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Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

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, 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.

Assessments will be conducted in a variety of formats which can include written questions and answers, projects, simulations, demonstrations, and third-party logbook.

  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Have completed study of Year 12 or equivalent.
  • Proof of English language proficiency: IELTS 6.0 or equivalent
  • Hold either a CHC30121 Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care or CHC30113 Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care

  • A Working With Children Check (WWCC)
  • Vaccination and health screenings
  • Police Check
  • Additional evidence that work placement provider may require
Course Structure

The following units are included in this course and all are required for the award of the qualification. Students who only complete some units will be awarded with a Statement of Attainment for units successfully completed. There are 15 units of competency in total, which include 12 core units and 3 elective units.

12 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 system

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

3 elective units

CHCECE053 Respond to grievances and complaints about the service

BSBPEF502 Develop and use emotional intelligence

CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people



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