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Course Description

The CHC50121 – Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care supersedes the previous version, the CHC50113 – Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.  It is a nationally-recognised diploma in child care course that teaches core skills to those wishing to progress their career – and boost their skills and knowledge about early childhood education and care.  It also provides critical child care diploma training for those wanting to start their own family day care centre.

Throughout this early childhood diploma course you will gain sound skills and knowledge on how to nurture creativity in children; maintain a safe and healthy environment for children; and foster positive and respectful interactions and behaviour in children.  You will also learn to managerial skills, such as how to manage team effectiveness, facilitating compliance in a children’s education and care service, as well as planning and implementing children’s education and care curriculum.

Additionally, while undertaking your child care diploma online, you’ll learn about leading your team at work, analysing information to inform children’s learning, working in partnership with children’s families, and even reflecting on and improving your own professional practice.

Where Can this Early Childhood Diploma Take Your Career?

Successful completion of this early childhood diploma online course will give you a nationally-recognised and nationally-accredited child care qualification.  It is suitable if you want to advance your knowledge in early child care to take on more challenging (or leadership) roles in child care centres and family day care centres across Australia.

Why not take the next step, and start doing what you love?  This child care diploma is the next step in professional development for anyone seeking a fulfilling career in the early education and care industry.  Typically, those undertaking this qualification are seeking employment as a:

  • Child care centre director
  • Child care centre coordinator
  • Program leader
  • Centre manager

Looking at Australia’s child care centre manager jobs outlook will give you a glimpse of the jobs you can take on—possible tasks, salary information, skill level required, and industry growth forecast. Click on the links to explore where the latest Diploma of Child Care can take you.

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Course Details

Course Code:

Course Name:

CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Course Duration:

Expected Study Hours:

12 months Up to 1300 hours (including Vocational Placement)

Delivery Methods:


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Course Delivery Options & Duration

Course Delivery

Inspire Education (RTO# 32067) delivers the CHC50121 – Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care Australia-wide, online, and through Mixed Mode Delivery (with required vocational placement).  This means students complete their course at their own pace, using Inspire’s online student portal, along with the placement requirement.  Delivery includes face-to-face webinars, self-paced study, directed research, and online learning and assessment materials and activities.

Online study is ideal if you want to learn according to your own schedule, and gain your qualification as fast as you can.  You can study at your own pace with full trainer support throughout your studies.  Your course materials are accessed online, so you are free to work on your child care diploma anytime, from anywhere in Australia.

This online Diploma Child Care course can be studied from anywhere in Australia, including Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, and Perth – as well as other cities, remote communities, or anywhere with internet access.

Being online, this diploma-level course has a rolling intake throughout the year.  This means you can enrol and start your course straight away, or on your preferred start date.

Please read our policies and procedures in the Inspire student handbook before enrolling by clicking here.

Course Duration

You will have up to 12 months from your commencement date to successfully complete this Self-Paced, Online course.  Eligible students can enrol anytime during the year under this delivery method.

What Will You Learn in this Diploma of Child Care Course?

As you study your CHC50121 – Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, you will learn and develop a huge range of skills and knowledge around caring for children.  You’ll learn about many aspects of how to assist child development, from maintaining a safe and healthy environment to planning and implementing their education and care curriculum.  You’ll also gain skills to foster holistic early childhood learning, development, and wellbeing and positive and respectful interactions and behaviour in children.

You’ll learn to facilitate compliance in a children’s education and care service, reflect on and improve your own professional practice, and provide support to students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Finally, as this is a diploma-level course – you will learn how to lead work teams, manage team effectiveness, implement strategies for the inclusion of all children, and embed environmental responsibility in service operations.

Do what you LOVE and start your Early Childhood Diploma, today!

