CRICOS Course Code: 107131M

CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Course Description

Passionate about enhancing and influencing the lives of young children?

Early childhood teaching is a highly respected and sort after qualification. This qualification gives you the knowledge to perform work-supporting children’s wellbeing, learning and development in early learning centres and junior primary classes. This course prepares graduates with both the practical and theoretical skills to work in a variety of disciplines including; day care, preschool, integrated child and family services, and early intervention services.

To work in childcare you must have, or be actively working towards, at least a Certificate III Qualification.

The Education and Care Services National Regulations state under Section 126: Centre-based services – The qualification requirements for educators at center-based services for children preschool age or under are – at least 50 per cent of the educators who are required to meet the relevant educator to child ratios for the service must have, or be actively working towards, at least an approved diploma level education and care qualification. Section 128: Family Day Care coordinator qualifications state: A family day care coordinator must have an approved diploma level education and care qualification.


Please note that this course does not follow our Academic Calendar. Please speak with our team for more information. 

Possible Career Outcomes

  • Early Childhood Educator
  • Early Childhood Centre Manager
  • Child Care Worker
  • Early Childhood Centre Director
  • Early Childhood Educator - long daycare, childcare centres, occasional care
  • Assistant Educator - Kindergarten or preschool program
  • Family Day Care Educator or Coordinator
  • Out of School Hours Coordinator
  • In-Home Care Provider or Coordinator

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Course at a Glance

  • Duration

    52 Weeks
  • Start Date

    Various intake and start dates available. Contact us for more information.
  • Study Mode

    Blended (Predominately Face-to-Face and Online)
  • Study Location

    New South WalesQueenslandSouth AustraliaTasmania
  • Campus Location

    Fitzwilliam Street, Parramatta
  • Vocational Placement

    280 Hours

Entry Requirements

Students must meet the following requirements and prerequisite to enter this course. Students must be of 18 years of age at the time of course commencement.


Entry to this qualification is open to individuals who hold:

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


Students must provide academic evidence of satisfactory completion of Year 11 or equivalent.

For Mature Age students who do not hold any qualification, they must pass the Internal LLN / English Placement test.

Where English is not the official language in the country of where students are currently residing, evidence of a valid IELTS 5.5 or equivalent must be provided. Students will also complete an online English level placement test prior to enrolment.

A Language Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) assessment is conducted on all entrants prior to enrolment into the program to ensure that Queensford College can support each student throughout the program.

Contact our International Admission Team to check about any country specific English requirements.

Students will need to ensure they are able to connect to the internet and have the capability to use our online learning system that meets the minimum technical requirements, which are:

  • Access to a laptop/computer is preferred
  • An operating system supporting the following browsers (current version and up to three most recent versions): Chrome, Firefox, Safari (excluding Safari on Windows), and Microsoft Edge
    • For Windows: Windows 10, 4 Gb RAM installed (minimum)
    • FOR MAC: Mac OS X 10.13 or above
  • Access to Word processing software, such as Microsoft Word
  • Reliable internet connection

Course Overview

This qualification to be suitable for students who have interest in the community services sector and developing and educating children.

Nationally recognised

  • Work with other staff to ensure a safe environment is created within the team, understanding and developing cultural competence and maintain work health and safety
  • Provide care for children, babies and toddlers while creating a positive and respectful relationships with children
  • Use an approved learning framework to guide practice to support children to connect with their world while you establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment for children
  • Facilitate compliance in an education and care services, establish and implement plans for developing cooperative behaviour and implement strategies for the inclusion of all children
  • Analyse information to inform learning and design and implement the curriculum to foster children’s learning and development
Unit code Unit Name Core/ Elective
 BSBTWK502 Manage team effectiveness Core
CHCECE041 Maintain a safe and healthy environment for children Core
CHCECE042  Foster holistic early childhood learning, development and wellbeing Core
CHCECE043 Nurture creativity in children Core
CHCECE044 Facilitate compliance in a children’s education and care service Core
CHCECE045 Foster positive and respectful interactions and behaviour in children Core
CHCECE046 Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children Core
CHCECE047 Analyse information to inform children’s learning Core
CHCECE048 Plan and implement children’s education and care curriculum Core
CHCECE049 Embed environmental responsibility in service operations Core
CHCECE050 Work in partnership with children’s families Core
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice Core


Develop and use emotional intelligence

CHCECE038 Observe children to inform practice Elective
CHCDIV003 Manage and promote diversity Elective

Students will be assessed through the following general methods of assessment that may apply for each unit. Each of the selected methods must be completed/deemed satisfactory, as each method is only a partial completion.

