Code and Title of Qualification - CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care 
Training Package Community Services 5.0 Link to Training Package
AQF Level Level 5 Implementation Guide
CRICOS Course Code 106990J Duration 52 Weeks

Introduction to Qualification

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.

Entry Requirements

Entry to this qualification is open to individuals who: 

  1. Hold a CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care or  
  2. CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.
Course Structure

A total number of 15 units including 12 core units PLUS 3 elective units is required for the award of this qualification. 

Units of Competency 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
CHCECE047Analyse 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
BSBHRM413 Support the learning and development of teams and individuals Elective
CHCECE057 Use collaborative practices to uphold child protection principles Elective
CHCMGT003 Lead the work team Elective
Assessment arrangements 

A range of assessment and evidence gathering methods and techniques are used including 2 – 4 or more methods for each unit of competency. For this course, methods include: 

Assessment Task 1: Written assessments including short-  answer questions, research tasks,  

Assessment Task 2: Practical activity including simulated work practices/ demonstrations, Logbook and third-Party Reports 

Assessment Task 3: Research tasks and Case studies 

Assessment Task 4: Roleplays and presentations

Work Placement requirements

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. 

 It has been our experience that most students  will secure their work placement themselves typically close to home. Work placement can only be undertaken in an accredited early childhood education and care service.  

During the work placement, students will be supervised and assessed by CHC Services’ qualified trainers and assessors. The CHC Services trainer/assessor will visit each student on a minimum of 4 occasions although more frequent visits will be conducted if necessary. Satisfactory completion of this work placement is a mandatory part of the requirements for successful completion of this course.  

 Work Placement Requirements   

National Criminal Record Check  

Prior to commencing work placement, students  will be required to undertake a Criminal Record Check (CRC) to obtain a National Police Certificate.  Students  will need to meet the cost of this.  

Working with Children Check 

First Aid Certificate  

It is not a requirement to have a current first aid certificate to volunteer in the child care industry. Workplaces however do have the right to request that a student holds the HLTAID004 Provide First Aid certificate.

Delivery Arrangements

Students are required to complete 17 units of competency for the award of this qualification.

Approximate nominal hours required to complete qualification are 1200-2400 hours.

Learner Educational and Support Services

All Students are required to attend an induction session prior to commencement. All policies and procedures are explained in full. Students are invited to contact their trainer for details and support.

A range of support services are available free of charge to Students and are confidential. This will include, as appropriate:

  1. Counselling – general or personal, support and referrals
  2. Study assistance as required
  3. Language, literacy and numeracy support
  4. Accommodating work and study.

Any identified support needs will be recorded on the Individual Training Plan.