Start a rewarding career in the booming child care industry as a qualified early childhood educator.
Full time -
Up to 24 months

Full time -
20-25 Hours Per Week

Including 280 Hours of Work Placement
Course Value $9897

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The CHC50121- Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care provides you with the knowledge and skills required by child care workers across a range of early childhood education settings. Start a rewarding career in the booming child care industry as a qualified Early Childhood Educator.

There is a pre-requisite that you already hold a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care with the codes of CHC30113 or CHC30121 before you can enter this course.


CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

  • Overview
  • Pathways
  • Course Units
  • Delivery

About this course

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.

To achieve this qualification, you must have completed a total of least 280 hours of work in a regulated children’s education and care service in Australia.

Are there Prerequisits?

Yes, to enrol in this course you will already need to have:

CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care or

CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.


How much will it cost me?

Fee for Service from $8,254.00.

Includes First Aid and Child Safe Environments.

An additional cost of up to $68 for National Police Clearance (issued through SAPOL) and DHS Checks $63.25.

Eligible subsidised (Participant Eligibility Criteria apply, Visit for Participant Eligibility Criteria), from 29 November 2021, $710.00.

The fees include First Aid, Child Safe Environments, DHS Clearances and National Police Clearance.

A $150 re-enrolment fee applies for students who do not complete within the completion time.


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Entry Requirements

The following entry requirements need to be met prior to course commencement:

    • Must be over the age of 18 years at the time of course induction
    • Must hold a current Driver’s licence
    • Must be able to participate in 280 hours of work placement
    • Ability to gain clean Police and DHS clearances
    • Must be able to source and undertake work placement
    • Complete all enrolment processes as per the Enable College enrolment policy and procedure
    • Students must have access to a computer, email, and internet


    • Fee for Service Students
    • Meet LLN requirements by completing Enable College LLN test
    • Complete a Verbal Assessment (see Verbal Assessment Policy and Procedure – FFS)


    • Eligible Subsidised Students
    • Complete CSPA assessment and Upfront Assessment of Need (Eligible subsidised students) process
    • Attend suitability interview – see Enable College Suitability and Support Needs Checklist and Verbal Assessment Policy and Procedure (Eligible subsidised students)

Pathways in Early Childhood Education & Care

Our graduates emerge with the required skills, knowledge and practical work experience to care and support children in a variety of settings.


Possible Outcomes

  • Early Childhood Services Coordinator
  • Qualified Room Leader
  • Early Childhood Educator in Long Day Care
  • Kindergarten
  • Family Day Care Provider
  • Outside School Hours Care Assistant Educator

Study Pathways

Some universities offer credit from the Diploma to enrol into Early Childhood Teaching qualifications. Alternatively, the CHC60215 Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management provides an opportunity for those interested in a management position in early childhood services.

Course Units

This course is made up of 15 units of study, divided into 12 core and 3 elective units. Our range of electives is based
on our experience, knowledge and understanding of what employers and the industry are looking for.

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
CHCPOL002 Develop and implement policy
CHCINM002 Meet community information needs
CHCMGT003 Lead the work team

Recognition of prior learning

If you have existing knowledge or skills relating to the requirements of this course you can apply for recognition of prior learning (RPL). RPL may be granted for knowledge or skills obtained through prior education, training, work and life experiences.

RPL fees are $200.00

Credit Transfer

If the student has a prior Qualification or a Statement of Attainment issued under the Australian Qualifications Framework from any state or territory, the RTO will automatically give exemptions for those units of competency provided they are current. Credit transfer will be provided on the student record.

Other related courses

Certificate III Education Support
Diploma of Community Services
Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care


This course is offered as both full-time (20-25 study hours per week) and part-time (15 study hours per week) either on campus or through our blended learning model.
Through our blended learning model, you will receive course materials to work through at your own pace as
well as attend practical training sessions as required. As part of this course, you will also have the opportunity to experience real-life situations through work placement.
Optional study tutorials are available on arrangement with the trainer that is assigned to support the student. Full-time students are expected to submit 2 assessments per month and Part-time 1.

  • Study on Campus
  • Work Placement
  • Study Online
  • Full Time Available
  • Part Time Available

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