CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Lead other educators while playing a vital role in children’s educational
development and learning

The CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care is designed for aspiring educators who are responsible for developing, implementing and evaluating early childhood education and care programs. This qualification will provide you with the skills to plan; implement and manage programs in early childhood services including long day care centres, family daycare, preschools or kindergartens. Your course will cover understanding child learning and development, culture and diversity in early childhood, and health & safety for children.

The Course

The CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood and Care qualification reflects the role of educators in early childhood education and care who work in regulated children’s education and care services in Australia. The qualification has 15 units of competence – 12 core and 3 electives. Each unit covers the key skills and knowledge required to practice as a qualified Early Childhood Educator. Students learning will include how to:

  • Manage an Early Childhood Education and Care Service team
  • Understand the theory behind the environment in which child develops and grows
  • Plan creative and fun experiences that foster the child’s development, wellbeing and creativity
  • Develop rewarding and positive relationships with children and their families
  • Understand how to respond to grievances and complaints about the service, and develop from these
  • Understand the importance of cultural competence and how to ensure all families and children are cared for in an inclusive environment

Course features

  • Work experience and field days for classroombased training
  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Industry-experienced trainers

Entry Requirements

  • Students must have completed either the CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, or CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
  • Complete the pre-enrolment process including the pre-enrolment Language, Literacy and Numeracy assessment.
  • a minimum age of 18 years old or over
  • Unique Student Identifier (USI)
  • Hold a current Working With Children Check (WWCC) or ability to obtain one prior to attending work experience and field days
  • Hold a Covid19 vaccination certificate

Course Content

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 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
Elective Units
BSBHRM413 | Support the learning and development of teams and individuals
CHCECE052 | Plan service and supports for children and families
CHCECE053 | Respond to grievances and complaints about the service

Work Experience Requirements

This qualification requires students to complete at least 280 hours of work in a regulated children’s education and care service. During work experience, students must provide & wear their own sun safe, industry appropriate clothing & a hat and be able to travel to the host employer.

Pre-enrolment information

Benchmark College has policies, procedures and information to help create a working and learning environment that is safe and healthy, culturally diverse, friendly and non-discriminatory. We encourage students to visit the student section of our website to view all relevant policies and procedures

Government funding*

This training is subsidised by the NSW Government. To be eligible to receive funding, the following eligibility criteria must be met:

  • be an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident, a humanitarian visa holder or a New Zealand citizen and;
  • be aged 15 years or older and;
  • have left school and;
  • live or work in New South Wales
* Further eligibility criteria may apply. For more information on NSW Government funding (including concessions and fee-free scholarships), and to check eligibility, please visit or call 1300 722 104.