Early childhood education and care

Become a leader in your field!


Do you love working with children?  If you’re ready to take the next step in your early childhood education and care career, then the CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care is just for you!  This Nationally Recognised Training course equips you with the skills and knowledge to meet the requirements for a leading role in this exciting and challenging industry.

About this course

With this course, you could become a skilled early childhood professional and qualify to work in a wide range of early childhood careers, for example:

  • Authorised supervisor
  • Children’s services coordinator
  • Centre manager
  • Centre director
  • Childhood educator
  • Group/team coordinator/leader
  • Children’s adviser
  • Program leader (children’s services)
  • Children’s service director / manager
  • Child development worker
  • Early childhood educator

What this course covers

This course comprises 15 units consisting of 12 core units and 3 elective units, covering skills and knowledge that includes:

  • ensuring the health and safety of infants and young children
  • caring for babies and toddlers
  • using an approved learning framework
  • analysing information to inform learning
  • designing and implementing the curriculum to foster children’s learning and development
  • working in partnership with families to provide appropriate education and care for children
  • developing teams and individuals
  • and more!


Self-paced online with 280 hours practical placement included to ensure you have ample opportunity to practise your skills and knowledge throughout the course.  Placement hours may be completed while you work, subject to employer and RTO approval. Duration is approximately 9 months, however some students may be able to complete in a shorter timeframe, or may need further time to complete. Enrolment can be extended by up to three months if you need extra time.

Learning Resources

Included in your fees, you will receive online resources in your first sessions and further resources will be supplied by your trainer as required.  These comprehensive resources will support your learning throughout your course and become an excellent point of reference for your future career.

Assessment Methods

Assessment tasks are practical and oriented to the work or placement context for relevance. They consist of a variety of tasks requiring the ability to research, analyse and present your responses in written form, including reports and as practical demonstrations.  Feedback on completion of tasks is given as you progress through the course.  You will also be assessed while on site completing your placement of minimum 280 hours.  Your placement supervisor will also be asked to provide third party reports on your progress and feedback on your overall placement performance.

Entry Requirements

You must hold either the CHC30121 or CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care to enrol in this course.

To gain maximum benefit from this training, you will need to be able to speak, read and write fluently in English.  It is recommended that applicants have completed to at least a Year 11 secondary school level or higher.  All applicants will be required to undertake a pre-training review, including an evaluation of existing language, literacy and numeracy skills. Students will also require reliable access to a computer and Internet for completion of online learning and assessment.

Special note regarding placement during this course and employment after completion of this course

There are requirements for working and learning in the early childhood education and care sector that all applicants should be aware of prior to enrolment. As you must complete a placement in an approved, regulated early childhood education and care provider, you will be required to undergo a Working With Children check, as well as a National Police Check, as well as immunisation requirements.  See our Placement Information for more on these requirements.  

Please consider this information carefully prior to enrolment to ensure you will be eligible to fulfil these requirements, as Phillips Institute cannot be held responsible for an inability of any student to meet their practical placement assessment requirements which are a non-negotiable component of this program.  For more information about these requirements, speak to one of our course advisors.


Pathway qualifications

On completion of this qualification, you can:

  • apply for a senior role working in the early childhood education and care sector;
  • take your studies further with a higher education course in early childhood education and care.

Units of competency

BSBTWK502Manage team effectiveness
CHCECE041Maintain a safe and healthy environment for children
CHCECE042**Foster holistic early childhood learning, development and wellbeing
CHCECE043Nurture creativity in children
CHCECE044Facilitate compliance in a children’s education and care service
CHCECE045Foster positive and respectful interactions and behaviour in children
CHCECE046Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children
CHCECE047Analyse information to inform children’s learning
CHCECE048**Plan and implement children’s education and care curriculum
CHCECE049Embed environmental responsibility in service operations
CHCECE050Work in partnership with children’s families
CHCPRP003Reflect on and improve own professional practice
BSBHRM413*Support the learning and development of teams and individuals
BSBOPS502*Manage business operational plans
BSBPEF502* Develop and use emotional intelligence

**These units require candidates to complete minimum 280 hours placement with a regulated education and care provider  *Elective units. Please note: elective units as published may be subject to change – please confirm prior to enrolment.

Ready to get started?

Get ready for your future career in early childhood education and care – Call us on 1300 558 837 or just click Apply Now when you’re ready to apply.


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