units and 3 elective units
Maintain a safe and healthy environment for children
Foster holistic early childhood learning, development and wellbeing  C
Nurture creativity in children  C
Facilitate compliance in a children’s education and care service C
Foster positive and respectful interactions and behaviour in children C
Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children C
Analyse information to inform children’s learning C
Plan and implement children’s education and care curriculum  C
Embed environmental responsibility in service operations C
Work in partnership with children’s families  C
Reflect on and improve own professional practice C
Manage team effectiveness C
Meet community information needs E
Develop and implement policy E

Identify and resport children and young people at risk


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Resources - Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care learning resources are available online (with support from CTA trainers)  are included in the course fees. Additional charges will apply for printing of learning resources, if requested. Please check before enrolment.

Job Roles - Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

  • Early Childhood Educator
  • Director-Early Childhood Education and Care Centre
  • Child Development Worker
  • Manager-Early Childhood Education and Care Centre

Outcome - Diploma of Early Chidhood Education and Care

On successful completion of all units within this qualification, participants will receive a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.

Course Pathway - Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Senior Early Childhood Educator or Tertiary pathways

Student Intake - Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

All year (except for end of year closure)

Industry Placement - Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Students enrolling in this program will be required to complete a mandatory 240 hours in an early childhood education and care setting.

How is the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care  Delivered & Assessed?

You will have access to a variety of theory and practical learning resources, including industry placement, which equips you with the necessary skills to secure employment. Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care course resources are readily available online to ensure 24/7 access and portability to students. Throughout the duration of your studies you will be trained, assessed and supported by qualified trainers and assessors in a variety of methods which depend on your chosen mode of study. These may include: Skype, email, phone, online, workplace visits, third party reports by workplace supervisor/s, written workbooks, videoed training presentation and or classroom tutorials.

Centrelink Eligibility - Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

If you are eligible for assistance, contact Centrelink for details of study assistance for this course before enrolment.

Recognition of Prior Learning - Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Have you gained knowledge and skills through your work, life experience, training or education? You may be halfway to a qualification and not realise it. Even if you have never formally studied or trained in a particular area, you may be able to have your skills formally recognised.

Recognition of your current skills and knowledge can occur through credit transferor recognition of prior learning.

What Is Involved?

As part of the recognition of prior learning process your existing skills and knowledge will be assessed against a range of industry standards by a qualified assessor. You can demonstrate your competence in a variety of ways including performing tasks, sharing your stories about how you carry out tasks in the work place or providing work samples and providing evidence of the mandatory 120 hours industry experience.

Credit Transfer - Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

If you have completed past studies in areas related to the Diploma of ?Early Childhood Education and Care  you plan to enrol in you may be eligible for credit transfer. You will need to provide a Statement of Attainment matching the unit of competency you are seeking credit for.

Benefits of Applying for RPL

  • Recognition may accelerate you through your qualification
  • A qualification may assist you with getting a promotion, job security, a change in career or even a pay rise
  • Recognition helps keep your studies interesting and challenging (as you are not learning things you already know)
  • Recognition will never cost you more than the training it replaces

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