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Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Are you currently employed in the childcare industry and looking to further develop your career?

The CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care may be for you!


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Program Overview


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.

As part of this Program, you will be required to undertake a minimum of 280 hours in an Australian regulated Education and Care Service.


Over the course of this program we offer:

  • Convenient and flexible learning
  • Support and guidance
  • Online virtual classroom collaboration

For the 2021 International Course Guide, Application Form, International Student Handbook and more, visit our International Students page.


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Program Details

  • Program Code & Title

    CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

    CRICOS Code: 107147C

  • Subjects

    The CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care requires 15 subjects consisting of:

    • Twelve (12) core units, and;
    • Three (3) elective units (all electives chosen are industry suggested)


    Core Subjects:

    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

    BSBTWK502 - Manage team effectiveness


    Elective Subjects:

    CHCINM002 - Meet community information needs 

    CHCMGT003 - Lead the work team 

    BSBSTR501 - Establish innovative work environments 


    Credit Transfer and RPL offered: Recognition of prior learning and skills assessment.

  • Entry Requirements

    Intended overseas students must satisfy the following requirements: 

    • Age: Must be 18 years or over  
    • English proficiency level: An IELTS Band 5.5 or equivalent OR undertake a TMG College Australia English language test  
    • Successful completion of Year 12 or its equivalent
    • Must hold a CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care or CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.


    Students are required to undertake a Language Literacy, Numeracy and Digital Literacy Assessment. These will assist with identification of any support needs.

    The ability to obtain a Working with Children Check - Working with Children Check & Police Check required for industry work placement

  • Work placement

    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.

  • Assessment

    Assessment methods may include:

    • Written questions & answer
    • Project work/ practical tasks 
    • Work placement tasks 
    • Case study/ report 
    • Research activities 
    • Role play/ presentations 
    • Observations 
    • Third party report 
  • Duration and Intensity

    Non-Traineeship: Estimated duration 78 Weeks 

  • Delivery Mode

    TMG College Australia provides the following delivery options: 

    Face to Face Training 

    In person Classroom Based training delivered at TMG College Australia sites. Face to Face delivery includes both theory and practical activities which are supported by structured Work Placement. 

    Structured Work Placement 

    There is a mandatory work placement requirement of 280 hours (minimum) to complete this course.  

    The work placement hours must be in an Australian regulated education and care service, which would include long day care, family day care, preschools/kindergartens, outside school hours care, occasional care and mobile. 

    Offsite Training 

    TMG College Australia can deliver training and undertake assessments using facilities at a Students Workplace, or in a mobile manner (e.g. delivery at a regional/remote location for a specific period or for a specific training course).  

    Mixed Mode Training 

    A combination of various delivery modes. Also known as "Mixed Delivery" or "Blended Learning". This includes Virtual, Face to Face and Workplace Based.  

  • Pathways

    Graduates may progress to higher level qualifications like Bachelor of Education (Early Years), Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Teaching and/or across related Education and Community Care sector. 

  • Your Career

    This Program provides you with the skills and knowledge to undertake job roles such as:

    • Childhood Education Manager 
    • Outside School Hours Coordinator 
    • Family-Daycare Coordinator 
    • Team Leader or Room Leader in a Service 
    • Early-Childhood Educator 
    • Playgroup Coordinator 
    • Assistant Director of Early Childhood Services 
    • Early-Childhood Educator – Team Leader 
    • Reliever in Early-Childhood Programs
  • Fees & Eligibility

    Enrolment Fees: $14,250

  • Locations

    This Qualification is available in the following regions: 

    • Melbourne CBD 
    • Box Hill 
    • Werribee 


  • Upcoming Classes


    • January 31
    • April 25
    • July 18
    • October 10


    • January 30
    • April 24
    • July 17
    • October 9
  • Credit Transfer

    We provide Credit Transfer with agreed and consistent credit outcomes for components of a qualification, if the CT request is equivalent in content and learning outcomes with TMG’s matched qualifications.

  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

    We provide Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) where Skill First Student work experience or qualifications of an advanced and related nature have been undertaken. RPL result is subject to the quality and amount of the evidence submitted by the Skill First Student to TMG. 

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