Child Care

CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Course Code: CHC50121
CRICOS Code: 115603F


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 a curriculum that meets the requirements of an approved learning framework and for maintaining compliance in other areas of service operations.

Career Opportunities

The Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care course will not only help you develop essential skills for working as an early childhood educator, but it will also provide you with advanced knowledge and abilities in early childhood education. This will enable you to work as an early childhood care education manager, group leader, or family day care coordinator.

International Students

We are proud to announce that the CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care is fully approved and nationally accredited for international students. Please visit the International Students page for more information.

We understand that navigating the journey of studying abroad can be challenging. That's why we encourage you to inquire through your preferred agent, or one of our authorised agent representatives. Our authorised agent representatives can guide you through the application process and can assist you with obtaining the Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE). Please note that as the education institution, Charter Australia is unable to assist with the student visa application to Australia.

To speak with an agent, please fill in the Contact Us form, and a member of our team will reach out to introduce you to an authorised agent representative.


A Traineeship allows you to gain a nationally recognized qualification of CCHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care by combining employment and training. You learn new skills in your workplace and you are paid for it!  For more details about traineeship, please refer to our traineeship webpage: Traineeships - Students and Employers.

Intake Dates

Both domestic and International students are able to enrol at the start of each school term. Please refer to the Term Dates for further information.

Duration: 12 months
Units: 15
Requirements: 18+ and LLN
Language: English
Work placement: 280 hours
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Class Schedule Location Domestic Students International Students

For Charter Australia’s minimum entry requirements, please visit the Entry Requirements page. In addition to the minimum requirements, entry to this qualification also requires applicants:

  • to hold one of the following qualifications
    • CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, or
    • CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.
  • A valid Working with Children Check (WWCC)

12 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

3 Elective Units

  • CHCECE053 Respond to grievances and complaints about the service
  • HLTINF006 Apply basic principles and practices of infection prevention and control
  • CHCDIV003 Manage and promote diversity

Students are offered two (2) delivery options to complete the CHC50121 - Diploma of  Early Childhood Education and Care course. 

1. Twelve (12) months enrolment period starting each school term
  • Blended learning mode combining classroom sessions, self-paced study, work placement. Classes will be delivered two days per week during a 12 months period, with breaks between school terms. 
  • Intake dates are at the beginning of each school term.
  • This delivery mode suits both domestic and international students.
2. Traineeship
  • On the job and self-paced study. Traineeship will be 2 years full-time.
  • Visit Traineeships for more information.
  • Traineeship delivery mode suits most domestic job seeker students.

Work Placement

For this qualification students must have completed at least 280 hours of work placement (Not applicable for traineeship enrolment).

Charter Australia organises work placements for our enrolled students in a regulated children’s education and care service.

Before undertaking any work placements in a regulated children’s education and care centre,  students will be required, at their own cost, to undertake a:

  • National Police Check
  • Health screening & any necessary vaccinations including Covid-19 vaccination
  • Child protection certificate
  • First Aid and CPR Certification (Included in the study)
  • Food handler certificate (Included in the study)

Assessments for CHC50121 - Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care include:

  • Written questions
  • Role play/simulation
  • Workplace projects
  • Workplace observation

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Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education: Many universities offer credit transfers for students who have completed a diploma, allowing them to complete a bachelor's degree in a shorter time frame.