CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care


The CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care is a highly sought after qualification within the childcare industry.

Upon completion, graduates will have the skills and knowledge to become a lead educator in the delivery of early childhood education programs for children in centre based and family day care. This qualification will also develop student’s ability to lead and mentor other staff in their early childhood education careers. The Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care includes some management competencies designed to equip graduates with the knowledge to meet the daily challenges of working within the Early Childhood industry.

Nationally Recognised


Practical Placement

Minimum of 280 hours that we can help you organise (working hours can be logged as placement hours for workplace students)

Delivery Mode

Classroom based, Workplace, Virtual/Blended


Please contact the administration team for more information.

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.

Students are also required to undertake a Pre-Training Review and a Language Literacy Numeracy and Digital Literacy Assessment.

These will assist with determining suitability and relevance into course entry and identification of any support needs. The ability to obtain a Working with Children Check - Working with Children Check & Police Check required for industry work placement.

Career Opportunities

This course provides you with the skills and knowledge to undertake job roles such as:

Education Pathways

Funding Eligibility

Victorian residents who undertake training may be eligible for Commonwealth and Victorian Government Funding (Skills First previously known as Victorian Training Guarantee). Use our easy Eligibility Checker to find out if you’re eligible for Victorian Government Funding. Funded places are limited, so be sure to make a timely application.

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Fees Schedule

Qualification Code and Name Units Estimated Duration Administration Charges (Non Refundable) Skills First Tuition Fee *Skills First Concession Tuition Fee Fee For Service
CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (Non-Traineeship and Traineeship) 15 12 months $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $4000.00

This qualification is funded (under Skills First Program) for eligible candidates only for Non Traineeship and Traineeship.

*Concession fee is applicable to eligible students only, as per the latest Skills First Fee Guidelines. Contact AET to check fee concession eligibility.
Please be aware that if your course is being subsidised by the Victorian Government under the Skills First program that enrolling in the above course may affect your future training options and eligibility for further government subsidised training under the Skills First program.

For more information on government subsidised training use the following link: https://www.skills.vic.gov.au/s/how-to-check-your-eligibility

The tuition fees are indicative and may be varied subject to individual circumstances on enrolment.


This course has 15 units of competency:

Unit Code Unit Name Core/Elective
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
BSBTWK502 Manage team effectiveness Core
CHCMGT005 Facilitate workplace debriefing and support processes Elective
CHCECE052 Plan service and supports for children and families Elective
CHCECE053 Respond to grievances and complaints about the service Elective