Entry Requirements

Entry into this Diploma qualification is open to individuals who already hold either of the qualifications below:

It is preferred that students:

  • Are 18 years or older (Note: Students below 18 years old will need to investigate potential vocational placement options prior to enrolment, as some placement centres will not accept underage students)
  • Have sound language, literacy, and numeracy skills
  • Have basic computer skills

Eligible students are required to:

  • Obtain a Unique Student Identifier (USI)
  • Provide a valid ID with his/her picture and signature
  • Undertake a Language, Literacy and Numeracy Evaluation
  • Undertake a Personal Learning Plan Evaluation

All students considering a self-paced online course should give consideration to the following prior to enrolment:

  • Ability to access any required technologies
  • Information technology skills in accessing and using online programs
  • Experience and self-motivation to learn on their own
  • Competing pressures, such as work and family commitments, that may impact self-paced study time

Take our “Online Study Readiness Survey” to do a self-assessment! Visit the Inspire FAQ page for more info.

Qualification Pathways

This early childhood diploma course will qualify you to work in senior/managerial positions such as team leader, child care centre manager, or family day care coordinator.

Students enrolled in this course may wish to study other courses that will support their education and leadership skills in the child care sector. Options may include:

Course Units

The CHC50121 – Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care is made up of 12 core units, and 3 electives.  It includes a set of electives chosen to ensure the course meets the needs of a wide range of child care professionals.


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


CHCEDS056 – Provide support to students with autism spectrum disorder
CHCMTG003 – Lead the work team
CHCECE057 – Use collaborative practices to uphold child protection principles

Resources Provided by Inspire

To support your studies Inspire will provide:

  • Access to a student account in the Learning Management System (LMS) for submission
  • Learning Materials and Assessment Workbooks
  • Simulations, where applicable
  • Templates for completing Project Documents
  • A qualified observer* for the direct observation requirements

*Qualified observer – A VET practitioner qualified to provide assessments in accordance to Clauses 1.13-1.16 of the Standards for RTOs 2015.

Resources Supplied by the Student

To complete your studies you will need to have access to:

  • Computer with:
    • Internet access through Google Chrome
    • MS Word, MS PowerPoint, or equivalent applications
    • Adobe Acrobat Reader
    • Printer and scanner
  • Video recording equipment (e.g. mobile phone or video recorder) to record roleplay activities
  • At least five (5) volunteers for assessment tasks

Course Outline & Structure

Inspire Education (RTO #32067) will provide you with first-class training and student support while you undertake your studies in the CHC50121 – Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.

Prior to starting your course, you will complete a Personal Learning Plan Evaluation as part of your enrolment.  You will then be provided with a training plan that identifies your Cohort, taking into account your existing level of relevant knowledge and skills.

The amount of training and support required for each learner will vary on these 4 Cohorts:

  • Beginner (Full Study Model) – includes learners who are interested in a supervisory early childhood educator role without any previously completed formal qualifications; also those who may be unemployed or looking for a career change; study hours is up to 1300 hours
  • Intermediate (Partial Study Model) – includes learners who are interested in working in a supervisory early childhood educator role without any previously completed formal qualifications, but may have some minor work experience related to early childhood education or leadership and management for less than a year; also those who are currently employed and are seeking career advancement; also those who may have previously completed a Certificate III or IV qualification that is within the CHC Training Package, but not related to early childhood education; also those who are currently working as an early childhood educator, but is not in a supervising capacity; study hours is up to 1079 hours
  • Advanced (Partial Recognition Pathway) – includes learners who worked previously in an early childhood educator supervisor role, but without any recent industry experience; also those who may be working in a role related to early childhood education for their own business, but without any formal qualifications for at least 1 year; also those who may have previously completed a Diploma or higher-level qualification within the CHC Training Package, but not related to early childhood education; also those who have previously completed superseded versions this qualification, skill sets, or units of competency; study hours is up to 827 hours
  • Expert (Assessment only) – includes learners who have previously completed the CHC50113 – Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care and are currently working in the industry for at least 2 years; also those who are currently working in a role related to early childhood education supervision, or any similar roles, for the last 3 years; study hours is up to 576 hours

Expected Study Hours

This Diploma-level qualification has a total of 1300 expected study hours.  As this course is self-paced, you can study and complete your qualification in less time if you are able to.

