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CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Do you have a passion for educating and shaping young minds? Then consider a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.

Learn the skills to plan, implement and manage programs in early childhood services, in accordance with licensing, accreditation and duty of care requirements. The legislation now requires most educators in the early childhood services industry to either hold or be working towards a Diploma level qualification. Enrol Today! Successful graduates of our Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care also have pathways to university.

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  • Entry Requirements

    Entry to this qualification is open to individuals who hold either CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care or CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care. 

  • Student Selection Process

    Our student selection process is designed to ensure that you are enrolled in the qualification that best meets your needs. The selection criteria take into account various factors when deciding upon which students will be offered places in the program including:

    • The students’ needs and desired outcomes
    • The ability and commitment of the students to complete the course
    • Eligibility requirements listed in the applicable National Training Package
    • Students existing ability in the ACSF core skills, (learning, reading, writing, oral communication and numeracy)

    Students not meeting these requirements will be directed to more suitable qualifications or skill development programs.

  • Recommended Course Structure

    To attain the CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care a total of 15 units of competency must be successfully completed comprising of twelve (12) core units and three (3) elective units.

    Core Units

    • 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

    Elective Units

    • CHCECE053 Respond to grievances and complaints about the service
    • BSBPEF502 Develop and use emotional intelligence
    • BSBHRM413 Support the learning and development of teams and individuals
  • Work Placement Requirement

    To be assessed as competent in this qualification, students are required to undertake 280 hours of supervised work placement in a regulated child care service that caters to children aged between 0-6.

  • Job Prospects

    On successful completion of this qualification, you can pursue a career as a:

    • Childhood Education Manager
    • Nominated Supervisor
    • Centre manager (children’s services)
    • Children’s service director, manager
    • Children’s services coordinator
    • Director (children’s services)
    • Group, team coordinator, leader (children’s services)
    • Program leader (children’s services)
    • Educational Support Leader or Educational Support Officer
  • Further Qualification Pathways

    Upon successful completion of this qualification you may continue your studies and undertake the following:

    • Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching, Birth – Five, Birth – 12 Years)
    • Bachelor of Education
    • Bachelor of Education (Birth – Five)
    • Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary)
    • Bachelor of Human Services
    • Bachelor of Science (Psychology)
    • Bachelor of Teaching (Birth – Five)


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  • Clock

    12 - 18 months

  • Location

    Browns Plains, Caboolture

  • Money Bag

    Government Funded

  • Credit Card Payment (1)

    Credit Card, Debit Success

  • Recognition of Prior Learning
  • Industry Work Placement Support

Frequently Asked Questions

How to Enrol?
The enrolment process is very simple and easy!If you already know which course you want to study :
  • Click the Enrol Now button from the course page that you’re interested in and submit your application. Alternatively, you can visit one of our campus locations or call us on 1300 146 699
  • We will need to verify if you meet the entry requirements and selection criteria for your chosen course, as well as see if you're eligible to access any relevant funding. Check out the details under the important information section on the course page for a list of requirements. Gathering all your supporting eligibility documents together ready to supply to us when requested will help speed up this process.
  • Once your application has been accepted and you have accepted an offer for a place in your course you will receive an enrolment email that includes all the practical information you need to know including timetables and orientation information.
If you need guidance with selecting the best course as per your career or education needs:
  • Speak to one of our course and careers advisors
What is Recognised Prior Learning?
Collaboration Learning recognises that some students have had previous experience and learning whether that be working in the industry or completion of a previous course of study. 

We are happy to discuss Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) with students. Each student requesting RPL will be interviewed and they should provide a portfolio of evidence to support their application and may be assessed on the job. On-the-job assessments can be conducted to assess current skills and knowledge.
What is a Unique Student Identifier (USI)?
A Unique Student Identifier (USI) number is a unique number that is allocated to students studying nationally recognised Vocational Educational Training (VET) in Australia. This is a government initiative that enables you to access all of your training records and results from one location allowing you to provide proof of qualification to any potential employer. USI’s are mandatory for anyone wanting to complete nationally recognised training.If you forgot or lost your USI number please call Student Support 1300 146 699 or visit https://www.usi.gov.au/contact-us/students
What is the Student Assistance Program?
The Student Assistance Program is dedicated to providing new and existing students free and confidential counselling services to help with their mental health and well-being.

As a joint initiative with AccessEAP (which also runs our Student Assistance Program), Collaboration Learning aims to help students address an array of life challenges, ideally before they become distractions that affect home life as well as studies. The service will provide access to a dedicated counseling hotline available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and 3 complimentary face-to-face counseling sessions.

Student Testimonials

Great course, supportive environment!
I completed my Certificate III in Early Childhood Education. They have a fantastic team and I really enjoyed studying with them. My teacher was great with helping me, replying quickly to emails and marking assessments, and very encouraging. I found the coursework to be well laid out and easy to understand and follow.

Thank you for helping me on my journey into Early Childhood Education!

Lael Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Amazing learning experience, helpful teachers!
“I had an amazing experience in my learning path for my new career and the teachers are amazing and helpful in your studies. I would definitely choose them for more learning experiences if I need to build on my career. I personally had trouble at the start of the course due to not studying in years. In-class teaching worked well for me.”

Joanne Hall Certificate IV in Ageing Support

With my first part on campus with Rene Ellwood, it was great to attend a class and be able to share experiences. Rene made it easy to grasp information. The second part was online but still easy to understand.”

Annie Boissonneau Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing)

“Course was easy to understand and teachers were always there to help. Information was always easily found and knowing due dates for each individual unit and project made life much easier.”

Andrew Hoare Certificate IV in Retail Management

“Jenni was absolutely fantastic! Transparent and seamless enrolment process. Jenni made it easy for us to understand the process from education to employment. Professional and helpful. You don’t see this kind of commitment very often. Highly recommended.”

Emily Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

“Loved the experience. Great trainer, Chloe! Met some lifelong friends and got a job I love. Thanks for a new and rewarding career change.”

Christy Koe Certificate III in Community Services

“Trainers that are totally focused on the student’s outcomes and journey.”

Jamie Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability)

“I feel so lucky to have found this college, the course is perfect to suit my lifestyle and what I want to achieve for my career. Very professional service, absolutely fantastic.”

Jessica Certificate III in Retail Services

“Love this place. All staff members are very nice. Very clean environment with all amenities. I am doing cert 3 in ECEC and my trainer Katrina is such a nice and lovely person, very soft-spoken, very supportive. Happy to be a part of this institute.”

Pushpinder Kaur Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care