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Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC50121)

Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC30121)

Part Time | 52 weeks | Blended Learning | Day or Evening Classes
Enrolments Open

Are you currently working as an educator in the regulated children’s education and services sector and keen to build on your skills?



The Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC50121) will enable you to learn about designing and implementing a curriculum that meets the requirements of an approved learning framework and maintain compliance in other areas of service operations. 

You will gain specialised knowledge and learn to analyse and apply theoretical concepts to diverse situations. If you are responsible for supervising volunteers or other educators, this is an ideal course for you.

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

If you hold an older qualification such as CHC30708, please enquire about Gap assessments

Work placement required:

To achieve this qualification, you must complete at least 280 hours of work placement in a licenced and registered early childhood service.

Assessment Methods

Competency based assessment. Assessment includes: Knowledge Assessment (Question and Answers), Case Studies, Workplace Assessment (Observation and Demonstration Tasks), Portfolio, Project, Report, Self-Reflection

Education Pathways

Students who complete this qualification may be eligible to apply for higher education qualifications such as:

  • CHC62015 Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management
  • Bachelor of Education (Early Years)

Career Pathways

  • Education and Care
  • Childcare Educator
  • Family Daycare Educator
  • Occasions Care Educator
  • Nanny
  • Playgroup Supervisor
  • Out of School Hours Care Worker


The Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care is delivered over 52 weeks (not including school and public holidays).

  • 14 hours blended learning (online with trainer-led delivery), includes once per month simulated workplace learning at our training centre at WCIG Footscray
  • 4 hours per week of additional individual learning support
  • 10-15 hours of student led activity per week
  • 280 hours of work placement

Delivery Mode

Blended learning (Face-to-face at Metro West, Footscray, Online via Zoom)

Units of Study:

To be eligible for the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC50121), students must successfully complete a total of 15 units comprising 12 core units and three elective units as listed below:

Code Title
Core Unit
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
CHCINM002 Meet Community information needs
BSBSTR501 Establish innovative work environments
CHCECE053 Respond to grievances and complaints about the service

*Course Fees:

Government funding is available for eligible candidates. Click here for our course fees.

Next Step

Interested in studying a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care with WCIG, but want more information? Our expert training team can answer any questions you have to help you make the next step.

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