Course Details

CHC50121 - Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Qualification Description

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:

Entry Requirements

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.

Packaging Rules

Total number of units = 15

  • 12 core units
  • 3 elective units, consisting of:
  • 2 units from the electives listed below
  • up to 1 unit from the list below, elsewhere in the CHC Community Services Training Package, or any other current Training Package or accredited course.

The selection of electives chosen must be guided by the job outcome sought, local sector requirements and the complexity of skills appropriate to the AQF level of this qualification.

Core Units 


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


Elective Units 


Support the learning and development of teams and individuals


Manage business operational plans


Develop and use emotional intelligence


Establish innovative work environments


Manage and promote diversity


Promote equity in access to the service


Plan service and supports for children and families


Respond to grievances and complaints about the service


Use collaborative practices to uphold child protection principles


Meet community information needs


Lead the work team


Develop and implement policy


Research and apply evidence to practice


Foster holistic learning, development and wellbeing for school age children


Qualification Mapping Information

Release 1. CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care supersedes and is not equivalent to CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.


Upcoming Dates

Course Code Name Course Start Date Course End Date Cost
CHC50121 Diploma in Childcare 17/04/2024 18/04/2025 $0.00