  • Knowledge questions – a set of written tasks provided to the student required to be completed including, question and answer
  • Case study – case study analysis and reports
  • Vocational Placement Log Book – record of tasks undertaken in the workplace by the student.

CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care course includes professional work placement to be completed of 280 hours.

Students must be able to gain a Working with Children Government Check that is relevant to their state before commencing vocational placement. Any associated costs will be shouldered by the student.

With the growing demand of child care in Australia, students are able to choose a wide variety of settings in both the private and public sector of child care. Students can experience vocational placement in Long Day Care Centres, Pre-schools and/or Outside School Hours Care. For those students who currently work in the industry in a registered organisation, vocational placement is offered through the workplace.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a form of assessment that acknowledges skills and knowledge gained through formal training conducted by industry or education, work experience, and life experience to gain Nationally Recognised Qualification. Credit for previous studies is not recognition of prior learning.

Credit is producing evidence of units of competency/qualifications previously undertaken and successfully completed. Applications for Credit Transfer, must include units of competencies completed, duration of the course and evidence of completion (certificate and transcript or statements of attainment).

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Queensford College use industry current practices and methodologies to ensure the training program is relevant to industry while also meeting Training Package requirements. Our students have access to a team of reliable staff and trainers that are available throughout the course duration. For the duration of the course students will be supported with the following:

  • Student Services: for all administrative enquiries and on issues associated with general academic skills
  • Trainers: to answer any questions students may have about the course content, assessments and study progress
  • Help Desk: for any assistance on course materials and assessment submission through our online learning platform.

Fees and Funding Options

Queensford College has a number of options to allow you to select a payment method best suitable to your financial situation.

  • Upfront 100% Payment*

    Payment through your own pocket either by EFT or credit card (MasterCard or Visa).

    *Students are not required to paymore than 50% of the total tuition fees upfront before the commencement of the course that is more than 25 weeks. Upfront 100% payment is required for courses of 25 weeks or less.

  • Payment Plan

    Payment through convenient instalments weekly, fortnightly, monthly or per semester.

    Terms and conditions will apply, please contact our team for information.

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  • Direct Debit

    Payment through a Direct Debit: withdrawal of funds can be arranged and scheduled from your nominated bank account.

    Terms and conditions will apply, please contact our team for information.

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How to Apply

At Queensford College, we strive to make possible an easy, smooth, and efficient application process.

There are two way to apply to study at Queensford College. You can either apply directly by filling out our application form and submitting to our International Department or through one of our approved international education agent. Our approved agents can guide you through the enrolment process and assist you with your visa application.

  • Student to Apply for Chosen Course

    Select from our range of courses in the International Prospectus or on our website and return a completed application form along with the required documents to us. Download the International Student Application Form

  • College Assesses and Verifies Applications

    Once we receive your application we will assess your application against the requirements of the course and issue a conditional offer letter, which is followed by an interview with candidate and financial documents verification.

  • Student to Review, Process and Accept

    Review your letter of offer to ensure course fees, duration, payment plan etc. are stated correctly. Required payment of tuition fee. Return signed acceptance of offer.

  • College Issues eCOE

    Electronic confirmation of enrolment (eCOE) will be issued.

  • Student to Apply for Australian Student Visa

    Apply for an Australian student visa at your nearest Australian Mission overseas.

  • Student to Plan their Departure & Arrival to Australia

    Once you have been accepted to study at an institution and have received confirmation of your student visa, the next step is to start planning for your arrival.

  • Student to Attend Orientation

    You must attend Orientation to get important information and advice to support your successful transition to study in Australia.

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