Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care – CHC50121

CHC50121 | CRICOS: 108599M

Diploma of Early Childhood Education Australia


Advance your career and studies in Early Childhood with the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care at Queensland Academy of Technology.

Embark on a rewarding career in Early Childhood education in Australia with this advanced qualification and gain the specialised knowledge and skills needed to work as an Early Childhood Educator or Centre Director. A Diploma further enables you to apply theoretical concepts to implement and manage education and care programs, source and use an approved childhood learning framework, and supervise staff and volunteers within early childhood education settings (such as kindergarten programs). You’ll also gain entry level management knowledge and skills that let you oversee the care service and early childhood education in Australia. Upon completion of this course, you will be granted a Nationally Recognised Qualification under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).


Through your study time here at Queensland Academy of Technology, you will engage with our professional teachers, and learn about the development of the whole child. The holistic development covers intellectual, social, emotional, physical and educational needs of children under six years old. This qualification will empower you with the knowledge and practical experience required to work in the industry of early childhood education in Australia, to develop positive and respectful relationships with children, to support their learning, maintain food safety, and promote children’s health, development, wellbeing, rights and safety. This course will build on your skills in curriculum planning care routines and understanding children’s cognitive development. As an educator you will be qualified to supervise child care assistant staff, early childhood education staff, and students and volunteers, implement programs for the children in an early years setting and work with school age children in outside school hours care.

Course Duration and Study Options

The duration of a course may vary based on the funding by which the vocational education program is being delivered under. In this instance, a training plan/schedule will be used to outline the duration and scheduling of the intended program to the student or candidate. The study options will be set out in the schedule/plan which is provided at enrolment, detailing the training methods by which the program is being delivered. All courses have full fee disclosure prior to a student commences upon enrolment.


For International Students:
• IELTS 5.5 or equivalent* (No band below 5.0)
• Completion of Year 12 (or equivalent in the student’s home country)*
• Students who have not completed high school must have relevant work experience or a qualification that indicate a likely success of course completion.

*Alternatively, students are required to take a pre-test before enrolment.

For Domestic Students:
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.


For International Students:

Please contact us for tuition fee of this course.

For Domestic Students:

Please refer to the following details of Fee and Funding. Where alterations are made to course structure, fees will be recalculated and students advised accordingly.


Skills and knowledge assessments are an essential step in progressing through your course. You may be assessed in a number of ways while you study at the Queensland Academy of Technology, including observation, written assessment, questioning, portfolios, work samples, third-party feedback.

Credit transfer is available for students who have recognised prior learning (RPL) or have successfully completed units of competency through a nationally recognised provider. Evidence of a transcript will be requested prior to commencing the course.


We have many payment options available depending on each individual student. Please Contact QAT to know what payment option suits you.

Why Study with QAT?

At QAT our aim is to assist you in reaching the required competence and confidence to succeed within your Early Childhood Education career.

Join QAT’s industry award winning trainers who will support your personal and professional development by providing you with the individual training to successfully achieve your Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care, reach career goals and gain employment in the service industry of Early Childhood Education in Australia.


To achieve this early childhood education qualification, the individual must have completed a total of at least 280 hours of vocational placement 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 core units of competency that include the requirement for workplace hours.

**Prior to work placement you are required to apply for a blue card (working with children check).

BSBPEF502 - Develop and use emotional intelligence
BSBTWK502 - Manage team effectiveness
CHCECE041 - Maintain a safe and healthy environment for children in compliance with Care Services National Regulations and Care Services National Law
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 in compliance with legislative and policy frameworks
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
CHCMGT003 - Lead the work team
CHCPOL002 - Develop and implement policies which meet legal and ethical obligations
CHCPRP003 - Reflect on and improve own professional practice within the early childhood setting


The CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care is an esteemed qualification within the Australian education and care services sector, offering comprehensive training for individuals aspiring to become competent early childhood educators. This diploma encompasses a wide array of theoretical knowledge and practical skills essential to fostering the development and well-being of children from birth to school age.

Through this qualification, students delve into topics such as child development and psychology, planning and implementing curriculum of an approved learning framework, and maintaining compliance of health and safety regulations (including the ability to recognise potential and actual examples of non-compliance). Along with these topics, this qualification includes learning of the process involved for early childhood workers to:

  • Provide experiences which support children’s play 
  • Encourage children’s connection with the natural environment
  • Effectively communicate with children and families 

This qualification reflects a significant practical component, allowing students to gain hands-on experience in early childhood settings under the guidance of experienced educators. Graduates of the CHC50121 Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care are equipped with the expertise and confidence to design and implement early childhood programs. Upon completion of this course, individuals may work in various roles within the early childhood education and care sector, including as group leaders, child development officers, and family day care coordinators.


Students can pursue further studies from our wide range of university pathways. Pathways include a Bachelor degree in:

• Education (Early Childhood)
• Human Service and Social Science. Students can have up to 8 units credit (1 year) transferred.

For more information on our university pathways, please see Pathways Programs.

Students may also choose to immediately commence their careers as an educator in an early childhood environment.


Job prospects upon successful completion of this course include:

• Early-Childhood Educator
• Playgroup Coordinator
• Room leader/Lead educator
• Early childhood educator
• Family day care educator
• Kindergarten early childhood educator
• Assistant Director
• Centre Director


Is this course covered in the VET Student Loan program?

This course is currently included in the VET Student Loan (VSL) program, which assists eligible students in paying tuition fees. Refer to the VET Student Loans - Information for Students Page for more information regarding loan eligibility.

What are the entry requirements to take part in the Diploma in Early Childhood Education for international students in Australia?

As an international student, your entry requirements are quite similar to that of domestic students in that you will need to hold a CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care or CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care. Along with holding this certification, your entry requirements for a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care in QLD include:

  • IELTS 5.5 or equivalent* (No band below 5.0)
  • Completion of Year 12 (or equivalent in the student’s home country)*
  • Students who have not completed high school must have relevant work experience or a qualification that indicates a likely success of course completion.

*Alternatively, students are required to take a pretest before enrolment in this course.

Can I fast track my Diploma of Early Education and Care in Brisbane?

Yes, it's possible to fast track a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care Australia (CHC50121) through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). RPL is a process that assesses an individual's existing skills, knowledge, and experience against the requirements of a qualification. If you have relevant experience in an approved early childhood education setting, or have completed prior study in early childhood education and care, you may be eligible to receive credit or advanced standing for those achievements.


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