Assessment Methods

Assessment is conducted using a combination of Questioning (e.g. written questions/questionnaires, knowledge assessment, self-reflection, self-evaluation), Product-based Methods (e.g. project, practical assessment, case study, structured tasks), Direct Observation (e.g. assessments that involve observing the learners as they complete tasks relevant to course requirements), and Third-Party Evidence (e.g. observation, skills workbook, workplace assessment workbook, logbook, third-party reports).

Vocational Placement

Successful completion of your CHC50121 – Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care requires you to undertake a minimum of 280 hours of vocational placement within an approved and regulated children’s education and care service in Australia.

This time in an early childhood setting will allow you time to develop your hands-on skills and experience in child care and let you demonstrate the practical competencies required to complete the course.

To view what is required by your Vocational Placement Provider, click here >> Vocational Placement FAQs

The Vocational Placement Provider should provide a workplace in an approved and registered Child Care Service, including:

  • A supervisor and other educators for guidance and collaboration
  • Curriculum documentation
  • National Quality Framework, including the National Quality Standard and the relevant approved learning framework
  • Access to service policies and procedures
  • Materials and equipment to facilitate play and leisure
  • Equipment and facilities for eating, nappy changing, play and sleeping
  • Cleaning equipment and materials
  • Access to a diverse range of children and parents:
    • Gender
    • Race and culture (including Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander children)
    • Age
    • Interests and preferences
    • Social context and lifestyle
    • Communication style
    • Personality
    • Length of time attending service/child care
  • Appropriate opportunities with infants and toddlers ages of birth and six (6) years
  • A range of experiences in the childcare centre, including:
    • Formally organised activities
    • A time and place for unplanned interaction
    • Meetings
    • Traveling
    • Walks
    • Setting up environment/venue

Note: Students are required to complete a Police Check, Blue Card or Working With Children Check, and additional manual handling training prior to commencing their vocational placement at their chosen facility. Any costs will be shouldered by the student. For students planning to do their vocational placement, the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) recommends immunisation for hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and influenza.

Trainer Observation Requirements

Some units of competency within this qualification require students to be directly observed by a qualified assessor during a site visit.

Students have three (3) options to complete these trainer observation requirements:

1. Attend an Inspire Education Partner Centre – Students residing in Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne can attend one of our Partner Centres at their own cost

2. Qualified Assessor – Students can request for a qualified assessor* to conduct the trainer observation within their preferred centre.  The qualified assessor* must hold the following:

  • One of the following TAE qualifications:
    • TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
    • TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment plus TAELLN411 Address adult language, literacy and numeracy skills AND TAEASS502 Design and develop assessment tools
    • A diploma in higher education (must have focus on adult education)
    • TAESS00011 Assessor Skill Set
  • CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, or EQUIVALENT units
  • Evidence of Industry Currency and VET Professional Development within the last 12 months

3. Inspire Education Trainer – Students can request for an Inspire Education trainer to conduct the trainer observations at their preferred centre for a fee of $500 per day plus travel and accommodation expenses.

*Inspire Education will assess and approve the allocation of a qualified assessor according to the requirements of Standards for RTOs Clauses 1.13-1.24.

Certification Requirements

The CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care is an Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) approved Diploma qualification for working in children’s education and care services.

Under the training regulations, all early childhood educators working directly with children in Birth to Preschool age care must hold (or be working towards) a Certificate III level education and care qualification. At least 50% of early childhood educators at a service must also have (or be working towards) a Diploma level child care qualification (such as this course).

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

RPL is offered to any Learner who can provide evidence of competency for the units offered in this CHC50121 – Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care course. See the RPL Guide for more information on this process and how to apply.

Career Pathways

Upon successful completion, you’ll be awarded the CHC50121 – Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, and will now be qualified for a more advanced career in child care.  Career information provided by My Skills says that Diploma graduates are often employed as:

  • Community and Personal Service Workers
  • Professionals
  • Managers

You can also search for child care centre managerearly childhood educator, or preschool director to see all the opportunities available right now.

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