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CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

CHC50121 | CRICOS: 108599M

Progress your career in childcare with Diploma of Early Childhood Education at Queensland Academy of Technology.

A Diploma further enables you to implement, and manage education and care programs, and supervise staff and volunteers. You'll also gain entry level management knowledge and skills that let you oversee the early childhood education and care service.

Course Description

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 with children, to support their learning, 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 staff and students and volunteers, implement programs for the children in an early years setting.

As an educator you will be qualified to supervise staff and students and volunteers, implement programs for the children in an early years setting.

Course Duration and Study Options

  • 52 Weeks (2 days per week)
  • 240 hours industry placement

Entry Requirements

  • 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.

Tuition Fees

From $13,000**

**Check Fees and Funding or contact QAT for latest promotion.


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 successfully completed units of competency through a nationally recognised provided. Evidence of transcript will be requested prior to commencing the course.

Payment Options

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

Why Study ECEC with QAT?

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

Join QAT industry award winning trainers who will provide you with the individual training support to successfully achieve your Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care to reach career goals and gain employment in the Early Childhood Service industry.

  • Highly informative orientation and induction
  • This qualification is designed for students who wish to advance their skills and knowledge in the early childhood education and care sector.
  • This qualification is nationally recognised.
  • Students will further develop their knowledge in supporting young children’s development in various aspects.
  • Students will gain leadership and management skills in the children service setting.
  • All of our students gain real world experience by visiting and working in local childcare centres.
  • QAT helps arrange work based training for our students.

Qualification Units

The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete 28 units of competency. Completing placement is compulsory, and you will be expected to manage family and work commitments in order to complete your shifts. You are required to complete a minimum of 240 hours of placement to satisfy this component of your qualification.

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

Manage team effectiveness
Maintain a safe and healthy environment for children
Foster holistic early childhood learning, development and wellbeing
Nurture creativity in children
Facilitate compliance in a children's education and care service
Foster positive and respectful interactions and behaviour in children
Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children
Analyse information to inform children's learning
Plan and implement children's education and care curriculum
Embed environmental responsibility in service operations
Work in partnership with children's families
Reflect on and improve own professional practice
Lead the work team
Develop and implement policy
Develop and use emotional intelligence

Employment Opportunities

Job prospects upon successful completion of this course include:

  • Before and After School Care Coordinator
  • Lead Educator
  • Long Day Care Service Centre Manager
  • Family Day Care Coordinator
  • Centre Administrator

Further Study

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.

Any Questions?

For assistance, our Enrolments Team are more than happy to help you with any questions you may have.
Contact us now and we'll get you started.

Course Overview

  • Duration

    52 weeks

  • Delivery Mode

    Campus, Distance

  • Units


  • Work Placement:

    240 hours

  • Intake Dates

    Every 2 weeks*

  • Cost


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