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CHC50121 – Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care



**Government Funding is Available for Eligible Individuals

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.

Job Facts

  • $1272
    Weekly Pay
  • 13,000 workers
    Employment Size
  • Very Strong
    Future Growth
  • Very High skill
    Skill level rating
  • 71% Full-Time
    Full-Time Share
  • 92.2% female
    Gender Share

Qualification will be delivered for 52 weeks. Students will generally need to spend 12 hours per week on self-studies, completing assessment and undertaking workplace activates.

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.

Prior to enrolment or commencement of training you will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment and a pre-training interview. These will assist with determining your suitability to the course, verify your training plan, and identify any learning support needs.

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. Students will be assisted by the Work Placement Officers to find suitable work placement opportunities in reputable establishments. Students may be required to do more hours in order to demonstrate competency. Police check and working with children check will be required when undertaking the practical placement.

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: www.acecqa.gov.au.

Employment outcomes resulting from the completion of this qualification may include the following roles:•

  • Early childhood educator
  • Family day care educator
  • Kindergarten early childhood educator
  • Nanny
  • Room leader
  • Outside school hours’ care educator
  • Family day care coordinator
  • Service Director / Centre Director
  • Play group supervisor

To be awarded the qualification of CHC50121 – Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, learners must successfully complete a total of 15 consisting of:

  • 12 core units
  • 3 elective units

All electives are selected to contribute to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome.

Methods of assessment may include
• Written assessment tasks
• Scenarios
• Workplace Activities
• Class Activities
• Workplace Observation
• Third party Report

The learner is required to achieve competency in
fifteen (15) units in order to complete the course and be awarded this qualification.

ACPS has a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Policy, to ensure that an individual’s prior learning, achieved through formal and informal training, work experience or other life experiences, is appropriately recognized.

Credit transfer applies to situations where learners have completed units at another provider identical to those in which they plan to enrol. Credit will be granted in accordance with the Credit Transfer procedure. To apply for credit transfer please complete the credit transfer application form available from head office and attach copies of verified documents to support the application. A reduction in tuition fees will be applied if Credit Transfer is granted.

If you have any special needs in relation to language, literacy, or numeracy support physical access, food, and beverage allergies, or any other issues, please do not hesitate to let us know.

Full Fee: *Tuition Fee: $5,500
Government Funding  **Tuition Fee: $0


Manage team effectiveness


Maintain a safe and healthy environment for children


Foster holistic early childhood learning, development and wellbeing


Nurture creativity in children


Facilitate compliance in a children’s education and care service


Foster positive and respectful interactions and behaviour in children


Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children


Analyse information to inform children’s learning


Plan and implement children’s education and care curriculum


Embed environmental responsibility in service operations


Work in partnership with children’s families


Reflect on and improve own professional practice

CHCDIV003      Manage and promote diversity
CHCECE053      Respond to grievances and complaints about the service
CHCECE052       Plan service and supports for children and families

Duration 52 Weeks
Level Diploma
Instution Australian College of Professional Studies
Branch Werribee
Level Diploma
Course Code CHC50121 - Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

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