CHC50121 - Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

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Adelaide City, SA – View Intakes

Elizabeth City, SA – View Intakes

Concession: $676.50

Subsidised: $2,175

Full Fee: $4,875


Embark on an enriching journey in early childhood education and care with the CHC50121 Diploma offered by Australian Workplace Training through our flexible External (E-learning) study mode.

This nationally recognized qualification is tailored for educators in regulated children’s education and care services across Australia. As a student, you will develop the skills and knowledge necessary to design and implement curriculum aligned with approved learning frameworks. Educators at this level play a crucial role in ensuring compliance across various service operations, demonstrating specialized knowledge and applying theoretical concepts in diverse work scenarios. Responsibilities may extend to the supervision of volunteers or other educators.

Whether you aspire to work in long day care centers, family day care, pre-schools, or kindergartens, our diploma program prepares you for leadership roles in the early childhood education sector. Aligned with the Education and Care Services National Law (2011), our curriculum meets the standards set by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA).

Did you know?

According to Australian Labour Market Insights, Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers are expected to experience robust growth in the coming years, offering promising job prospects. With projections indicating a workforce of over 59,990 by 2026 which is up 10,600 or 21.6% from 2021.


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Course Structure:

The certificate consists of 15 units: 12 core and 3 elective.
Each unit includes the relevant training and assessment materials required to achieve competency

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

Elective units:
BSBSTR501 Establish innovative work environments
CHCCOM002 Use communication to build relationships
CHCMGT003 Lead the work team


External (E-learning) Study
External (E-learning) students study this course at their own pace, however it is anticipated the course will be completed in approximately 24-37 months (the timeframe for completion is dependent on the individual and their previous study/industry experience). Students work at home on their theory work with self paced units and have access to a trainer either face to face or by phone, fax, correspondence and email for assistance.

Students are required to attend block training for practical tasks, role plays, group activities, and demonstrations; as well as maintain monthly contact with their trainer >via phone, email or face to face (please contact reception to arrange an appointment with your trainer).

A current Working With Children Check (WWCC) from DHS will be required before work placement is commenced. It is your responsibility to apply and pay any costs associated with the Working With Children Check . A current DHS Working With Children Check is a requirement by industry.

During the course we will work with you to arrange a suitable venue(s) for work placement.
You will be expected to undertake a work placement to enable the assessment of your ability to implement your training under working conditions.

To achieve this qualification, you must have completed a total of at 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.
Please discuss this with your trainer at your interview.
Students who are currently working in a regulated children’s education and care service in Australia may be able to use their current workplace for their work placement. This can be discussed with your trainer during the enrolment interview.

The qualification is achieved by successfully completing all the suggested units. This can be achieved by participating in training sessions, completing assignments and by demonstrating your ability by putting the learning into practice under working conditions during the work placement. Skills Recognition is available.

Entry to this qualification is open to individuals who:

  • hold a CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care or
  • CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

An interview with a Trainer will be arranged prior to your enrolment. In this interview any difficulty you might experience with your training will be discussed, these may be language, literacy or physical disabilities. If you have any concerns or special needs please discuss them with the trainer during the interview as support could be available for you.

Upon successfully completing the CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, graduates can embark on enriching journey into a leadership role with the Early Childhood Education space. Here are potential vocational outcomes and job roles:

  1. Centre Manager
  2. OSHC Coordinator
  3. Centre Director (Long Day Care)

Fee for Service Students:  $4,875

Subsidised Students:
This qualification has subsidies available Supported by Government of South Australia for eligible participants.
Participant Eligibility Criteria apply – visit for Participant Eligibility Criteria
Subsidised Course Cost: $2,175
Subsidised Course Concession Cost: $676.50

For more information on completing a qualification with fee subsidies at AWT please visit our Subsidised Training information page.

Other Fees that may be applicable:
DHS Screening check:  Approximately $65.45 for students
Work placement badge:  $6
Replacement unit fee:  $25 per unit
Postage of certificate:  $10 (surface mail/untracked)
Postage of items:  Calculated on an individual basis on the weight/size of the item/s to be posted

Skills Recognition Costs:
Recognition Prior Learning: $300 per unit
Credit Transfer: $25 per unit

More information on our Fees can be found by visiting or Course Fee Information page. Payment plans are available.

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