Education & Community Services Courses

CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care


Up to 38 weeks (domestic)

98 weeks (international)

On Campus | Blended

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International Students
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Careers in early childhood education and development are as diverse as they are in demand. To help cultivate and nurture our youngest people is a vocational calling that requires care and empathy, as well as creativity and excitement. Our diploma graduates can confidently enter industry as early childhood educators knowing that they have a balance of skills, knowledge and attitudes that are valued by industry leading employers. They are equipped with the capacity to design and implement curriculum in early childhood education and care services. In doing so they work to implement an approved learning framework within the requirements of the Education and Care Services National Regulations and the National Quality Standard. They use specialised knowledge and analyse and apply theoretical concepts to diverse work situations. and may also have responsibility supervising volunteers and other staff.

Early childhood educators work in long day care centres, family day care, pre-schools or kindergartens.

No occupational licensing, certification or specific legislative requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

Under the Education and Care Services National Law (2011) the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) publishes lists of approved early childhood education and care qualifications and information regarding regulatory requirements here:

Subsidised Training

If you want to study a course that will give you skills employers need, the South Australian Government pays part of your course fees for you.

Your eligibility for government subsidised training may be based on your employment status and any training you’ve already completed.

Check your eligibility here.

Work Integrated Learning

280 hours.

Note:  If you are enrolled in the joint Certificate III and Diploma courses, you must complete a total of least 440 (CHC30121 160hrs + CHC50121 280hrs) 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.

Before going on WIL students will be required to have the following vaccinations and submitted evidence of doing so:

Please note this information may change without notice. Additional vaccinations may be required and are based on the National Immunisation Program.

Before going on WIL, students are required to have the following background checks:

Before commencing WIL, students are required to have obtained the following certificates:

  • Child Safe Environments Certificate

Students must also be physically fit to meet industry requirements.

Vaccinations, certificates and background checks will be at the student’s expense.

Subsidy available


Traineeship available


Entry Requirements

Entry to this qualification is open to individuals who:

  • Hold a CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care or
  • CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.


EQUALS International (Aust) Pty Ltd business rules allow:

  • Adult Entry (18 years or over at the time of application)
  • Package CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care with CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Students must successfully complete all components of the CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care units of competency and WIL before commencing their studies within the CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care in order to meet the Entry Requirements.

Applicants must also demonstrate adequate English language skills and numeracy skills to communicate safely and effectively in industry.

Study Units

Core units (including CHC30121 packaged)

  • CHCECE030 Support inclusion and diversity
  • CHCECE031 Support children’s health, safety and wellbeing
  • CHCECE032 Nurture babies and toddlers
  • CHCECE033 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children
  • CHCECE034 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
  • CHCECE035 Support the holistic learning and development of children
  • CHCECE036 Provide experiences to support children’s play and learning
  • CHCECE037 Support children to connect with the natural environment
  • CHCECE038 Observe children to inform practice
  • 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
  • CHCECE054 Encourage understanding of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples’ cultures
  • CHCECE055 Meet legal and ethical obligations in children’s education and care
  • CHCECE056 Work effectively in children’s education and care
  • CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
  • CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice
  • CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
  • BSBTWK502 Manage team effectiveness
  • HLTAID012 Provide First Aid in an education and care setting
  • HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety


Elective Units

  • BSBPEF502 Develop and use emotional intelligence
  • CHCDIV003 Manage and promote diversity
  • CHCPOL003 Research and apply evidence to practice

As part of its commitment to holistic training, EQUALS provides students with additional study and personal development in the following modules:

  • Study Skills
  • Spiritual Intelligence

The packaging rules for this qualification require a total of 15 units of competency, made up of 13 core units and 3 elective units. EQUALS has taken a decision to package the CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care which is 17 additional units. Candidates successfully completing all assessment and Work Integrated Learning (WIL) requirements will be able to exit on successful completion of all CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care units.

VET Student Loans

Eligible students will be entitled for loans up to a capped amount. Students will need to contribute the difference if the total course fee exceeds the loan cap for a course. A loan cap of $18,097 applies to this course.

Domestic Study Mode

On Campus | Blended

Nationally Recognised Training


National Recognition (Credit Transfer) and Recognition of Prior Learning

If you have related prior education and experiences, you may be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Please follow this link for more information on applying for Recognition of Prior Learning. If you have successfully completed units of competency from this qualification previously, you may be eligible for National Recognition, please follow this link for more information on National Recognition (Credit Transfer).

International Study Mode

Full Time on Campus

Domestic VET Student Loans Eligible


Domestic VET Loan Cap